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Showing 9 articles from December 30, 2008.


Arthur Holmberg, 92

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Graveside funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 31 at All Faiths Cemetery, Worcester, Mass. for Mr. Holmberg, 92, of Hermitage.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Holmberg died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He attended New Hope Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW where he served as a Past Post Commander.

Mr. Holmberg was also a member of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center and the Swedish VASA Order. He was the son of the late Swan and Anna Matteson Holmberg and was also preceded in death by his wife Helen Holmberg and brother Harry Holmberg.

Survivors include: daughter Jane (Robert Dennis) Roberts, sister Edith (Pastor Paul) West; grandchildren Christi Roberts Bowman and Brent Roberts; great, grandchildren Ella, Jaron, Anna, Claire, Tristen, Cate, Joshua, Lane and Carson.

Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Charles A. Kolbe, 64

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Charles A. Kolbe, 64, of Lebanon were held Thursday morning, January 1, 2009, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. Joe Coleman officiating.

Interment was at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Known to his close friends as "Root", Mr. Kolbe passed away on his brithday, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born December 30, 1944, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Clinton and Eva Pulley Kolbe.

Mr. Kolbe was a 1963 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Cumberland University and was a graduate of MTSU. He was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. Early in his career, he taught and was an assistant football coach at Lebanon High School.

He also was a fireman for the city of Lebanon, later working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He retired as an auditor with the U. S. Department of Child Support Enforcement with 27 years service.

He also was a well-respected college football official for 25 years in the Ohio Valley Conference, and was an official with the TSSAA for 30 years.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Charlie’s family," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference. "Charlie did a tremendous job as an OVC football official and he will be greatly missed."

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ed Allison.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Locke Kolbe; two sisters, Dorothy (J.W.) Thompson of Lebanon; Emma Myrtle Allison of Jackson; and four brothers, John (Ann) Kolbe of Donelson, Bill (Ruth) Kolbe of Madison, Robert (Charlotte) Kolbe of Donelson and Gerald Kolbe of Lebanon.

Honorary pallbearers: Julian Sampson, Bruce Skeen, Randy Johnson, Bob Byrd, Tony Shelton and Jack Kolbe. Active pallbearers: Terry, Justin, Jeffery & John Callis, Clark & Daniel Sampson, Eddie & Danny Fowler.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Tom Mills funeral set Wednesday in Virginia


WINCHESTER, Va. -- A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia, for Dr. James T. "Tom" Mills, Jr., 78, of Middlestown, Va.

President of Lebanon’s Cumberland University (1989-1991), Dr. Mills died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Inova Hospital of Fairfax, Virginia following an extended illness.

Dr. Mills was born in 1930, in Ashland, Virginia, the son of the late James T. and Isabella Webster Mills, Sr. He graduated from Randolph Macon College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Evelyn M. Williams, 90

HERMITAGE -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Road, for Mrs. Williams, 90, of Donelson.

A charter member of Hermitage Hill Baptist Church and a longtime employee of Sears, she died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late James and Bertie Gilchrist Martin and the widow of the late Hobdy Brantley Williams.

Visitation is one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Services will be conducted by Brother Keith Smyser, Ted Williams and Troy Williams. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: children James B. (Ruby) Williams of Dickson and Alice F. (Dennis) Oldfield of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving: brother Ken Martin of Carmichael, CA and sister Loudean Inman of Memphis; seven grandchildren; 16 great, grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers will include: grandsons, great, grandson and Barry Oldfield.

Honorary pallbearers: the Fidelis Ladies Bible Class, James Oldfield, Ray Bass, Bobby Bass, Dan Bass, Chief Coulter, Max Anderson, J.R. Perry and Walt Williams.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son Jerry Wayne Williams and great, granddaughter Mikayla Harris.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church Benevolence Fund. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Harold Robert Lyle, 52

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Lyle, 52, of Lebanon. Known as "Bobby" to his family and friends, he died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at his residence.

Mr. Lyle was parts manager with Rocky Williams Premier and a member of The Journey Church.

Survivors include: wife Pat Lyle; mother Norma Jean Lyle of Texas; sons Clinton Lyle of Nashville and Clayton Lyle of Lebanon.

Also surviving are siblings: Steve Lyle, Mary Jane (Jimmy) Baker, Patricia Pace, Peggy Frasier, Wanda Gonzales and Joanie Vacker.

He is preceded in death by father James W. "J.W." Lyle; brothers Kenny and Ricky Dale Lyle; maternal grandparents Wilburn and Leona Haynes; paternal grandparents Emmitt and Mae Lyle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leash on Life of Wilson County.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Heating it up for the New Year


As a good way to exit this tough old year of 2008, why don’t you discuss why our language is being used so haphazardly, why people can’t speak properly or write properly? I was amused and appalled recently to read that newly sworn in office holders promised to “demean” themselves. What on earth was someone trying to say? I don’t think he or she would know or use “deport” – is anyone saying that anymore? – but what on earth moved the reporter or the newly sworn in to promise demeaning themselves?

-A Language Lion Myself
Officeholders promising to demean themselves and delivering on the promise would be an accurate description of the recent high jinks in Illinois. And in many other places and many other eras. 

The mistake our sharp and always well spoken QP of T (Question Person of Today) spotted is the laughable sort that teachers rush to share in the teachers’ lounge. There are numerous e-mails with “real” answers from test papers or “real” quotations from essays; they read genuine to me after weathering a few through the years. Like forty million kazillion.

Hope for a better year for 2009

 As the year 2008 disappears into the midnight air tonight amid football games and late-hour reveling, I’m confident many will agree that it has been a year that will not too soon be forgotten, although one that we’d just as soon like to forget.
It has been a year underlined by records or near record marks.

In February many in the area, particularly those living in nearby Sumner, Trousdale and Macon counties, became the victims of a deadly series of tornadoes.

Little did we know, this was only a whisper of what the remaining 10 months would bring.


Letters to the Editor

Post sets New Year's schedule

The Wilson Post would like to remind our readers of the newspaper’s schedule for this week.

The Post is publishing two newspapers this week as normal, and our next one will be Friday’s edition. Our office, however, will close today at noon for the New Year’s holiday and will be closed tomorrow and Friday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5.


General News

Finance questions,agreements remain for Bible Park USA

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Questions remain concerning the proposed Bible Park USA, and two Lebanon city councilors say they have not been answered yet.

Among those questions, said Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, is one that concerns the proposed financing of the park. 

While Buhler acknowledges that the planned Tax Increment Financing would not cost the city existing taxes, he points out the TIF does “capture” taxes that the city could use if another business located in the city instead.

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