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Nettie Frances Graves Watkins, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Watkins are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Eld. Goldman F. Davenport officiating.

Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation Saturday 12 Noon – 8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Sunday at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Watkins, age 83 of Lebanon passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009, at the Quality Care Nursing Home.

Born July 10, 1925, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Byron and Mary Katie Williams Graves. She worked for 35 years at Bradshaw Drugs and was a member of the Athens Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Watkins on December 11, 1990; and son-in-law, J. C. Ray.

She is survived by children Bill (Carolyn Ann) Watkins of Lebanon and Vera Ray of Franklin; sister Mary Katherine Graves of Lebanon; and brother, Charles Ray Graves of Maryville.

Also surviving are grandchildren Amanda Watkins of Lebanon; Al (Tammy) Ray of Lynnville and Scott (Francie) Ray of Thompson Station; four great grandchildren, and fivegreat great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers: staff of Quality Care South I, members of the Athens Missionary Baptist Church, Angelia Manning, Angel Starks, Kim Lester, Loretta Neal, Pam Good, Brandi Thomas and Harriett Jarrett.

Active pallbearers: Bennie Watkins, Al Ray, Jesse Jackson, Russell Poteet, Barrett Ray, Carsie Graves and Curtis Graves.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.



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Letters to the Editor

Thank you to the Community from the family of Judge J.O. Bond

To the Editor:

We are very grateful for the many thoughts and prayers from the people of Lebanon, Wilson County, and the entire 15th Judicial District following our family’s loss. Your many thoughts and prayers were comforting to us in our time of extreme hardship. It is a wonderful feeling to know that when a family loses a loved one, we are able to lean on this community for support.

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