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Showing 23 articles from June 24, 2009.


Barry Curtis Smith, 58

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, June 23 in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Smith, 58, of Lebanon. A driver with Denney Trucking, he died at his home Saturday, June 20, 2009.

Survivors include: mother Lois Smith of Oklahoma; son Stephen (Amy) Smith of Franklin; and daughter Loni Hennessey of Jackson.

Also surviving: siblings Richard (Barbara) Smith of Florida, Steve (Linda) Smith of Montana, Carol (Dave) Hunsperger of Oklahoma; grandchildren Curtis, Brittny, Dallas, Landon and Bailee; great-grandchildren Aubrey and McKayla.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Eugene Lowe, 53

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Lowe, 53, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Teamsters Local 480, "Donnie" died Sunday, June 21, 2009.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday, Funeral will be conducted by Brother Dan Russell. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

Survivors include: wife Deborah Rader Lowe of Mt. Juliet, daughter Dana Lowe (Cevin) Warsop of Lavergne and parents James C. and Margaret R. Lowe of Waverly. Also surviving: siblings Ricky (Nancy) Lowe, Ronnie Lowe and Danny (Patty) Lowe, Debbie Lowe (David) Pitcock and Lisa Lowe (Kent) Whitley.

Active pallbearers: Ricky Lowe, Chris Lowe, David Wayne Lowe, Jamie Hudson, Jason Schroeder and Keith DeLong. Honorary: Ronnie Lowe and Ronnie Powers.  

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Edward R. Mofield, 73

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Mofield, 73, of Lebanon.

Born in Smith County to the late Thomas King Mofield and Pearlie Mae Whited Mofield, he died away Sunday June 21, 2009 at the University Medical Center.  A member of Fairview Church, he worked for Shenandoah Mills for 53 years.

The family will receive friends Wednesday after 9 a.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Michael Christian and Brother Stan Edwards. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of over 49 years Betty Jean Lester Mofield; children: Malinda (Robert) Gammon of Lebanon, Pamela (Jack) Simerly of Knoxville, Larry (Julie) Mofield of Bradenburg, KY; sister Frances Harlan of Lebanon; grandchildren: Andrew and Amanda Gammon, Zachary, Trent and Braden Mofield; sister-in-law Mable Mofield of Lebanon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter Kaitlyn Mofield; siblings: William, Bob and D.P. Mofield, Bertie Mae Green and Myrtle White.

Honorary pallbearers: employees of Shenandoah Mills and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class of Fairview Church. Active: David and Michael Mofield, Tommy Thompson, Charles Poston, Robert Johnson and Jimmy Lester.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Elizabeth "Polly" Washer Christian, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Christian, 94, of Lebanon.

Born in Smith County to the late James Grover and Haley Lee Taylor Washer, Mrs. Christian died Sunday, June 22, 2009 at University Medical Center. She was a beautician for 25 years and had worked at both the Bland Casket Company and Lebanon Garment Factory.

Mrs. Christian was a charter member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she had worked in the Children’s Department for over 20 years. She also was a member of the Taylorsville Home Demonstration Club.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until funeral at Immanuel Baptist Church.  Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria.

Survivors include: sisters Alta Fitts Payne, Dorothy (Willie) Bass and Marie (Billy) Hatcher -- all of Mt. Juliet and Molly (Jim) Nolen of Hickman; sister in law Ruth Washer of Hickman; several nieces and nephews.

The Esther Sunday School Class at Immanuel Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. Nephews will serve as active pallbearers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Ben Hooper Christian (1997); siblings Robbie Christine Bragg, Frances Hunt, John Thomas Washer, James Woodrow Washer and William Ledford Washer; and a brother in law Lester Hunt.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

James Henry Spurling, 79

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Spurling, 79, of Lebanon.

Retired from the US Army and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Mr. Spurling died June 22, 2009 at his residence.

Mr. Spurling was a founding member of the National Guard Marksmen Training Unit, a member of the National Guard Retired Shooters Association and the National Rifle Association. Honors included: The National Rifles Championship Presidents 100 winner, the Distigushed Rifleman’s Badge, and the Tennessee Governor’s Top 20 Shooters.

Mr. Spurling’s military career started in Rockwood and included assignments in many areas of the world including the Korean Conflict, Iceland and Operation Desert Storm. He was a member of the Touchstone Church of Christ.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the funeral.  Services will be conducted by Brother Tom Tignor. Interment with full military honors in Cedar Grove Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

Survivors include wife of 52 years Irene Kindrick Spurling; children Jamey (John) Taylor and James Kirk Spurling; grandchildren Jamey Marie Spurling and James Cody Spurling; siblings Emily (Bobby) Brock, Peggy Sexton, Carol Wright, and Ann (Joe) Cameron, Jack (Eula) Spurling and Tom (Helen) Spurling; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Artie Gibbs, Dwight Jewell, Joe Smith, Gene Barnette and Bill Durham. Honorary: Sandra Bass and Terri Quinn and the staff of Odyssey Hospice, the National Guard Retired Shooters Association members, and retired members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

He is preceded in death by parents Joshua Spurling and Beatrice Wallace Spurling and brother Bill Spurling.

Memorial contributions: Huntington’s Disease Society (505 8th Ave of America, Suite 902, New York NY 10018, 800.242.1968) or Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon 37087.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Jimmy Dale Davis, 65

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, June 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Davis, 65, of Lebanon. Retired from Ross Gear and a bus driver for Wilson County Schools, "Hemi Head" died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Skyline Hospice.

A native of Wilson County, he was the son of the late Jesse Thomas Davis and Mary Elizabeth Bingham Davis. He was a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ

Services were conducted by Brother Barry Keene and Brother Michael Grooms. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 43 years Shirley Ann Wilkerson Davis, son Gregory Dale Davis and siblings William Carlton Davis of Nashville, Raymond E. Davis and Frances Louise Murrell – both of Mt. Juliet, Margaret Frances Schmidt of Springfield and Helen Louise Williams of Toledo, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Thomas Lee Davis and Dallas Sullivan Davis.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were former co-workers at Ross Gear and Wilson County School Bus Drivers.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Martha J. Whitley, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Whitley, 60, of Lebanon. A hairdresser and a member of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, she died Tuesday June 23, 2009 at her residence.

Visitation will be Wednesday between the hours of 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother John Petree and Donnie Bain. Interment follows at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Estelle Whittemore of Lafayette; husband Darrell Whitley of Lebanon; children Derrick (Ronda) Whitley and Sabrina (Mike) Peller -- both of Lebanon; siblings Terry (Elaine) Whittemore of Lebanon and Keith (Sonja) Whittemore, Nancy (Carl) Fishburn and Debbie (Donnie) Patterson -- all of Lafayette; grandchildren Mackenzie and Riley Grace Whitley, Whitley and Molly Bess Hayes, step-grandsons Corey and Zack Peller.

She is preceded in death by father Hubert Clemmons Whittemore.

Active pallbearers: Shannon Patterson, Colby Patterson, Dustin Fishburn, Jacob Whittemore, Brandon Bass, Michael Corley, Gary Dillard and Mike Peller. Honorary:, doctors and nurses from the University Medical Center, Summit Medical Center and Alive Hospice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Neal Brady, 88

LEBANON -- Mary Brady, age 88, passed away on June 19, 2009 at Quality Health Care after an extended illness.

She was born September 7, 1920 in Green County OK. Mrs. Brady will be laid to rest next to her husband in Seminole, Okla.

Survivors include daughters: Osie Dunn of Lebanon and Mary Jane (Don) Aunspaugh of Richland WA; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

he is preceded in death by husband Marvin "Pat" Brady, parents Clarence J. and Dora Roasch Matthews, and brothers Archie and Jimmy Matthews.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Roy Eugene Garrett, 43

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 22 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Garrett, 43, of Lebanon. An employee of PFG, he died June 17, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Joe Nelms. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Family and co-workers served as pallbearers.

Survivors include wife Lisa Bonner Garrett; children: Brittney Garrett, Joshua Garrett and Brooke Garrett; siblings Regina Michelle Maddox, Mickeal Tony Pryor and Roy Eugene Garrett.

He is preceded in death by parents Eugene and Betty Abbott Garrett, and brothers Terry Pryor and Kenneth Garrett.

Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

W. G. "Rooster" Ferrell, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Ferrell, 75, of Lebanon. Known as "Rooster" to his family and friends, he died June 20, 2009 at home.

Born in Wilson County, he was the son of the late William Gallatin and Annie Lula Eagan Ferrell. He was a US Army veteran (Korean War) and was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Ferrell was a farmer and retired from Dupont with 27-years service.

Services were conducted by Rev. Terry Fesler. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 56 years Joan Hall Ferrell; sons Tony (Cheryl) Ferrell, Todd (Barbara) Ferrell and Tim (Liz) Ferrell; grandchildren Holly Stormer of Knoxville, Carolyn Gore and Heather Ferrell -- both of Nashville, Michael Ferrell of Murfreesboro and Will Ferrell of Lebanon; step grandchildren Jennifer Haggard of Watertown and Cissy Rich of Alexandria; seven great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Ferrell and Nell Brown; and two brothers, James Ferrell and Burton Ferrell.

Active pallbearers: Tommy Hall, Ronnie Ferrell, Bill Ferrell, Mark Wright, Jamie Ferrell and Greg Hemontolor.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.


Telling Tales

A Profile in Courage
Everyone thinks their children are the best. I am one of those parents. Although, I will admit there are times when I want to tape their little smart mouths shut, they seem to redeem themselves before I can tear tape from the roll. But there are times when I am so proud of my kids you might see me floating down the isle of your local grocery. Recently I had one of those experiences with my oldest son.

Ask Ken Beck

Viggo Mortensen, Aussie kid to star in McCarthys The Road
Dear Ken: I’ve heard they have made a movie out of the Cormac McCarthy book “The Road.” If that is true, who are the stars and when will it be in theaters?

Mature Lifestyles

Senior Boomer event set July 17

Senior Boomer Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

There is no better place for senior and boomers of Middle Tennessee to be than at the Gallatin Civic Center on Friday, July 17 as Mature Lifestyles, MainStreet Media’s 50-plus monthly magazine, brings an “Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social” to Sumner County, the home county of two of its sister publications, The Gallatin Newspaper and The Hendersonville Standard which are also serving as co-hosts of the event.

This is particularly true for seniors and boomers who want to have a free day of fun while arming themselves with a wealth of information to help them achieve “living life more fully after 50.” Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn from area professionals with one-on-one consultations or seminars on topics including health care, insurance, finance, legal concerns, estate planning, special needs trusts, retirement options, reverse mortages, caregiving, home improvements and much more.


General Lifestyle

Colossal antique motorcycle auction revs up Columbia

387 vintage bikes may bring in a cool million at custom shop  

Special to The Wilson Post

The eyes of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world will be on Columbia Thursday when Sam Goodman sells off nearly 400 classic and antique motorcycles.

Goodman, 56, has operated S&G Custom Cycles since 1973 and during the years took in anything on wheels as trade for labor. His eye-popping showroom once held Harleys, BMWs, Triumphs, Suzukis, Yamahas, Hondas, Kawasakis, Indians, Cushmans and Simplexs, but now most are either beneath a big tent out back or parked across an acre of grass.



Flying into Sunjunctive without Laughter-Silvered Wings


Could you explain the subjunctive?  I don’t think I have a grasp of it.  Does it matter? 

-If I Were/Was Smart


Letters to the Editor

Missions not all work


It is Wednesday, or should I write WEDNESDAY! We woke up leisurely and got a good breakfast at the Jasmine beach inn restaurant then went back to the room to get our gear for some early morning snorkeling.

Use care in cutting Senior Center budget

To the Editor:

Lebanon Senior Center is one place every resident in the city should be very proud of.



Cedars of Lebanon State Park announces weekend schedule

Here is the weekend schedule for Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Thursday, June 25:
Crafts in the Nature Center: Hemp jewelry making *All Day* (5 years & up)

Friday, June 26:
1:30 p.m. History Talk & Hike: Come hear the fascinating story of how Cedars of Lebanon came to be a park by   visiting some old park buildings!  Meet at Nature Center.


General News

Broken chipper delays service for some

The Wilson Post

Brush piles at curbs in some parts of town are awaiting a city crew to come run them through a chipper and haul the wood away.

Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said some citizens may have a longer wait than usual because a chipper is in for repair.

Joseph Storehouse seeks assistance with paving

The Wilson Post

Joseph Storehouse will be giving away food this weekend, but the group is in need of help to continue its ministry.

On Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until noon, there will be a food giveaway for the elderly and ill with a letter from their doctor stating “they cannot stand in line.”

Again on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. until noon, the storehouse will give away wheelbarrows of food to others in need.

Lebanon Farmers Market Grand Opening, Tomato Fest Saturday, July 11

The Farmer's Market Grand Opening and Tomato Fest is to be held on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lebanon Farmer's Market located at 149 South Maple Street with the ribbon cutting to be promptly at 11 a.m.

This event will celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Farmer's Market with a morning of bluegrass music, food and fun. In addition to the food and entertainment, a tomato contest will be held. Everyone is welcome to enter his or her tomatoes at no charge in this contest. Ribbons and a small prize will be awarded in four categories: Largest, smallest, ugliest and most perfect.

Straight-line winds bring damage, lightning sparks two house fires

The Wilson Post

Wilson County escaped relatively unscathed from the severe thunderstorms that moved through the Middle Tennessee region Monday night, although downed trees caused some damage and two house fires caused by lightning did occur.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the bad weather.

“There were no reports of structural damage,” said John Jewell, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. He added that WEMA personnel were expecting some kind of damage based on reports from the weather service regarding the path and strength of the storm system.


General Sports

Bulldog jumps to Triple-A


PORTLAND, ORE -- Former Cumberland University catcher Luis Martinez made the big jump to Class-AAA baseball last week -- and did so in a big way.

Martinez, a native of Miami, FL and an All-TranSouth Conference player for the Bulldogs in 2007, made his debut Sunday, June 21 with the Portland Beavers, the Class-AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Martinez went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Beavers scored five times in the top of the ninth to win 10-9 at Cashman Field against the Las Ve- gas 51’s.

Martinez was selected in the 12th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.

In 2007 he hit .278 with 20 hits in 72 at bats for the Rookie League Eugene Emeralds. In 21 games he had seven doubles, a homer, nine runs scored and 11 RBIs. He drew 19 walks compared to 22 strikeouts. Martinez threw out 5-of-18 baserunners attempting to steal.

Later in 2007, he was promoted to the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards where he hit .231 with 18 hits in 78 at bats. In 24 games he collected three doubles, a homer, six RBIs and 12 runs scored. He drew eight walks compared to 23 strikeouts.

In 2008, Martinez played the entire season with Fort Wayne, batting .299 against left-handed pitching compared to .176 vs. righties. He closed the season strong, batting .292 (19-for-65) with two doubles and five RBI in 18 August games.

Martinez finished his final season at Cumberland with a .370 batting average with 85 hits, 13 HR’s, 16 doubles and 63 RBIs.


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