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Showing 16 articles from August 12, 2009.


Chris M. Price, 37

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mr. Christopher Michael Price, 37, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and employed with Centecor, a division of Johnson & Johnson, "Chris" died Aug. 6, 2009 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born Aug. 28, 1972, Mr. Price was also in the custom home construction business.

A graduate of Lebanon High and Middle Tennessee State University, he was a dedicated member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a member of the Nashville-based Steel Horsemen, a former All-OVC baseball player for the Blue Raiders and played professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals organization.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 14 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the services at College Hills Church of Christ. Funeral services will be conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine.  Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his devoted wife Marsha D. Price; children Trey, Frankie, Morgan and Kristin; and father William "Mike" (Rochell) Price.

Also surviving is brother Jamil Price; mother-in-law Helen Ivey; sister / brother-in-law Rick and Michele Frazier; uncles Wayne Reynolds (Marie), Frank Rashed, Bill Reynolds (Gloria), Tony Hughes (Mattie), Glenn Reynolds (Tammy); special aunt Lynn Reynolds; niece Ivey Frazier; nephew Rod Frazier; special cousin Franquita Hughes; lifelong friends Adrian Kelly and Cyrus Hancock; a plethora of great aunts, cousins, church family, relatives, and other dear friends whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his mother Frankie Louise Ashworth Price.

Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes Street, Lebanon.


James Ralph Williams, 75

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, August 12 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Williams, 75, of Watertown.

Born January 30, 19334 in Smith County, the former heavy equipment operator died Aug. 9, 2009 at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Atnip with burial at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Norma Geraldine Williams of Watertown and children Ricky Williams of Murfreesboro, Vicki Hughes of Madison and Janice Timbs of Lebanon. Also surviving are grandchildren Amanda Deakins and Tabitha Holland along with great grandchildren Kayleigh and Jordan Deakins and Aundrea Huddleston.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. He is preceded in death by parents James and Mattie Lena Bennett Williams. Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn Lassiter Evans, 71

GLADEVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13 at Gladeville United Methodist Church for Mrs. Evans, 71, of Lebanon. A Sunday school teacher and devoted member of Gladeville United Methodist Church, she died at home Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Mrs. Evans and her husband (Raymond) sold vegetables for over 25 years at Nashville area churches as part of Food Fairs.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Gladeville United Methodist Church and Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 am until service time. One of Mrs. Evans’ requests was for everyone to wear casual clothes for her visitation and funeral -- no suits or ties, please.

Survivors include: her husband of 41 years Raymond Evans, children Julie (David) Walker, Katie (Hunter) Henson, Ray (Linda) Evans and Haskell (Tonya) Evans -- all of Lebanon, grandchildren Trey, Cody and Lexi Walker, Evan and Emma Kate Henson; Cory and Ethan Evans; Wyatt and Christine Evans.

She is also survived by siblings Dora (Bud) Ferguson, Jean Spillers, Bobby (Helene) Lassiter and Tony (Carolyn) Lassiter. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and three brothers.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Gladeville United Methodist Church, JoAnn Evans Memorial Benevolent Fund or Gladeville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 107, Gladeville, 37071 or Southside Elementary Library, 1224 Murfreesboro Rd, Lebanon, 37090.

The family is grateful for the care she received with Alive Hospice. Special thanks to nurse Julie Jaramillo, social workers Alyson Garvey and Becky Riney and home health aide Darlene Iiarocci.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Karen Howell Swack, 52

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, August 12 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Swack, 52, of Lebanon. An assistant physical therapist, Mrs. Swack died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her home following a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

She was an employee of Willowbrook Home Health and a longtime member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she participated in the Appalachian Mission Group. She was a graduate of Volunteer State Community College.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn and Carl Jones. Interment services followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Deron Henry officiating. 

Survivors include: her husband of 37 years Jerry Wayne Swack, daughters Stephanie M. (Frank) Ruckman and Stacey M. (John A.) Trail -- all of Lebanon and mother Bessie Byrd Howell of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving are brothers Richard Howell of North Carolina, David (Pat) Howell of Mt. Juliet, Ken (Johnnie) Howell of Old Hickory; in-laws Haskel and Willa Swack of Lebanon; sister-in-law Tammy (Rickey) Peppers of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Makayla and Carley Ruckman and Dathan Swack and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends served as active pallbearers. The Carl Jones Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church, co-workers at Willowbrook Home Health, as well as Gilda’s Club served as honorary pallbearers. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel A. Howell in 1992.

At the request of Karen and family, memorials may be made to Gilda’s Club, 1707 Division Street, Nashville 37203. Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Lee Porter, 77

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Porter, 77, a native of Wilson County.

Retired from Western Electric (Nashville) and Little Rascals Clothing in Lebanon, Mrs. Porter died Sunday Aug. 9, 2009 in Melbourne, Fla.

She was a graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 12 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke.

Survived by daughters Tishia (Terry) Igou and Telethia (Tom) Szuba; grandchildren Josh (Elisabeth) Igou, Joseph (Ginger) Igou, Ben (Leslie) Igou, Christopher Jewell, Sarah (Daniel) Julich, Theron Jewell, Jennifer Jewell, Tishia Jewell, Katie Szuba and Matt Szuba; great grandchildren Morgan, Cole, Jackson, Boyce and Mia Kate Igou, Olivia Julich and Cecily Julich; siblings Wallace Alsup, Thelma Manning, Claborne Alsup, Gail Evans and Herbert Alsup.

Mrs. Porter is preceded in death by her loving husband Garrett Porter; siblings Wilbur Alsup, Margaret Pass and Clyde Alsup.

Active pallbearers: Josh Igou, Joe Igou, Ben Igou, Christopher Jewell, Theron Jewell and Charles Pass. Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

A clean house?
After a weekend spent cleaning everything from baseboards to cobwebs, I was exhausted. I even cleaned all the little fingerprints from around switch plates and walls. I gave specific instructions to my husband and our offspring on how “we” were going to work as a family to keep this house clean. This was going to work. Because if I had to spend one more Saturday trying to scrub the smell out of each bathroom floor I was going to lose my mind. They all appeared to be listening but, should have known better.

Ask Ken Beck

Octogenarian Mickey Mouse has his star in cement
Dear Ken: How old is Mickey Mouse and how many people have provided his voice in cartoons over the years?

General Lifestyle

Horse-drawn hearse donated to Fiddlers Grove

The 2009 Wilson County Fair on Aug. 21-29 will have a great new piece of history to showcase to Wilson County in that it has just had completed the restoration of an early 1900 Sayers & Scovill Horse Drawn Hearse. 

This unique hearse was the property of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred McFarland of Castalian Springs and at Mr. McFarland’s death it was given to Fiddler’s Grove. The hearse was made by Sayers & Scovill Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was purchased in the 1960s by Alfred’s brother Jake in Canada and he gave it to his brother Alfred. 

MTEMC to vote Aug 15, locals enter pageant

During the upcoming annual meeting of the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation on Aug. 15, members will vote to fill vacant seats on the Board of Directors from two districts in Wilson County

Following are candidates for the vacant seats.

Other Me Theatre Company presents Light Sensitive

The Other Me Theatre Company, Middle Tennessee’s newest performing arts ensemble, announces performance dates for their inaugural production, “Light Sensitive” by Jim Geoghan.

Directed by Donna Seage and performed by Anastasia Zavaro, Bowd Beal and Todd Seage, “Light Sensitive,” opens Thursday Aug. 13 at Encore Theatre Company, 14905-A Lebanon Road, Old Hickory. “Light Sensitive” runs Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. Call Encore Theatre at 598-8950 for more information or to make ticket reservations.



The Effect of How You Affect Too Much for Words



Would this sentence be correct? “The weather effected his sinuses painfully.” I saw this recently. What about it, O Grammar Guide?
-Not Asleep at the Wheel



Guest Column

Citys Chipper Service Policy explained

By Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead 

As most everyone knows, the City of Lebanon budget process has been a tough road this year. The economic downturn has slowed new construction and our sales tax revenues have dropped over $1 million.  My office along with the various departments worked diligently to reduce general fund expenditures over $2 million. Unfortunately, these reductions were not enough to balance the budget.


General News

Lebanon budget passes second reading

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council approved on second reading an $18 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 and the city property tax rate for the new fiscal year of 37 cents at a special meeting Tuesday night.

No one spoke up at the public hearing on the budget prior to the meeting.

Commissioner of Finance Russell Lee said the carryover for the budget was $240,000. More than $205,000 of that money was used to help balance the budget.

Rosa Parks, MLK attorney to speak at Cumberland

From Post staff reports

His list of clients includes two of the most prominent civil rights leaders in history and on Saturday, Aug. 29, Fred Gray will be the featured speaker at a special dinner to be hosted at Cumberland University.

Gray, 78, was the attorney who represented the late Rosa Parks in 1955 when she was arrested by Montgomery, Ala. police for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Her stance in the incident was responsible for the Montgomery bus boycott.

Wilson home sales continue upward

From Post staff reports

Officials with the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors are quite happy with home sales for July as the real estate market here continues on an upswing.

“We have more than doubled our monthly closed sales since January and our median sales price has risen by almost $15,000,” said Amy Hamilton, a local real estate agent and member of EMTAR.

Woman uses Worley concert as rehab motivation

The Wilson Post

While Shirley Brewer was in McFarland Rehab, her nurses and her social worker used the upcoming concert by country music singer/songwriter Darryl Worley at the Wilson County Fair as motivation for her to get better.

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