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Showing 24 articles from October 14, 2009.


Annie Louise Renfro, 76

OAK RIDGE — Mrs. Annie Renfro passed away Saturday, October 10, 2009 at age 76.

The family will be receiving friends at Woodland Park Baptist Church (228 Manhattan Ave, Oak Ridge) from 5 p.m. until service on Friday.

A memorial service is planned at the church for 7 p.m. Friday, October 16.

Survivors include children: Gary (Terri) Renfro of Lebanon and Teresa Lynn Coleman of Smyrna; sisters Bonnie Higgins, Eloise Williams and Jean Hilliard; grandchildren: Lacey Renfro, Alex Renfro, Angela Cross, and Dustin Mann; great-grandchild: Trey Cross; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents Audrey and Lillian Blankenship Burleson, and husband Ralph Renfro.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 West Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of local arrangements.

Bert Mayfield Moss, 78

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, October 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Moss, 78. He died Oct. 9, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Brother Jackie Lackey. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include son Eddie (Jacquelin) Gulley; sisters Olene Moss Smith, Elise (Jewell) Winfree, Irene Gulley and Lorene (Jim) Strasser; brother Boyd Moss; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Herman and Baird Ogle Moss, brothers Herman Jr., Leroy, Arkle and Edward Moss.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included: Bobby Moss, George Luck, Tom Kennedy, Charles Randall Moss, Jackie Lackey and Darren Wilmuth.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, was in charge of arrangements.

Donna Marie Weir, 46

LEBANON – Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, Oct. 13 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Weir, 46, of Lebanon. She passed away on Oct. 9, 2009.

Services were conducted by Dr. John Cheetham.

Survivors include husband Marco Weir; children Christopher William Reeve and Terry Bell "Bubba" Bell; father William Reeve; mother Joan Repsher Reeve; brothers William H. (Marie) Reeve III, James (Becky) Reeve and Brian (Ella) Reeve; grandson Tevon Lashun Bell; mother of grandchild Brittney Winfree; special sisters Ora Lee Steverson, Mechelle Steverson, LaTonya Neal and Donna Haddix; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

She is preceded in death by grandmother Sally Repsher, grandfather William Walter Repsher, grandmother Jean Reeve and grandfather William Homer Reeve Sr.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, was in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Neal Brittain, 72

MT. JULIET — Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Brittain, 72, of Mt. Juliet.

The daughter of the late Charles A. and Betty Oneida Chandler Neal and a faithful member of Corinth Church of Christ, Mrs. Brittain died Sunday, October 11, 2009. 

Services will be conducted by Brother Alan Hutchison and Brother Charles Eaton. Interment will follow at Mapleview Cemetery in Smyrna.

Survivors include: son Steve Brittain of Matthews, NC; and brothers Ralph "Buddy" (Thadelle) Neal of Mt. Juliet and Sam (Dolores) Neal of Nashville.

Also surviving are granddaughters Lauren and Hannah Brittain along with several nieces and nephews. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Brittain and sisters Geneva Hunter and Peggy Smith.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and Alive Hospice.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Corinth Church of Christ, 2205 Corinth Rd. Mt. Juliet 37122. Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jane Poston, 66

LEBANON — Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, October 14 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Poston, 66, of the Tuckers Crossroads Community.

Born April 14, 1943, in Wilson County to the late Paul and Katherine Williams Neal, she died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the Quality Care in Lebanon. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Head. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery in the Tuckers Crossroads Community.

Survivors include: her husband of nearly 48 years Harlan Poston; sons Russell (Donna) Poston of Lebanon and Gregory (Sarah) Poston of Franklin.

Also surviving are grandchildren Samantha (Chris) Jaskulski; Elizabeth, Olivia andJohn Gregory Poston; great grandchild Blake Parrish; and a special caregiver, Margaret Ashworth.

Pallbearers will include: Andy, John Paul and Seth Poston, Jerry Dowell, Bobby McEachern, Randy Holland and John House.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Billy Neal.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tessie Chandler Morrow, 95

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, October 13 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Morrow, 95, of Lebanon.

Born July 5, 1914, in Hopewell, Mississippi to the late Henry Lee and Florence Murray Chandler, Mrs. Morrow died Oct. 29, 2009 at Cedars Health Care, Lebanon.

A registered nurse at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS for many years, she was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church and formerly a member of the Walker Baptist Church in Franklin.

Services were conducted by Rev. Mitchell Carnes. Interment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin.

Survivors include son Rev. David (Amy) Morrow of Hendersonville; grandchildren Jennifer (Kyle) Freedman of League City, TX; Heather (Micah) Watson of Stafford, VA; and Stacy (Ben) Frey of Nashville; great grandchildren Coleman, Gabriel, Henry and Millicent Watson, Kyndall, Kaiden, Kelby and Keane Freedman, Cooper and Hudson Frey; as well as sister, Naomi Humber of Huey Town, AL.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Alfred David "Dave" Morrow; daughter Teresa Ann Morrow; sister Mary Louise Boyd; and brothers Ernest, Melvin and Andrew Chandler.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William Edward Bly, 72

LEBANON — Bill Bly passed away on October 9, 2009 at age 72. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years Reba Bly of Lebanon; children Mitzi (Darrell) McElhiney and Bruce Bly.

Also surviving are siblings: Jackie (Linda) Bly and Minnie Thomason; grandchildren Aubrey, Zack and Aaliyah McElhiney; and special friend: Jill.

He is preceded in death by parents Jackson and Mattie Bayne Bly.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

Road Trip
It was a good idea in theory. Fall break was approaching, I was long overdue for a vacation and the kids would be out of school. The only negative was my husband couldn’t take time off work, or so he said. With one phone call to my oldest sister we decided to caravan with our kids (her 17 year old son, my 10 and 5 year old boys) on what was sure to be a memorable family vacation. We were so excited… and headed for a ravine.

Ask Ken Beck

Dog Whisperer studied creatures on granddads farm
Dear Ken: How about sharing some info on Cesar Millan, TV’s “Dog Whisperer”?

General Lifestyle

Charlie Daniels makes a musical merry Christmas

Special to The Wilson Post

Charlie Daniels has an early Christmas gift for his fans.

Released yesterday was the album “Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas” which features Daniels and his buddies The Grascals, Kathy Mattea, Jewel, Aaron Tippin and Dan Tyminski.

Encore Theatre company presents Night Watch

Encore Theatre company presents “Night Watch,” directed by John Davis, on Oct. 16, 17, 23 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Ellen Wheeler, a wealthy woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, has trouble sleeping. As she paces in her Manhattan townhouse in the middle of the night, she sees (or believes she sees) a dead man in the window across the way. Police find no trace of a body, and when Ellen sees another body (this time a woman's) a short time later, the police ignore her and her husband wants her to commit herself to a treatment facility. Things move fast from this point on, toward the chilling climax of this suspenseful mystery.

Music City Theatre Company presents Songs Well Never Sing: Both Sides of the Story

Music City Theatre Company presents “Songs We’ll Never Sing: Both Sides of the Story,” a gender-reversing Broadway musical experience conceived and directed by Bradley Moore.

What if the roles were reversed? What if men and women were all of the sudden belting out the best songs ever performed by the opposite sex on Broadway? It’s all right here. “Songs We’ll Never Sing: Both Sides of the Story” changes all the rules. With surprises around every corner, the play features more than an hour of classic and modern Broadway musical numbers from “A Chorus Line,” “Mamma Mia,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Parade,” “Rent” and many more.

The cast includes Ben Gregory, Erica Haines, Carrie Jennings, BJ Rowell, Susan Taylor and Jefferson Thomas.



Angels and Mnemonics



In your recent column on spelling [two of them, actually: The Wilson Post, September 2 and September 9] you mentioned “i before e, except after c.” I guess that’s the most famous memory trick in learning about our language. I thought it would be fun to read about others, even on other subjects.

-Working on That Memory



Guest Column

Fairy rings abound


Have you noticed lately the peculiar white circles in many of the yards and fields along the road?

Since we have had such a wet season, the conditions are perfect for the growth of all kinds of fungus and the ones making the white lines and circles are mushrooms or toadstools that are faster growing than the grass and therefore display their white to yellow colors above the green.


Letters to the Editor

Lack of accountability doomed wheel tax referendum

To the Editor:

By now many of us have had an opportunity to reflect on the failed attempt to double the wheel tax here in Wilson County. Some are savoring the defeat while others are wallowing in sorrow.

LHS teacher, coach responds to squires recent letter

To the Editor:

It was wonderful to see that District 23 Wilson County Commissioner Bernie Ash attempted to inform the general public of the facts surrounding the commission’s approach to education. However, it was very disturbing to see that everything he reported was either inaccurate or misleading. In an attempt to educate both Mr. Ash and the public, I will give the real facts in regards to the points addressed in Mr. Ash’s letter.

New LHS could be built for less than $50 M

To the Editor:

I am not surprised the referendum to increase the wheel tax by $25 to fund a new Lebanon High School at a cost of $50 million was defeated. A functional building to educate our students could be built for one-half of that amount.

Nobel Peace Prize reflection of country

To the Editor:

President Obama is mending bridges. As a United States citizen, I am  proud that the President of my country was chosen to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama was very humble in his acceptance of this honor.


General News

Franklin's seat on commission may have opposition

The Wilson Post

Competition has emerged for the District 7 seat on Wilson County Commission now vacant after the resignation of Don Franklin who suffered a stroke in May.

Franklin’s wife, Georgia, has said she is interested in completing her husband’s term on the commission, but Terry Scruggs, a Wilson Emergency Management Agency employee, has said he is interested in the position. Another person, Brian Fountain, a Lebanon firefighter, is also believed to be interested.

Local churches aid homeless at Timeberline

The Wilson Post

Last Monday night at the meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, Director of Schools Mike Davis said that there were more than 170 students countywide who have been identified as homeless.

And several of them have been living with their families at Timberline Campground in off Highway 231 South in Lebanon in tents and campers due to the failing economy and the housing crisis.

M'boro flu victim had local roots

From Post staff reports

MURFREESBORO – A Rutherford County child who died late last week had roots deep in Wilson County.

Halle Jean Cartwright, 12, of Murfreesboro tested positive for the flu last week and died Friday, Oct. 9 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – reportedly from complications of the flu and a bacterial infection.

Three indicted in Statesville murder

The Wilson Post

A week-long investigation into the murder and robbery of Darrell “Crow” Sloan on Oct. 4 in the Statesville area has resulted in the indictment of three people by the grand jury on murder charges.

Weather moves Taste of Wilson County to The Mill

The location of the first ever “Taste of Wilson County” set for Thursday, Oct. 15 has been changed due to weather conditions.

The event will instead be held at The Mill at Lebanon, 300 North Maple Street, Lebanon.

Rain is in the forecast for most of Thursday, and as a result, organizers decided it would be best to move the event indoors.

Wilson County Health Department to offer H1N1 flu vaccine clinics

Wilson County Health Department will offer H1N1 FluMist® vaccine clinic on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Lebanon Clinic at 927 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

No appointment is necessary to receive the vaccine. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge.

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