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George D. Bruce, Jr., 62

MT. JULIET – George D. "Woody" Bruce, Jr, 62, of Mt. Juliet died Tuesday, October 21, 2009.

A professional musician, he was the son of the late George Durwood and Edith Knight Bruce.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Survivors include: former wife Lani Bruce; children Chris Gann, George Bruce, III, and Brittney Watson as well as brother Warren Knight (Patricia) Bruce.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jay Newell, Jr., 69

MT. JULIET — Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, October 23 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Newell, 69 of Mt. Juliet. The son of the late Jasper and Hazel Newell, Sr., he passed away Oct. 19, 2009.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Sellars Funeral Home, Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Terry Carver. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Alice Newell; five beloved step-daughters; nieces Janie Streukens and Susan Houk; nephew Bill Davis; sister June Davis; along with several great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Jeanette Parkerson, 78

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Parkerson, 78, of the Brush Creek Community.

Born in DeKalb County and a homemaker, she died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Friday and prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the New Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Dillard Parkerson of Brush Creek along with sons Randy (Janet) Parkerson of Lebanon and Gary (Ann) Williams of Westmoreland.

Mrs. Parkerson is preceded in death by parents James Monroe Foutch and Willie Clara Foutch along with brothers John Donald Foutch and J.M. Foutch.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Julio Garcia, 72

LEBANON — A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, October 23, at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Garcia, 72, of Lebanon. A veteran of the US Army and a Paso Fino horse trainer, he passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. until service.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Survivors include wife of 10 years Carol Garcia; children Lourdes Garcia, Julito Garcia, and Margarita Garcia. Also surviving are siblings: Pepito (Daisy) Garcia, Aida (Angel) Serrano and Delia (Quique) Cardona; five grandchildren; and special friends Tricia Crawford and Polly Wells.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation (30 East 33rd St, New York NY 10016).

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

Raymond Payton Preston, 92

LEBANON – Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 23 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Preston, 92, of Lebanon.

Retired from TRW / Ross-Gear and a former employee of the City of Lebanon, Mr. Preston died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

Visitation Friday from 11 a.m. until service time. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Daniel Stirnemann. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Ann (Abed) Halim and Jack (Josie) Preston. Also surviving are grandchildren Julie Preston, Beckie (Donn) Boughton, Ray (Coreen) Preston, Tony (Kacey) Atwell, Jason D. Preston and Ramzi J. Halim; great-grandchildren Christina and Kelcey Atwell, Bridgett (Danny) Carroll and Morgan Patrick; great-great grandchildren Daniel and Amanda Carroll, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by wife Nora E. "Bill" Preston; sons Charles Raymond and Henry Wiley Preston; parents Claude Lanham and Myrtle Turney Preston; siblings Inez Grissom, Margaret Preston and Felix Preston; great-granddaughter Amy Nichole Patrick.

Active pallbearers: Tony Atwell, Ramzi and Abed Halim, Ray and Jason Preston and Donn Boughton. Honorary: good friends Terry, Clayton Lane, Angel and all the nurses and techs at Quality Care Nursing Home.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


General Sports

D-Stew looks at TN Preps


Paul Cox has been a high school football coach for almost four decades; he might have finally seen the end of the tunnel. Cox, a longtime Memphis-area head coach for the last 37 years will step down at the end of the season. For the last 34 years Cox has guided the Collierville Dragons to 19 of their 21 playoff appearances including two semifinal appearances. Cox who has also coached at Bishop Byrne for three years before taking over at Collierville is third all time in career wins for Shelby county coaches with 279.

Blackman Gets Shut Down - One of three teams in 6A that was undefeated going into last week’s games, the Blaze (7-1) finally met a team that could shut down their three-headed rushing monster of DeShawn Smith, Jacquez Smith and I’tavious Mathers. Defending Class 5A state champion Oakland led by University of Kentucky commitment defensive tackle Tim McAdoo bullied and overwhelmed the Blackman offensive line as the Blaze rushed for only nine yards on 27 attempts. Oakland only allowed 99 yards of total offense and offensively got two touchdown runs by sophomore running back Tee Mayberry for a 14-0 win. The Blaze defense which leads the state in scoring defense at only 5.1 points per contest didn’t play badly as the Patriots only had 192 yards of total offense but enough to get the big district 7-AAA win. Now Riverdale sits on top of district 7-AAA while Blackman and Oakland are both 3-1 and tied for second.

ECS Tops FACS In Division II-A Battle - A week after suffering their first loss of the season to Christian Brothers, Evangelical Christian got back on the winning track in a big way defeating First Assembly Christian 42-13. Running back Davis Childers (176 yards, four TDs) and quarterback Will Jamison (145 yards, one TD) combined for 321 of 432 total yards on the evening for ECS (7-1). After giving up an early score, ECS made an adjustment on defense and their offense got going behind Childers and Jamison as the Eagles scored the next 35 points. The ECS defense shut down FACS star running back Dane Wilson who only gained 65 yards on 22 carries which is 80 yards less than his average of 145. The win gives ECS the Division II-A West title and a first round playoff bye.

Brighton Blasts Previously Undefeated Hardin County- For Hardin Co. the third-ranked team in Class 5A, it was the wrong time for their special teams to break down. Brighton took advantage of a blocked punt, a snap that went over the punter’s head and three bobbled snaps to shock Hardin Co. 34-14. Three times Brighton scored touchdowns on a short field due to special teams difficulty. With the victory, Brighton now owns the tiebreaker over both Hardin County and Jackson Northside.

Austin East 14, Gatlinburg Pittman 7- A 70 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Sheldon Wade in the fourth quarter turned out to be the winning margin for Austin East. Gatlinburg Pittman running back Dillon Reagan scored to give the Highlanders (7-1) a 7-6 lead early in the fourth quarter but the Roadrunners got the big kick return to get the win.

Westwood breaks 19 game losing streak beating MAHS 50-0- Westwood quarterback Joseph Smoot was the catalyst for the Longhorn offense in their win against MAHS. The junior ran and threw for two touchdowns and was the sparkplug for the Longhorns 32 point explosion in the second quarter. Sophomore running back Martavius Summers also rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown in the win for Westwood the first since 2007. Congratulations also go to Memphis Northside for breaking a 14-game losing streak by defeating Frayser 22-21

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