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Bobby Joe Taylor, 76

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Taylor, 76, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the US Army, he died Sunday, October 25, 2009.  Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Fellowship with the family will be at the funeral home immediately following the service.  Memorial contributions are requested in his name to any rescue mission, church, or charity of your choice.

Survivors include wife Kathleen Taylor of Mt. Juliet and daughters Jacquelyn "Jackie" (Mike) Taylor Mounsey of Brentwood and Jennifer (Joe) Taylor Wallace of Old Hickory. Also surviving: sister Barbara Snowden of Owensboro, KY; and grandchildren Curtis Taylor Beekley and Taylor Austin Wallace.

He is preceded in death by parents Joe Tom and Tabitha Kirk Taylor.

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

James R. "Jay" Vaden, 80

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, October 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Vaden, 80, of Watertown.

Retired from Bethlehem Steel a US Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Vaden died Oct. 23, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Born in Smith County to the late John Sherman Vaden and Luvenia Bush Vaden, he was a member of the Poplar Hill Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Ben Fuston with burial at the Eastern Gate Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Rose Vaden and son Donald (Lee) Vaden -- all of Watertown.

Also surviving are grandchildren Michael (Jenny) Vaden, Misty Duncan, Robbie Jr., Kevin and Danielle Hendley; great grandchildren Michael William, Shawnee and Robbie III; sister Shirley (Ben) Fuston and sister-in-law Vickey Vaden -- both of Watertown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Vaden is preceded in death by siblings Milton, Hubert, C.S. "Bud", Sammy Vaden, Virginia Vanatta and Helen Bennett.

Pallbearers: family and friends. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, in charge.

James W. Patterson, 65

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, October 25 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Patterson, 65, of Lebanon.

Retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant, having served with the 30th Troop Command, "Jimmy" passed away Oct. 22, 2009. Mr. Patterson was a Master Gardener.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include wife Brenda Patterson; mother: Dot Patterson; children Jeff (Nici) Patterson, Kelley Patterson, Rod Taylor and Rhonda (Brian) Edwards.

Also surviving is mother-in-law Margaret McDonald; grandchildren Chris (Caroline) Edwards and Casey Edwards; special friend / pet Charlie; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Active pallbearers included: Sid Paris, Bobby Thompson, Richard Stout, Tony Hearn, Tommy Hearn, Fred Andrews, Randy Johnson and Mackey Bentley.

Honorary pallbearers: Storm Sellars, Phil Hearn, Dennis Sanders, Russell Witt, Eugene Hayes, Billy Sellars, Randall Ligon and the 30th Troop Command.

He is preceded in death by father James H. "Pat" Patterson.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

John Frazier Jackson, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, October 27 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Jackson, 71, of Lebanon.

A US Navy veteran and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Jackson died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at the University Medical Center. The son of the late Jack and Nellie Bivins Jackson, he was a retired CPA for Corroon & Black.

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke and Brother William Hayes. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 32 years Susan Jackson and daughter Krista (Trent) Fortner. Also surviving is brother Doug (Leta) Jackson; two grandsons; nephews Mike (Jenny) Hayes, Mark (Cindy) Hayes and Steven (Keelan) Jackson; brother-in-law William Hayes; his wife’s parents Robert and Lucia Clark along with several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Jackson is preceded in death by his sister Mary Ann Jackson Hayes.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Jackson’s memory to the College Hills Church of Christ.

Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Tish H. Lening, 49

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday afternoon, October 28 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Lening, 49, of Lebanon. A homemaker and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, she died Oct. 22, 2009 at her residence.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn, Rev. Terry Fessler and Brother Carl Jones.

Survivors include: husband Doyle D. "Bubba" Lening Jr.; daughters Kacie Dene Lening and Jessica Marie Lening. Also surviving are brothers Gregory Brent (Renee) Haynes and Keith Thomas (Lisa) Haynes.

She is preceded in death by her father Tilford "Tip" Haynes; mother Maxine Haynes; sister Frances Mai Wrye; brother Tilford Quinn Haynes; father-in-law Doyle D. Lening Sr. and sister-in-law Theresa Callis.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Christmas Offering of the Southern Baptist Convention, c/o of Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave, Lebanon, 37087, Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, 37087 or to a charity of choice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

The honey please do list
When I married my husband more than 11 years ago, I was confident I was getting the person who would have and hold me till death.  The one who would love me in sickness and health, for richer or poorer. Although at the time that last line was recited we were thinking “you mean poorer than this?” Even though it wasn’t mentioned in our vows I just assumed our betrothal also meant I was getting the person I could count on to fix things and put stuff together. My assumption was waaaaaay off.

Ask Ken Beck

Scary movies depend on viewers taste of fear
Dear Ken: As it is close to Halloween, what are some of your personal favorite scary movies?

General Lifestyle

Dr. Gangrene celebrates Halloween year round

Special to The Wilson Post

Eerie things are going on in an old tool shed in a Hendersonville backyard.

It’s nothing new, because strange things have been brewing in the madcap mind of Nashville TV horror host Dr. Gangrene for 10 years.

Gangrene, who is host of “Chiller Cinema,” at 1 p.m. Saturdays on WNAB-Channel 58, tapes his show in his secret hidden lab, aka Gangrene Manor, in the midst of suburbia, but all normalcy ceases once mortals cross this threshold.

Punkin' Chunkin' brings crowd to Fiddler's Grove

The Wilson Post

To boldly go where no “punkin” has gone before.

That was the privilege of at least four Wilson County pumpkins Saturday afternoon at Fiddler’s Grove. The humble globe-shaped orange vegetables of autumn were catapulted further into the field than any other pumpkins had ever gone at any previous Throwdown in the Grove.

… Only to explode in a fountain of seeds and shell, providing a challenge to tell where they fell. Forget “Star Trek” – think “Smashing Pumpkins.”

Real estate agent inducted into clogging hall of fame

The Wilson Post

When Ralph Sloan and the Tennessee Travellers began performing on the Grand Ole Opry in 1952, Eddie Oliver watched his father, aunt and two uncles clog on stage and decided as a young boy to continue that family tradition.

Little did he know that 57 years later, after having performed all across the nation as well as on the same Opry stage as his dad, he would be inducted into the American Clogging Hall of Fame.

Sutton Ole Time Music Hour marks 75 weeks of bluegrass show

Sutton Ole Time Music Hour at Sutton General Store, Granville, celebrated its 75th consecutive week of their bluegrass show on Saturday, Oct. 17 with the performance of the bluegrass band Valley Grass. 

Sutton Ole Time Music Hour began on April 5, 2008 with a weekly bluegrass show recorded for delayed radio broadcast with a family style dinner in the dining room of Suttons General Store, Granville. 



Sequel to the Prequel


I called you abut this and suggested then that you use this for a column. My son’s homework involved these, so what are “coordinating conjunctions”?

- Helpful Mother


Guest Column

Who or what is important?


How do I begin to write about a subject that is so important yet so little understood by most of the previous writers on the subject? Maybe you will think I am just an addition to those, but it is my aim to shed knowledge from a long life of observing the actions of people.


General News

Fair has $12 M impact on local economy

Visitors to the Wilson County Fair this year were responsible for an estimated $12 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to findings released by Randall Travel Marketing, a travel industry market research firm based in Charlotte, N.C.

The findings were released on Tuesday. The fair was held Aug. 21-29 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Visitors to the Wilson County Fair this year were responsible for an estimated $12 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to findings released by Randall Travel Marketing, a travel industry market research firm based in Charlotte, N.C.

Man proved innocent, freed

DNA test shows he didn't commit rape

Special to The Wilson Post

Thirty-one years, nine months, 18 days and 12 hours. Lawrence McKinney, 54, a Lebanon resident for the past three months, knows exactly how much time he served in Tennessee prisons. He shouldn’t have served one second.

Top taxpayers list sees little change in Wilson County

The Wilson Post

October marks a change in seasons, the World Series begins, and property tax notices are sent out.

Everyone enjoys the first two, but they dread the third.

Wilson County billed its residents and businesses nearly $73 million, which is $10 million more than last year and $20 million more than the year before. Wilson County Trustee Jim Major said his office usually collects 98 percent of the total due.

WCSB raises academic bar


By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- The Tennessee Department of Education has raised the bar for public schools when it comes to testing and grading, according to Director of Schools Mike Davis Tuesday night at the Wilson County School Board’s meeting that was moved up from November.

"This is the first change since 1998," Davis said, "and it’s simply because our students are getting smarter."

Davis said the state’s schools had been accused of making it too easy for students, but that comment would not be made anymore.

Wilson Living celebrates first anniversary Friday

From Post staff reports

This week marks the first year anniversary of Wilson Living Magazine, a publication produced quarterly about lifestyles in Wilson County and distributed through the circulation of The Wilson Post and at various news stands and dealer locations throughout the county.


General Sports

3 local games moved up


Three prep football games involving Wilson County football teams have been moved up 24 hours due to concerns over heavy rains later in the week.

The all-importmant Beech - Mt. Juliet game at Mt. Juliet for the District 9AAA title have been moved up to Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Friendship Christian's regular season finale at Monterey have also been moved up 24 hours and will be played Thursday night.

Wilson Central will try to close out the season with another win as the Wildcats host winless Portland Thursday for Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Aric resigns at WCHS

The Wilson Post

Wilson Central went into Thursday's season finale with Portland knowing the game would be Traye Aric’s last as head coach of the Wildcats.

Central sent their coach out a winner with a 14-11 victory over the Panthers.

Aric, in his fifth year as a member of the faculty at Wilson Central, told his team prior to Wednesday’s practice that he was stepping down. Central started the 2009 campaign 0-8 before downing Station Camp 26-7 last week.

"You have to evaluate the program at the end of every season," Coach Aric said. "You have to evaluate if your goals and those things are in line with the people around you?

Volleydawgs blank Martin Meth. 3-0


LEBANON -- Cumberland snapped a two-game losing streak and climbed up in the TranSouth Conference volleyball standings with a 3-0 win over Martin Methodist Wednesday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (16-11, 5-7) moved up to fifth in the conference standings with the sweep of the RedHawks (13-12, 4-9) and avenged a 3-0 loss to Martin Methodist earlier in the month.

Led by five kills from Laura DeGear, the Bulldogs eased through the first set with a 25-18 win.

The freshman from Big Rapids, Mich., collected her kills on five attempts for a perfect attack percentage.

After Martin Methodist tied the game at 7-7, Cumberland used a 10-4 run to build a comfortable lead, which never got below four points in the set.

Despite hitting .083 as a team in the second set, the Bulldogs breezed through the second set as well, taking a 25-17 win.

After allowing the RedHawks to score three points on set point in the first game, CU was again plagued by an inability to finish quickly as Martin Methodist scored twice on set point in the second.

The set ended on a serve into the net by the RedHawks’ Ann-Kathrin Kuehhorn. The service error was one of seven on the night for the visitors.

The third set saw a much tighter battle as Cumberland closed out the match with an exciting 31-29 win. Martin Methodist forced 10 ties, seven of which came at 23-23 or later.

Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier had five kills in the set and finished the match with 11. DeGear finished with nine kills, hitting .438 for the match. Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio had 13 assists, while Cookeville High product Taylor Denney contributed 11. Jordan Pescatore, a JUCO transfer from Wallace State Community College, recorded a match-high 13 digs.

The Bulldogs host Lyon College Friday night before closing out the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 3 when they entertain Union University. Three seniors will be recognized before the home finale against Union.

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