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Charlotte Hibdon Cassetty, 61

LEBANON — Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, October 31 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Cassetty, 61, of Lebanon.

An LPN at University Medical Center, she passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born September 6, 1948 in Wilson County, to the late Charles Hibdon and Ruby Massey Hibdon Buhler, she was a 1966 graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Mrs. Cassetty worked for Lux Clock for 21 years before starting nursing at McFarland Hospital in 1990.

Services were conducted by Rev. Michael Christian and Dr. George Robertson. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her husband of 45 years Richard L. Cassetty; children Sherri Cassetty of Lebanon and Richard (Marsha) Cassetty, Jr. of Brentwood. Also surviving are grandchildren Ricky and Eddie Cassetty of Brentwood; siblings Gertrude (Tom) Hallums and James (Billie) Hibdon – all of Lebanon.

Active pallbearers: Dr. Roger McKinney, Dr. R. Shah, Dr. Steven Neeley, Fred Powers, Dr. Dewayne Lett and Bill Tarpley. Honorary pallbearers: doctors, nurses and staff of University Medical Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Sherry’s Run.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frank W. Bennett, 80

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, November 2 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Bennett, 80, of Lebanon.

A US Navy veteran (Korean War) and retired from AVCO Aerospace, he died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Putnam County.

Born October 13, 1929, in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Archie Wayne and Zella Jared Bennett.  Mr. Bennett was a graduate of Smith County High and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also active in the Lebanon Masonic Lodge #98 F & AM and the Alexandria Order of the Eastern Star #417.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Steve Delashmit and the Rev. Dickie Johnson. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Phil (Diane) Bennett of Mt. Juliet; grandson Zachary (Audrey) Bennett of Athens, AL; brother A. W. Bennett of Jacksonville, FL; and sister June Elizabeth Hawkins of Goodlettsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Holladay Bennett on July 16, 1999; brother Ed Bennett and a sister Clara Waggoner.

Honorary pallbearers: Alexandria Order of the Eastern Star #417.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.

James Anthony Stamps, 103

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning, October 31 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Stamps, 103, of Mt. Juliet. A member and former Elder of Center Chapel Church of Christ, he died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

He was the son of the late, Samuel and Grace Fleming Stamps. Mr. Stamps was also preceded in death by his wife, Irene Logue Stamps; son, Ted Stamps; 7 brothers and sisters and 1 great-granddaughter.

Services were conducted by Brother Johnny Brown, Brother Darrell Duncan and Lynn McCulloch. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: children Jimmy (Juanita) Stamps, Blanche (Johnny) Vannatta and Martha (Herman) Coleman; siblings Tommy Stamps and Frances Oliver; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Active pallbearers: Wendell Stamps, Wayne Stamps, Austin Stamps, Mark Coleman, Jim Coleman, Adam Sparks, Steve Stamps and Tony Stamps. Honorary: Elders and Deacons of Center Chapel Church of Christ, James Powell, Gary Sole, Glenn Helms, Tanner Simms, Tyler Simms and Robert Rhea.

Memorials may be made to the Center Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Jewel Watson Price, 92

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, November 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Price, 92, of Lebanon. A member of the Cavalry Baptist Church, a former employee of Texas Boot and an entrepreneur at heart, Mrs. Price died Oct. 30, 2009.

Services were conducted by Pastor Daniel Bell, Brother Bufford Bane and Brother Joe Johnson. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children Carolyn (Mac) Gilbert, Linda (Jim) Hailey, Billy (Rose) Price and Wayne (Teresa) Price. Also surviving are siblings Carleen Helm, Lois (Goad) Clemons, Carlon (Dot) Watson, and Jim Watson; grandchildren Keith (Desiree) Gilbert, Sarah Gilbert, Donna (Carl) Harmon, Gwen (Don) Johnson, Jessica Pulver, Angela (J.C.) Imbus and Derrick (Heather) Raymer; Devin Raymer, Tyler and Brent Gilbert, Reice Naugle, Osage and Arrow Imbus and River McCord; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: nephews and grandsons.  Honorary pallbearers: Evelyn Jenkins, Don Gilbert, Raymond Harris, Pete Norman and John Harmon. Special thanks to Sylvia "Cinderella" Griego and Diane Harris.

Mrs. Price is preceded in death by husband Odell Price, parents Grady and Sallie Nixon Watson, sister Ruth Wilson, brother Jim Grady Watson, brother-in-laws Garner Helm and Dan Wilson, grandson-in-law David Bell and nephew Bradley Helm.

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

Shirley Lawrence, 74

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Lawrence, 74, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Howard Lawrence, she passed away Nov. 2, 2009.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 12 Noon until time of service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Jim Minor and Brother August Ruff. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

Survivors include children: Donnie (Frances) Lawrence, Ronnie (Linda) Lawrence, Timmy (Michelle) Lawrence, Debbie (Roger) McClendon, Carlene (Dennis) Adams and Rhonda Faye (Mark) Roberts.

Also surviving are siblings Ray Vick and Dorothy Kane; grandchildren Kendra, Gene, Matthew, Angela, Erica, Brian, Jason, Jesse, Shauna, Candace, Holly, Lucas, Dillon, Angel, Mike and Addie; great-grandchildren Hannah, Kaylin, Kloee, Skye, Evelyn, Haleigh, Riley, Wendy, Logan, Samantha, Lauren, Brady, Tiffany, Jennifer, Adam, Christopher, Westley, Tyler, Jesse, Shelby and Brooke.

She is preceded in death by husband Howard Lawrence, mother Mary Dickerson, siblings Ruth Patterson, Thelma McClendon and Alfred "Buddy" Abernathy; along with great-grandson Carson Tharp.

Pallbearers: Matthew Lawrence, Brian McClendon, Jason Lawrence, Gene Lawrence, Lucas Roberts and Jesse Lawrence.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Tim Wilson, 54

LEBANON -- A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date for Mr. Wilson, 54, of Lebanon. Born July 26, 1955, in Champaign, Illinois, he died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.

The son of Marlene Herzog Wilson of Antioch and the late E. Paul Wilson, he was a computer technician and a musician.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Teri Wilson of Lebanon; children Ryan Paul (Julie) Wilson of Independence, KY; and Kristin (Matt) Curry of Atlanta, GA; granddaughter Liberty Anne Wilson; and a sister Mindy Wilson of Antioch.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.


General Sports

Cash is money for CU women

LEBANON -- When the tempo of the game picks up, Cumberland’s Brittany Cash is money. The former White County High star came off the bench for 18 points, including 17 in the second half, as CU opened the season with an 86-40 basketball win over Hiwassee Monday at the Dallas Floyd Center.

Cash rang up 13 points in a six minute stretch midway through the second half while Cumberland was busy holding Hiwassee scoreless during a 19-0 run.

The game marked first career victory for CU head coach Jeremy Lewis, a former Bulldog player and assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.

"I was really pleased with our effort on the defensive end," Lewis said. "If we’re going to be competitive in this league -- we’ve got to bust it every possession on defense."

Cumberland held a 14-point halftime lead and outscored the Tigers, 48-16, after the break, including 17 points from Cash, who hit a trio of 3-pointers and 5-of-6 at the foul line.

All told, four CU players scored in double figures, including 13 points from Stephanie Martin and 10 by Ashley Whitmore. Simone Ryan posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Cumberland plays at Austin Peay next Monday and Samford next Tuesday, both exhibition games.

CU men fade in second half -- A double-double by Brandon Springer (23 points, 11 rebounds) wasn’t enough to lift Cumberland over Hiwassee in Monday’s nightcap. The Bulldogs blew an 11-point lead in the second half and fell to 0-2 on the season with an 81-77 loss to the Tigers.

Cumberland led its home opener 64-53 with less than eight minutes to play in the contest when the Tigers went on a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to a single point.

The two teams swapped buckets on the next four possessions before Nashville native Adrian Williamson hit 1-of-2 free throws to put CU up by two with 1:50 to play.

On the Tigers’ next trip down the court, Nick Hudson drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Hiwassee its first lead since the 3:56 mark of the first half. Adrian McLaurin’s layup off a Bulldog turnover added to the visitors’ lead, which Cumberland was never able to erase.

The Bulldogs were plagued by poor shooting in the second half, going 14-of-37 from the floor, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range, and making only one jump shot.

Of Cumberland’s 34 second-half points, 26 came from layups and six were from the free throw line, which was another source of inconsistency as the Bulldogs made only 12 of their 26 shots from the charity stripe on the night.

Williamson finished with 20 points for the Bulldogs who return to action next Tuesday when they entertain Oakwood University at 7 p.m.

CU upsets No. 25 Shorter


ROME, GA -- Cumberland managed to break every wet, shivering heart in Barron Stadium with a thrilling 14-13 come-from-behind win over No. 25-ranked Shorter Saturday, Oct. 31.

Clinging to an 8-7 lead, CU’s secondary blew coverage and allowed an 85-yard scoring pass from Ben Williams to flanker Jordan Hazard with 00:58 seconds left in the game.

Shorter then botched a two-point conversion attempt, leaving the Bulldogs trailing 13-8.

After recovering the short kickoff, Cumberland took the ball down to the 16-yard line and, with 8.6 seconds remaining, quarterback Christian Burnett heaved a third-and-seven pass into the back corner of the end zone where it was snagged by tight end Mitch Reynolds for the game-winner.

Fearing problems on the conversion, Burnett took a knee on the point after.

"The thing I’m most proud of is our guys kept playing," said CU coach Dewayne Alexander, "even after Shorter hit that 85-yard touchdown pass, we played all the way until the very last play of the game as hard as we can play. I couldn’t be more proud of this team."

Alexander described the game-winning play this way.

"We call it Fade - Seam, and we were running it to both sides. But when we put Mike Moore on the left side, the free safety cheated over his way. I told Christian to put Mitch over on the right side.

"He’s 6-3 or more with long arms and 230-something pounds. The corner on his side of the field had a gimpy ankle and we didn’t think he could jump that well. We told Christian to just give your guy a chance to make a play. That’s all you can do right there.

"We had 8.6 seconds left -- we had time for two plays. We got the matchup we wanted and it couldn’t have been a better throw. I don’t know if there’s been a bigger play for the Cumberland football team since I’ve been here. What a great job by our men."

Reynolds played a big part in the Bulldogs first score of the game, a 14-play, 89-yard drive that covered more than six minutes.

A pass intended for Knox Karns graduate was tipped at the line but bounced forward and high in the air. Reynolds caught the pass, broke an tackle and scampered 35 yards before being tackled at the Shorter 18.

Five plays later Ronez Harris found just enough space over the rightside for the score.

Burnett hit Carter on a bubble screen to the right on the two-point conversion, and Carter somehow eluded a pair of would-be tacklers and dove into right at the pylon to give CU an 8-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Reynolds finished with four receptions for 65 yards, while Burnett was 14-for-25 for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Bulldogs rushed 49 times in the contest for 138 yards, holding the ball for more than 33 minutes.

The Cumberland defense held Shorter to 272 yards on the ground, more than 30 below the season average for the Hawks.

The unit also forced five turnovers - three fumbles and a pair of interceptions - including Allante’ McLemore’s pick on the final play of the game and Anthony Allen’s fourth interception of the year on Shorter’s first pass of the contest.

Cumberland, now 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-South Conference, is scheduled to play Nov. 7 at Kentucky Christian in a Noon CT kickoff at South Point High School in South Point, Ohio.

Local sports in brief

WEDNESDAY'S CU RADIO SHOW -- Cumberland University’s weekly radio show with football coach Dewayne Alexander is set Wednesday, Nov. 11, between the hours of 6-7 p.m. at Legends Sports Grill in Lebanon on WANT FM-98.9. Host Tommy Bryan and Alexander will discuss last week’s 45-20 win at Kentucky Christian University and the regular season final this Saturday at nationally-ranked Lambuth. The public is invited to attend and receive a 10 percent discount off food during the show.

LGSA board meeting -- Lebanon Girls Softball Association 2010 board member selection meeting will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at the LGSA field house. Anyone interested in volunteering time to create a fun and learning experience for girls who play at LGSA please try to attend the meeting. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact David Pierce at 714-1839 or Kenny Black at 330-8983.

Gladeville turkey shoot -- A turkey shoot, sponsored by the Gladeville Community Center and the Gladeville Men’s Club, will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. For information call Earl Ray at 604-5535 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522.

CU hosts vb clinic -- Cumberland University will host a one-day volleyball clinic Saturday, November 21 for girls ages 8-18. The clinic will be held at CU’s Dallas Floyd Recreation Center between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. Cost will be $40 per athlete. For information, contact CU Coach Dwayne Deering at: 615-547-1318 or 615-449-4975 or email:

CU softball clinic -- Cumberland softball is hosting a fall clinic Saturday, November 21 for girls ages 5-13. The All Skills Clinic for younger players runs from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and costs $30 per player. Pre-register by calling coach Heather Stanfill at 615-547-1324.

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