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Annie Bell Seay, 98

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, February 19 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mrs. Seay, 98, of Lebanon. Born June 3, 1911, she passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at Quality Health Care.

Family visitation, Friday, from 12:30 - 1 p.m. with funeral to follow at Lebanon Church of God. Bishop A.J. Valentine will be the eulogist. Burial will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Margaret F. Seay and Peggy Seay; six grandchildren as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements in the care of J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

John D. Kellams, 90

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning, February 18 at Sellars Funeral Home - Mt. Juliet for Mr. Kellams, 90, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from Vought Industries and the son of the late O. D. and Nancy Kellams, he died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.

Services were conducted by Dr. Bobby Devine. Interment followed the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Survivors include: devoted wife Greta Kellams; son John (Genelda) Kellams; daughter Vicki (Ron) Mattock; step-children Jeff (Sherry) Wright, Judy (Jim) Locke and Randy (Lisa) Argoe; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Honorary pallbearers are Mrs. Elizabeth Gleaves, Robert Smith, the Sunday School Class and members of Bakers Grove Baptist Church and the Sunday School Class and loving members of First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Kellams; and sister, Mary Jo Kellams.  Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Johnny Walter Wester, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, February 19 at the Disyal Funeral Home, 400 E. Market Street, for Mr. Wester, 94, of Lebanon. Known as “Preacher Man”, Mr. Wester was born Feb. 22, 1915 in the Smith County community of Lancaster. He passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Lebanon's Quality Care Health Center.

Educated in the Smith County public schools, he united with the Lancaster Methodist Church and later joined the Rocky Road United Methodist Church in Lebanon, where he served until his health failed. Mr. Wester gained fame as "Preacher Man" during his regular telephone visits to WJKM radio on the Harv Mason Morning Show.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the 12 Noon services. The Rev. Frank Allen will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of over 50 years Scriptoria Paris; nephews Jerome (Patsy) townsend, Roderick (Beverly) Townsend, Ray (Sherry) Wester, Sherman (Dorothy) Wester, Cedric (Carolyn) Lancaster and Ed Wester; nieces Linda Townsend, Sue White, Sue Carrick, Wilma Young, Katherine Young, Thonasena Wester and a host of other nieces and nephews; devoted cousin Carrie English; dear friends Rev. Frank Allen, Bobby Joe Lewis, Hubert Bell and Debra Abston along with a host of friens and the medical staff of Cedars Health Care Center and caregiver Shirley Bates.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Dean Whited Culver Ledbetter

LEBANON -- No service arrangements have been made at this time for Mrs. Ledbetter, 59, of Dayton. A native of Wilson County, she passed away on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.

She was the daughter of the late Willie Keen Whited and the late Gladys Mae Whited of Lebanon. Survivors include husband Leroy Ledbetter; son Paul Eric (Vickie) Culver; step-granddaughter Lisa Walker and step-grandson Cody Holland -- all of Dayton; brothers Paul (Charlene) Whited of Elmwood, Jimmy (Margie) Whited, Gene Whited, Tommy (Audrey)  Whited, H.D. Whited -- all of Lebanon along with several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, sshe was preceded in death by brothers Bobby King Whited, Joseph Edward Whited, and sister Mary Irene Whited -- all of Lebanon.   Death notice compliments of Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Mildred E. Hackett, 75

LEBANON -- Mrs. Hackett, 75, of Lebanon passed away Monday, February, 15, 2010 at University Medical Center. A homemaker, she was preceded in death by mother Hazel Vaden Dickens; husband  Jack H. Hackett; sisters Ruth White, Elizabeth Ricketts; infant sister Jane Vaden and brother Bobby Vaden.

Survivors include: son Randy (Ann) Hackett of Knoxville; daughter Tami Hackett of Hendersonville; grandson Brandon (Mary) Hackett; great-granddaughter Emma Hackett; brother Kenny (Cornelia) Vaden; sisters Toye Cheevers and Wilma Moore; sister-in-laws Oneida Vaden and Mary Vance; brother-in-laws Don Hackett and Neil (Betty) Hackett; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services were at the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 17. Family and friends served as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer: friend Birdie Bailey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.   Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Otelia Graves Vantrease, 91

LEBANON -- Otelia Vantrease, age 91, died peacefully at home on February 16, 2010. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

The chapel service, conducted by Reverend Terry Fesler and nephew Reverend Fran Buhler, is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.  Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Pallbearers:  Donald Gannon, Eugene Graves, Kenneth Vantrease, Jerry Vantrease, Tyree Vantrease, and Terry Vantrease.

She"Miss Telia" was the daughter of Wilburn and Sulu Graves, wife of Fred W. Vantrease and the sister of Opal Dillard, Amy Lee Buhler, Hilda Glick, and Robert Graves. She is survived by sons: Leon (Frances) Vantrease, Don Wayne (Brenda) Vantrease, and Fred Vantrease Jr.; siblings: Ellen Glick of Detroit MI, Frances Vantrease, Sue Alsup and Osko Graves -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren: Terry and Robin Vantrease of Lebanon, Tyree Vantrease, and Jennifer Kinnear of Los Angeles; brother-in-law: Don Glick of Detroit; sister-in-law: Myrtle Vantrease of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren: Ian and Sophia Kinnear of Los Angeles, and Jeremy and Jeffery Vantrease of Lebanon; and two great-great-grandchildren: Parker and Jackson Vantrease of Lebanon.

“Miss Telia”, as she was affectionately called by her friends and former Sunday School students, was always very positive and cheerful and always seemed to find the glass half-full. She had a life-long devotion to Cedar Grove Baptist Church and was an active participant in her community.  She was always willing to serve and was president of many community organizations including the PTA and the Carroll Home Demonstration Club. She was very involved in church life including choir and WMU and served as President of the Wilson County WMU.

She loved cooking and entertaining for her friends and family, her flower garden, and her extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers.  Late in life she enjoyed socializing in the Lebanon Senior Citizen’s Center with her late friend D.J. Gannon.

The family would like to thank Mesha Waters, Marilyln Watson and Rose Ethridge for the loving care they gave to Miss Telia and also the employees of Caris Healthcare, especially Tinesha Joyner, for all their special care and attention these last three years. 

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

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