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Showing 8 articles from June 29, 2010.


Clifton Earl Bowman, 59
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 29 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Bowman, 59, of Lebanon.
Known as "Chuck" to his family and friends, Mr. Bowman died June 27, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Judd Sellars. Interment followed in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include children Clifton (Debbie) Bowman Jr., Sheena Joe (Chris Jones) Bowman, Charles (Linda) Bowman and Brandy (Shane Ramsey) Bowman; siblings Patsy (Odell) Reeder, Hassie (Ricky) Tuders, Betty (Donnie) McPeak, Christy (Greg) Arnold and Billy Bowman; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Jay Leslie and Evelyn Fann Bowman and brother Thomas Leslie Bowman.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Dorothy Eddins Huffines, 78
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Eddins Huffines are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Huffines, 78, of Lebanon.
Born August 31, 1931, in Old Hickory, she died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at her home.
The daughter of the late Thomas and Stella Brown Eddins, she was a member of the Church of Christ and had worked at Robertshaw Lux Clock.
The family will receive friends after 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Mark Wakefield and Brother Carl Goad.  Interment will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.
Survivors include: her husband of 60 years Herlin L. Huffines; daughters Diane (Ken) Grandstaff and Wanda Gates -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Petrina Mason, Rachel (Chip) Mathis and Heather Harris; great grandchildren Leanne, Morgan, Delia, Joshua, Austin, Alexis, Leslie, Trevon, Krystyana and Haiden.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Melbie Wilkerson; siblings Milton, Charles, David Eddins, Lula Crowder, Ruby Laney and Annie Strader.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Fay Jane Lavonda Hudgens Anders, 75
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 28 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Anders, 75, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Charlie and Nellie Hudgens, she died Friday, June 25, 2010 at her residence.
Mrs. Anders was of the baptist faith and a retired repair technician with Robertshaw Lux Clock.
Services were conducted by Brother Terry Cathey. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of 59 years Lawrence I. Anders; children James Anders, Ronnie (Shirley) Anders, Becky (Donald) Ashmore and Nell (David) Estes.
Also surviving are sisters Lois Smith, Sis Carrol and Dot Patterson, grandchildren Angel (George) Ortt, Kim (Brian) Hines, John (Daisy) Potts, James Anders Jr. Tammy (Bobby) Hodge, Michael (Beth) Bradshaw and Lavonda (Jeremy) Marshall as well as 23 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Grandson and great grandson served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
John Stephens, 80

LEBANON -- Mr. Stephens awoke in the arms of Jesus June 29, 2010 to begin his eternal life in Heaven. We praise God for John’s steadfast example and for the legacy of his beautiful family that he temporarily leaves behind him in this world, including Betty, the love of his life and wife of 61 years; his three sons: Tom (Shannon), Tim (Susie), and Terry (Sandi); eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Patsy (Tommy) Wilson of Hendersonville and a host of nieces and nephews.  John will be reunited with his parents, A.J. and Ellie Stephens, and his brother, Sonny Stephens, who have already experienced their Homecomings.

John loved his country, where he served in the Navy as an aviation storekeeper during World War II, supplying parts for planes used in the Berlin airlift.  Upon discharge, he worked for DuPont in Beaumont, TX and Louisville, KY, where he eventually headed the Human Resources Department. 

Because of his unquenchable work ethic, after retirement, John continued his employment as a manufacturer’s representative for Hartmann-Sanders, selling architectural columns.

He always demonstrated a heart for others, and he particularly enjoyed gardening and was proud of his family and their diverse accomplishments.  John taught Sunday School for years and was active on personnel and finance committees as well as in church choirs in Louisville (where he was a charter member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church) and in Lebanon churches.  Heaven’s choir will be a little more beautiful with the addition of his rich bass tones!

Four years ago, John became a charter member of West Haven Baptist Church, where he and many of his extended family members worshipped together, and John served as a trustee.  We give thanks that he was healthy enough recently to be able to participate in the groundbreaking ceremonies there, and he will rest secure in the knowledge that God’s work will continue to touch people’s hearts from that location.

John supported Lebanon High School and Friendship Christian School with his frequent attendance at ball games and special events, and he was affectionately known as “G.P.” by his grandchildren and by many of the young people in this community who admired his character and appreciated the heartfelt attentions he showered upon them.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at SELLARS FUNERAL HOME in Lebanon, and a memorial service will be held there Thursday morning at 10:00.

To those whose lives John has touched as he walked upon this earth, he would request that in lieu of flowers, donations would be made to the Building Fund of West Haven Baptist Church (5860 Lebanon Rd., Lebanon) so that the church that is currently under construction on that site may rise, grow, and stand through time as a testimony to God’s love and grace in Wilson County. To God be the glory!

Juanita Nell Wright, 87
MT. JULIET -- Graveside services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens for Ms. Wright, 87, of Antioch.
The daughter of the late Oscar L. & Annie Pugh Wright, Sr., she died June 28, 2010.
Visitation is set Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Services will be conducted by Brother Daniel Seeley.
Survivors include brother Oscar L. Wright, Jr.; nieces Judy (James) Seeley and Jean Strickenberg (Frank) Jackson; along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Wright's caregiver, Carolyn McGee.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Wright is preceded in death by sister Provie Mae Tippit and nieces Dorothy Foster Jackson and Joan Rubel Arnold.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Rufus Howard Riggan Sr., 91
LEBANON -- Rufus Riggan passed away on June 29, 2010 at age 91.  Mr. Riggan had been the oldest member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in agriculture and worked as a farmer.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  The chapel service, conducted by Brother Gary McCaleb and Brother Eltis Brown, is 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1.
Survivors include children: Nancy (Jim) Green and Howard (Brenda Poole) Riggan; grandchildren: Chad (Kris) Riggan and Brett (Bree) Riggan; and great-grandchildren: Ali Sky Riggan, Russell Riggan,, Evan Riggan, Mikah Riggan and Owen Riggan.
He is preceded in death by wife of 40 years Christine Waters Riggan and wife in later years Sue Sinclair.
Pallbearers:  Chad Riggan, Bret Riggan, Tommy Everett, Scott Henley, Steven Rudolph, Eddie McCrary, Thomas Sullivan, Ray Burns, and Thomas Carney.
Honorary: Mt. Olivet Baptist Senior Men’s Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (7463 Hickory Ridge Rd, Mt. Juliet 37122).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
William Homer Reeve Jr., 88

LEBANON -- Bill Reeve passed away on June 28, 2010 at age 88. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force and was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 12 Noon until the service.
The memorial service, conducted by Dr. John Cheetham, is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30. 
Survivors include wife of 44 years Joan Repsher Reeve; sons: Christopher (Michelle) Reeve of Tennessee, William H. (Marie) Reeve III and James (Becky) Reeve of Florida and Brian (Ella) Reeve of Germany.
Also surviving: grandchildren William H. Reeve IV, David Reeve, Michael Reeve, April Reeve, Brian Reeve, Aaron Reeve, Terry “Bubba” Bell and Hunter Winningham; along with numerous great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents William Homer and Jean Gutridge Reeve Sr. and daughter Donna Bell Weir.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


General Sports

Sounds step up for MJ League

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

MT. JULIET -- Talk about stepping up to the plate. The Nashville Sounds have done just that, provid- ing a fundraising mechanism that will allow the Mt. Juliet League to raise up to $15,000 to help offset the cost of field repairs.

The 13-field complex on US Highway 70 that is home to some 105 youth teams was severely damaged by the floods of May 1 and 2 -- destroying equipment and fencing while taking a good amount of infield dirt to who knows where.

The Sounds have made 1,500 tickets available to the league for a Sunday night, July 18 game at Greer Stadium. The league will keep 100 percent of the proceeds of the $10 tickets.

"This is a wonderful gesture by the Sounds," said League president Ray Justice, "they’ve put it in our hands. If we can sell these tickets, we’ll get a big boost. In addition, the Sounds have put us in touch with Major League Baseball’s ‘Baseball Tomorrow’ program. Grants are out there from MLB that could mean another big chunk of money for our efforts."

Youth baseball fields in Nashville’s Shelby Park, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Ashland City, and Bellevue were severely damaged in the flood and have been struggling to recover. The Project will assist up to 15,000 ballplayers and 40 baseball, softball, and soccer fields in the area.

"The flood has taken a serious toll on youth baseball in Middle Tennessee," said Brad Tammen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Sounds. Some of these facilities were just wiped out. The Nashville Sounds and others in this community want to help get these kids back out on the field."

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket to the July 18 Mt. Juliet Night at Greer Stadium can go online at:

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