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Catherine Cummins Jackson, 60
LEBANON -- Cathy Jackson of Murfreesboro died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at age 60.
Funeral services, conducted by Brother Charles Eaton and Brother Johnny Cranford, were held Monday, Feb. 28.
Interment followed in the Chapman Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband of 23 years Andy Jackson; children Sonya (Rick) Dildine and Andrew Jackson; mother Louise Cranford; granddaughters Katie Davis and Allie Davis; sisters Marty Treants, Celeste (Richard) Hamilton, and Laura (Ballard) Anderson; brother Johnny Cranford; mother-in-law Mary Jackson; sas well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by father Robert Cranford.
Pallbearers: Jack Gant, Jerry Taylor, Azel Tyree and Rony Holland. Honorary:  Friendship Quilting Guild.
The family extends special thanks to Odyssey Hospice.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Charles M. Janiro Sr., 76
LEBANON -- Charles Janiro, Sr. passed away at University Medical Center in Lebanon Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at age 76.
A blessing service, with Father Harrold officiating, was held Saturday, February 26, Beatty-Rich Funeral Home in Madison, Pennsylvania.
Interment followed in Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery in Hempfield Township.
Born in Mathers, PA, he was a son of the late Domenico and Margaret Ferutti Janiro.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Hockensmith Steel Co. as a grinder.
He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the Navy on the U.S.S. Missouri.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Elaine Marie Gerber Janiro.  Survivors include sons: William (Lori) Janiro of Madison, PA; Charles (Mary Ann) Janiro Jr. of Ruffsdale, PA; Roy (Shiela) Janiro of Nashville, Robert (Sondra) Janiro of Mt. Juliet and Michael (Rebecca) Janiro of Ashland City.
Also surviving are six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings Dominick (Janet) Janiro of North Huntington, Mary Shurzenski and Arnelia (William) Nesbit -- all of Pennsylvania.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Gilbert "Gil" Sumner, 62
MT. JULIET -- Mr. Sumner, 62 of Mt. Juliet, passed away Feb. 25, 2011.
Mr. Sumner began his career in the US Navy where he served two years of active duty.
From 1970 to 1977, he worked as a police officer on the West Coast of central Florida.
Mr. Sumner then worked for the Airport Authority in Nashville, from 1979 to 1997.
In 1997, he became a Special Agent for the Federal Aviation Administration, inspecting 18 area airports.
Following this position, Mr. Sumner accepted a position with the TSA as Assistant Federal Security Director for Inspections in 2002.
He then transitioned to the position of Deputy Federal Security Director for Knoxville, then for all three East TN Region airports.
Mr. Sumner enjoyed working on rebuilding his '68 Camaro and playing golf. He attended Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 28 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Bro. Billie Friel officiating.
Interment followed the service at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include: his wife of 28 years Norma Paxton Sumner; mother Virginia Hoffman; son Eric (Heather) Hesson; siblings Alice Hoster, Lee (Sharon) Sumner, Wayne (Cindy) Sumner and Tony Sumner; granddaughter Erica Hesson; mother-in-law Mildred Burt; a brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sumner was preceded in death by father Leon Sumner; step-father Jerry Hoffman; and father-in-law Vernon Burt.
Pallbearers: with Troy Sumner, Travis Sumner, Joey Sumner, Dalton Hodge, William Bates, George Howard, Jr., George Howard, III, and Norman Paxton.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Mary Catherine Smith, 66
MT. JULIET -- Memorial services will be conducted at a later date for Mrs. Smith, 66, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
Survivors include: daughter Pam Hieronimus and grandchildren James Allen Hieronimus, Adriana Pacheco, Charles “Christian” Lee Smith, Jr. and Christiana Smith.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her son, Charles Lee Smith.
Memorials may be made to Willowbrook Hospice, 381 Riverside Drive, #440, Franklin, 37064-8934.
For more information, call Bond Memorial Chapel (615)773-2663.
William E. Super Rankin, II, 57

William “Super” Rankin II died peacefully at his Kentucky Lake lakeside home at Birdsong near Camden in Benton County on Sunday afternoon Feb. 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. following a battle with cancer. He was 57.
Services were conducted on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Plunk Funeral Home in Camden. Brother Danny Sellers officiated and burial followed in the Eastview Cemetery. Born October 7, 1953 in Carthage, he was the son of former Carthage Mayor and Carthage Cleaners owner William Rankin Sr. and Minnie Frances Stone Rankin. Super was a member of the Boilermakers International Local #455.
Surviving is his wife Terry Kasson Rankin of Camden; son William E. “Trey” Rankin III of Nashville; step-daughters Amber Mines and Chandra Mines both of Camden; step-son Michael Mines Sr. of Camden; sisters Janice Rankin (Dr. Newt) Lovvorn of Nashville, Rita Rankin Thrower of Pickwick Landing, Micca Rankin (Sam) Maggi of Knoxville; five grandchildren.

The family and a few friends of Super are asking that you join them in a "celebration of life" event Friday, March 4 from 7 - 11 p.m. at Lebanon's James E. Ward Ag Center / Wilson County Fairgrounds in the East Building.

Please drop by for an evening of reminiscing about the life and times of Super Rankin.  If you would like more information or would like to help in some way, please contact Jeff or Lisa Lasater on FACEBOOK at “Super Rankin Celebration of Life”, or email or call 615-449-7620.

Obituary information provided by Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage.


General News

Civic League's 26th annual Fellowship Dinner is April 2

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Wilson County Civic League, Inc. will hold its 26th annual Fellowship Dinner 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel.

The theme of the event is “Strengthening Family Ties.” Guest speaker will be Dr. Raquel Hatter, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Wilson County Civic League is a non-profit organization and was established in 1984 and chartered in 1986 to improve social conditions in the community. The organization’s primary focus is on the youth of the community and addresses problems such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, violence and AIDS through recreation, education, seminars, workshops and regular tutoring programs.


General Sports

Central stuns No. 2 MJ

From Post staff reports
GALLATIN -- Rising to the occasion with a tremendous defensive effort, Wilson Central eliminated arch-rival Mt. Juliet 47-37 Monday in the semifinals of the Region 5AAA tournament.

The victory assured the Lady Wildcats (25-4) of at least two more games, tonight’s region finals and a TSSAA sectional game on Saturday.

No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet had defeated Central twice during the regular season -- but the third time proved to be the charm for Coach Bud Brandon’s crew.

Brandon pointed to the play of post player Ieshia Hassell as a key to the win.

“She’s our only senior, and seniors don’t want to go down,” Brandon said. “She took it to another level. She said, ‘Coach, just give me the ball, give me the ball.’ She really showed her leadership.”

Hassell and Taylor Peterson led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points apiece while Sydney Vanlandingham chipped in with nine.

Perhaps another key to the victory was keeping a lid on Mt. Juliet’s Miss Basketball finalist Caya Williams who was held to just 12 points -- way below her average.

Barianne Taylor led Mt. Juliet with 14 points. No other Lady Bear broke into double figures.

Central led 21-15 at intermission, and saw Mt. Juliet claw to within 31-26 after three. Wilson Central outscored their rivals 16-11 in the final period to ice the win.

CU sweeps TranSouth awards


LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Mike Mandarino and Aaron Wilkerson were named TranSouth Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Mandarino was 6-for-12 in five games this past weekend with three doubles, one home run and two RBIs. He collected a hit in four of the five contests, including a 3-for-3 effort with a single, double and solo homer in the weekend finale against Indiana Tech.

The Passapeque, N.Y., native also drove in a run with a double in a victory over Indiana Tech. For the season Mandarino is batting .419 overall with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in 12 outings.

Wilkerson tossed seven shutout innings against No. 24 Brewton-Parker to pick up his second victory of the season, giving up just an infield single with two walks and four strikeouts. The righthander retired 10 of the first 11 batters of the game, working around an error. After a pair of walks in the fourth, he set down 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.

The Waco, Texas, native is now 2-0 on the season with wins over BPC and 12th-ranked Belhaven University. He has a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts while giving up just five hits in 14.0 innings of work. It is the second TSAC Pitcher of the Week honor for Wilkerson in his career.

The Bulldogs begin conference play this weekend at Freed-Hardeman with a single game Friday at 4 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday at Noon.

The games will be the first broadcast on the radio this season -- WCOR AM-900 on Friday and WANT FM-98.9 on Saturday. It also marks the beginning of a seven-game road trip for Cumberland that includes contests at Texas Wesleyan, Northwood University and LSU-Shreveport.

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