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Showing 16 articles from April 12, 2011.


Alton Thigpen, 73
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 12 at Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Thigpen, 73, of Lebanon.
Retired from Bradley Candy Company after 40 years of service, Mr. Thigpen died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at his home.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn, Brother Carl Jones, and the Rev. Donald Owens. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of over 55 years Elois Weems Thigpen; children Vickie (Randy) Whited of Lebanon, Danny (Sherry) Thigpen of Antioch and Jeff (Heather) Thigpen of Lebanon; grandchildren Chad (Brittany) Whited, Bradley Whited, Daniel and Jacob Thigpen, Vickie (Andrew) Hill, Kristen Hayden, J.T. and Arielle Rudolph and T.J. Gilbreath; sister Carolyn Cessnas of Potomac, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his step-mother Edna Clemmons Thigpen; brother Bobby Thigpen; great-granddaughter Alana Christine Whited.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Danny Odell Dodd, 57
WATERTOWN - Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Dodd, 57, of Watertown.
A native of Wilson County and a mechanic, he died Saturday, April 10, 2011 at his residence.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Ben Fuston with burial at the Jennings Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Sharon Preston Dodd of Watertown and children Daniel Christopher (Leslie Woods) Dodd of Westmoreland, Randi Lois Dodd of Lebanon and Jessie Danielle Dodd of Nashville; grandchildren Olivia and Abby Spoon, Nevah Dodd, Todd and Chris Reeder; mother Bessie Dodd of Lebanon.
Also surviving are siblings: Deborah (Thomas) Tittle, William C. (Kay) Dodd, James (Judy) Dodd, Wayne Dodd, Darrell (Jan) Dodd, Jeff (Shelia) Dodd and Scott Dodd -- all of Wilson County; along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by daughter Lisa Reeder, father Henry Dodd, sisters Rebecca Dodd and Shirley Ann Estes.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
Erlene Williams Owen, 94
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 11 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Owen, 94, of the Norene Community.
a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church and a retired cashier after 30 years at People's Bank of Norene and Sun Trust Bank, she died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mrs. Owen and her husband, Billy, resided on the Owen's family Century Farm and were honored at the 2004 Wilson County Fair as official Old Timers and Grand Marshals of the parade.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Billy Trice and the Rev. Greg Bell.
Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 60 years Billy Owen; son-in-law Rex Jenkins of Bellview; niece Carolyn Harris of Hermitage; nephew Wayne (Lynette) Beadle of Norene; sister-in-law Margaret Adams of Lebanon; devoted friend Mildred Edwards; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Della Porterfield Williams; daughter Judy Dawn Jenkins; first husband James Horace Bond.
Pallbearers: James Evans, Bobby Beadle, John Harris, Bryan Harris, Tommy Beadle and David Beadle.
The family wishes to thank Elmcroft of Lebanon for the special care and attention, as well as thanks to the Norene Community for all they have done for the Owen family.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy Edward Shannon, 62
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 11 at Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church for Mr. Shannon, 62, of Lebanon.
Mr. Shannon, a standout slowpitch softball player at Lebanon's Oiler Park with the Valley Discount Team, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011.
Survivors include: wife Elizabeth Neal Shannon; sons Kitwana, Jimmy Jr. (Michelle) and Toriano (Kelly); daughters Athena (Richard) and Tyhesia; brothers Ronnie (Aretha), Vincent (Charlene) and Charles Houston; sisters Jackie, JoAnn, Willie Bell, Doris and Love Lee; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several other family members and friends.
Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by his daughters, Tonya and Partice; parents Margie and Perry Joyner and brothers Robert, Dowell, Joe Lewis, Ray Daniel and Lamont.
Lebanon's Saddler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Lou Alsup, 86
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Alsup, 86, of Nashville and formerly of Lebanon.
A member of College Street Church of Christ, as well as a former employee of TRW's Ross Gear Division, and supervisor for the gift shops in the Opryland Hotel, she died Sunday April 10, 2011 in the Bethany Health Care Center.
Visitation will be held Thursday between the hours of 4-6 p.m. with the memorial Service to follow.
Survivors include: children Harry Loyne (Karen) Alsup, Joseph “Joe” Houston Alsup, Julia Owen Alsup and Mary Jane Alsup.
Also surviving: sister Margaret (James) Craigwall; grandchildren Clayton Houston Alsup and Alexis Nicole Alsup; cousins Dorothy Williams Thompson and Louise Williams Thompson;
Mrs. Alsup is preceded in death by her biological parents, Houston & Lela Sellers Lannom, the loving couple who raised her Dueward & Floettie McKee Williams; husband Harry L. “Chick” Alsup Sr.; brother Orvie Lannom and cousin Ethel Williams Craddock.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be make in her memory to the American Cancer Society, Bill Wilkerson Speech & Hearing Center, Bethany Health Care Center, or the Ronald McDonald House.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Mary Sue Halbert Bland, 92
GLADEVILLE -- Funeral service were held Sunday afternoon, April 10 at Gladeville United Methodist Church for Mrs. Bland, 92, of Lebanon.
A a longtime member of the Gladeville United Methodist Church, Mrs. Bland died April 7, 2011.
Services were conducted by Rev. Mark Youngman. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: sons Edd (Joyce) Bland and Jimmy (Sheree) Bland -- both of Mt. Juliet; daughters Ann (Jim) Harper of Lebanon and Lynn (Jim) Ragland of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving are sisters Emile Manning and Jean Reasonover -- both of Lebanon and Ruth Namnoun of Wallingford, CT; brothers Tommy Halbert, Hamlet Halbert, Robert Halbert and John Halbert -- all of Lebanon; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Wilton Bland; daughter Kathy Moore; sister Clara Ingram; and brothers Hays Halbert and James Kai Halbert.
Active pallbearers: Stan Harper, Michael Bland, Ted Ragland, Scott Moore, Jacob Bland, Jesse Steelman, Cody Steelman and Josh McDowell. Honorary: Winners Sunday School Class, Golden Circle and Tinnell Valley Neighbors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gladeville United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Mildred Burt, 82
MT. JULIET -- Funeral service were held Sunday morning, April 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Burt, 82, of Mt. Juliet.
A member of Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church and a woman of boundless energy and deep emotion, she died April 7, 2011.
Services were conducted by Bro. David Fallin. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughters Diane Sumner, Glenda Boucher and Judy Howard -- all of Mt. Juliet; son Norman "Buddy" Paxton of Long Beach, CA; adopted daughter Vicki Ellis of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving are siblings Odell and Luke of Brandon, MS, Jimmy of Florence, MS, Roger of Alabama; Myrtle (Alvin) Griffin of Brandon, MS, Lillian (R.C.) Mitchell and Martha (Delaine) George of Dekalb, MO, and Carolyn Goodin of Texas; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; grandchildren Eric Hesson, Jackie Brown, Lisa Bates, Denise Jones, Kristy Llamas, Tonya Paxton and Mark Paxton; and great-grandchildren Erica, Dalton, Isaac, Victoria, Christina, Christopher "CJ", Hailey, Shawna, Ry'Laan and Chance.
She loved her children and family deeply.
Mildred was preceded in death by husband Vernon Burt; parents George Lee and Effie Mae Goodin; baby brother Lee, Jr.; sister Catherine McDonald; and brother Johnny Lamar.
The family wishes to thank all of the Stay-Home Critical Care Hospice Staff for their attentiveness, care and support to the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers: Eric Hesson, Chris Jones, Jimmy Ellis, Dalton Hodge, William Bates, George Howard III, Blaine Schooley, Mark Paxton and Courtney Elrod.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Regina Gail Fowler, 60
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 11 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Fowler, 60, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Bethel and Jo Ellen Canter Dickens, Mrs. Fowler died Wednesday April 6, 2011.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Toby Ray (Erica) Fowler of Lebanon and daughter Samantha (Michael) Cooper of Watertown.
Also surviving are brothers Harold (Nancy) Dickens and James Bethel Dickens; sister Myra (Noble) Bane; grandchildren William Mofield, Matthew Cooper, Brittany Cooper and Jesse Cooper, Cody Fowler, Brett Fowler, Kaylee Fowler and Dylan Dickens; as well as numerous nieces & nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Terry Fowler and sister Frankie Dickens.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Fuenral Chapel, Lebanon.
Tom Allen Sanders, 88
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Tom Allen Sanders, 88, of Lebanon.
A US Navy veteran of World War II and retired after 30 years with the federal government flight instructor supervisor for the US Air Force, Mr. Sanders died Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Pavilion.
He was born May 4, 1922 in the Vesta Community to the late Irving and Carrie Hudson Sanders, he was a member of the College Hills Church of Christ. He attended Mt. Juliet High School and joined the US Navy where he was assigned to aircraft carriers, fighters, and dive bombers.
After discharge, he attended farming classes under the direction of the University of Tennessee for three years. He retired from Eglin Air Force Base at Ft. Walton Beach, FL in 1977, returning to Wilson County where he raised beef cattle.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 13, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until services.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: daughter Norma S. (Dr. James) Morris; sisters Hallie Tuggle and Janelle Grimland; grandchildren Dr. Melanie S. Morris (Chris Cronenwett), James W. (Jennifer) Morris III, Meredith L. Hunter, W. Nathan Hunter II and Melissa (Jason) Smith; great grandchildren Jonah Thomas Cronenwett and Maile Angelina Morris.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sanders in preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, the late Jessie Lee Maddux.
Active pallbearers: James W. Morris III, Nathan Hunter II, Chris Cronenwett, Jason Smith, Kenneth Harris, Jerry Maddux, Landis Sanders, Dr. Morris Ferguson and Jeff Porter. Honorary: Neal Oakley, Tommy Knowles, Johnny Clark, John Freeman, Robert Dedman, Jimmy Wright and Dr. Larimore Warren.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Hearthside at Castle Heights.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Willette Patterson Reed, 86
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Reed, 86, of Lebanon.
A medical secretary for Dr. Morris D. Ferguson for almost 30 years, Mrs. reed died April 10, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
Born March 3, 1925, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Willie "Will" Samuel Patterson and Jimmie Katharyne "Kate" Clemons.
Mrs. Reed was a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School and completed the medical secretary program at UT-Nashville. She was a member of First Baptist Church, LLL Club, Wilson County FCE Club.
She served as President of the Donnell Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Reed loved her family, her church and was known throughout the community for her wonderful smile, positive attitude, and loving and gentle spirit.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy and Rev. David Freeman. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
A devoted mother and loving grandmother, she is survived son Gerald Gregory Reed and his wife Yvonne A. Joosten of Brentwood; grandsons: Lyle Andrew Reed of Saratoga Springs, NY and Caelan Riley Reed of Boulder, CO.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Carl Elwin Reed and brothers Robert Allan Patterson and John Hatton Patterson.
The family wishes to express their love and gratitude to her nieces, Laverne Griffin and Linda Patterson, her nephew, Bill Patterson, her best friend, Mildred Carson and her honorary son, Terry Climer for their support and friendship.
Honorary pallbearers: Donnell Sunday School Class. Active Pallbearers: Steve and Mark Carr, Shaun and Bill Patterson, Terry Climer and Dr. Morris D. Ferguson.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Wilson County FCE Club.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Telling Tales

Bumper Talk

Wilson Living Magazine
Sitting in line waiting to pick up my kids from a birthday party at a bouncy place,  I looked around at all the bumpers and realized I was sitting in the company of greatness, and according to one in particular- terrificness. Because of all the decals and magnets it felt like being in pit lane at the Daytona 500.


Ask Ken Beck

The voice of Bugs Bunny made millions laugh

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to the great Mel Blanc, the man who was the voice behind Bugs Bunny? Born Melvin Jerome Blank in San Francisco, “the man of a thousand voices,” died in 1989 in Los Angeles of emphysema and heart disease at age 81. The gifted voice actor first gained fame on radio’s “Jack Benny Program,” but it was as dozens of famous cartoon characters that America and the world came to know his talents. Among other animated characters, Blanc provided the voice for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzalez, Barney Rubble and Sylvester the Cat. The words at the top of Blanc’s tombstone read: “THAT’S ALL FOLKS.”


Wilson Living

It's already April!

Wilson Living Magazine
You can hear almost everyone saying it, so I’ll say it too. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY APRIL! Where did the time go? Now let’s talk about what’s being going on at Wilson Living and Wilson County.



Calendar - April 13

Government Meetings
*Lebanon City Council will have a work session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss the budget and Public Safety Building construction. Council will also hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Town Meeting Hall.

*Wilson County Commission’s Ag Center Management Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Gentry Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon.

*Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon, and will begin the process of appointing a new Administrator of Elections. The deadline for all applicants, as stated in the job posting on the Wilson County website at is Friday, April 15. All applicants who wish to apply or who have already are asked to bring five copies of their resumes.

*Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the applications of Karim Gebrael (St. Maria LLC) d/b/a Chum’s, located at 622 North Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption; Shehata Gergies d/b/a M&N Discount Tobacco and Beer, located at Suite C – 1123 North Castle Heights Ave., for off the premises consumption; Makram A. Gendy d/b/a Daniel’s Market Discount Tobacco and Beer, located at 1037 Sparta Pike, for off the premises consumption; and Barjesh Kumar and Bipinchandra Patel (L&K Corp.) d/b/a AM #2, located at 404 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption.

*Board of Directors of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County will meet at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

*Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to hear a presentation on the drainage studies.

*Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, April 20.

*Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”


General News

Ed Hagerty sworn in Monday as MJ mayor

Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Ed Hagerty was sworn in as Mayor of Mt. Juliet at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night.

“With Mt. Juliet, we were in danger of becoming a bedroom community of Nashville,” Hagerty said. “That’s not my vision.”

Hagerty believes that Mt. Juliet can “be a true edge city where people cannot just shop here, they can live, work, shop, play, worship, raise their family in a safe environment and now with Del Webb, have a great place to retire.”

The meeting itself was quick, lasting only 33 minutes.  “That might be a record,” Hagerty quipped after the motion to adjourn.


General Sports

CU honors academic athletes

Cumberland Athletics will honor 176 student-athletes who held a 3.0 grade-point-average or above at the end of the Fall 2010 semester during a luncheon Thursday, April 14 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Student-athletes from Cumberland’s 16 sports will be recognized, including baseball (19), bowling (7), cheerleading (9), cycling (7), football (49), men’s basketball (6), men’s golf (3), men’s soccer (13), men’s tennis (5), softball (12), women’s basketball (6), women’s golf (4), women’s soccer (10), women’s tennis (4), volleyball (7) and wrestling (5).

Eight athletic training and two students who work within the athletic department will also be part of the group.

“We want to start a tradition of recognizing our student-athletes and their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Ron Pavan, Director of Athletics. “This is a great way to honor all of these students and their academic achievements.”

Greg Appleton
Matt Burke
Jesse Coe
Justin Fann
Cody Ferrell
Troy Frazier
Brandon Goodman
Daniel Harrison
Derrick Harwood
Brandon King
Keith Kirby
Will Locante
John Malone
Logan Neal
Richie Seaton
Matthew Sedgwick
Devin Stovall
Jimmy Van Buren
Matt Vance

Lauren Adams
Ryan Cox
Shannon Judd
Brennan Page
Brandon Pannell
Kristen Sisco
Shelby Swindell

Layce Booker
Brittany Brinkley
Presli Dickerson
Amber Dodson
Jessica Heisley
Tanna Hooberry
Lillian McNeal
Carly Odil
Samantha Smith

Jeremy Chambers
Mathew Meunier
Alejandro Padilla
Geoffrey Pfeiffer
Ryan Sullivan
Jordan Taylor
Juan Torres

Dustin Allen
Clay Anderson
Beau Baker
Ty Best
Bobby Bock
Aaron Brown
Curt Bureau
Carson Clemons
Justin Cox
Nathan Davis
Daniel Dayton
Chris Eads
Matthew Efird
Matthew Green
Sam Greene
Reed Gurchiek
Michael Hagewood
Ronez Harris
Jacob Hill
Todd Holman
Brent Hughes
Isaac Hulan
Jeremy Hurford
Deonta Johnson
William Judson
Kyle Long
Broc Loveless
Corey Matyskiela
Cody McCallister
Connor McChurch
Tim McCord
Chris Miles
Ben Miller
Kolt Owenby
Eugene Pool
Mitch Reynolds
Daley Sallis
Kenny Sallis
Michael Santucci
Robert Scales
Michael Shannon
Josh Smith
Naaman Stillwell
Josh Walker
Taylor Watson
Jared White
Mason Willis
Adam Wiss
Josh Workman

Haris Batalevic
Josh Pierce
Walter Simon
Kyle Upton
Terry Williams
Adrian Williamson

Christian Spicer
Dustin Thomas
Paul Vaughan

Robert Als
Zack Batty
Robert Boyd
Eckton Chinyanga
Eric Clark
Nathan Gibson
Neil Howard
Gubby John-Williams
Austin Martin
Seth Obermeyer
Daniel Ramsey
Matthew Shattuck
Bradley Williams

Devin Crotzer
Jeremy Fleming
Pedro Rodrigues
Evan Sanna
Shawn Schaefer

Tonya Barlow
Victoria Bennett
Allison Blackwood
Autumn Collins
Caity Gray
Megan Lavery
Christina Manis
Courtney Maynard
Taylor McDaniel
Sarah Murray
Nicole Swann
Courtney White

Tamara Gonzalez
Samantha Harper
Stefanía Ibague
Kristi Landers
Madison Pavan
Angie Wells

Allyson Agee
Sarah Beth Foote
K.C. McGinley
Kayla Smith

Cierra Boots
Mandie Crispin
Helena Dimantas Farias
Brittanie Jackson
Katie Ongaro
Simone Quinn
Candice Ray
Morgan Shaffer
Hanna Sparks
Michelle Ward

Larissa Akari Miura
Amber Johnson
Tais Lacerda Bezerra
Anita Rácz

Samantha Bellar
Lauren Carter
Mackenzie Gass
Meghan Gass
Jaclyn Jordan
Jessica Gericke
Angelyn Stanton

Joshua Chappa
Zeke Hunt
Adam Myers
Andy Shoultz
Matthew Stanfield

Tara Crawford
Aaron Tomlinson

Matt Cherry
Kayla Howell
Lauren Hulsey
Kelli Johnson
Chelsey Mathias
Kaydy McIntosh
Randy Moss
Becky Porter

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