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Charles D. Nichols, 66
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Nichols, 66, of Watertown.
Retired from Textron/AVCO after 32 years, he died Monday, June 6, 2011, at his home.
Born in Buena Vista, Virginia, he was the son of the late McKamey Nichols and Audrey Clarice Nichols (John) Phillips and grew up in Crossville.
Mr. Nichols was a founding member of the Smith/Wilson Charter of ABATE and was president and treasurer of the Local 735 International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.
Visitation Wednesday 4–8 p.m. and after 9 a.m Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Shelia West Nichols; children John W. (Carol Dillon) Nichols of Watertown; Shelia Renee Nichols of Castalian Springs; Douglas R. (Ansley) Nichols of Marietta, GA; and Elizabeth West of Nashville.
Also surviving are grandchildren Crystal Nichole (Stephen) Atnip, Charles Arron (Kasey) Nichols, Mathew S. Nichols, Jeffrey Barrett, Casey Blu Barrett and Emma Victoria Nichols; along with great grandchildren Stephanie and April Atnip, William and Austin Nichols and Amanda and Riley Barrett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Emma Jean Likens Nichols; and sons Timothy Wayne Nichols and Michael Lynn Nichols.
Pallbearers:  Mathew S. Nichols, Jeffrey Barrett, Casey Blu Barrett, Charles Arron Nichols, Stephen Atnip, Jimmy Barrett and Jerry Cole.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.
DeWitt Earl "Buddy" Roberts
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 7 at St. Stephen Catholic Community for Mr. Roberts of Lebanon.
Born in Alexandria, La., Mr. Roberts died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at his residence.
The son of the late Mary Eleanor Campbell Roberts and DeWitt Talmadge Roberts, he attended Bolton High School in Alexandria, and later graduated from Chalmette High School, Chalmette, La.
He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Roberts was retired from University Medical Center and Cracker Barrel Inc. in Lebanon.
He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert H. Hatton Camp No. 723, and Company K, 46th Tennessee Infantry Re-enactors.
Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens, Lebanon.
Survivors include: wife of more than 23 years Kathryn Hall Roberts; daughter Lorena (William) Troughton; grandchildren Ioan Rhys Lord and Eluned  Catrin Troughton -- all of Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K.; brother Charles Roberts of Denham Springs, La.; and sisters Leta Juneau, Patsy Myers, and Elizabeth Holmes -- all of Alexandria, La., and Carolyn Gibson, of Quinton, Okla.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Music City Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Faye Brown, 71
CARTHAGE -- Mrs. Faye Brown, 73, wife of Red Boiling Springs Vice-Mayor Willie Brown, died Wednesday June 1, 2011 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 6 at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Eppefania Fana Santana in Kailula Kona, Hawaii on March 24, 1938 she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Rivera Santana.
On January 4, 1956 she was united in marriage to Tennessee native Willie Lee Brown in Hilo, Hawaii.
The Browns were preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Brown in 2000.
She was a 1954 graduate of Kona High School.
A homemaker, she and her husband made their home on Bennett Hill Road and Mrs. Brown was of the Protestant faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband of 55 years are children: Willie (Vickie) Brown Jr. of Hilham, Bruce (Teresa) Brown of Celina, Jeanie (Robbie) Tucker and Scott (Teresa) Brown -- all of Lebanon, Tammy (Danny) Phillips of Granville, Amanda Brown of Red Boiling Springs; siblings Elizabeth LeDunn, Olivia Hedler, Judy Santana, Susannah Pacheco Ruth Berinobis, John Santana Jr., Steven, Jeffery and Casey Santana -- all of Hawaii; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage was in charge of arrangements.
Gloria Case, 64
MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Case, 64, of Lebanon.
She passed away June 7, 2011.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 9 from 12-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday, June 10 at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Granville City Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband John Case; sons Michael Johnston, Perry Johnston and Charles Wayne Case; daughters Cheryl Johnston, Michele (David) Tidwell, Betty Jean Case and Katrina Dawn Case.
Also surviving are siblings Robert (Nadine) Hudson, Michael (Pam) Smith, Richard Smith, Gary (Holly) Hillier, Diane Pink, Darlene (Andy) Knudsen, Helen Miller and Deloris (Roy) Wilkes; 31 grandchildren along with four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephan Papp and Irene Hudson; and her brother, Ronnie Papp.
Pallbearers: Joshua Vanatta, Matthew Vanatta, Christopher Vanatta, Joseph Vanatta, Anthony Duke and Billy Case.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Hattie Lucille Johnson, 52
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church for Ms. Johnson, 52, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County, and a longtime employee of Shoney's in Lebanon, Ms. Johnson died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
The daughter of the late Sidney and Hattie Johnson Sr., she attended Market Street School.
Ms. Johnson was a member of Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church and most recently of Pinnacle Life Christian Center.
Visitation will be 12 Noon until the service Wednesday afternoon at the church.
Survivors include: children Monray, Terry (Wally) and MonLetio "Lil Bill" Johnson; adopted children Leonisha, Rosa Raudales, Ontario and Jonisha Jarrett; daughter Virginia Shaw; partner Matthew "Matt" Jackson; grandchildren Terrance Shaw, Vontez Johnson, Nikki Patterson, Zaria Johnson, Trevone Samuel, Alasha Johnosn and Desiree Northington; brothers Sidney (Cindy), Ricky (Barbara) and Johnny (Dionna) Jackson; nieces Princess and Shontae Johnson; nephews LaQuan, Jason, Justin, Ricjy Jr. and Darius Johnson, Jeffery Allen and DeAndra Beasley; great-nephews DaCorrius Crawford and Treyvon Johnson; uncles Raymond (Joyce) Weir, Harry (Mary) Harris; aunts Franoeola (Roger) Kirkendoll, and Doris, Delois and Annie Weir; great-aunt Louise Seay; and friends Geraldine Shannon and Bettie Stewart.
She was preceded in death by parents; brother James Johnson; uncles Kenneth, William and Edward; and great-niece Jamaria Johnson.
Lebanon's Saddler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jeffery Ian Tisdale, age 5
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Jeffery Ian Tisdale, age 5, of Lebanon.
A student at Southside Elementary School, he passed away Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Visitation will be held Wednesday June 8 between the hours of 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, June 9 from 1 p.m. until funeral services.
Brother Stan Edwards will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: parents Jeffery and Traci Tisdale; brother Justin “Bubba” Tisdale; maternal grandparents Perry and Phyllis Ducote; paternal grandparents Hobart Odell Tisdale Jr. and Joyce Ann Goad Tisdale; uncle Kirk (Nicole) Tisdale; aunts Jennifer (David) Licon, Leeann (Pat) Manning, Jamie (William) Thompson, Jill (Jake) Balding, Terri Ducote and Tiffany (Andy) Pruitt as well as numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by great grandmother, Annabel Head Ducote Renz.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Ian’s memory to Jeffery Ian Tisdale Memorial Fund c/o of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street, Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Lloyd A. Warden, 89
MT. JULIET --  Memorial services will be private for Mr. Warden, 89, of Mt. Juliet.
A member of Green Hill Church of Christ and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizen Center, he died Monday, June 6, 2011.
Mr. Warden was the son of the late James Jesse and Lula Mae Stroud Warden.
Survivors include: wife Mary Ely Warden and children Walter Henderson, Deborah Ann (Rory) Smith and James Richard (Debra) Warden.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Mary Frances Prichard, 93
ALEXANDRIA -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 7 at West Main Baptist Church for Mrs. Prichard, 93, formerly of Watertown.
Mrs. Prichard died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at NHC Health Care. She was retired from Precision Rubber and a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria.
Services were conducted by Rev. Ben Simpson. Interment followed in Hillview Cemetery.
Survivors include: brother Carl Prichard of Murfreesboro; nieces and nephews Nancy Beckwith of Murfreesboro, Thomas (Marlene) Prichard of Alexandria, Charles (Brenda) Prichard of Alexandria, Mike (Kaye) Prichard of Alexandria and Kayla (Chuck) Youngquist of Lebanon; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, A.R. and Etta Vanatta Prichard; brother Earl Prichard.
Great-nephews served as pallbearers.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Noble Pruitt, 55
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Pruitt, 55, of Watertown.
A US Army veteran, he died Friday, June 3, 2011 in the University Medical Center.
Mr. Pruitt was self-employed with Pilot Car Service and a member of the Baptist faith.
Services were conducted by Brother Forrest Creekmore. Interment followed at Jennings Cemetery in Statesville.
Survivors include: wife Myra Bane Pruitt of Watertown; son Jonathan(Laura) Pruitt of Washington, D.C.; brother Carl Pruitt of LaFayette; sister Evelyn Pruitt of Washington State; step-son Richard (Wisa) Bane of Lebanon and adopted son Adam (Keri) Cozart of Watertown; Melissa Bane of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Pruitt & Marietta High Pruitt; brother, Jimmy Pruitt.
Friends and family served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Wayne Speck, 61
LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, June 6 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center for Mr. Speck, 61, of Lebanon.
Mr. Speck passed away Friday, June 3, 2011.
Services were conducted by Reverend Gordon Lee. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 38 years, Brenda Bogle Speck; children Misty (Roger) Smith, Sandy (Ralph) Jackson, Dennis (Shana) Speck, Shannon (Tischa) Speck and Mark (Paige) Speck; siblings Jimmie Lee Petty, Harold (Janie) Speck, L.E. (Ruth) Speck, Shirley (James Earl) Driver, Sara (Allen) Tomlinson and Barbara (Ralph) Hall; and 17 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents Osko and Ocie Hargis Speck, brother George Howard Speck and sister Billie Ruth Bates.
Pallbearers: John Davis, Paul Nolan, Maxie Croninger, Austin Speck, Dillon Jackson and Bill Cannon.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

General Sports

NASCAR returns to Lebanon July 22-23

LEBANON -- Nashville Superspeedway will play host to a NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session for ticket holders as part of its upcoming July 22-23 race weekend.
The autograph session is scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in the Expo area located outside Gate 3 at Nashville Superspeedway.
The session will run from 1 to 2 p.m. A limited number of wristbands will be issued in advance of the session, beginning at 11 a.m., to those that present a ticket to either the "Lucas Deep Clean 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or "Federated Auto Parts 300" NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Parking lots open at 9 a.m.
Participating drivers will be announced as they are confirmed on, as well as on and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ricky Carmichael is the first driver confirmed for the autograph session.
Tickets for the "Federated Auto Parts 300" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on July 23 start at just $30, while tickets for the "Lucas Deep Clean 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on July 22 start at $25.

Juniors, ages 14 and younger, can attend any event for $10. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early for the best prices. Adult ticket prices will increase by $10, and junior prices will increase by $5, if purchased on race day.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-RACE-TIX or visit

Wilkerson is 1st team All-American

Aaron Wilkerson was voted First Team NAIA All-American, Mike Mandarino earned Second Team honors and Will Locante was an Honorable Mention selection, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) All-America Selection Committee and announced by the national office this week.

Wilkerson becomes only the second Bulldog to earn either First or Second Team All-America honors twice during his career. Steve Green garnered Second Team accolades twice and First Team honors as a senior.

Wilkerson, a Waco, Texas, native, garnered Second Team All-America honors in 2010 before posting a 12-0 record with a 1.49 earned-run-average in 90.1 innings of work this season. The righthander struck out 90 in 14 appearances with 13 starts and seven complete games, tossing three shutouts. Opponents batted just .179 against him this season. He ranked third nationally in victories this season, seventh in opponent batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.58), and ninth in ERA.

Wilkerson set a pair of NAIA records in 2011 as well, tossing 54.0 consecutive scoreless innings from February 19 to April 8. He also won 26 consecutive decisions to end his career, dropping his first start in 2010 and never losing again.

Mandarino put up monstrous numbers despite the new bats in college baseball in 2011. The Massapequa, N.Y., native batted .370 with 19 doubles, 18 homers and 66 RBIs as well as 50 runs scored. He finished second on the club in average and runs scored and led the Bulldogs in doubles, homers and RBIs.

Mandarino, CU’s full-time designated hitter and also a weekend starter for most of the year, also compiled a 5-3 record on the mound with a 4.37 ERA in 11 starts and 47.1 innings of work, striking out 35. He ranked sixth nationally in home runs and total bases (153), 20th in doubles and RBIs and 23rd in slugging percentage (.708).

Locante formed a dynamic 1-2 punch on the mound for the Bulldogs this season, registering an 8-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 81.0 innings of work. The lefthander posted 118 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 13 starts with eight complete games and a pair of shutouts. The Memphis, Tenn., native ranked second in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.11) and third in total strikeouts as well as seventh in opponent batting average and eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.67).

Wilkerson, Mandarino and Locante give Cumberland 59 All-Americans under head coach Woody Hunt, including 20 First Team, 18 Second Team and 21 Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Wood bat tourney opens Wednesday

From Post staff reports
The second annual F-Series Wildcat Wood Bat Classic kicks off Wednesday at Wilson Central High with two games. Play will continue through Sunday at Central and at Cumberland University's Stockton Field.

Tournament finals and consolation games are scheduled for Sunday. Admission is $5 per session or $15 for a tournament pass. Teams are comprised of high school aged players (16 and 17) with a sprinking of 18 year-olds.

Wednesday night’s first round games at WCHS include:
 6 p.m. – Generals vs Mustangs
 8:30 p.m. – Worth Bulldogs vs Mustangs

6:00PM – Longhorns v Specialties
8:30PM – Bearcats v Riverdogs-RED

5:30PM – Specialties v Riverdogs-BLACK

3:30PM – East TN Bulldogs v Vipers
6:00PM – Vipers v Bearcats
8:30PM – Coyotes v Tigers

8:00AM – Riverdogs-RED v Tigers
10:30AM – Coyotes v Riverdogs-RED
1:00PM – Riverdogs-BLK v Mustangs
3:30PM – Worth Bulldogs v Specialties

8:00AM – Generals v Riverdogs-BLK
10:30AM – Longhorns v Generals
1:00PM – East TN Bulldogs v Tigers
3:30PM – Bearcats v East TN Bulldogs
6:00PM – Vipers v Coyotes
8:30PM – Longhorns v Worth Bulldogs


F-Series Custom Bats - owner, Brandon Farmer, is a former Lebanon High baseball standout and JV coach at Wilson Central. He's been cutting wood bats for four years now, and has had great reviews of his bats.  This is his second year in providing bats for this tournament.  He can be reached at 615-306-3266.
Wood bats are generally an equalizer for power hitting teams vs contact hitting teams.  The style of play is more even, and pitching strength and team speed becomes more noticable.  There are many wood bat tournament opportunities cropping up in the Southeast now for all age groups.
Team notables -
Many of the players on these rosters are being scouted by college programs.  I've received several emails lately from college coaches requesting rosters and player information.
East Tennessee Bulldogs, coached by Stephen Baker, pitching coach and recruiter at Tennessee Weslyan.
Some local notables -
MJ Bearcats - Austin Dyer
Mustangs - Devin Fish, 9AAA District MVP
Longhorns - Ethan Nehus, 9AAA All-District

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