LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Bennett, 90, of Lebanon.
A homemaker and a founding member of the Rocky Grove Missionary Baptist Church, she died Nov. 16, 2010.
Preceded in death by her husband Thomas F. Bennett, she and Mr. Bennett were saved in the Barnett’s Campground in Plunkett’s Creek, Smith County.
Visitation Friday from 11 a.m. until the service in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Mike Manning. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Robert D."Don” (Jimmie Nell) Bennett, Gary Thomas Bennett -- all of Lebanon; Joann Sanders of Nashville and Darlene (Larry) Eley of Franklin.
Also surviving are grandchildren Daryl (Lisa) Bennett, Julie Neblett, Jeffrey (Ann Marie) Neblett, Ashley (Jeff) Sullivan and Lee (Megan) Sanders; as well as six great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary Eudean Bennett; brothers Howard Lester and William Frank Lester.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Mann, 96, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County and the son of the late Willie Edward and Lucy Scott Mann, he died Nov. 16, 2010 at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.
Employed with Davis Cabinet Company before enlisting in the U.S. Marines in 1943, Mr. Mann served in Guam and Okinawa before being discharged in 1946.
He worked at DuPont for over ten years. In 1957, he moved to Lake Worth, Florida and drove a city bus for ten years and later went to work as a prison guard before retiring in 1979.
He moved back to Lebanon in 1992 and was a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Brad Brandon. Interment will follow at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison.
Survivors include: sister Dean (Billy) Comer of Lebanon as well as and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wives Nellie Birdwell Mann and Mary May Schnipp Mann; siblings Rose Jamison, May Brown, Alta Pierce, Annie Barrett, Tom, Robert, Billy and James Mann.
Pallbearers: Tommy Skeen, Carl Comer, Mark Hackett, Steve Havron, Chad Mitchell, and Bobby Joe Mann.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
LEABNON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Gentry, 94, of Watertown.
Retired from the Lebanon Garment Factory, she died Nov. 16, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Friday, between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until service on Saturday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include nieces and nephews: Jordan W. “Junior” (Gail) Measle Jr. of Carthage, Marie (Joe) Bennett of Brush Creek, and Brenda Thoreson of Albuquerque NM; as well as cousins and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is preceded in death by husband Odell Gentry, parents R. Authur and L. Princie Baker Measle, and siblings Oliver Measle, Ovie Mae Smith and Jordan W. Measle Sr.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By ANGEL KANE
As I lay across the kitchen floor Sunday night, surrounded by bubble wrap, duck tape, a pulley and wig, my husband walked in,
“Well, this looks like another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into.”
And honestly, if at that moment my fingers had not been super-glued together, I would have exhibited some rather rude behavior. Instead (due to circumstances beyond my control), I took the high road.
ASK KEN BECK --
Dear Ken: What is comedic actor Eddie Murphy up to these days?
Murphy, 49, recently signed to star opposite Ben Stiller in the movie “Tower Heist.” According to “Entertainment Weekly,” the plot has Stiller as the overworked manager of a Manhattan luxury high-rise partnering with his operation and maintenance workers to stage a heist of its penthouse tenant, a Wall Street capitalist, played by Alan Alda, who defrauded the staff of their pensions. Murphy was most recently the voice of the donkey in “Shrek Forever After,” and has completed filming “A Thousand Words,” about a man who discovers he only has 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. It’s set for release in early 2011.
By KEN BECK, Special to The Wilson Post
VINE — Woodworker Tommy Nation hated the feeling in the pit of his stomach as he saw most of his co-workers pick up not a Christmas bonus check but their lay-off slip. It was three days before Christmas 1990, and he was just about the last man standing.
Not only did he grieve for his cohorts at the Mt. Juliet company that built swim platforms for competitive ski boats, but he realized his number could be up soon, too.
A hard worker and a quick thinker, within a couple of months Nation took matters into his own skillful hands and began a family business out of his carport in the Vine Community near the Rutherford County line. Today, Teak World Enterprises makes more swim platforms than any company in the United States.
"Everybody who works here is either my son, my brother or my nephew," Nation said about the business, born March 12, 1991, which also builds teak parts for boat companies and boat owners across the country.
From Post staff reports
Two young mothers, both professionals, found themselves with some extra time on their hands some three years ago and decided to do something fun.
They approached The Wilson Post about writing a weekly column about their life experiences, and in turn, the lives of hundreds perhaps thousands of other working moms like them. The results have been amazing.
The two columnists, Becky Andrews and Angel Kane, have become a weekly favorite in Wilson County’s leading community newspaper, and their column was the foundation for developing a now very popular lifestyle magazine, Wilson Living. But wait, there’s more.
Now the inventors of “Telling Tales” are publishing their first book that is to go on sale this weekend at the Wilson Living Expo.
To those Wilson Countians younger than say, 45, the name George Harding might not ring a bell. But to those of us living on the other side of 50, there was no one who stood taller in county government than Mr. Harding, who died Wednesday morning, Nov. 17 at the age of 88 at ElmCroft Assisted Living.
A Masonic service will be held at 6:15 Friday, Nov. 19 at the Frist United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life following at 7:30 p.m. conducted by Bishop Robert Spain, Dr. Larry Locke, Dr. Martin Thielen and Rev. Bucky Hesson. A private graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
One of the architects of the present benefits package now enjoyed by county employees, as well as a champion of youth baseball, libraries, roads, and public education, Mr. Harding was a colorful, yet sometimes controversial character.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — A man employed by a Mt. Juliet construction company died Friday, Nov. 12 while working on a bridge spanning the Wolf River in Memphis, officials said this week.
Chief Manager Kevin Hinson of Mountain States Contractors, LLC said Monday that Rene Mendez, a carpenter with the company for more than two years, was killed on Nov. 12 while working on a bridge over the Wolf River in Memphis. Hinson said the situation is still under investigation, and he didn’t include details on Mendez’s death. He said that Mendez had been working on the project for over a year.
Mountain States Contractors, located at 5760 Old Lebanon Dirt Road in Mt. Juliet, handles heavy civil and highway work, Hinson said, and has been in business here for seven years.
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officers are still investigating the defacement of the Wall of Honor at Wilson Central High School this past week.
WCHS Principal Darian Brown said on Tuesday that the SROs are “looking into leads” that have been provided.
He noted that last week, on Veterans’ Day, the Mt. Juliet High School senior class presented him with a $300 donation, collected by the students, and a “letter of regret” for what happened.
He said MJHS students helped WCHS students and other volunteers last Wednesday to repaint the wall in time for Veterans’ Day, which he said “showed a lot of class, effort and concern on their part.”
GRETCHEN WILSON TO HOST FEB. 26
Some of the country’s best songwriters will join country music star Gretchen Wilson for the third annual “MCA’s Music at the Mill” on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Tickets for the event are on sale now – great for Christmas gifts. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 444-2678 or online sales at www.mcclainchristian.org/mca-store/online-tickets.
The star-studded line-up is hosted by Wilson County’s own Gretchen Wilson. Among her hits are “I Got Your Country Right Here,” Work Hard, Play Harder,” All Jacked Up,” “Here for the Party,” and “Redneck Woman.” Performers include some of music’s most accomplished and wide-ranging talents.
Four TSSAA Hall of Champions doubleheaders were staged Tuesday night involving local prep basketball teams. Here's a rundown --
Watertown sweeps WH-Heritage -- Watertown High swept a pair from visiting White House-Heritage Tuesday night.
The Watertown girls hammered WH-Heritage 50-14 in the head coaching debut for Lane Price.
The Tigerettes jumped to a 32-7 lead and never looked back. Hailey Speck had 16, Hayler Clark added 12 and Morgan Gartner added 11.
In the nightcap, Matt Bradshaw saw his Purple Tigers hang on for a 40-33 win over the Patriots.
Watertown took control with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Josian Smith and Cameron Jordan led the Tigers with 11 points each.
Watertown will play at Merrol Hyde in Hendersonville Thursday for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.
Macon Co. sweeps LHS -- Macon County High took a couple of games from visiting Lebanon Tuesday night in a TSSAA Hall of Champions twinbill.
The Devilettes dropped a 74-69 overtime loss to Macon County despite 24 from Julia Fox and 22 from recent Lenoir-Rhyne signee Marissa Jennings.
The Blue Devils were their own worst enemy with 32 turnovers in Tuesday's 64-56 loss to Macon County.
Zach Billenstan led the tigers with 16 points -- all in the fourth quarter.
LHS got 18 from Cameron High, 14 from Hunter Christian and 13 from Kyrus Hoffinger.
Lebanon will host Independence High Friday in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
MJ Bears sweep LaVergne -- Mt. Juliet High opened the season with a pair of home wins Tuesday night vs. LaVergne High.
The Lady Bears took an 18-3 lead after one quarter en route to a 65-14 victory. Caya Williams led the way with 18 points and Page Baugher added 13.
The Mt. Juliet boys needed overtime to dispose of LaVergne 54-49 in Tuesday's second game.
Brandon Shepard had 14 for Mt. Juliet while Caleb Chowbay added 12 -- including five in the extra period.
Both Mt. Juliet teams will participate in the Leroy Wright Tournament at Cane Ridge next week. The MJ girls play McGavock Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by the Bears playing Antioch High at 8:30 p.m.
MJCA splits with Pleasant View -- Mt. Juliet Christian's girls dropped a 35-26 decision to visiting Pleasant View Christian Tuesday night in a TSSAA Hall of Champions game.
Allison Mahabir led MJCA with 12.
The nightcap found the Saints winning 65-48 over Pleasant View.
Daniel harden led MJCA with 20 while T.J. Roberts added 17. Grant Keen chipped in with 10 points.
MJCA will host TSSAA Division II East-Middle region play Friday, Nov. 18 as Riverside Christian from Fayetteville visits for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.
OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services were held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Root, 85 of Mt. Juliet.
Born Oct. 16, 1925 in Smith County, she died Nov. 11, 2010 in Hermitage.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
Survivors include: son Earl (Teresa) White; grandson Christopher (Stacy) White; step-granddaughters Tammy Potts and Tiffany Stroupe; step-great-grandchildren Jayce, Jessica, Ethan and Kelly; sister Mary (Dewitt) Stickle of Gordonsville; and brother John Robertson of Knoxville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hardy Williams and Sadie Duke; and brothers A.J., Henry and James.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
MT. JULIET -- Mr. Pitcock, 52, of Mt. Juliet died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.
A member of the Mt. Juliet Missionary Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Bennett Pitcock, Jr. and Betty Louise Farris Pitcock.
Survivors include: siblings David (Debra) Pitcock, Steve (Sandra) Pitcock, Fay Shutt, Sheila Pitcock, Sammy (Cheryl) Pitcock and Vicky (Danny) Marlin.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Juliet Missionary Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
DIERKS, AR -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, Nov. 16 at Dierks Church of Christ, for Mr. Williamson, 90, of Mt. Juliet.
Formerly of Arkansas, he died died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.
A member of the Church of Christ, he was an avid hunter.
Interment was at Dierks Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife of 69 years Deane Anderson Williamson; son Wayne (Betty) Williamson; sisters Faye Stark and LaVaughn White; grandchildren Deana Driver and Mark Williamson; great-grandchildren Gabrielle and Michael Driver and Ellen and John Williamson.
Mr. Williamson was the son of the late, William Levi and Fannie Daniel Williamson. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Ruth Sharp, Ada Williamson and Loyd Williamson.
Family and friends served as active pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., 410 Allied Drive, Nashville, 37211-3304.
Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 16 at Ellis Funeral Home for Mr. Bennett, 89, of Mt. Juliet.
A decorated veteran of World War II, Mr. Bennett died Nov. 14, 2010.
Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Survivors include: children James C. (Carlene) Bennett, Jr., Mona Bennett, Donna L. (Ronnie) Arndt and Regina Bennett.
Also surviving: siblings Billy Ray Bennett, James Wesley Bennett, Dorothy Biggerstaff, Betty Page, Margie Bennett and Linda Walker; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mr. Bennett is preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Toney Bennett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice or Elephants International.
Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, Nashville.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 16 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Montgomery, 81, of Lebanon.
Known as “Bobbie” to her family and friends, she died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at University Medical Center.
A homemaker, she was the daughter of the late Robert & Rubye Hobbs.
Services were conducted by with Brother Todd Elliott.
Survivors: children Ronny Taylor, Keith (Holly) Taylor, Larry (Carol Ann) Montgomery, Barry Montgomery and Becky (James Earl) Keel.
Also surviving: brother Terry (Grace Ann) Hobbs; grandchildren Patrick (Kelley) Taylor, Rhonda (Bubba) Carroll, Brian (Kelly) Baskin, Heather (Jeff) Vallett, Katie (Daniel) Petroff, Scott (Patricia) Taylor, Shane (Danielle) Taylor, T.C. Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Ashley Taylor, Braden Taylor, Chad Montgomery, Travis Montgomery and Kevin Montgomery as well as 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Tamer Joe Montgomery; son Bill Taylor and granddaughter Stephanie Danielle Montgomery.
Family members served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Cross Style Church, 104 Trinity Lane, for Mr. Nichols, 38, of Lebanon.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he died Nov. 12, 2010.
A construction worker, he attended Cross Style Church.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Stephen Manley.
Interment will be in the McKinney-Nichols Family Cemetery near Mt. Vernon, KY
Survivors include: daughter Sara Irene Nichols of Cincinnati, OH; father and step-mother John Thomas and Rhonda Nichols of Bowling Green, KY; brothers Raymond Nichols and Dan Tipton of Cincinnati, OH.
He was preceded in death by his mother Ada Irene Waldon Nichols.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Moore, 63, of Lebanon.
She died Nov. 14, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 11 a.m. until service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Judd Sellars.
Survivors include children: Anita Chipman, Timmy Ashcraft, Barbara (Doug) Mayfield, Chelsea Ashcraft and Ashley Ashcraft; step-daughter Billie Abrams; siblings Betty (George) Cook and Paulette (Buddy) Moore; grandchildren Billy, Josh and Laura Mayfield plus 13 others; and sevengreat-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers: Thomas Ford, Michael Rischbeck and James Barnett.
She is preceded in death husband Ronnie E. Moore, parents Thomas and Ethel Morgan and children’s father Charles Ashcraft.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Crawford, 67, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Jack & Ella Warren Kelley, she died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer.
A member of Gladeville Baptist Church, she was a retired Nurse Tech with Hospice and Home Health Care Services.
Visitation Wednesday from 12 Noon until funeral services.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Andre’ Dugger. Interment follows at Barton’s Creek Cemetery.
Survivors: husband of 51 years Martin Crawford and daughter Cindy (Mike) Wilson.
Also surviving: brothers Lynn (Gail) Kelley and Ed (Pam) Kelley; sisters Jimmie Sue (James) Johnson, Ruby (Rick) Pinson, Margie (Jerry) Maddux, Peggy (Ray) Neely and Betty (Ronnie) Spry; grandchildren: Stephanie (Chad) Linville, Christopher (Lyndsey) Wilson and Matthew (Christy) Wilson; great grandchildren: Jackson, Liam, Conner, Gracie and Victoria; sister-in-law Linda Thompson; along with loving nieces and nephews.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
PILOT GROVE, MO -- Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Meisenheimer Funeral Chapel in Pilot Grove, MO for Mr. Taylor, 76, of Old Hickory.
Born June 25, 1934 in Almena, KS, he died Nov. 11, 2010.
Interment will follow the service at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Japan during the Korean War, hed
Mr. Taylor was a general contractor, building homes was his love as was the Tennessee Vols.
In 1957, he married Marion Sturtivant and on Dec. 20, 1975, he married Susan Barron.
Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan McCarthy; brother Walter and sister Avis.
Survivors include: wife Susan Barron Taylor of Old Hickory; daughters Tracy (Robert) McCarthy of Brentwood and Shelly (Tim) Hanson of Cambridge, NE. Also surviving: grandsons Keith and Daniel Berry; Taylor and Evan McCarthy; sisters Dixie Green, Judy Tadlock, Gloria Egge, Zona (Ron) Fritz and Nancy Fry.
Arrangements by Meisenheimer Funeral Chapel, 200 Roe Street, Pilot Grove, MO.
LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life will be conducted 12 Noon, Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle, 1015 Bluebird Road, for Mrs. McGowan, 85, of Lebanon.
Born January 3, 1925 in Enterprise, AL to the late Lela Belcher and Curt Brown, she died Nov. 12, 2010 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Mrs. McGowan worked in the public school system for 33 years and retired at the age of 75 from Sam Houston Elementary School.
A longtime member of the Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church, she served as church secretary, choir member, member of the Mother’s Board, kitchen committee, and in many other auxiliaries until her health failed her.
A family and friend visitation is planned Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church, 201 Beard Ave., and from 11 a.m. until the service Thursday at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle.
Interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
She leaves to cherish her memory children Jerry McGowan, Joseph M. (Joe Mike) McGowan and Clara F McGowan -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving are grandchildren Maurice McGowan, Cheryl (Robert) Knight, Mario McGowan, Chequita McGowan, Tre McGowan, Marcus Kirkendoll -- all of Lebanon, Dereathia Neuble and Curt McGowan -- both of Hartsville, Daryll McGowan of Dickson, Shelby Turner of Hendersonville, Mark Clemmons of Atlanta, GA, Reginald Robinson of Asheville, NC and Antonio McGowan of Oklahoma City, OK; as well as 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; five sisters, three precede her in death (Annie C Wilkerson, Willie M. Terry, and Clara Brown Rowe) Ola Mae Rivers of Newark, NJ and Gritha Lee Hawkins of Enterprise, AL; two brothers, one preceded her in death (William C Brown) and James W Brown of Enterprise, AL; four sisters-in-laws Ann Brown, Enterprise, AL, Pauline Brown, Tallahassee FL, Irene Griffin, Detroit MI and Juanita Andrews Lebanon; two daughter-in-laws, one preceded her in death (Dianthia Y. McGowan) and Patricia McGowan of Lebanon; devoted niece Annette Jones of Enterprise, AL and devoted nephew Bruce Andrews of Murfreesboro.
She had several play children and several special friends.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. McGowan is preceded in death by husband George M. McGowan Sr.; three children who died before birth and sons Jimmy E McGowan and George M. McGowan, Jr.
Lebanon's Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Curt Mabry passed away Sunday, Nov, 14, 2010 at age 69.
A memorial service, conducted by Brother Kevin Medlin, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Chapel on the Baddour Parkway.
The family will be receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 5 p.m. until service on Thursday.
Survivors include: wife of 46 years Barbara Smith Mabry; children Tracy (James) Tipton and Adrian Mabry; grandchildren: Steven and Stacy Tipton, and Emma Mabry; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Walter and Sadie McClanahan Mabry, brother Robert “Bob” Mabry, and sister Mary Jo Starnes.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association (220 Great Circle Road Suite 134 Nashville, 37228, 615.298-3066).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ for Mrs. Locke, 94, of Mt. Juliet.
Former longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service, she died Nov. 15, 2010.
The oldest member of the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in age and tenure, Mrs. Locke, also worked at Lakeshore Retirement Center.
Visitation Wednesday at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet from 5 – 8 p.m.; Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Services will be conducted with Brother Bill Speight, Pastor Gregory Locke and Pastor Jim Locke officiating.
Interment to follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Jimmy (Helen) Locke, Steve Locke and Pat Jennings; grandchildren Jimbo (Judy) Locke, Jason (Kim) Locke, Jeremy (Cindy) Locke, Jenni Locke, Jessi Locke, Tonya Richards (Mark) Hinesley, Tony (Amanda) Sparkman, Leslie Collier (James) Massey, Scott (Cristy) Collier, Cheryl Engles (Chris) Palmer, Jeff (Kristen) Engles, Chad Locke, Matt Locke, Tracy Ward, U.S. Army Maj. Brian (Bethany) Locke, Greg (Melissa) Locke, Stephanie Lock, Alison Locke, Joseph Locke; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband James Lucian Locke, Sr.; parents R.V. Cawthon and Dovie Talbot Cawthon; children Art Locke and Alison Engles; siblings Sarah Garner, Nancy Hackney, Mary Poe Williams, Evelyn Jennings, Jamie Goldsberry, Margaret Cawthon and Rufus Cawthon.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Make memorial contributions to Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, 37122.
A special thank you to Pat Jennings and Matthew Locke for special caregivers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet,
ALEXANDRIA -- A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the New Hope Baptist Church in DeKalb County for Mr. Dies of Auburntown.
He died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 following a brief illness.
His devotion to his family was outweighed only by his devotion to his Lord. Although a licensed Minister, he chose a pulpit in his everyday surroundings.
A self-employed contractor, he ministered to all he met; selflessly and without recompense. Michael considered his true job to be a husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Dies was an avid fisherman and enjoyed writing.
Visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. until the service Saturday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Brother Ronald Smith with David Merchoff and Mark Garrison leading the Celebration with memories and song.
Survivors include: his wife of 36 years, Laura Gail Dies; Children Christopher (Christy) Dies, Keith (Amanda) Dies -- all of Alexandria, Jason (Jeri) Dies of Lebanon and Jamie Gail (Jeremy) Haynes of Chapel Hill.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Chloe and Mikayla Dies; Ethan, Haley, Caleb, and Autumn Dies; Landon and Allyson Faye Haynes; siblings Judy (Paul) White, Jimmy Dies, Kirby Dies, Ricky (Phyllis) Dies, Andrew (Pamela) Dies, Roger Dies, Chrissy Dies, Billy Dies, Steve Dies, Frank Dies, Tina Dies, Berta (Steve) Foster, and Leon (Teresa) Dies.
He is preceded in death by parents Lewis Thurston "Pete" and Wilberta Murray Dies.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.