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Robert J. Robinson, 68

FORMER CITY BUILDING INSPECTOR
LEBANON — Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for former Lebanon Building Inspector Robert J. Robinson. Mr. Robinson, 68, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at Elmcroft in Lebanon.

He served as the building inspector for the City of Lebanon during the early 1990s. According to former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Jewell, Mr. Robinson was appointed city building inspector in 1990 and served in that post for some four years.

To fill the position, Jewell said yesterday he had called a meeting of local building contractors to explain that the city was adopting the Southern Building Code and what impact that might have on them and their businesses. He said in the meeting he explained that there was a vacancy in the city building inspector’s position and asked if anyone in that group would have an interest in taking over the job.

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CU plays 31 games at home

2011 BASEBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the 2011 schedule this week, which features 31 home games, two contests at Veterans Field in Lebanon and eight opponents ranked in the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll announced last week, open the season February 11-13 at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium against Missouri Baptist and St. Francis-Fort Wayne.

“We’re looking at a very ambitious schedule,” Coach Hunt said. “Our guys love to play at home and I’ve done everything I can to get us as many games as possible in front of our fans.”

CU will head to Jackson, Miss., the next weekend for contests against McKendree University and Belhaven University.

Cumberland then hosts Brewton-Parker in a three-game series and Indiana Tech in a doubleheader the last weekend of February before beginning TranSouth Conference action the first week of March at Freed-Hardeman.

The Bulldogs will continue west after the FHU series for Spring Break, taking on Texas Wesleyan and Northwood University in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and playing LSU-Shreveport on the way home.

Rival Trevecca Nazarene will await the club for a three-game series at home at the end of Spring Break. The series with the Trojans begins a stretch of 16-of-20 games at home, which includes a pair of contests at Veterans Field – March 22 versus Campbellsville University and April 5 against Lindsey Wilson.

During the long home- stand the Bulldogs will entertain Embry-Riddle in a pair of games as well as Georgetown College and Union University.

Cumberland also plays weekend home conference series against Martin Methodist and Mid-Continent in the month of April before the TranSouth Championships scheduled for May 2-5.

In all the Bulldogs will play 14 games against teams ranked in the Preseason Top 25 against Lee University, Embry-Riddle, Belhaven, LSU-Shreveport, Tennessee Wesleyan, Union University, Campbellsville and Brewton-Parker.

In addition the Bulldogs will play another 10 contests against teams in the receiving votes category of the Preseason Poll, including Northwood, Texas Wesleyan, Indiana Tech, Trevecca Nazarene and Bethel University.

Four clubs on the schedule participated in the 2010 NAIA World Series – Lee, Belhaven, Embry-Riddle and Tennessee Wesleyan – while six others played in the 2010 NAIA Championships Opening Round – Brewton-Parker, Campbellsville, Indiana Tech, LSU-Shreveport, Missouri Baptist and Union University.

The full 2011 schedule may be found at www.gocumberlandathletics.com/baseball/schedule/.

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Virginia L. Martin, 59
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20 at the Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Martin, 59, of Mt. Juliet.
The daughter of the late James and Mary Satterfield Eden, she died Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010.
She enjoyed fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services were conducted by Brother Bob Devine.
Survivors include: husband Jack Martin; daughter Dana (Jerry) Porter; step sons Keith (Telena) Martin and Chuck (Dina) Martin.
Also surviving are siblings: James Farris Eden, Minnie Thompson, Doris Smith and Becky Moore along with grandchildren Alecia, Makayla, Cheyenne, Cody and Paige Martin, Joshua and Jared Porter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings J.W. Eden, Farris Wilson and Lilly Faye Moore.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
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Amber Star Spain, 24
MT. JULIET -- Ms. Spain, 24, of Nashville, died Nov. 16, 2010.
A 2004 graduate of Hume Fogg High School, she attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for three years and was an employee of the Cheesecake Factory.
She loved family, friends and music.
Survivors include: mother Velda Spain Brown, step-father Tim Brown, siblings Bobby (Allie) Spain and Dawn (Mike) Corsaw.
Also surviving are grandparents Faye Fusting and Wayne Sievert; nieces and nephews Timberlie, Michelle, Kylie, Alaya,Taylor and Tyler as well as several aunts and uncles.
Ms. Spain was preceded in death by her father Johnny M. Spain and grandfather Richard W. Fusting.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
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Alvin Hale, 78
CONCORD -- Graveside services with military honors were conducted Monday afternoon, Nov. 22 at the Concord Masonic Cemetery in Knox County for Mr. Hale, 78, of Mt. Juliet.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of Hickory Hills Baptist Church, Mr. Hale died Nov. 19, 2010.
Survivors include: children Tony (Kim) Hale of Lenoir City, Danny (Jean) Hale of Gallatin and Lysa Smith of St. Louis, MO; brothers Bobby (Paula) Hale of Corinth, MS and Benny (Christine) Hale of Ashland City; grandchildren Ryan Smith, Courtney Smith, Brittani Hale, Megan Hale, Cassidy Hale and Lindsey Hale.
He was preceded in death by wife Linda Hale; son Barry Hale; parents Howard and Ora Burnell Hale; three brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Hills Baptist Church, 2741 Nonaville Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.
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Jerry Bybee, 55
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Bybee, 55, of Lebanon.
He passed away suddenly Nov. 20, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Conatser Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons Jerry Bybee Jr. and Joey Richard Bybee; companion Deborah Case; step-children Elizabeth Smith, Kelly (Owen) Beauchesne, Joey (Pam) Dickens and Joshua Case.
Also surviving are siblings Harold (Lillian) Bybee, Joe Bybee, James (Tricia) Bybee, Tom (Mary) Bybee, Sue (Walter) Loftis, Frances Reeves, Silas Bybee Jr., Bernice (Leslie) Denson and Billy (Virginia) Bybee; grandchildren Cody Smith, Andrew Smith, Greg Beauchesne, Kati Beauchesne, Reed Dickens and Amelia Case.
He is preceded in death by parents Silas and Lillian Williams Bybee.
Pallbearers: Owen Beauchesne, Joey Dickens, Gregory Beauchesne, Jerry Bybee Jr., Joshua Case, Billy Denson Jr., Billy Bybee and Joe Bybee.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Odis Ray Warren, Sr., 75
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Warren, 75, of Carthage.
Born in Jackson County to the late Newton and Mary Coffee Warren, he died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was a longtime former employee of McFarland and UMC Hospital Maintenance Departments.
Services were conducted by Brother Donnie Bain, Brother Danny Sellars, Brother Todd Elliott and granddaughter Jessica Warren.
Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 53 years Mary Alice Glover Warren of Carthage; children Carolyn Warren Costen and Micheal Lee Warren -- all of Lebanon and Odis Ray (Lydia) Warren Jr. of Carthage.
Also surviving are sisters Johnnie Hemontolar of Lebanon and Bonnie Thompson of Donelson; grandchildren Kimberly Glover, Daniel Warren, Jessica and Hunter Warren and Kristen Woodson; step-grandchildren Ronnie and Brittny Dye; and great-grandchildren Kayla and Kaitlyn Stephenson; adopted children Mary Ann (Donnie) Bain, Ann Crook Knight, Jennifer Driver Warren, Chris Berry and Robert Locke; adopted grandchildren proud to call him "Pa" Kimmie Dawn and Arianna Knight, Emily Lough, Jenna Vaughn as well as adopted great-grandchild Ana Grace Knight along with numerous nieces and nephews, brothers and sister-in-laws, and many, many friends,
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by children Bobby Ray Warren, Ronnie and Donnie Warren; siblings Willie J. Warren, Carlos Edward Warren, Ruby Pigg, Polly Scantland, Zelma Emmerton and Cleo Dalton.
A special thanks to his home healthcare friends Bridgett Stewart and Melanie Swann; the doctors and nurses of Tennessee Oncology, University Medical Center and Sherry’s Run.
Pallbearers: David Hemontolar, Ronnie Glover, William Glover Jr., Frankie Hall, Chris Burton, Chris Berry, Robert Locke, and Hunter Allen Warren.
Honorary: former employees of McFarland and UMC Hospital Maintenance Department with whom Odis was proud to call co-workers and friends for 21 years, Mac Stewart, Chuck Stafford, Wayne Hicks and many others.
Arrangements by: Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Margaret Wells Crumley, 81
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Crumley, 81, of Watertown.
A homemaker, she died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon.
Visitation will be prior to services on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Mayle. Interment will be in Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: son William Randy Wells of Clarksville; daughter Melody Wells (Jim) Irons of Watertown; grandchildren Sasha Irons Stevens and Jamie Irons -- both of Watertown and Madison Wells of Orlando, Fla.; great-grandchildren Isabella Pace, Grant, Logan and Malachi Irons; sister Pat Roland of Columbia; first husband William Wells of Watertown as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Elmore and Mamie Alexander Adams; brothers Elmore Adams, Jr., James Adams and Ray Adams; sisters Katherine King, Dorothy Huff, Mary Monroe and Linda Rose.
Pallbearers will be grandson Jamie Irons, and nephews Barry King, Ronnie Roland, Donnie Clark, Ellis Jarrett and Robbie Jarrett.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gideons International – Lebanon Camp, P. O. Box 591, Lebanon, TN 37088-0591.
Hunter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Frances June Dillard, 79
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Dillard, 79, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Lloyd “Crick” and Gladys Drennon Willard, Mrs. Dillard died Nov. 21, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 12 Noon until service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Reverend Rockie Williams. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of over 60 years James Dillard; daughters Debbie (Marty) Beaver and Barbara Linton.
Also surviving are brothers Danny (Lou) Willard and Charles Willard; grandsons Chris Linton and Brandon (Heather) Linton; and great-grandchildren: Josh, Dakota, and Lane Linton, Brae Lynn, Addyson, and Cody Linton.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by son-in-law Mike Linton, siblings Pete Willard, Mary Swafford, Margaret Ramsey, Janie Sitts, Wayne Willard and Anthony “Hubba” Willard.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Benefit planned for D. Cruz

LEBANON -- A benefit is planned in December for a cafeteria worker at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School who is battling Stage IV melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

Debbie Cruz has worked for 12 years with the Wilson County Schools Nutrition department at TXR and has battled cancer for several years. Her illness has now caused her to take a leave of absence from work.

A benefit for Cruz will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 at TXR which will include entertainment from the Music Ministry of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Music Ministry will perform from 5 until 6 p.m.

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Another meth lab busted

Boy, 13, removed from home

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Authorities have charged two people in connection with an active meth lab discovered at a residence in Lebanon on Wednesday. A 13-year-old boy who was living in the home was placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Service.

Detectives with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home at 1098 Greenwood Road, Lebanon where they found a “a working methamphetamine lab,” one of the investigators said.

Arrested and charged were Christopher Michael Howell, 35, and Tanya Michelle Williamson, 37.

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Army honors WC's Dedman

FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL COACH

Wilson Central football coach Brad Dedman was honored Wednesday as one of only three high school coaches across the Midwest to be invited to the Army All-American Bowl Game in January.

Army officials were on hand at the school Wednesday to make a presentation to Dedman during an assembly at the school’s gymnasium.

Dedman will attend the game and related activities in San Antonio, Texas, prior to game day on Jan. 8, 2.

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'Dogs are preseason No. 1

WILKERSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA

From Post staff reports 
Cumberland University is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released this week. The defending national champions garnered 16 of the 20 first-place votes and totaled 556 points in the poll of head coaches representing each of the 25 conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.

Coach Wood Hunt’s team is ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since March 30, 2005 and the fourth time overall dating to 1998. The Bulldogs were No. 2 in the 2005 Preseason Poll after claiming the 2004 national title.

The Bulldogs return three position starters and seven pitchers from last year’s 58-9 national championship club,  including Preseason All-American pitcher Aaron Wilkerson. He posted a 14-1 record with a 2.13 earned-run-average and 125 strikeouts in 101.1 innings last season. The Waco, Texas, native appeared in 17 contests with 15 starts, tossing 11 complete games with three shutouts.

He posted 14 straight victories after losing his first start of the year.  Wilkerson was especially dominant in the postseason, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Bethel University in the TranSouth Championships in Paducah, Ky., and then striking out 17 in another complete game shutout versus Campbellsville University in the NAIA Championships Opening Round in Joliet, Ill.

He recorded a pair of victories in the NAIA World Series, striking out 13 and giving up just one run in eight innings versus Embry-Riddle in the opener for CU. Then in the championship game, Wilkerson tossed eight innings of four-hit ball before running into trouble in the ninth but still escaping, starting a game-ending doubleplay in the Bulldogs 4-3 triumph against Lee University.

Catcher David Fanshawe, first baseman Greg Appleton and second baseman T.J. Murphy are the Bulldogs three returning position players.  Fanshawe batted .342 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs and 49 RBIs while catching more than 90 percent of the innings last season. He was one of the biggest reasons for the Bulldogs great pitching staff in 2010, which posted a 3.76 team ERA, struck out 464 and walked just 150. He threw out 34 percent of potential base stealers and also drove in all four runs in the championship game.

Appleton played mostly first base but also saw action at second and third. He hit .361 with 13 doubles, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.

Murphy played in 48 games with 36 starts last year, batting .315 with three doubles and 10 RBIs. He scored 23 runs, walked 16 times and was also hit six times. He started everyday during the last month of the season, as the Bulldogs won 29 of their last 30 games to end the year.

Cumberland’s No. 1 ranking dethrones Lewis-Clark State’s seven-poll hold on the top ranking dating to the first 2010 regular-season poll. The first-regular season poll of the 2011 season will be announced on March 29.

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Lady 'Dogs tame TSU 66-62

CU OVERCOMES 30 TO'S

NASHVILLE -- Yalonda Davis scored a game-high 17 points and Jessica Pace added 13 points and 15 rebounds, as Cumberland led from the opening tip and hung on to defeat Tennessee State, 66-62, Thursday night in women's basketball action at Gentry Center.

Cumberland's final eight points of the contest came at the foul line, but CU was just 8-of-13 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes. Cumberland opened the game with an 11-2 advantage and used an 11-2 run to open a 31-22 lead at halftime.

The Lady Tigers (1-2) came out pressing in the second half and eventually cut the CU lead to 53-52 with just less than four minutes to play, but Davis made a bucket on a backdoor cut the then nailed a 3-pointer on the next trip, forcing a TSU timeout.

The Lady Bulldogs maintained the lead for the rest of the game, hitting necessary foul shots, but the Lady Tigers made two mistakes in the final seconds.

After Pace hit a free throw with 14.5 seconds remaining, two Lady Tigers got confused on who was taking the ball out, causing a violation when one stepped back out of bounds after the ball had been already put into play. CU threw the ball away on the ensuing in-bounds, holding a three-point lead, but TSU did not shoot a 3-pointer, instead taking it to the basket and missing two shots before fouling again.

Pace's final free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining finally put the game out of reach, giving the Bulldogs the four-point victory.

Cumberland won despite committing 30 turnovers in the contest, but the Lady Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field and got big buckets when needed, including the two from Davis and one earlier in the second half from Pace, a driving lay-up plus the foul.

Tayla Foster and Jasmin Shuler led the Lady Tigers with 15 points apiece. The Lady Tigers shot just 30 percent from the field.

Cumberland jumped out early, 11-2, in the first five minutes, with Casie Cowan hitting a 3-pointer and another jumper and Pace converting an old-fashioned 3-point play. A pair of 3-pointers from Shuler cut into the CU lead, though the Bulldogs were never behind in the period.

Meredith Stafford's trifecta and a free throw from Foster cut the Cumberland advantage to 20-19 with 7:39 left in the half, but the Lady Bulldogs used an 11-2 spurt to end the period. Five different players scored during the stretch, with Cowan's driving layup with 48 seconds remaining putting the Bulldogs ahead 31-22 at intermission.

Cumberland takes on fourth-ranked Campbellsville University on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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Infant Gabrielle Eileen Bowen
MT. JULIET -- No funeral services are planned for infant Bowen, the daughter of Adam and Rebecca Talbot Bowen.
She died Thursday, November 11, 2010.
Survivors also include: sisters Nadia, Celina and Nicky Bowen; grandparents Robert and Gail Talbot and Rusty and Rhonda Bowen; aunts Rachel Underwood and Donna Smith; uncles Matt Talbot, Drew Underwood and Jason Bowen as well as cousins Fox and Cole Underwood.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
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Hubert Ray Webster, 71
PEGRAM -- Family and friends will assemble for graveside services to be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for Mr. Webster, 71, of Lebanon.
Retired from Perma-Pipe and a U.S. Army veteran, the native Wilson Countian died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at the University Medical Center.
Born January 16, 1939 to the late Hubert B. Webster and Ava Dunham Webster, he attended Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be conducted by Brother John Petree. 
Survivors include: his wife of 45 years Helen Carter Webster; daughter Regina Webster; step-daughter Jane Pigg; brother Floyd Webster; half brother Marvin Webster; sisters Katie Creed and Dorothy Sanders; grandsons Marcus and Matthew Tramel; great grandson David Tramel and step-granddaughter Starla Collins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son and numerous siblings. 
Family will serve as pallbearers.
There will be no visitation prior to the service.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Ova Mai Bennett, 90
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.
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Cline Ray Mann, 96
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.
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Ruby Measle Gentry, 94
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.
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Pigmies & Pulleys

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.

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Murphy cant say much in next film

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.

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Nation, family excel in marine woodwork

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.

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There's a Wilson Living book

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.

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Harding shaped Wilson Co,

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.

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Local dies in Memphis mishap

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.

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