MT. JULIET -- Memorial services were held Monday evening, Dec. 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Pearson, 48.
Owner of Pearson Hardwood Flooring, he died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Services were conducted by Rev. Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: his wife of 12 years Kimberly Pond Pearson; father Billy (Kitty) Pearson; mother Betty (Aaron Watts) Scarlett; brothers Steve (Mitzi) Pearson, Robert Pearson, and Randy (Lynne) Martin; children Ben Pearson, Tamara Carey and Ashley (Chris Morgan) Tuck; grandchildren Wyatt Carey, Courtney Parrott and Emilie Parrott; and special friend Todd Hansen.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Turner, 31, of Smithville and formerly of Lebanon.
He died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.
Mr. Turner attended and played football for Lebanon High School and was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.
Services were conducted by Brother Buford Bane. Interment was at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: father Roger (Jan) Turner of McMinnville, mom Deborah (Jerry) Short of Murfreesboro; paternal grandmother Lorene Jenkins; maternal grandmother Gearldean (Lee) Nave; daughters Brooklyn Villamor and Alexus Turner; son Cameron Ervin Turner.
Also surviving are brothers Dennis Christopher (Jeanene) Randolph, David (Toni) Turner and Jeremy Short; mother of his daughter Amanda Ervin; nephew Franklin Short; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Prentice Sisco and paternal grandfather, Frank Turner.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Monday afternoon, Dec. 6 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Tucker, 88, of Lebanon.
She passed away December 1, 2010, at Quality Care Nursing Home.
Born Feb. 26, 1922, in DeKalb County, she was the daughter of the late Chester A. and Lassie Parker Oakley.
Mrs. Tucker worked at the May Hosiery Co. in Nashville for many years and was a Baptist.
Services were conducted by Chaplain Judy Gray.
Survived by brothers: Thomas Oakley of Lebanon, Bob Oakley of Brush Creek, George Oakley of Nashville; sister-in-law Margie Oakley of Lebanon.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Garland Snider and Bill Tucker; brothers Clyde, Howard and Alf Oakley and sister Frances Griffin.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 7 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Pharris, 87, of Watertown.
A factory worker and homemaker, she died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Atnip. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: sons James T. and Gary (Kim) Blythe, both of Watertown; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother Raymond Ray Harris of Watertown; sister-in-law Carolyn Harris of Hermitage; and step-children Marvin Pharris of Maryville and Tammie Oliver of Lebanon.
She was preceded in death by husband Alton D. "Mutt" Pharris; granddaughter Kendall Grace Scott; parents Dave and Lora Hardin Harris; and brothers Charles, Jesse and James Carl Harris.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CONNELLSVILLE, PA -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 7 at the Chapel of Green Ridge Memorial Park for Mrs. Cain, 78, of Mt. Juliet.
Mrs. Cain died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she was an organist and choir director for many years. She was very proud that she had won three 1st place Blue Ribbons at the Wilson County Fair for her cross stitching.
Mrs. Cain was the daughter of the late, Rene and Elizabeth Harris Verkleeren. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Frank Baxter and John Cain and her brother Eugene Harris.
Survivors include: children David (Caroline) Baxter, Zane (Gillian) Baxter and Cynthia Baxter (Richard) Schultz; granddaughter Elizabeth Bowden; great-grandchildren Sam and Evelyn Kimble.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Roy Cherry died Dec. 6, 2010 at age 64.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon 10 a.m. until service on Wednesday.
The chapel service, conducted by Brother Larry Locke, is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Interment will be in Clemmonsville Cemetery, Celina.
Pallbearers: Carlton Ferrell, Dewayne Ferrell and Jerry Cherry Jr.
Survivors include son: Christopher Allen Cherry; sisters: Lillie Mae (Frank) Christian, Eva (Jovas) Ferrell, Jane (James) Ferrell and Margaret (Tony) Ferrell; brother Jerry (Carlene) Cherry Sr.; and numerous nieces.
He is preceded in death by parents Raymond and Lelia Copass Cherry, and brothers Richard, Kenneth, Charles, and Douglas Cherry.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at The Donelson Fellowship for Mrs. Hill, 79, formerly of Mt. Juliet.
Mrs. Hill, born January 29, 1931, in Steelville, Missouri, passed away peacefully Dec. 6, 2010, under hospice care at The Lafayette-Kindred Center near the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sherry Camp, in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Mrs. Hill battled cancer and liver failure for over a year and a half, and joined her husband Dr. Bob Hill, 10 years to the day of his sudden passing.
They had served together in vocational ministry for over 55 years.
The Monday prior to her death brought the arrival of her 7th great-grandchild, a baby girl, named Georgia, in her honor.
Over the years, she served as President of the Republican Women of Wilson County, President of the Christian Women of Nashville, and National President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Free Will Baptist.
Before moving to Georgia in 2008 she was an honored substitute teacher for Wilson County Schools.
Georgia married Bob Hill on November 23, 1947. She ran her home and helped her husband through five pastorates and two professorial positions in four states, including Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and Georgia.
They started two businesses, ran two political campaigns, and Georgia went back to school late in life, earning her bachelors degree in Political Science from Belmont College in 1991. She authored 5 books, and helped in the writing and editing of 60 books and numerous publications.
She was always the perfect hostess, as well as a teacher and conservative women's leader. Together with Bob, she made eight missions trips to Russia, Bosnia and Croatia, and they were honored by various Christian organizations for contributions in many areas of ministry.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her daughter Sherry (Dan) Camp, Peachtree City, GA; sons William Terry (Dianne) Hill, Jerusalem, Robert C. (Tammy) Hill II, Lebanon, Rev. Captain Ruston L. (Pamela) Hill, US Army - Germany; grandchildren Laurie (Jason) Cole, Kellie (Josh) Johnson, Kimmie Hill, W. Terry (Aunna) Hill II; Lainey (Tom) Conroy, Lindsey (Jon) Lech, Lorey (Brian) Wetmiller, Daniel Hill Camp, K. Lyle (Bethany) Camp; Sarah Hill (Tim) Holbrook, Rob III, Rachel, Ryan Lee Hill; Alexandra, Rusty II, Catherine, Sophia, Victoria Hill; great-grandchildren Grace and Marcus Cole, and Joseph Robert, Ellee, and Georgia Conroy; sister Erma Lea (Jesse) Hogan, Doris (Rev. John) Gibbs, Marilyn (Rev. Don) Dungan, Janet (Lindell) Wood; brothers Finis (Diane) Barr, Ron - deceased (Joan) Barr, Tommy (Patty) Barr; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert C and Georgia B. Hill Memorial Fund, Donelson Fellowship, or Gideons International.
For further information contact the church office (615.871.4769, www.donelson.org).
LEBANON -- Mrs. Johnson, 95, of Lebanon passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 at her residence.
Mrs. Johnson was retired from Wal-Mart where she was employed for 38 years and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Wilson County Memorial Park -- conducted by Chaplain Judy Gray.
Survivors include: daughter Donna G. (Danny) Luna and sister Connie (Raymon) Underwood.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
She is preceded in death by parents Porter Clay and Lou Kate Dixon; husband Edgar Johnson; son Phillip D. “Skippy” Johnson; brothers Clay M. Dixon, Thomas H. Dixon, Jack E. Dixon and Riley H. Belcher.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Mills, 72, of Nashville.
A member of Two Rivers Baptist Church, she died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.
Mrs. Mills was the daughter of the late James T. and Ruby Lathrop Jeremiah.
Visitation 3-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Matt Surber and Dr. David Jeremiah officiating. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: he husband of 48 years David R. Mills; children Tammi (Ken) Wagner, Denise (Mike) Dize and Scott (Kelly) Mills.
Also surviving are siblings: David (Donna) Jeremiah, James (Sherri) Jeremiah and Mary Alyce Jeremiah; grandchildren Melonie Wagner, Andy Wagner, Hannah Dize, Shelby Mills, Katie Wagner, Matthew Dize and Tate Mills.
Members of the Bible Searchers Sunday School Class at Two Rivers Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
REGION FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Dewayne Alexander was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Associated this week. Alexander will be recognized during the upcoming AFCA Convention set for January 9-12 in Dallas, Texas.
Alexander led Cumberland to an 8-3 record this season, just the second eight-win campaign since the program was revived in 1990. The Bulldogs played in a de facto conference championship game the final week of the year, losing at the Univ. of the Cumberlands to miss the playoffs.
LEGENDARY LHS BASEBALL COACH
The baseball field at the new Lebanon High School will bear the name of Brent Foster after action Monday night by the Wilson County Board of Education.
Foster, head coach of the LHS baseball program for 11 seasons between the years 1964 - 1975, piled up a record of 249-52 with six TSSAA district titles and four divisional crowns.
Foster was inducted into the inaugural Lebanon High Sports Hall of Fame in December of 2007.
BERT COBLE SINGERS
LEBANON -- The Bert Coble Singers will present their 23rd annual Christmas Dinner Shows on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16-17, at College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon.
The choir is composed of 40 voices from the Middle Tennessee area who have traveled to Lebanon every week since the first week in September to prepare for these programs.
“In the beautiful fellowship hall at College Hills with Christmas green and red decorations, you will experience that wonderful feeling of the holidays. It is even more wonderful when you have your family or your Sunday school class or your office personnel,” said Dr. Bert Coble, director of the group.
(Editor’s note: The Wilson Post contacted two very good friends of the late Johnny Keel, a Lebanon businessman and community servant who died last week after battling cancer for many years, to ask if they would write a column for publication about Mr. Keel and the courage he demonstrated while enduring his fight for life. The following is their contribution.)
By BOB BLACK & LARRY KELLER
We hear many stories of people finding the strength to fight the circumstances that are presented to them.
Those who face these issues with the brightest attitude make those around them better for knowing them. Our friend Johnny Keel was one such person.
OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mr. Overstreet, 76 of Mt. Juliet.
An employee of AH Johnson Management Co, LLC for 51 years, he passed away Nov. 30, 2010.
Services will be conducted by Brother Lloyd Gale, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Mary E. Overstreet; son Kelly Overstreet; daughter Betty Parnell; grandchildren Michael Overstreet, Daniel Overstreet, Bristol Walker and Brittney Dalious; great-grandchildren Landon Harper and Brandie Walker; sister, Dorothy Mendenhall of Burns, TN; and brother Sam Overstreet of Franklin.
Pallbearers: Brittney Dalious, Bristol Walker, Samantha Adams, Mike Helton, Gary Helton, David Nipper and Gary Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Powell Grove church of Christ, 46 Powell Grove Rd, Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- A memorial service has been planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 105 Peyton Road, for Mr. Grandt, 74, of Lebanon.
Born Dec. 3, 1935 in Bassett, NE, the brick mason died Nov. 27, 2010.
Survivors include: wife Sharon Grandt; daughter Carla Harris; grandchildren Brian L Barnum, Matthew Barnum, Joy Lynne Barnum, Marchael James, Elizabeth Barnum and Dennis Barnum; great-grandchildren Kayla Barnum and Nathan Barnum.
John was previously married and through this union children were born. He is also survived by wife Shirley Earnest; children Kenneth Grandt, Doug Grandt, David Grandt and Penny Noscroy; grandchildren John R. Grandt, Robert Grandt, Shelby Grandt, Tammy Noscroy, Tara Noscroy, Tracy Trujillo, Tisha Noscroy, Tori Grandt, Tanya Weaver, Mikaylyn Grandt and Marissa Grandt; great-grandchildren Austen, Alexzandria, and Anika. Also surviving are sisters Deloris Myers and Dorothy Schoonover.
He is preceded in death by father John Robert Grandt; mother Elizabeth Grandt; daughter Barbara Jo Grandt, brothers Frederick “Fritz” Grandt and Don Grandt.
In lieu of flowers, please send them or make donations to the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -- No public funeral services are planned at this time for Ms. Bragg, 66, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of Middle Tennessee.
Born May 27, 1944 in Hartsville, she died Dec. 1, 2010 at her home.
Ms. Bragg had lived in Florida for the last 12 years. She was a gifted homemaker, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include: daughters Cynthia Dillon of Old Hickory, Jennifer Akins of Lebanon and Valerie Burleigh of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Also surviving is sister Martha Crawley of Lebanon; grandchildren Amanda Litton, Jeremy Cox, Monica Dillon, Megan Akins, Julia Akins, Genessi Burleigh, Noah Burleigh, Meadow Burleigh and William Burleigh; great grandchildren Chelsae Litton, Jaison Litton, Dillon Crutchfield and Cason Chrisman; niece Jami Green; great niece Ashley Green; and great nephew Zach Green.
Ms. Bragg was preceded in death by her parents William B. (Jake) Dies and Mary C. Swaffer Dies.
Please post condolences in the family guest book at www.yatesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Yates Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL.
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Walden, 50, of Mt. Juliet.
Born May 15, 1960 in Oak Ridge, she died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Visitation with the family will be two hours prior to the service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Jeff Lake. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband Vester Ray Walden, Sr.; mother Joann Grubisic; step-father Goran Grubisic; step-son Vester Ray Walden, Jr.; step-sister Zeljana Grubisic; many aunts, uncles and cousins -- as well as her special wolfdogs, Yukon and Juneau.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Passage.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family would like to give special thanks to the Alive Hospice Team for their care. Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Anderson, 51 of Bowling Green, KY formerly of Lebanon.
A maintenance supervisor and a member of Southside Baptist Church, he died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at his residence.
Visitation is Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Bob Curtis. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: father Shelton ”Andy” (Willette) Anderson of Lebanon; mother Jo Ann Harwood of Bowling Green, KY and son Justin of Wisconsin.
Also surviving are siblings: Chris Anderson of Nashville, Randy Harwood of Bowling Green and Felicia (David) Cole of Florida; niece Christi Cole and nephews Tim and Scottie Cole -- all of Florida.
He is preceded in death by grandmother Lillie Anderson and step-father Charles Harwood. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
NASHVILLE -- A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Benton Chapel at Vanderbilt University for Mr. Kirbo, 64, of Mt. Juliet.
Born Jan. 12, 1946 in Camilla, GA, to the late Thomas Levi Kirbo, Jr. and Ellen Hall Kirbo, Mr. Kirbo died Nov. 12, 2010 at his home.
He was a 1967 graduate of North Georgia College and dearly loved his college classmates.
Please join Warren's family and friends in the chapel before and/or after the services.
Survivors include: siblings Helen V. Kirbo and Glenn A. Kirbo -- both of Albany, GA and Thomas Levi Kirbo III of Moultrie, GA.
Arrangements by Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Thurley, 82, of Lebanon.
Born in Dundee, Scotland, she died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at University Medical Center.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church, she was an accomplished seamstress -- having served an apprenticeship as a tailoress.
She was a veteran of the British Army where she met her husband, Douglas.
She came to America in 1957 and became involved in sewing and embroidery guilds.
Visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years Douglas Thurley; children Sheila (Carl) Schmaedig, Diane (Ed) Roddey and Rod (Dawn) Thurley.
Also surviving are grandchildren Jennifer, Hunter and Hannah Thurley and Joshua Crosslin; great-grandchildren Trenton, Isley and Ronan Cross; sister Anna Smith; and brother James (Moyra) Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
From Post staff reports
Authorities have ruled the death of 18 year-old Jordan Jair Rashan Turner, struck by the Music City Star near Mt. Juliet Elementary School Thursday afternoon, as a suicide.
Turner, a 2010 graduate of Mt. Juliet High and a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, died instantly when he walked into the path of the East-bound commuter train.
The train was bringing commuters back to stops in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon from Nashville when the incident occurred. None of the passengers on board were injured, a Mt. Juliet Police official said. They caught buses which took them to the train stations where their vehicles were parked.
A second train had to stop at the Hermitage Station where commuters were also put on buses to be taken to other stations where their vehicles were.
HILLSBORO VISITS MJHS
Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears will be facing a tough opponent tonight as Nashville Hillsboro comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off. Coach Chris Fryer’s team stands 5-0 on the season after smashing Antioch 62-18 Tuesday night on the road. Caya Williams had 20 points while ninth grader Sally McCabe added 15.
Hillsboro comes in 1-3 on the season, but fresh from a 52-40 win over Glencliff on Tuesday. The Lady Burros are led by 6-3 Tennessee signee Isabelle Harrison, who had 17 points vs. Glencliff.
Mt. Juliet’s boys are a perfect 5-0 as they host Hillsboro in tonight’s 8 p.m. nightcap. Coach Troy Allen’s Bears held off Antioch 45-39 Tuesday night. Brandon Shepard and Caleb Chowbay led the way with 12 points each.
Friendship Christian School will entertain District 8A rival Gordonsville High tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex. The girls game will tip-off at 6 p.m. FCS is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Middle Tennessee Christian School Tuesday night in Murfreesboro. The Lady Commanders improved to 2-1 with a 43-28 win over MTCS -- overcoming a huge discrepancy at the free throw line. Andi Morrisett led FCS with 15 points and Laurel Burroughs added 11 while Kaity Woodall chipped in with seven points.
In the nightcap, the Commanders held off the Cougars 47-32 -- improving to 2-0 on the season. Drew Hutchinson and Cameron Hill each had 11 points -- as Hill knocked down three 3-pointers. Mark Sandoval chipped in with eight points.
DAYTON -- Yalonda Davis scored 15 points and Stephanie Martin added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench, as Cumberland cruised to a 65-45 road triumph over Bryan College on Thursday night.
Davis led four players in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, going 6-for-8 at the foul line. Cumberland (6-3) made 18-of-24 free throws in the contest, including 12-for-17 in the second half.
Martin enjoyed her best game of the year, making 4-of-5 shots and grabbing five offensive boards.
Jessica Pace scored 13 points with six rebounds in just 15-plus minutes, as the sophomore has been battling illness all week and missed practice. Casie Cowan hit a pair of 3-pointers and also scored 10 points.
CU forced 21 turnovers by the Lions (5-5), who did not have a player in double figures, though Morgan Burnette grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cumberland jumped out with the first seven points of the game and led 18-5 eight minutes into the game after a Davis field goal. The Lady Bulldogs put together a 13-0 spurt late in the half, including six points from Pace, for a 31-14 advantage at intermission.
A Kristi Landers 3-pointer five minutes into the second half gave CU a 24-point edge. Cumberland pushed the lead to 53-23 after a Tranisha Benton bucket with 9:26 remaining in the contest.
Cumberland returns to action as the Lady Bulldogs host St. Catharine College (KY) Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
You can talk smack about them
By BECKY ANDREWS
Around this time of year when extended family members prepare to convene on our households, Angel and I participate in a spirited game of, ‘I can out do you’ or it’s more commonly referred to name,
‘Who has the nuttiest little family’. The conversation usually revolves around whose parent, grandparent, or other relative had the most success at humiliating us or making puberty more awkward than it already was. Because we both come from fairly outspoken people, the contest is always close.
This is usually how the conversations go:
Angel: “I had to sleep on a camp bed for a year in Greece!”
Me: “I was a Jehovah’s Witness until 6th grade.”
Score- Becky- 1, Angel-0
Dear Ken: Where have I seen the actress who plays Lily on “How I Met Your Mother”?
That’s Alyson Hannigan, 36, whom I bet you recognized from her role as Michelle Flaherty in three “American Pie” movies (“Pie” No. 4 may be served in 2012) or it could have been from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” where she played Willow Rosenberg. The actress, who was born in Washington, D.C., began working at age 4 in TV commercials in Atlanta and has a 1½-year-old daughter with her husband, actor Alexis Densiof.