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Ruth Susan McKenzie Greenwood, 103
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, April 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Greenwood, 103, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Hiram, MO, July 16, 1907, to the late George and Charlotta “Lottie” Sumpter McKenzie, she died April 22, 2011.
She was united in marriage to Charley Greenwood in 1934, who preceded her in death in 1973. She lived most of her life in the Parma, MO area where she raised her family. She moved to Tennessee in 1967.
Services were conducted by Pastor Kenneth Cox. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children George (Linda) Greenwood and JoEmma Greenwood Morgan -- all of Old Hickory, Charles (Carolyn) Greenwood of Buda, TX and John Greenwood of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving is brother Wayne McKenzie of Parma, MO; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Susan Morgan; brother Roy McKenzie and sisters Evia McKenzie Calhoun, Lena McKenzie Harrison, Thelma McKenzie Allen and Jean McKenzie.
Active pallbearers: Chris Greenwood, Chuck Morgan, Mark Greenwood, Chuckie Greenwood, Dale Hardiman, Kevin Hardiman and Terry Hardiman. Honorary: Beverly Adkins, Mary Jo Sircy, Freda Grigsby, doctors, nurses and staff at Alive Hospice, Karman Hartman, Jessi Perkins, caregivers and staff at Medi Home Private Care and Shelia Pruitt, Melissa Walker, Renee Allen and staff at Home Caregivers.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Martin Crawford, 69
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Crawford, 69, of Lebanon.
The son of the late Sam & Gertrude Adams Crawford, he died Monday, April 25, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Crawford was employed as a construction worker with Saturn and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 Noon until funeral services.
Pastor Andre Dugger will officiate the services. Interment follows at Barton’s Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Cindy (Mike) Crawford; grandchildren Stephanie (Chad) Linville, Christopher (Lyndsey) Wilson and Matthew (Christy) Wilson; great grandchildren Jackson, Liam, Conner, Gracie and Victoria; sister Linda Thompson; numerous nieces, nephews, family members, friends, and neighbors.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Crawford is preceded in death by his wife Edna Kelley Crawford; brothers Bob Crawford, Sam Crawford Jr. and Milton Crawford.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to be made to Prospect Inc., 960 Maddox Simpson Parkway Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Joshua Luke Hodge, 28
LEBANON -- Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Hodge, 28, of Lebanon.
Mr. Hodge passed away April 22, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Paul Doan and Brother Todd Elliott. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial immediately following the service.
Survivors include: wife Amber DeVore Hodge; children McKenzie Hodge and Joshua Luke Hodge Jr.; mother Pam Hodge; father Jimmy (Sheila) Hodge; siblings Jacob and Jimmy Wayne Hodge; half-siblings Brittany Bucy and Dalton Hodge; step-siblings Travis Tramel and Wendy (Todd) Lackey; mother-in-law Carolyn (Bobby) Butler; father-in-law Mitchell DeVore; grandparents Robert and Virginia Hodge; and grandmother Alma Dean Whited.
He is preceded in death by aunt Meceia Hodge, grandfather Willie Whited Jr., and grandmothers-in-law Elizabeth Harris and Rosemary DeVore.
Pallbearers: David Cummings, Chris DeVore, Jason Harris, Edward Harris, Jessie Randolph, Timothy Hill, Cameron Hill, Trevor Hodge and Jimmy Flatt.
Memorial donations should be directed to: the Josh Hodge Trust Fund at any SunTrust Bank.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
Peggy Williams Hughes, 82
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Hughes, 82, of Lebanon,
Born in Roane County to the late James Otha Williams and Hazel Fisher Williams, she passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
A homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Donnell Sunday School Class and LLL.
Visitation Wednesday after 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy and Rev. David Freeman. Interment follows at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Walker Hughes; son Randall Walker Hughes of Atlanta, GA; daughter Harriet (David) Thorne of Lebanon; grandchildren Shane (Lisa) Thorne of Mt. Juliet, Nick (Haley) Thorne of Nashville; great-grandson Travis Thorne of Mt. Juliet; brother Rev. Robert C. Williams of Lebanon; aunt Pauline Crowder of Oak Ridge as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by son, Steven Walker Hughes and brother Curtis Williams. 
Active pallbearers: Shane and Nick Thorne, Bobby Johnson, Bob Clower, Bob Sansing and Mark Lee.  Honorary: Donnell Sunday School Class, Volunteer Sunday School Class, First Baptist Choir, LLL Club, Tom and Jeri Galyon, Earl and Mollie Barr, Jerry and Barbara Triplett, Alan and Barbara Henson, T.A. and Jean Bryan.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to: First Baptist Church, Gideons International or the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Badru and the caring staff of the second floor, UMC tower and all the medical staff who have cared for our loved one over the years.
Also, to the staff and our friends of First Baptist Church, who have prayed, made phone calls, and other acts of kindness and concern. We love you all. Also thanks to Oddesy Hospice and our friends at Lebanon Senior Center.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Allie Mai McMahon Kitts, 70
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Kitts, 70, of Lebanon.
Retired from Wynns-Precision Rubber and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Ms. Kitts died Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Visitation one hour prior to the service at Partlow Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Fred Vantrease. Interment follows at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: son David Allen (Susan Browning) Arwin of Hendersonville; daughter Barbara Arwin-Carvosos of Texas; brother James (Marie) McMahon of Lebanon; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by parents, Jessie and Sarah McMahon.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Harold A. Freundlich, 65
NETCONG, NJ -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Morgan Funeral Home in Netcong for Mr. Freundlich, 65, of Lebanon.
A member of First United Methodist Church, he died Saturday, April 24, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Former Mayor and Committeeman of Byram Township, he was a member of the Board of Governors Cranberry Lake Community Club, President of Cranberry Lake Community Club, President of New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, member of New Jersey Restaurant Association, member of Secaucus-Hudson Masonic Lodge 72 and owner of Unkie’s Place in Byram Township.
Interment will be in the Stanhope Union Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Nancy Neerhout Freundlich; son Harold Stephen Freundlich and daughter-in-law to be Katharine Komasinski of Indiana; daughter Tammy (Matt) Blefeld of Florida; sisters Pat (Joe) Pierson of NC and Lisa Bacon of AL; nieces and nephews Joseph Pierson, David Pierson, Nancy Romano, Michael Bacon, Julie Neerhout and Tyler Neerhout. 
He is preceded in death by parents, Harold David and Alexine Anna Freundlich.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.
Mary Frances Marlin, 96
NASHVILLE -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday April 28 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Davidson County for Mrs. Marlin, 96.
She passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
Mrs. Marlin was from United Methodist Publishing House, a member of Glencliff Presbyterian Church and attended Holly Grove Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Wednesday April 27 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Frank Lipetri.
Survivors include: daughter Marianne (Don) Wright; sisters Marjorie (Paul) Sams and Martha Underwood; grandchildren Brian Wright and Kristen (Tommy) Scott; great grandchildren Jason and Emma Scott. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse F. & Georgia K. Lallemand; husband Milton Marlin as well as six brothers.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Allene Head Granstaff, 85
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Granstaff, 85, of Lebanon.
Born February 2, 1926, in Salisaw, OK, to the late Roy E. Head Sr. and Gladyes Bowling Head, she died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Granstaff was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church. 
Visitation Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and Thursday after 11 a.m.
Services will be conducted by Eld. Garry Drennon. Interment will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Sue (Smitty) Smith, LeRoy (Deloris) Granstaff, Jerry (Clara) Granstaff, Janice Granstaff, Charles Granstaff, Rose (Danny) Walls, Bo (Lisa) Granstaff and Trena (Michael) Drennon; sisters Georgie (Roy) Lynch and Dorothy (Howard) Smith; brothers Roy (Ruby) Head Jr. and Tilford Head; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Howard Granstaff; sisters: Ferol Hobbs and Hazel Ford; grandsons Ricky Granstaff and Michael Wayne Drennon Jr.
Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers and granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Daniel E. Wulfers, 50
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Wulfers, 50, of Antioch.
A member of Grace United Methodist Church and a 1978 graduate of Nashville's Overton High School, he died April 25, 2011.
He was a graduate of MTSU where he was a member of the Band of Blue and president of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. Mr. Wulfers was a member of the Moonlighters.
He was an employee of Opryland for 17 years, an employee of O’Charley’s and a realtor with Crye-Leike Realtors.
Visitation will be Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. until service time at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Ron Brown. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Kellie Greer Wulfers; mother Normajean Wulfers; in-laws Charlie and Sue Greer; sisters-in-law Kyle (Richard) Martinez and Kristy (Darryl) Stevens; niece and nephew Courtney and James Martinez; nd his dog Freckles.
Mr. Wulfers was preceded in death by his grandparents, Casimro and Virginia Suarez.  
Active pallbearers will be members of the Moonlighters and Raleigh Holtham.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, 2120 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville, 37215-2613 or Grace United Methodist Church, 2905 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, 37122.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Randy Coolidge Kilburn, 51
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Kilburn, 51, of Lebanon.
He passed away April 26, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 12 Noon until the service on Thursday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Judd Sellars. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery will immediately follow the service.
Survivors include: his wife of 29 years Linda Wolfe Kilburn; sons Mickey Kilburn, Rickey Kilburn and Danny Kilburn; brothers Tommy (Carla) Kilburn and Ray Kilburn; grandchild Clare Kilburn; and in-laws Robert and Janice Wolfe.
He is preceded in death by daughter Amanda Denise Kilburn and parents Chester and Edith Chaney Kilburn.
Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Pheron Shorty Sandlin, 80
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Smith, 80, of Lebanon.
Born April 16, 1931, in Cullman, Alabama to the late Buster and Pearl White Sandlin, he died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas in Nashville.
Mr. Sandlin worked in tool and die at Robertshaw for over 30 years.
Visitation Wednesday 4–8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Mark Allmond. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by children, Brenda (Ron) Harper of Mt. Juliet and Paul (Shelly) Sandlin of Chestnut Mound; grandchildren Paul Michael (Tina) Sandlin of Gainesboro and Cole Harper of Mt. Juliet; step-grandchildren Tiffany Rayl, Lexi Rayl, Nikki Fuchs, and Paul Fuchs Jr. -- all of Chestnut Mound; great grandson Logan Sandlin; and brother Eddis Sandlin of Cullman, AL. 
Family will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Reba Kay Holman Sandlin; and a sister Gene Akins.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
George Raymond Gilbert, 60
LEBANON -- Memorial services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Gilbert, 60, of Lebanon.
Mr. Gilbert passed away April 23, 2011.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Services will be conducted by Brother Walter Vanatta and Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: spouse Matilda “Tiny” Gilbert; daughter Tracy (Raymond) White; mother Geraline Gilbert; sister-in-laws Hazel (Ray) Lane, Mary (Danny) Rodgers and Teresa (Ronnie) Lackey; and brother-in-laws Robert (Kay) Vanatta and Grady Vanatta.
Mr. Gilbert is preceded in death by daughter Christina Gilbert, father Ernest Gilbert, step-father Jerry Price, grandparents Dan and Daisy Bly, George and Annie Gilbert and sister-in-laws Donna Hardcastle and Brenda Gray.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
CU now ranked No. 5

Cumberland moved up two spots to fifth in the fifth edition of the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday by the national office. The Bulldogs have won 13 straight games and 20 of the last 21 contests since March 22.

Cumberland (39-12, 17-4) concludes the regular season this week at home against Mid-Continent University, hosting a doubleheader Thursday at 1 p.m. and a single game Friday at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference standings by one game over Trevecca Nazarene and two games over Union University. The top six teams in the final conference standings will play in next week’s TranSouth Championships starting Monday at Fesmire Field on the Union campus in Jackson, Tenn.

Embry-Riddle is ranked No. 1 in this week’s poll, their first No. 1 ranking since April 20, 2005 poll. The Eagles, coached by former Bulldog player and assistant coach Randy Stegall, are riding a 14-game winning streak.

Lee University, whom is the Bulldogs defeated last week, 7-4, in Cleveland, Tenn., is ranked fourth, while LSU-Shreveport is No. 9 this week. Cumberland has also played Missouri Baptist (11th), Brewton-Parker (16th), Belhaven University (22nd) and Trevecca Nazarene (24th) this season, compiling a 7-6 record against teams ranked in this week’s Top 25.

Local sports in brief

Lebanon Youth Track -- The Lebanon Youth Track Club has an open membership and invites young aspiring runners, jumpers, and throwers to join.  The spring program is free and culminates in the Hershey's summer track meets. The Hershey Company has sponsored the annual games for 34 years, promoting health, fitness, and fun for children ages 9-14. Locally, the Hershey games are held in Murfreesboro in May and June. State winners may win an all-expense paid trip to Hershey, PA for the national games. Athletes will have other opportunities to run in local AAU and all-comers meets through the month of June. AAU meets have additional membership requirements and fees. Starting April 25, the club will meet at the Lebanon High School track for practice from 6:00-7:15pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Matt Smart, a former runner for the Georgia Tech track team and staff with Athletes in Action, is the head coach. For information, call Coach Smart at 500-4709.

CU sports hall of fame -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2011 Sports Hall of Fame until June 1, 2011. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee. The 2011 Hall of Fame dinner is set Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel. Pictures of the nominees are helpful and current address and phone numbers are required. A prerequisite for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame is the ability of the nominee to attend the induction dinner.
Nominations should be mailed to:
Jo Jo Freeman
Sports Information Director
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Nominations may also be faxed to Freeman's attention at 615/443-8422 or emailed to

MJ High boys hoops camp -- Coach Troy Allen and the Mt. Juliet boys basketball program will hold a camp for young men in grades 2-8 the week of June 13-18 at the Mt. Juliet High gym. Cost is $60 per camper with sessions planned 8:30 - 11 a.m. Offensive skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, screening, and scoring will be stressed. For more information contact Coach Allen at 758-5606 or

CU baseball camps -- Cumberland University’s baseball program has announced the dates for its annual slate of summer camps.
·Hitting Camp - June 13-16
Session I: 9 a.m. - 12 Noon, Ages 6-9/ Session II: 1-4 p.m. ; Ages 10-12
·Fundamental Camp - June 20-23 Ages 8-14; 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
·Pitching Camp - June 27-30; Ages 8-14, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon
·Advanced Fundamental Camp - July 5-8; Ages 13-18, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.
 For more information, check Cumberland’s website at (camps & clinics section) or call Coach Woody Hunt at 547-1365.

MJMS baseball camp -- Mt. Juliet Middle School’s baseball camp for boys ages 6-14 will be held form 9-11:30 a.m. June 20-23 at the Golden Bears’ field. Camp fees are $65. Advance registration is requested. Camp applications are available at MJMS and area middle school. For information, contact Coach Rick Johnson at 754-6688, ext. 5851 or e-mail

CU Maymester volleyball -- Cumberland University volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering is accepting applications for the Maymester Girls Volleyball League at Cumberland.  League play begins Monday, May 2nd. There will be an ‘18U’ division and a ‘14U’ division.  Players and Coaches are urged to enter their team in the league as soon as possible; but you can also join the league as an individual and you will be placed on a team.  Cost is $60 per player.  Contact Coach Deering at 615-547-1318,  or e-mail Deering at:

NRA banquet set April 29

Wilson County Friends of NRA will hold its annual dinner and auction Friday, April 29 at the James Ward Agricultural Center (Wilson County Fairgrounds) in Lebanon.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with games and a silent auction. Dinner and exciting live auction will follow. Tickets are $30 each.

Each ticket purchased includes a free one-hour lane rental at The Gun Room to be used after the banquet. Tickets can be purchased online at or locally at The Armory, The Gun Room, and Lebanon Gun Shop.

Tickets can also be purchased at The Reloaders Bench in Mt. Juliet. All ticket holders will be included in a drawing for the door prize of an American Tactical Imports GSG 1911 Ad Ops Pistol sponsored by The Armory with a MSRP of $399.99. Ticket holders must be present to win.

Friends of NRA is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community service related to firearm education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, and law enforcement among others.

Working with the NRA field representative, members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings, and fellowship. Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors.

Locante wins TSAC award


Cumberland’s Will Locante was named the TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts last weekend at Lyon College. The lefthander claimed his second Pitcher of the Week honor in three weeks and the fifth this season by a Bulldog hurler.

Locante continued his stellar work on the mound, tying his career-high with 13 strikeouts in CU’s 11-0, six-inning victory in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader at Lyon College. The Memphis native allowed just two baserunners, walking one, and retired 12 straight hitters before the free pass to the next-to-last batter of the game.

Locante now has three straight double-digit strikeout performances, five in his last five starts and six total for the season. He leads the TranSouth Conference with 90 strikeouts in just 61.1 innings of work, ranks fifth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (13.21) and seventh in total strikeouts.

He is 6-2 with a 2.64 earned-run-average, having lowered his ERA more than two runs over the last five starts. 

Cumberland returns to action Tuesday afternoon at Tennessee Wesleyan before closing out the regular season at home Thursday and Friday with a three-game series vs. Mid-Continent College.

Unemployment rate drops here

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March, a decrease of 0.6 percent from the February figure of 8.5.

Unemployment rates for all 95 counties were released Thursday, by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for March was 9.5 percent, unchanged from February’s figure. The national unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percent from February’s rate of 8.9 percent.
The department showed a labor force of 60,110 in Wilson County with 55,380 of those employed in March, leaving 4,730 unemployed.

The jobless rate for March 2010 stood at 9.3 percent, a change of 1.4 percent in a year’s time.


By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Have we met? Perhaps you’ve heard of me. I’m the meanest mom in the world. At least that’s what my 11-year-old has been calling me lately. Amazing how this new nickname came so soon after Christmas.

I guess the first time I heard that little term of endearment from him was a year ago when I refused to even discuss getting him a cell phone.

FCS 8th graders visit Washington, D.C

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine 
The 8th grade class of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon recently returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C.. The five day trip was a whirlwind tour of all the best D.C. has to offer.

The students spent their first day at the home of Thomas Jefferson in Monticello and spent the afternoon touring the famous estate and garden.

Family Day of Fun set April 30 at Pickett Chapel

LEBANON -- Families are invited to enjoy a day of music, food, fellowship and yard-sale shopping Saturday, April 30, at the Family Day of Fun, sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.

The event will be held in the parking lot of Historic Pickett Chapel, 209 East Market Street in Lebanon. The yard sale begins at 6:30 a.m. Other activities take place throughout the day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Anyone who wants to participate in the yard sale can reserve a spot for $20; spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Yard sale participants must bring their own table, and no food items may be sold. To reserve a yard sale space, call 449-2911.

Donations will be accepted and will help fund the restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel, which  is the oldest brick building in Lebanon.

Pickett Chapel Methodist Church was established in 1866 as the first church for Blacks in the city, and became a major factor in the formation of the Lebanon community.

The church remained active until 1973, when members moved to a new building, which was named Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church. For several years, until 2001, the historic building was home to a local theater company.

Our Feathered Friends - April 20

Like I mentioned in last week’s article, watch for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. After Wednesday night, there were several sightings of this little favorite. My first reported sighting came from Larry and Julia Haun of the Norene/Statesville area. Larry was very excited to hear that his was the first of many called in over the last three days.

Charlene Reeves has found a way to keep her Hummer juice fresh a little longer and also it keeps the dark splotches from forming on the inside of her Hummingbird feeders. We were talking the other night when she told me she uses my 4 to 1 mixture, but she also boiled the mix for three minutes, let it cool and then seal it up and store in the fridge. I might think that the temperature must kill off all bacteria. Charlene’s grandson, Neel Reeves has really taken a fancy to our feathered friends and enjoys his time spent in the Norene Community.

A good friend of mine, Mike Willey, saw her first Hummer last Wednesday in the late afternoon and another early Thursday morning. She works at the Lebanon Library and also a huge fan of the Hummingbirds.

I attended the Cumberland Bulldog baseball game this past Saturday and Sunday. Baseball doesn’t get much better than this.

Howell reflects on TASC office

It’s been 30 years since I’ve been Tennessee Association of Student Councils Vice President of 1980-1981, where I embraced the vision with fellow TASC members of how important it is to give back to our communities.

I did not know how it would unveil, however I did know that the mission existed without compromise. The mission was to develop, improve and participate as a leader for the betterment of our schools and community. 

Charles Beard Turney, 68
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 20, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Turney, 68, of Alexandria.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Postal Service, he died Monday, April 18, 2011, at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
Services were conducted by Brother Clifford Spence. Interment was in Prosperity Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Thelma Jean Capps Turney of Alexandria; children Scott (Kelly) Carman of Elgin, S.C., Tabitha (Cory) Huddleston and Amanda (Jason) Deakins -- both of Lebanon; grandchildren Jessica, Jacob, Miranda and Grace Carman, Aundrea Huddleston and Kayleigh and Jordan Deakins; step-sons Jerry and Randy Haslam -- both of Murfreesboro; eight step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and friend Jerry Dutton.
He was preceded in death by parents, John and Mary Turney; and brother John Kenneth Turney.
Pallbearers: Jason Deakins, Cory Huddleston, Christopher and Jerry Haslam, Larry Harris, John Whitehead, Paul McGinnis and Jason Adams.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Durham, 89
MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Durham, 89, of Mt. Juliet died April 18, 2011 at her home with her family at her side.
Born in Rattan, OK on January 12, 1922, she was the third of 12 children of Parker & Eva Mae Rosenthal and was of German and Choctaw descent. Before her marriage to James H. Durham in September, 1943, she worked as a high school teacher and as a farm worker.
During WWII, she worked in a plant building fighter planes. After the war, while her husband completed his education, she raised their children and became her sons' Cub Scout/Boy Scout Den Mother.
She was also active in the church as a Sunday School teacher. After family moved to California in 1955, she worked for 20 years in retail sales at The Broadway as a salesperson, assistant manager and department manager of various departments.
After retirement, she enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, visiting family and friends, and spending time with her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She and her husband also enjoyed a memorable trip to Europe. In 1995, she and her husband moved to Mt. Juliet, TN where she lived until her death.
She is survived by her children James H. Durham, John P. (Susie) Durham, Diane Durham (Bill) Newland, and Sherry L. Perry; her siblings, Frank (Monalla) Rosenthal, Ernestine Krohn, Isabel (Harley) Murray and Tommie Scott; grandchildren Adrianne Durham, Amy McCartney, Ashley Grguric, Nathan Durham and James Perry; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her beloved husband, Jimmie, passed away in 2007 after almost 64 years of marriage.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Helen Virginia Fletcher, 80
MANCHESTER -- Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Manchester Funeral Home  for Mrs. Fletcher, 80, of Manchester.
Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Fletcher died Monday, April 18, 2011, at her residence. Born in Flintville to the late Ralph and Vessie Winn, she married Basil Fletcher on Jan. 7, 1950.
During the early years of their marriage, she was a homemaker, a factory worker, and assisted Basil in his ministry needs.
She later became involved in Party Catering and special care needs to the elderly. She was a member of the Forest Mills Church of Christ.
Survivors include: daughter Deborah (John) Baugh of Lebanon; sons Rex (Portia) Fletcher of Orlando, Fla. and David (Rhonda) Fletcher of Manchester; brother Donald (Shirley) Winn of Zebulon, Ga.; sisters Katherine (Henry) Fults of Abbeville, Ga. and Lynde McBride of Jefferson, Ind.; sisters-in-law Martha Swanger of Manchester and Nelda (Dick) Twitchell of Hixon; grandchildren Seth, Adam, Jared and Amber Fletcher and Autumn Potter; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by spouse Basil Fletcher; great-grandparents Robert and Emma McGuire Winn; grandsons Christopher and Nathan Fletcher; sisters, Henrietta Adams and Gertie Shearer; brother Jerry Winn; and brother-in-law John T. (Betty) Fletcher.
Arrangements by Manchester Funeral Home.

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