LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, November 16 at the First United Methodist Church for Mr. Sam Barnett Gibson, 74, of Lebanon.
Born in Wilson County, September 28, 1934, he died Nov. 13, 2008.
The son of the late Macon and Myrtle Barnett Gibson, Mr. Gibson was a 1952 graduate of Lebanon High School, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a member of First United Methodist Church.
He owned and operated Lebanon Appliance from 1978 - 2002.
Services were conducted by Dr. Martin Thielen and Rev. David Hesson. Interment will follow at the Leeville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Dell Hamblen Gibson; son Greg (Alene) Gibson; daughter Gretchen Elizabeth Gibson; grandchildren Abby Elizabeth, Anya Meshia, Sasha Lee, Cole Thompson and Savannah Joann.
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
They’re taking principles of agriculture and applying them to the mission field,” explains Greg Armstrong, a teacher at Friendship Christian School and the mentor for a group of students who are members of what is known as the Mission Class.
With the supervision of a couple of adults, Armstrong, who also coaches cross country at FCS, and Hugo Sandavol, an adjunct Spanish professor, two dozen or so students have committed their talents and energy for the school year to a spring mission trip in which they plan to a provide water purification system that will make it possible for an orphanage in southern most Honduras to have acceptable drinking water.
Actually, if sufficient financial resources are available, the group would like to acquire and transport two purification systems to the small village of Choluteca, Honduras near the border of Nicaragua.
And besides bringing a water purification system to Honduras, the Mission Class has already purchased and will deliver a dairy goat to Mission Lazarus, the orphanage, because as one student told members of Lebanon’s Morning Rotary in the class presentation yesterday, “you can give a person a glass of milk, but if you give them a goat they can have milk everyday.”
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Wilson County Christmas for All is well under way for the holiday season of 2008, and applications are already running 30 percent ahead of what they were this time last year.
That was the word this week from Jim Harding, president of the organization. Wilson County Christmas for All provides toys for children at Christmas and food baskets for elderly and disabled residents.
“We know it’s going to be a hard year,” he said, adding he and the board members want to encourage sponsors who can to take on more than one child this year, if possible, so that the needs of all the children registered can be met.
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post
The West Division crown of the Mid-South Conference will be on the line Saturday as Cumberland hosts 11th-ranked Lambuth in the 2008 regular season finale.
Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium, Kirk Field, with live radio coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
Cumberland comes in 5-5 overall after last week’s 51-14 victory over Kentucky Christian University. The win marked the highest point production for Coach Dewayne Alexander’s squad this season.
Lambuth (8-2) opened the 2008 season with consecutive losses (to Murray State and to Union, KY) before reeling off eight consecutive victories. The Eagles have out-scored their opponents 410-194 during this eight-game stretch -- averaging 51 points per game while allowing 24 ppg.
With a victory, the Eagles would lock up the divisional title. A Cumberland win and a win by Shorter over Bethel tonight would see the division end in a three-way tie between CU, Shorter and Lambuth.
A division championship and a Top 20 ranking would assure Lambuth of an NAIA play-off berth.
"Lambuth will be the most balanced team we’ve played this season when you look at their ability to run and pass the football," Coach Alexander said. That creates problems trying to prepare because they are equally good at both. They have two outstanding quarterbacks -- both of whom have the ability to pull the ball down and make plays with their legs and that always puts stress on the defense."
CU expects a boost on defense as linebacker Melvin Armstrong, a native of West Tennessee, returns to the field after sitting out last week with a knee injury.
"Melvin adds so much to our football team," Coach Alexander said. "He’s got the ability to make plays and to put people on the ground. He could have played last week, but the medical people thought it would be good to give him a week off."
Armstrong, who hails from Henderson, is 6-2, 210 sophomore by way of Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Cumberland quarterback Matt Eads (Bluff City, Sullivan Central) has completed 150-of-255 passing attempts (58.8 percent). His passes have gone for 2,336 yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 INTs.
Wingback James McClain (Nashville, Hunters Lane) lead the team with an average of 23.4 yards per reception on 20 catches for 468 yards and four touchdowns.
THE SERIES -- Saturday marks the 26th meeting between the two schools. Lambuth leads the series 14-11. They first met back in 1933. LU has won five in a row; five of the last seven. Lambuth won last year in Jackson by a score of 39-28.
From Post staff reports
One week after seeing all four Wilson County teams record playoff wins, the trend reversed Friday in the Round of 16.
All four local teams were eliminated on the road by higher seeds -- ending the football season for the home folks.
Mt. Juliet dropped a 49-13 decision at Hillsboro in the Class 4A playoffs -- turning the ball over three times in the first quarter as the Burros ran out to a 28-0 lead. The Golden Bears ended the season at 7-5 while HHS moves on to the quarterfinals with a record of 10-2.
No. 2-ranked Trousdale County High exploded for 42 second quarter points and blitzed Watertown 52-14 at Satterfield Stadium in Hartsville. The Purple Tigers closed out the 2008 campaign with a record of 7-5.
Undefeated Trousdale County will host No. 1-ranked South Pittsburg Nov. 21 in the Class 1A quarterfinals after the Pirates elimianted Friendship Christian School 28-12 Friday night. FCS ends the season 10-2 overall.
Two-time defending state champ Smyrna handled Wilson Central 24-2 Friday at Robert L. Raikes Stadium. Smyrna (8-4) moves on to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season while the Wildcats (8-4) pack up the gear.