LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at Berea Church of Christ for Mr. Tatum, 95, of Lebanon. Known to his family and friends as "Red", Mr. Tatum died April 21, 2009.
A lifelong resident of Wilson County, he was a retired farmer, school bus driver and worked at the Garment Factory. He was a member of Berea Church of Christ, Lebanon Senior Citizens, and a former "mayor" of Possum Town.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Friday, April 24 from 4-8 p.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Greg Smith. Interment in Watson Cemetery.
Survivors include son Gary Wayne (Sue) Tatum of Lebanon; brother Charlie (Elizabeth) Tatum; sister Frances Ann Brown; grandchildren Lia Hittle, Gara Williams, Mona Dill Steinke, Randall Alexander, Rex Alexander, Lynn Jenkinses, and Tina Sliger; 40 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends from Berea Church of Christ and Possum Town.
He is preceded in death by wife of 65 years Elizabeth Hester Tatum, daughter Martha Clay White, parents Jesse Lee and Melinda Jane Midgett Tatum, brother Carl Eli Tatum, and sisters Stella Bly and Etta Lee Ozment.
Pallbearers: Derrick Knowles, Joe Simms, Butch Reed, Donnie Bain, Bill McGowan, John Hittle, Jason Williams, John Harlin and Jason Denton.
Honorary pallbearers: Tommy Knowles, John Bale, J.D. Carr, Billy Sullivan, and Tom Sanders.Memorial Donations are suggested to The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc (Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave, Bob Hope Rd, Miami FL 33136-1494, 800.327.4545), and/or the Berea Church of Christ Building Fund (50 Berea Church Road, Lebanon 37087.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Jenkins, 69, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Dotty" to her family and friends, she died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at her residence.
She was a member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Brother Russ Stephens. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include nieces Lisa Jenkins and Brenda (Darrell) Guffey; great-niece Kisha Guffey; and numerous other family members.
She is preceded in death by parents Bob and Mary Nollner Jenkins; brother Robert L. Jenkins Jr.; and sister-in-law Linda Jenkins.
Pallbearers included: Jesse, Scott and Chris Chapman and Darrell Guffey.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Visitation and funeral services will be held Friday, April 24 at the Immanuel Baptsit Church for Mr. Fields, 46, of Lebanon. Known as "Tim" or "Timmy" to his family and friends, Mr. Fields passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
A former employee of Toshiba America for 19 years, he recently worked for Gibson Guitar in the Rough Mill. Tim loved classical cars, Elvis and Pepsi Cola. He was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church and honorary member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with funeral services set for 1 p.m. Pastor John Hunn will officiate the services. Interment is set for the Gordonsville City Cemetery.
Survivors include: parents Billy Joe and Margaret Christian Fields; siblings Jeff (Debbie) Fields, Beverly Sells and Frances Fields -- all of Lebanon and Melissa (Randy) Mundy of Pleasant Shade.
Also surviving are nephews Josh (Megan), Joel, Jonathan and Jason Sells, Jacob Fields; niece Maria Mundy; girlfriend Tammy Jewell.
He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Carmon and Ruby Fields; maternal grandparents, Nick and Ruby Christian.
Pallbearers, Joshua, Joel, Jonathan and Jason Sells, Jacob Fields, Randy Mundy, Paul Lee Jewell and Larry Ferrell. Honorary pallbearers Mark and Donnie West, Charles Hollis, Eddie Fields, Greg Elrod and Ricky Gilley.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Coming over to taste the competition’s banana dumplin’s are, from left, WCHS sophomore Jacob Behel and junior Katie Tidwell. Serving the dumplin’s fresh from the toaster oven are, left to right, LHS juniors Camillia Meachum and Cassie Ritchie. Meachum and Ritchie, who took second place for their banana dumplin’s, Behel and Tidwell, won third place for their mixed berry dumplin’s. All four are culinary team members of their schools’ Skills USA clubs.
CONNIE ESH and JOHN BUTWELL /
THE WILSON POST
PRIOR TO THURSDAY HOME GAME
Cumberland University will honor the late Stephen Wood and his contributions to the Bulldog baseball program before Thursday’s 1 p.m. twinbill against TranSouth Conference foe Martin Methodist.
Wood passed away April 21 at the age of 44 due to complications from liver cancer. He was a lifelong Midstate resident and Vanderbilt University graduate who helped greatly in the design and construction of the renovated baseball stadium and press box.
Head coach Woody Hunt will recognize Wood’s family prior to Thursday’s doubleheader against Martin Methodist, the last home series of the season for the Bulldogs.
CU and the Redhawks play a single game Friday at 1 p.m., highlighted by Senior Day pregame activities for 18 players -- Clint Alexander, Chuck Belote, Matt Burton, Babich Cowan, Will Curry, Zack Diekmann, Jeremiah McElwain, Chris Fanning, Mark Gividen, Corey Merrill, Eric Mull, James Parker, Blake Simmons, Eric Spivey, Richard Timbrook, Andrew Ward, Kyle West and Jeremy Wilson.
CU loses 2-of-3 at FHU -- Sam Kikla went 5-for-5 with eight RBIs as Cumberland outlasted Freed-Hardeman, 20-16, in eight innings in the opening game of a double-header, but the Lions came back with a 14-3 victory in the second game, splitting a baseball twinbill Saturday at Carnes Field in Henderson.
Cumberland (28-21, 13-5 TSAC) remains in a first-place tie with Trevecca despite losing the series at FHU. The Trojans lost a doubleheader Saturday to Lyon College and both teams will head into this week’s final series tied for first place. Freed-Hardeman (28-14, 12-7) solidified its position in third place with the series victory and can still mathematically win the conference.
Cumberland blew a 13-2 lead in the opener, as FHU scored eight runs in the fifth and then six runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest at 16.
But Kikla drove in a run, Michael Wheeler added two RBIs and Matt Holliman had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to retake the lead in a contest that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours.
Richard Timbrook came on to get the final three outs and the save, but not before loading the bases with just one out. Eric Spivey (2-2), the fourth of five CU hurlers in the contest, picked up the victory, facing one batter and getting the final out of the seventh.
Starter Robert Post allowed two runs on four hits in four innings of work and left with a 13-2 lead. He walked four and struck out four.
There’s plenty of action on tap the next couple of days for local prep softball teams.
Friendship Christian is scheduled to host Father Ryan Wednesday in a 5 p.m. contest and will entertain District 8A rival Westmoreland Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Lebanon High visits District 7AAA rival Oakland tonight at 6 p.m. followed by a Thursday night trip to Riverdale.
Mt. Juliet is scheduled to host Smyrna Thursday in a 4 p.m. District 9AAA game. The Lady Bears play in Morristown this weekend.
Wilson Central will host Galaltin Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and will play at Hendersonville April 27 in a 4 p.m. game.
Watertown High travels to Crump Paris Park in South Carthage to play Gordonsville High Thursday, April 23 in a 4:30 p.m. contest, then visit Clay County Friday afternoon.
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will host Trousdale County High Thursday afternoon in a District 8A single game. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.