LEBANON -- Tena Willis passed away on March 2, 2010 at age 86. The family will have a private memorial service.
Survivors include children: Karren Anderson, Gary (Jenifer) Willis, Lynn (Debby) Willis, and Krista (Steve) Radosta; sister Beatrice Eisenhart; special granddaughter Billie Lynn Anderson; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by husband Leroy Earl Willis, son Carl Willis, parents Stewart and Bessie Leatherman Baldwin, two brothers and four sisters.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
GOODLETSVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6 at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home for Mrs. Word, 91, formerly of Lebanon. Retired admininistrative assistant to the CEO of Rogers Group, Inc. she died Mar. 1, 2010 in Dayton, OH.
She was a dedictaed member of College Hills, Madison Church of Christ and the Jonathan Wright Chapter DAR. The family will receive friends Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: siblings Ken (Bobbie) Grissim, Pearl (Jim) Cross and Alice (Kenneth) Burkett; sisters-in-law Edith Waters and Carolyn Garrett; daughter Martha Word Haley, her "special son" John D. Haley II; two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren; along with 11 nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband John Raymond Word; parents Hamlet Eugene and Mary Alice Young Grissim; siblings Young, Gene, Billy and Joe Grissim; Louise Jones and Helen Hayes.
Active pallbearers: Ken, Kai, Steve, Andrew, Daniel and Terry Grissim, Jim Cross, Kenneth Burkett, Shane & David Hinson and Jeff Penix. Honorary: Ben R. Rechter, Gene Ward, Lynn Cain, Vance McKinney and Robert Knott.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Madison Church of Christ Christian Care Center or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH, 45420. Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodletsville, is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, March 5 at McLevain Family Cemetery for Mrs. McLevain, 66, of Mt. Juliet. She died Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Services will be conducted by Jim C. Wilson.
Survivors include: husband Jesse Donald McLevain and daughters Karie (David) McLevain-Wells, M.D. and Cheryl McLevain (Stan) Wilson; sisters Pollyanna (Sam) Mosley and Judy (Glen) Castleberry; grandchildren Michael, Christopher and Andrew Wells; along with several nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Active pallbearers will be David Wells, Stan Wilson, Michael Wells, Glen Castleberry, Billy Coleman, David Rikard, Nathan Clariday and Barry Bedwell. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.
MT. JULIET – Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. McDonald, 88, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Villages church of Christ, she died Mar. 3, 2010.
Visitation with the family will be Friday from 12 Noon until time of the service. Services will be conducted by Brother Glenn Pritchett. Interment will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: sons Jerry (Patsy) McDonald and Dale (Camilla) McDonald; siblings Jean Gannon and Lewis (Mildred) Scott; grandchildren Jason McDonald, Delania (David) Thompson, Chris McDonald, Bennie Joe (Emily) McDonald, Deana McDonald, Colton McDonald and Cayce McDonald; great-grandchildren Dakota Scoby, Trey Scoby, Madison McDonald, Mackenzie McDonald and David K. Thompson.
She is preceded in death by parents John and Sally Scott; husband Charlie McDonald; sons Franklin McDonald and Joe Allen McDonald; and brothers Joe Scott and Woodson Scott.
Pallbearers: Jason McDonald, Colton McDonald, Chris McDonald, Bennie Joe McDonald and David Thompson. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Murphy, 79, of Hermitage, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Graveside services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 6 at Pine Bluff Cemetery in Rock Island. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
Survivors include: daughters Joyce (Arlie) Bragg of Mt. Juliet and Linda Jones of North Carolina. Also surviving are siblings: Norman Dunlap of Pensacola, FL; Margaret Smith and George Dunlap -- both of Rock Island and Evelyn Sparkman of Chattanooga; grandchildren April Parrish, Ryan Woodson, Angie and Brad Jones; granddaughter-in-law Tammy Davis and great-grandson Austin Woodson.
She was preceded in death by her husband James D. Murphy; son Forrest Bennett; parents Duke and Lillie Sheryl Dunlap and sisters Kathleen Freeman and Elaine Reeves.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, Inc., 1718 Paterson Drive, Nashville, 37203-9658. Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
JACKSON -- Brandon Springer scored a game-high 20 points in his final game in a Bulldog uniform as Cumberland University's season came to an end with a 75-67 defeat at the hands of No. 10 Union University Saturday night at Fred DeLay Gymnasium in the semifinal round of the TranSouth Championships.
Cumberland ends its season with a 12-17 mark and will not make the NAIA National Championship field for the first time in three years after being bounced from the conference tourney by Union for the third time since 2005.
Springer drained a 3-pointer early in the first half as Cumberland took advantage of a Union turnover, giving the visitors a five-point lead. Union worked its way back over a seven-minute span, gaining the advantage for good when Keith Tolliver sank a trey of his own. Tolliver was one of five UU players to reach double figures, scoring a dozen points.
Cumberland shot just 31 percent in the first half, falling behind 33-24 at intermission. After Springer made a basket to cut the deficit to seven on the opening possession of the second half, Union responded with a 17-3 run to take its largest lead to that point at 19.
Trailing by 20 with 3:18 to play, Cumberland tried to complete an improbable comeback, scoring 15 of the last 18 points, but it was too little, too late as the book was closed on CU.
Lamar Brinkley scored 16 points and added eight rebounds, while Walter Simon contributed a dozen points and seven boards.
CU downs TNU -- Cumberland used a 17-2 spurt to start the second half and hung on to defeat rival Trevecca Nazarene, 90-83, in men's basketball action in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships Thursday night at Moore Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs (12-16) got 29 points from TranSouth Conference Player of the Year Brandon Springer, but more importantly Walter Simon and Andrew Ayodeji both scored 16 points and Adrian Williamson came off the bench to net 12 points, as CU eliminated the Trojans (22-9) from the conference tournament for the second straight season.
Cumberland advanced to face top-seeded Union University in Jackson Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs and Union split their two games this season, each winning at home.
Springer scored eight points and Ayodeji had seven during the opening four minutes of the second half when the Bulldogs erased a three-point halftime deficit and took a 58-46 advantage. But the Trojans put together a 14-5 run in the middle of the second half, getting as close as 67-66 after a Keith Morris field goal with 7:29 remaining.
But Trevecca never took the lead, as the Bulldogs responded with a Simon putback and then perhaps the biggest bucket of the game. Lindal Yarbrough missed a short jumper and CU got the ball out-of-bounds under the basket with just seven seconds left on the shot clock, but the Bulldogs lucked out with a media timeout forthcoming.
Head coach Lonnie Thompson drew up a play during the timeout and it worked it perfection, with Ayodeji inbounding the ball and then coming back to take a 3-pointer in the corner, nailing it to add to the Bulldogs lead.
Simon's floater in the lane as the shot clock was expiring with 3:37 to play was a big dagger for CU as well, and the Bulldogs knocked down 7-of-8 foul shots in the final 50 seconds to ice the victory.
Simon added a game-high 13 rebounds and Williamson grabbed six rebounds, all of them big it seemed.
Matthew Elliott almost single-handedly kept Trevecca in the game, scoring 20 points in the first half alone and 31 total for the game, making five 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws. Morris added 19 for TNU, but Michael France was limited to just 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
The Bulldogs started well offensively and took a 16-11 advantage in the first half after a fastbreak basket from Springer off a long pass by Yarbrough, but the Trojans answered with a 16-3 run, including 3-pointers from Elliott and France and a pair of buckets off the bench by JP Nyadaro.
Cumberland got back in the game later in the period with a 12-5 run, capped by a pair of Ayodeji free throws, and the Bulldogs took the lead late in the half with an old-fashioned 3-point play from Springer. But TNU answered again, this time with a pair of Elliott free throws to tie the game and then an Elliott trifecta with 3.5 seconds remaining in the half for a 44-41 Trojans lead at intermission.
CU shot a phenomenal 59 percent from the floor in the period but also committed 10 turnovers. Springer scored 15 points for the Bulldogs and Simon added eight. The Trojans made five 3-pointers, three by Elliott.
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears will play Riverdale Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee Basketball Championships at MTSU's Murphy Center.
Coach Chris Fryer's team will teake a record of 32-1 into Thursday's AAA opening round match-up. Ironically, Riverdale (27-2) was the last team to defeat Mt. Juliet some 25 games ago.
The MJ - Riverdale winner will take on the winner of the Memphis Overton (29-3) and Oak Ridge (28-5) game on Friday. The lower bracket finds Morristown West (32-1) playing Walker Valley (32-2) in one quartefinal game while Clarksville (30-4) plays Memphis Central (26-3) in the other quartefinal game.
MJ WINS SECTIONAL -- No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet defeated Glencliff 58-38 Saturday at "The Cave" to earn a berth in next week's Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee Basketball Championships next week at MTSU’s Murphy Center.
The Lady Bears of Coach Chris Fryer bolted to a 10-1 lead early and took a 29-20 advantage to the lockerroom at intermission. Glencliff employed a "box and one" defense designed to slow soph post Caya Williams -- but senior forward Britt Bell took over.
Bell exploded for 26 points as Mt. Juliet improved to 32-1 on the season. All told, Mt. Juliet drilled seven 3-pointers against the Lady Colts.
REGION 5AAA finals -- Mt. Juliet held off a talented Clarksville High team Wednesday night by a 44-38 score to claim the Region 5AAA championship at William Workman Gym on the CHS campus.
Sophomore post player Caya Williams, who was named MVP of the regional tournament, led the way for Mt. Juliet with 20 points. She had nine points during a 12-0 second quarter run that blew open a 10-all contest. Senior Britt Bell added 13.
The Lady Bears overcame a poor night at the free throw line, connecting on just 12-of-28, including a run of 7-of-18 in the final 2:30 of the contest.
“We just could not get those foul shots to fall, but our girls hung in there and really played stiff defense down the stretch,” Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said. “It was tough watching those misses but we hit enough to win and that’s what’s important.”
Wednesday’s victory was the 24th in a row for the Lady Bears. Clarksville (29-4) had its 18-game win streak halted with the loss. The Lady Wildcats will visit Region 6AAA champ Hillsboro Saturday with a berth to the state on the line.