LOCAL MINISTER, MISSIONARY
LEBANON -- Sister "A.A." Stafford, 80, died May 15, 2011 at Quality Health Care following an extended illness.
Born November 19, 1930, in born in Wyatt, Missouri, she was well known in the community for the overseas mission trips where she brought compassion and the Plan of Salvation to literally thousands of people in pain.
Sis. Stafford was a former employee of Cedarcroft Home, Lebanon and Cumberland University and had lived in Lebanon since 1969.
Family visitation is Thursday, May 19 at the Heaven's View Baptist Church, 310 Coles Ferry Pike, between the hours of 12 Noon - 1 p.m.
Funeral to follow at with Pastor Jeffrey Huddleston serving as eulogist.
Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Walter F. Stafford; son Jerome (Ann) Pearson; step-son Shantain Stafford; grandchildren Carlotta, Latoi and Jeffrey; as well as a host of relatives and friends.
For more on Sis. Stafford's life and ministry, please see the Page One story in the May 11 edition of The Wilson Post.
Services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.
By TOMMY BRYAN
It is with mixed emotions I write about Sunday night's passing of Sister A.A. Stafford of Lebanon. I'm saddened because those of us who knew her will surely miss her, but there's a certain amount of relief because she's not in pain anymore.
I'm quite sure Sister Stafford offered up more prayers, held more hands, and reached out to those in need more than any single person I've ever known.
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- A leadoff homer from Friendship Christian's Chris Hall set the tone early as the Commanders rolled to an 11-0 victory in five innings over Monterey Monday evening in the first round of the Region 4-A baseball tournament.
Hall added a bloop double in the second inning and finished with three runs batted in as FCS won for the 17th consecutive time this season, improving to 23-7 overall. The Wildcats closed out the season 9-15.
"These Monday regional openers have always been a little issue with us," saif Friendship head coach John McNeal. "There have been times we have struggle and not played as well as we should. I thought their pitcher (Arlis Phillips) might give us a little trouble with his curve ball, but Chris started us out with a homer run that pretty much set the tone. We were able to get runs the next few innings and end it in five. We were hoping we could play a quick game and save our pitching and not push us out any more than we had to."
Right-hander Kyle Wood dominated Monterey's lineup, allowing just two hits -- singles to Isiah Walker (third inning) and Arlis Phillips (fifth) while striking out seven.
The Commanders scored three times in the second, then salted the game away with a four spot in the fourth as Tanner Martin drilled a homer off the scoreboard in right-center.
Phillips started and was tagged with the loss. He struck out four and walked four.
Friendship will travel to Gainesboro Wednesday for the Region 4-A championship game vs. Jackson County. The District 7-A champion Blue Devils eliminated Trousdale County 10-0 Monday.
Wednesday's winner will host a sectional game Friday with the loser going on the road.
MT. JULIET 1, DICKSON COUNTY 0
MT. JULIET -- A first inning run proved to be more than enough for Mt. Juliet ace Kyle Smith as the Golden Bears eliminated Dickson County 1-0 Monday night in the Region 5AAA baseball opener.
Zach Tompkins laced a clean double to score Hunter Gilbert, who had reached on a single, and from the first inning on Smith (9-1) took over. The big right-hander struck out 14 and allowed just three hits while wiggling out of a couple of jams.
"Another typical performance from Kyle," said Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis. "He had one or two innings where they had a chance and he shut the door on them. The others, he dominated. They (Dickson County) had a good guy on the hill, also, so it was a tough night to score."
Tompkins had a pair of doubles on the night as Mt. Juliet could scratch only four hits off Dickson County starter Joseph Teal.
Mt. Juliet (27-7) will host Rossview High Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Region 5AAA finals. Wednesday's winner will host a sectional game Friday while the loser will play on the road for a berth in the TSSAA Spring Fling.
MT. JULIET 10, ROSSVIEW 4
MT. JULIET -- Kristin Meisel drilled a pair of two-run singles Monday night to help lift Mt. Juliet to a 10-4 home victory over Rossview in the opening round of Region 5AAA softball tournament.
The Lady Bears pounded out 15 hits and improved to 27-7 overall with the victory. Lefty Laurel Woodard scattered five hits in seven innings of work to pick up the decision.
Mt. Juliet will host rival Beech High Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the regional final. Wednesday's winner will host a TSSAA sectional game Friday while the loser will go on the road for a shot a berth in Spring Fling.
Wednesday's game will be a rematch of the District 9AAA tournament played last week in Lebanon -- a game won by the Lady Bears 9-6. Beech forced the “if necessary” game with a 13-5 victory over Mt. Juliet.
FCS 13, JACKSON COUNTY 3
LEBANON -- A nine-run third inning proved to be the difference Monday as Friendship Christian eliminated Jackson County 13-3 in the Region 4A softball tournament opener.
The Lady Commanders improved to 20-17 on the season and will host arch-rival Gordonsville Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the regional crown. Wednesday’s winner will host a TSSAA sectional game on Friday with the loser going on the road.
Kaity Woodall and Laurel Burroughs each went 4-for-4 for the winners. Woodall scored four times along with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Burroughs slugged an two run homer in the third and added three doubles. Maci Wilkerson ripped a pair of hits, including a triple for a pair of RBI while Megan Reeves and Jerah Glenn each added a pair of hits.
Woodall picked up the decision in relief of starter Hunter Holland.