By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Funeral services for Watertown icon Edsel Cordell Floyd were held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29 at Hunter Funeral Home.
Former Watertown Mayor, Alderman, Postmaster and longtime public address announcer for Watertown High football, Mr. Floyd passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his residence at the age of 81.
Mr. Floyd was an icon as a postmaster and as a sports announcer, said Wilson County Mayor and Watertown native Randall Hutto, who grew up in Watertown. He was one of those guys, when you hear Watertown, you think of his name.
Affectionately known as Mr. Watertown. he gave a lifetime of service to the community. Mr. Floyd was a 1948 graduate of Watertown High School and attended Austin Peay State University.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and later in the Naval Reserve, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service as Watertown Postmaster and worked for several years with Wilson Bank & Trust.
Edsel Floyds nickname of 'Mr. Watertown' was well-deserved and appropriate, said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings. There are so many things in the last 50 years in Watertown that he impacted positively.
A member of the Watertown First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and song leader for more than 40 years, Mr. Floyd also served as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in DeKalb County for several years.
He was loved in the community, and hell be missed but never forgotten, Jennings said.
Funeral services were conducted by Hugh Patton. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Park in Lebanon.
Survivors include: his wife Margie Atwood Floyd; sons Mark (Jan) Floyd of Smyrna and Chris (Jo) Floyd of Oxford, England. Also surviving are grandchildren Alexey, Avalon, Justin, Joshua, Brittany, Eleanor and Daniel Floyd.
Also surviving are sisters Gwynn Patton of Murfreesboro and Paulette Dorris of Watertown, brother Kenneth Floyd of Nashville as well as several nieces and nephews.
The son of the late Elroy and Macon Anderson Floyd, he is also preceded in death by son Jesse Michael Floyd, grandson Jesse Matthew Floyd and sister Dorothy Harvey.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Once again, trick-or-treaters of all ages will fill the Lebanon Public Square for Halloween on the Square tonight, but you dont have to wait until then to celebrate the ghostly holiday with Markets at The Mill hosting Halloween festivities this weekend.
On Monday, Oct. 31, you can celebrate Halloween on the Square with the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department and the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, as well as local businesses.
Sue Vanatta, Chamber president, said this years festivities were a joint project between the three departments and the Chamber of Commerce. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Square will be filled with costumed-children and adults trick-or-treating for candy at more than 30 businesses.
The WCSD will be giving away free drinks, the LPD is giving away hot dogs and the Fire Department will have a fire engine out here and giving away candy, Vanatta said.
During the hours of the event, the Square and East Main Street will be blocked off for safety as the Chamber shuttle will carry people from designated parking areas to the Square.
Vanatta said participants can park at the Bank of America off the Square on West Main Street, in the lot next to the Capital Theater, at the Wilson County Courthouse and First Baptist Church. The shuttle will run between all of the parking locations.
New this year to the event is a special pumpkin roll for children, giving them the opportunity to compete for prizes by rolling a pumpkin through a course of hay bails
Of course, for the second year in a row, the Neddy Jacobs Coffin Race will be held at 7:30 p.m. Teams will have the chance once again to dress up in costumes, if they wish, and speed their coffins with a teammate aboard, around the Square. Rules and applications for the coffin race may be picked up at the Chamber office, 149 Public Square.
Vanatta also said there will be many other activities that night including face painting, inflatables, balloon making and storytelling and more. Also, Channel 4s Snowbird will be attending the event as well.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at email@example.com.
MADISONVILLE -- Michael Sweat scored 17 points, Andrew Ayodeji netted 16 and Kyle Upton added 12 in Cumberland's 88-56 victory over Hiwassee College in the men's basketball season opener for both teams Saturday.
Sweat grabbed six rebounds and posted two blocks while Lamar Brinkley collected eight points, nine rebounds and four assists. Ayodeji also added four assists and Upton had two.
Cumberland opens the home schedule Monday with a men's and women's doubleheader against Fisk University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The women's game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men.
By TOMMY BRYAN
Backyard brawls are seldom pretty. Tonights Wilson Central at Mt. Juliet game is a case in point.
While the Golden Bears are coming in 9-0 overall and a prohibitive favorite against the 2-7 Wildcats, expect a knockout, drag-out fight at Mt. Juliet. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Coach Roger Perrys team is shooting for the programs first 10-0 season and convincing win over the Wildcats would be a good springboard into the TSSAA Class 6A postseason playoffs.
MJHS overcame a slow start last week and went on to polish off Hendersonville 41-10 to wrap up the regular season District 9AAA championship.
Central battled Station Camp but lost 16-12, marking the second consecutive setbacl for the Wildcats.
LHS at Hendersonville -- Tonight Lebanon (2-7) closes out the 2011 season at Hendersonville against a Commando team that has lost three of its last four games after starting the year with a 4-1 record.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
Lebanons last victory over Hendersonville was a 32-10 contest back in 2000. The Blue Devils went eight straight years without playing the Commandos, then picked the series back up in the 2009 campaign due to regional realignment.
LHS lost to Hendersonville 41-20 in 2009 and gave up 28 first quarter points in last seasons 47-7 debacle. Hendersonville (5-4) is coming off a 41-10 loss at Mt. Juliet while Lebanon dropped a 34-7 decision to Beech last week.
Friendship at Monterey -- No. 8-ranked Friendship Christian will close out the regular season tonight at Monterey High in a Region 4A contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
FCS comes in 6-3, 5-2 in the league after blasting Red Boiling Springs 63-6 last week for homecoming.
Weve been fortunate to be able to get our young guys a lot of playing time this season, said FCS coach John McNeal. Those guys have helped the starters get prepared for Friday nights with their work on the scout team. They dont get much recognition, so when they are able to play on Friday night, Im proud for them.
The Wildcats stand 3-6, 3-4 after an open date.
We need to go out there Friday night and execute, McNeal said, no lapses or missed assignments. I know its been a hectic week at school with our volleyball team in the state tournament, but weve got to pay attention to details against Monterey.
Watertown at JCHS -- Watertown will be playing for a first round home game in the TSSAA playoffs when they visit Gainesboro for a Region 4A matchup with Jackson County High tonight.
The Purple Tigers started the season 6-0, but have dropped three straight to the likes of Friendship, Gordonsville and Trousdale County High to stand 6-3 / 4-3 in the region.
After thumping Pickett County 46-6 last week, Jackson County (5-4 / 4-3) has four straight games leading into tonights contest.
With a victory tonight, Watertown can clinch a home playoff game for the first time since the 1985 season.
MJ Christian at FRA -- Mt. Juliet Christian limps into tonights regular season finale with the faint hopes of postseason play still alive. The Saints (2-7 overall / 0-2 in DII East-Middle) can earn a playoff berth is they can score a win over the Panthers tonight.
MJ Christian led Middle Tennessee Christian 21-0 last week, only to fall to the Cougars 42-27.
Franklin Road Academy is 3-6 overall / 1-1 in the region after last weeks 35-7 loss to Knoxville Webb.
Price honored by Star -- Wilson Centrals sophomore wingback Alex Price was named the Music City Star - Game Day Express Player of the Week in Wilson County
Monday. In Centrals 16-12 loss to Station Camp, Price caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.