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Obituaries

Betty A. Gann, 77

Ms. Gann, 77, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. No services are scheduled.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon.

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Brenda Gayle Crawford, 59

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mrs. Crawford, 59, of the Bellwood Community. Known as "Mammy" to her family and friends, she died Dec. 14, 2012.

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Cory Richard Clifft, 18

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Clifft, 18, of Mt. Juliet. Son of Randy Clifft and Clifft; Candace (Charles) Carden, he died Dec. 15, 2012.

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Helen Freeberg, 82

A celebration of life will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Willow Grove United Methodist Church, Bethpage, for Mrs. Freeberg, 82.

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Nancy Belle Curtis Foley, 67

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at St. Edwards Catholic Community for Mrs. Foley, 67, of Nashville. Retired from American Airlines, she died Dec. 14, 2012.

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Opal Esther Ebest, 98

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Ebest, 98, of Mt. Juliet. Born in Arkansas on Christmas Day in 1913, she died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

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Rev. Billy Craighead, 82

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Lebanon's First United Methodist Church for Rev. Craighead, 82, a retired Methodist minister and father of Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. Born Feb. 2, 1930 in the New Middleton Community and a 1947 graduate of Gordonsville High School, he died Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2012.

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Ruth Ensor Petretzky, 90

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge for Mrs. Petretzky, 90, of Lebanon. Born in Cookeville to the late Alex Monroe and Virginia Ensor Burton, Mrs. Petretzky died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at Hearthside Assisted Living in Lebanon.

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Sue N. Ledsinger, 75

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m, Friday, Dec. 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Ledsinger, 75, of Mt. Juliet. Owner of Art Accessories for over 30 years and Furniture & Bedding Direct for over 15 years, she died Dec. 16, 2012.

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Valerie Lynn Faulkner Brown, 28

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, for Ms. Brown, 28, of Murfreesboro. She died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

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General News

Dec. 20 funeral planned for Rev. Billy Craighead

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Lebanon's First United Methodist Church for Rev. Billy Craighead, 82, a retired Methodist minister and father of Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. Born Feb. 2, 1930 in the New Middleton Community and a 1947 graduate of Gordonsville High School, he died Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2012.

The son of the late Roy and Evie Winfree Craighead of Brush Creek, he served as a minister in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church for 43 years.

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Fults, Sherry's Run honored by commission for volunteerism

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Sherrys Run and student Jessica Fults were honored at the Monday night meeting of the Wilson County Commission for their volunteerism and efforts to improve the lives of local residents.

Carol Knight, who works in County Mayor Randall Huttos office, explained to commissioners that the organization and the Wilson Central High School senior were chosen by a board to represent the county at the Governors Volunteer Stars Awards. The Governors Volunteer Stars Awards is an initiative of Volunteer Tennessee which seeks to recognize one outstanding youth and one adult volunteer in each of Tennessees 95 counties.

Each county was to find our adult and one youth who exemplified volunteerism. It was difficult to pin this down, Knight said of the selection process chaired by Ken Sweeney. We started this process back in July by talking to schools and counselors. We came up with what we believe are excellent winners this year.

Fults, who donated inches of her blonde hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, received a standing ovation. She was joined by her parents, Jerry and Janice. I have been very blessed in my life and was called to give back to others, Fults said.

Sherrys Run was represented by Gary Whitaker, husband of the late Sherry Whitaker, who passed away after a battle with colon cancer.

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Immanuel to host Sandy Hook Elementary remembrance service tonight

Immanuel Baptist will host a special memorial service today at 6:30 p.m for the lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last Friday in Connecticut. Pastor John Hunn will conduct the service, praying for families and explaining how to talk to your children about what happened.

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Possum Town Outreach helps Hancock County

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Members of the Possum Town Outreach will venture to Hancock County, Tenn. today to give to those less fortunate.

Possum Town Outreach Founder Jerry McFarland said that truckloads of food, clothing and toy donations will bless children in Sneedville this Christmas season. Hancock County is the poorest county in Tennessee, he said. Parent Deborah Heronimus added that they are the ninth poorest county in the United States.

These are people just a couple of hours away from us who are hungry. It touches our childrens hearts to know that not every place is as blessed as Wilson County, she said. There are so many parents and teachers involved. Possum Town Outreach is such a catchy name but it is a wonderful ministry.

The Possum Town Outreach is made up of Friendship Christians bible class, parents and other community volunteers. Heronimus said that she joins on trips to Sneedville to take pictures of students as they serve the community there. The kids really love it, she said.

McFarland said Possum Town Outreach was created over a decade ago and new volunteers join the cause each year. About two years ago a girl said she had been looking for missions work to do and here we are just across the street [from FCS], he said.

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Weeks to perform at ChristmasLand on Friday

Brother Terry Weeks will be at ChristmasLand at Brother Kenneth Bowens beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21. Weeks will play and sing Christmas carols which you can hear as you drive through the exhibits. Everyone is invited to come out and see all the beautiful Christmas exhibits. ChristmasLand is at 1130 Trousdale Ferry Pike, Lebanon.

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