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Gladys Midgett Swindell, 96

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LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Swindell, 96, of Lebanon. Mrs. Swindell passed away March 14, 2009.

An active member of the Saulsbury Baptist Church, she taught the babies and toddlers Sunday School Class. Born in the Saulsbury Community to Leonard George and Vera Hobbs Midgett, at the age of two she went to live with her grandparents John and Octavia Bell Oakley Midgett behind Good Hope Methodist Church in Saulsbury.

Mrs. Swindell attended school at Walnut Grove School and Tuckers Cross Roads High School. While in high school, she met the late Charlie Sindell and married him in November of 1929.

The Midgett and Swindell familes have always been involved in politics. Charlie Swindell served for 26 years on the Wilson County Court.

Paul Neal and Charlie Swindell bought the Tuckers Cross Roads store. Charlie and Gladys moved into the house behind the store and ran the store for several years before buying a farm in Saulsbury.

Charlie was appointed to write warrants and do the board bill for Wilson County Sheriff Ed Maynard and continued to do this for several sheriffs.

Meanwhile, Gladys became a cook for the Tuckers Cross Roads School.  When the widow of Sheriff Harold Griffin, Roslian, became Trustee of Wilson County, Charlie started working in that office. Later, when he was elected as Trustee, Gladys worked in his office. She continued to work with Charlie, Joe Lasater, and John Majors for several years.

The family will be accepting friends at Monday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Brother W.L. Baker. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include children: David E. "Billy" (Kitty) Swindell and Linda Ann Swindell (Clay) Couch; grandchildren: Cathy (Dale) King, David (Teresa) Couch, Kelly (Wayne) Harris and Stacy Swindell; grea grandchildren: Leanna (Gene) Kulas, Snapper King, Billy Wayne Harris, Layce Booker Swindell, Jessica Couch and Addie Couch; and great-great-grandchildren Anna Cate and Alek Kulas, Gracey and Clay King.

Pallbearers: special friend Fred Reeder and nephews Sam Swindell, Jimmy Midgett, Johnny Midgett, Donnie Woosley, Teddy Woosley, and David Earl Bates. Honorary pallbearers: Charles Albert Bell, Jack Bell, Harold Ingram, and Terry Ashe.

She is preceded in death by husband Charlie Swindell.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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