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Annual Patrons Party set for May 28

Event to serve as precursor to 26th Annual Phoenix Ball

With tickets for Cumberland University’s 26th Annual Phoenix Ball nearly sold out, the University shifts its attention to the annual Patron’s Party, an evening of camaraderie, cuisine and conversation scheduled for Thursday, May 28.

To be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., the event offers friends of the University and the Cumberland University family an opportunity to socialize as they look ahead to the Ball. The Patron’s Party will be held at the Winstead Paine Bone House (the President’s Residence), located at 516 West Spring Street in Lebanon.

Time for Wilson Co. to join discussion on regional transit
On Wednesday, May 27, business, governmental and community leaders from Wilson County will join their colleagues from throughout Middle Tennessee to focus the development of a regional transportation system. Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will harness the “Power of Ten” – the 10 counties that comprise our region – at the annual “Convening the Region” Summit.
Thanks to Sheriff's Department for heavy lifting at county Archives

To the Editor:

Many hours have been put into the Wilson County Archives to make it one of the best anywhere in the state. With all of the heavy record books and loose records to move during the last 10 years (11 in September), this has been a very hard job. But with the help of the Sheriff’s Department allowing the use of the inmates, this task has been a lot easier, even though there are many other jobs the Sheriff’s Department requires the inmates to do. The officers who bring the inmates have worked alongside the inmates to get the work done.

Life going bankrupt, and not just monetarily, either, writer says

To the Editor:

Recently, talk radio host Phil Valentine and some others protesting in front of the State Capitol seemed to be forgetting it’s the ruling corporacy that’s running the show.

Paul Hamblen Wright, 77

ATLANTA, GA – Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, May 12 at the Oglethorpe Hill Chapel for Mr. Wright, 77, of Atlanta. Professor emeritus at Georgia Tech where he taught Civil Engineering for 32 years, Mr. Wright died May 10, 2009.

A native of Wilson County and a 1949 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Wright was a member of the North Atlanta Church of Christ where he served as an Elder and a Deacon.

Services were conducted by ministers Don McLaughlin and Bill Long. Burial was at the Arlington Memorial Park.

Survivors include: wife Joyce Sparkman Wright and sons Jeff (Katherine) Wright of Nashville and Jon (Kristen) Wright of Lawrenceville, GA.  Also surviving are grandchildren Michael, Carter, Taylor and Garrett; sisters Foy Dell Harding and Jean Jackson – both of Mt. Juliet and France McDonald of Murfreesboro.

Mr. Wright is preceded in death by his parents John E. and Maxie Wright and brothers Milton, Edd and Wayne.

H.M. Patterson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Swafford, 74

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Swafford, 74, of Akron, Indiana.

Born in the Leeville Community of Wilson County, Mrs. Swafford died May 18, 2009 at the Parkview Whitley Cemetery in Columbia City, Indiana. A homemaker, she was the daughter of the late Gladys Drennan Willard and Lloyd Willard.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Bowen. Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Patricia Ann (Cordell) Hull, Ricky Lee Swafford and Michael (Debbie) Swafford – all of Indiana; grandchildren Damon Prater, Adam Hull and Matthew, Daniel, Whitney and Morgan Swafford; sister June (James) Dillard of Lebanon and brothers Danny (Lou) Willard and Charles Willard – both of Indiana.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Swafford is preceded in death by husband Claude Swafford, two sisters and six brothers.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aikita M. Odom, 35

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle for Evangelist Aikita M. Odom, 35, of Lebanon. She passed away May 20, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. Sunday with services to follow.  Bishop Alfred Howard will officiate. Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Martha Seay; sisters Veronda Seay, Christina Sea and Sabrina Seay, LyShuniqua Odom; brothers Marlow Seay and LaByron Seay.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tony Ray McGowan

LEBANON — A graveside memorial service was held Thursday morning, May 28 at the Wilson County Memorial Park for Mr. McGowan of Lebanon.

He died May 19, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Survivors include: his parents Margie M. and Willie Gene McGowan of Lebanon; daughter Jessica Rae McGowan and grand-daughter Cameron Annabelle Davenport of Hardin, Kentucky.

Also surviving is brother Willie B. McGowan (Patty) of Watertown, sisters Linda Jean Chappell (Anthony) and Barbara M. Andrews — both of Lebanon, seven nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews, as well as special friends Rich and Adam Davis.

Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home.

Jason R. Joyner, 33

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mr. Joyner, 33. He died May 15, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Disyal Funeral Home, 400 East Market Street and Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Services will be conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine with burial at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Ja-Shawn Kenneth Joyner, mother Audrey Audrey Joyner, brothers Alfred Joyner Jr. and Michael (Tinesha) Joyner as well as a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and other relations.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Slammin' & Jammin' returns for 16th year

The Wilson Post

Slammin’ & Jammin’, the auto show that features various car competitions, entertainment and a bikini contest, returns to Lebanon beginning today for its 16th annual event at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The event will continue on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

A larger crowd is expected this year versus those who attended the 2008 show, said Charlie Cobble, president of Autoshows Motorsport Events, the company that presents Slammin’ & Jammin’ each year.

Lebanons 74-year-old sale barn bids adieu

 Changing times force McKee family to shut down Wilson County Livestock Market

Special to The Wilson Post

Progress will knock another institution off of West Main Street in two weeks when the Wilson County Livestock Market, aka “the sale barn,” shutters its doors after a final cattle auction June 3.

“Expenses got more than the income. That’ll close anybody down, won’t it?” said Alvin McKee, 89, a member of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. His sons, Bill and Carson McKee, and daughter, Wanda Bates, run the livestock market but claim their father is the guiding force behind it.

Bears fall 2-1 in AAA finals


MURFREESBORO -- Having an ace up you sleeve in a poker game just might get you killed.

However, Mt. Juliet High coach Mark Purvis used an extra ace to almost pull off one of the most storied upsets in Tennessee prep history last week in the Class AAA finals of the BlueCross Spring Fling at MTSU’s Reese Smith Field.

Staring down nationally-ranked Knoxville Farragut in Friday’s winner-take-all finals with his top two pitchers Taylor Haydel (11-0) and Jake Harper (9-1) pretty much spent, Purvis handed the ball to junior shortstop Ethan Gross who turned in a masterful performance against the mighty Admirals.

Gross, in just his third pitching appearance of the season, certainly pitched well enough to win, but came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

Military funeral honors display respect, thanks to veterans

Tennessee Army National Guard conducts nearly 20 ceremonies a day for families of veterans

Special to The Wilson Post

“This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one.”

Those are words fitly spoken as a soldier presents a folded American flag to the family of a soldier or veteran as a military funeral honor ceremony comes to an end.

Those are the words that Col. (retired) Bill Hartbarger said in 1969 as he passed the flag to his best friend’s widow.  

Benefit cancelled

A benefit for Alkita Odom, daughter of Martha Odom Seay, planned for May 22, has been cancelled.

Ms. Odom, daughter of Martha Odom Seay, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, after a battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete but are being handled by Disyal Funeral Home in Lebanon.


TDOS remembers fallen troopers and officers

 William Eric Emmert

Badge number of Former Trooper Emmert retired

In observance of National Police Week, a special service was held Friday to pay tribute to Tennessee State Troopers and other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 

Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) Commissioner Dave Mitchell joined U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Ed Yarbrough, Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker, members of THP’s Command Staff, current and former State Troopers and family members gathered for a special ceremony held at the Tennessee Department of Safety Headquarters, located at 1150 Foster Ave., in Nashville.

Clint Mason resigns at CU


LEBANON -- Cumberland University women’s basketball coach Clint Mason has resigned effective immediately to become boys basketball coach at his alma mater Greenbrier High School.

Cumberland Athletic Director Ron Pavan has named CU men’s basketball assistant coach Jeremy Lewis to take over as the interim head coach for the 2009-10 season.

Mason spent six seasons at CU, compiling a 108-89 overall record. The Lady Bulldogs posted a 27-8 mark and a national runner-up finish in 2007. He led the program to three 20-win campaigns and three NAIA National Tournament appearances, falling in the first round in 2006 and the Sweet 16 in 2005.

Mason played basketball in high school for his father, Tommy Mason, setting a school-record by averaging 23.4 points per game for his career at Greenbrier High.

Historical Figures?
So the other day, as my middle child and I were walking into the grocery store – out of nowhere she said, “It was Wear a Sports Shirt to School day and YOU forgot to give me a sports shirt.”
Mungo Jerry hit big with Summertime
Dear Ken: Who was Mungo Jerry?
Lebanons Hawkins to be honored at Granville Heritage Day

The 11th Granville Heritage Day Antique Car Show on Saturday, May 23, will honor longtime antique car collector Ken Hawkins of Lebanon.   

Hawkins is known for his collection of unique automobiles which has now grown to a total of 18. When Hawkins was graduating from MTSU, he purchased a 1954 Chevrolet truck to help make his move to Lebanon where he had taken a position with Cumberland University. This was the beginning of his collection as he still has the 1954 truck.

POSTscripts: The Traveling Chandelier
There is a book about some Traveling Pants.  This is a column about a Traveling Chandelier!  My family moved to Lebanon around 1940.  Daddy had a house built for us on Castle Heights Avenue.  In the formal dining room, hanging over the big cherry table was a chandelier.  It was shaped like an inverted pyramid with five brass rings in descending sizes, each filled with slender crystal prisms with pointed ends.  At the bottom was a crystal ball about the size of a golf ball.
Down South In the Pink Feeling Blue



I’m curious about two things: Southern speech and why it’s pink for girls and blue for boys. The second one doesn’t seem like something you write about, so just skip it if you want to.  How about giving me a list of typical Southern expressions? Thanks.
- Inquiring Mind Needs to Know

The Sudden - Tea Toddlers, Died in the Wool with Petard


I heard someone say “all of the sudden” not long ago. Isn’t that usually “all of a sudden”? Any others that “miss the mark”? I enjoy noticing how people express themselves with such individuality!
- Phrase, Not Phase

New LHS needed, but so is change in business

By L.T. JENKINS, District 19
Wilson County Commimssioner

My thanks to The Wilson Post for showing the deplorable conditions at Lebanon High School.

About a year ago, Wilson County Board of Education member Teddy Cook and I toured the LHS on a school holiday. We failed to see any cockroaches, but then again we didn’t open any manholes, either, or any sewage traps.

Edwin Ward George, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. George, 83, of Lebanon. Known as "Leek" to his friends and family, Mr. George May 18, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 12 Noon until service. Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Locke. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Survivors include grandchildren Tracy (Keith) Beadle of Lebanon, Melissa George, and Tara (Andrew) Miranda; and great-grandchildren Ashley and Isabella Miranda.

He is preceded in death by wife Josie Proctor George, son Jimmy Edwin George, parents Joe Bennett and Ida Ward George, and brother Joe Bennett Jr.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

Elizabeth T. Clark, 89

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church for Mrs. Clark, 89, of Lebanon. Born October 30, 1920, she died May 15, 2009.

Family visitation Wednesday between the hours of from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. with funeral to follow.

Interment will be at the Rest Hill Cemetery. Services will be conducted by the Rev. C.L. Haynie.

Survivors include: loving and devoted friend Leon Shannon, devoted children Dee Rhodes Jr., Walter Eugene and Teresa Clark; sister Frankie Myers; brother Charlie Esther Robertson; sons-in-law Charlie Roy Campbell and Alfred Abston as well as other relatives and friends.

JC Hellum Funeal Home is in charge of arrangements.


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