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The Mayor Of Memphis Comes Home To Visit
Although he may have slipped back home a couple of times to see his mother since his election, the mayor of Tennessee’s largest city was offi cially welcomed back to Lebanon in early December when he served as Grand Marshal of the city’s annual Christmas parade. A. C. Wharton, who was elected mayor of the City of Memphis in a special election on  October 15 and took office 11 days later, still likes to return home to celebrate and remember his roots.
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Catherine Dickens Stockdale, 82

LEBANON — Graveside services were held Friday morning, January 1 at the Warren Cemetery for Ms.Stockdale, 82, of Germantown. Born in Wilson County, died December 30, 2009, at the Methodist Hospital in Germantown.

She sold Avon for many years and was a member of the Egypt Central Baptist Church in Raleigh. Services were conducted by Brother Donald Owens.

She is survived by children; Lynne (Alan) Perlman and Michael Stephen Stockdale — all of Germantown; sister Marilyn (Tommy) Halbert of Lebanon; grandchildren Mark Steven Perlman and Jeffrey Niel Perlman; and two great grandchildren, Rachel Tara Perlman and Micah A. Perlman.

She was preceded in death by her mother Gertie McCaleb Dickens; stepfather Lutcher Dickens; sister Cecelia McCaleb; and a stepbrother Owen Dickens. Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Matthew Anthony Leftrick, 21

LEBANON — Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Leftrick, 21, of Lebanon. He passed away Jan. 1, 2010.

Services were conducted by Brother Donald Owens and his grandfather Brother Paul R. Leftrick. Interment in Whorton Springs Cemetery, Smithville.

Survivors include father Lonnie Leftrick and mother Abigail Kimbrell; sister Tabitha Leftrick; brother Lonnie Ashley Leftrick; aunts Vickie DeLon and Dewona (Glenn) Mason; uncles Mike (Kathy) Leftrick and Kenny Leftrick; grandparents Paul and Betty Leftrick and James Kimbrell along with numerous cousins; special cousin Tara DeLon; and special friend: Brittany Ramos.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. He is preceded in death by grandmother Helen Leftrick. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Bratten Barrett, 78

WATTERTOWN — Funeral services were held Monday, January 4 at the Round Lick Baptist Church for Mr. Barrett, 78, of Watertown. Born in DeKalb County and a barber for over 45 years, the US Army veteran died Jan. 2, 2010 at his residence.

He was the son of the late Pete and Ella Spurlock Barrett and a member of the Round Lick Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Steve Mayle with burial at the Sycamore Cemetery.

Survivors: wife Barbara Barrett; children Tim Barrett and Kim (Gilliam) Vastola — all of Watertown and Bratten L. (Carol) Barrett of Hermitage; grandchildren Bethany and Caleb Barrett and Tyler and Gage Vastola. Also surviving: sisters Inez Wiley, Bettye Robinson, Jean Chapman and Erline Clayborn — all of Lebanon along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the Round Lick Baptist Church building fund.  Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, in charge of arrangements.

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Robert L. Crawford, 61

LEBANON — Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 2 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Crawford, 61, of Lebanon. Known as “BeBo” to his family and friends, he died Dec. 30, 2009 at University Medical Center.

BeBo worked for Prospect Inc. and was a member of Garden of Prayer and also attended College Hill Church of Christ.   Services were conducted by Rev. Alford Howard. Interment in the Bartons Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Gertrude Harris of Madison, siblings Martin ( Edna ) Crawford of Watertown and Linda F. Tomason of Madison; niece Cindy (Mike ) Wilson, and other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by father, Sam Crawford, brothers Milton Crawford and Sam Crawford Jr.
Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary: employees of Prospect Inc.

Memorial contributions in memory of BeBo Crawford to Prospect Inc. 960 Maddox Simpson Pkwy. Lebanon 37087. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Patsy Faye Posey, 69

MT. JULIET — Memorial services were held Jan. 2 at Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Posey, 69, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the State of Tennessee, “Pat” died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.

She attended Rhema Bible Training Center and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God.
Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include: husband William R. “Buddy” Posey, children Melissa Trent Hood and Charles (Jalana) Trent — all of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Heather and Amber Hood and Benjamin and Laura Trent; sister Lillie Mae Sneed of Tampa, FL; step-son W. Keith Posey of Mt. Juliet; step-daughter Mylinda Gayle Rush of Lafayette; step-grandchildren Chloe Grace Posey, Johnny Rush, Desiree Miller and Christine Miles; nieces Melony Garrett of Tampa, FL and Tammy Holland of Texas; nephews James Eric Hardiman and Christopher Sneed of Texas and Damon Sneed, stationed in Iraq.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar B. Sneed and Gladys Naomi Rogers-Sneed; brother Jesse Elijah Sneed; and sister Eloise Sneed-DeBusk.   Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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William Kenneth Evert, 81

LEBANON — Funeral services were held Monday, January 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Evert, 81, of Lebanon. Known as “Corky” to his family and friends, the U.S. Navy veteran died Jan. 1, 2010.

A member of the Hickory Ridge Church of Christ, he was employed by Atlantic Envelope. Services were conducted by Brother Ron Hackney. Entombment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Faye Evert; children:  Derek (Shirley) Evert, Pamela (Gordon) Wooden, Timothy (Cathy) Evert, David (Melody) Evert, William Kenneth (Marjorie) Evert and James (Cindy) Evert. Also surviving brother George (Edie) Evert; grandchildren Colin Evert, Scott Mitchell, Brian Mitchell, Craig Mitchell, Tansy Hadley, Robert Curtis Wooden, Maggie Pingatore, Rachel Evert, Paul Evert, Jill Evert, Kelsey Evert, Bridget Evert, Chad Evert, Cody Evert and Annie Evert; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers:  Derek Evert, Timothy Evert, David Evert, William Evert, James Evert, and Gordon Wooden. Honorary: grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Edward and Anna Fischer Evert, siblings Edward, Alois, Ernest, and Eugene Evert and grandson Matthew Evert.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Bobby Allen Tignor, Sr., 77

Mt. JULIET — Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 6 at the Center Chapel church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, for Mr. Tignor, 77, of Mt. Juliet. The son of the late James B. and Annie McDuffy Tignor, Sr., he died Jan. 3, 2010.

Visitation Wednesday at the church from 11 a.m. until service. Services will be conducted by Brother Andy Connelly and John Brown, Sr. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years Mary Lou Hargrove Tignor; children Bobby (Derinda) Tignor, Jr., Ed (Denise) Tignor, Sr., Vada (Randy) Troutt, Sherrie (Joey) Bilyeu, Mark (Angie) Tignor, James “Rick” (Debbie) Tignor and Ladye (Allen) Finn.

Also surviving are siblings James B. (Fannie) Tignor, Jr., Myla (L.D.) Mullican and JoAnn Herald; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Pallbearers will include: Jason Tignor, Ed Tignor, Jr., Robby Tignor, Joey Bilyeu, Allen Finn, Cory Troutt, Jesse Tignor and Blake Tignor. Honorary: Tom Brown, Rex Parker, and the Elders and Deacons of Center Chapel church of Christ. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Connie R. Atkinson, 90

LEBANON — A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 6 at the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for Mrs. Atkinson,90, of Lebanon. Retired from Precision Rubber where she worked as an Executive Secretary, Mrs. Atkinson died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

A member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for over 50 years Mrs. Atkinson was the last surviving pioneer of the church, and served McFarland Hospital as a  volunteer for many years.

Services will be conducted by Father Michael O’Bryan. Interment at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Barbara (Allen) Denney of Hendersonville and Terry Jeanne (J.T.) Harris of Castalian Springs; grandchildren Ross Denney and Luke Denney; brother-in-law Jack Kortebein; along with several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband Andrew Atkinson; parents Leonard and Rose Lauda; siblings Mary Kortebein, Michael and Tony Lauda. Pallbearers: Ross and Luke Denney, Jimmy and David Harris.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Gary Donald Reece, 63

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Reece, 63, of Lebanon. Known as “Don” to his family and friends, Mr. Reece died Jan. 4, 2010.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 4 p.m. to service on Thursday.  Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include daughters Bonnie (Tony) Reece and Mandi Reece; sister Debbie (Ray) Conatser; mother of children Denise Reece; grandchild Allie Elizabeth Rich; nieces Brooke and Blair Conatser; great-nieces Lexi Reece and Liza Belle Dickens; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers:  Ray Conatser, Ronnie Sellars, Bobby Sircy, Jimmy McDowell, Bobby Thompson and Jade Sellars. He is preceded in death by parents Dewey Donald and Mildred Denney Reece.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Nettie Irene Bane, 82

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, January 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bane, 82, of Lebanon. She died January 5, 2010.

The family will be receiving friends between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 p.m. until service on Thursday. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include grandchildren: Nichole (Terry) Lovins, John (Rebecca Oliver) Mears and Jason (Tammy Wilson) Mears; great-grandchildren: Eric (Ashlyn) Cummings and Chris Cummings, Taylor and Rachel Mears; great-great-grandchildren: Bryson Lashlee, Destiny Cummings, Chris Cummings Jr., and Alyssa Cummings.

She is preceded in death by husband Goble Brown Bane, daughter Donna Mears, and brothers Carl and Charles Johnson. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Katy Smotherman Phelan, 75

LEBANON — Funeral services for Mrs. Phelan, 75, are scheduled for 12 Noon Friday, January 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Born November 21, 1934, in Wilson County to the late Sidney Mitchell Smotherman and Mattie Lulalee Coleman Smotherman, she died Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at her home.

Mrs. Phelan was a homemaker and an active member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church were she had served on the building and finance committees.

Visitation Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 5-7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until service at Ligon & Bobo. Services will be conducted by Rev. Al Doyle.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: children Donald Thomas (Pamela) Phelan of Bon Aqua; Kay Phelan Hoskins of Smyrna and Steven Paul Phelan of Lebanon; granddaughters: Elizabeth Beard, Christina Christy, Dana Adkins, Rebecca Steelman and Katelyn Hand; six great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Phelan on September 27, 1982; son James David Phelan; siblings Leila Neal, Martha Prowell, Donald and Mitchell Smotherman.

Honorary pallbearers:  Harry and Helen Hendricks, Mary Hodges and members of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Active pallbearers:  Don and Steve Phelan, Russell Hendricks, Tyler Hand, Chad Steelman and Dan Reasonover. Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund.  Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Children in Mid-Cumberland area need loving foster parents
Youth Villages has an urgent need for foster parents to provide loving, temporary homes to children and teens in Nashville and the surrounding areas including Wilson County.
         
 Youth Villages offers free orientation meetings and foster parent training classes for people interested in learning more about becoming foster parents. Orientations are scheduled for Jan. 6 at noon; Jan. 8 at noon; Jan. 11 at noon and at 5 p.m.; Jan. 12 at noon; Jan. 13 at 5 p.m.; Jan. 18 at noon.; Jan. 22 at noon; and Jan. 25 at noon.
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Listen for Charlie Daniels in new GEICO commercial

From Post staff reports

GEICO launched four TV spots Monday as part of a new campaign, called Rhetorical Questions.

The new commercial joins their on-air rotation as the fifth current storyline, in addition to the Gecko, Cavemen, “Talking Accidents” and googly-eyed “Kash.”

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Father Time versus Mother Nature

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

It’s the classic struggle between time and things that don’t change or can get better with time. Two thousand and nine was good to me with no hospitalizations necessary even at my advanced age. But time will never be our friend except to celebrate the fullness of the passing of it, the experiences, the accomplishments and the joy of living.

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Little things can make a huge difference

By SAM HATCHER

Little things can make a huge difference.

Of course what’s considered “little” to some can be monstrous to others.

So was the case Tuesday morning when we reported to our offices at The Wilson Post for work shortly after 7 o’clock.

As always, the first stop after turning on the coffee pot is a quick check of received email.

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Big Brothers Toy Store, Food delivery program a big success

To the Editor:

Once again the Big Brothers annual Christmas Mother’s Toy Store and the Food delivery program was a big success.

Our planning starts in June each year, and due to the economy, things looked very bleak as we expected donations to be down from prior years at a time when the need was even greater than last year. But once again the community came together and brought us through. We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated money and also the businesses, schools and churches that collected toys and food and the many volunteers who answered our call for help. There are too many to name here. Each of you knows who you are and we offer you heartfelt thanks. We will not forget. Tennessee truly is a volunteer state. Without you our mission would not be possible. All of us can be proud of our community. For the first time that we can remember, no one had to return and make a second trip to deliver food.

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MJ city center could get make-over

From Post staff reports

If Mt. Juliet leaders go along, plans from an area developer to construct a new city center could change the face of Wilson County’s westernmost municipality.

Developer Odell Binkley proposed to city officials on Monday a plan to construct a multimillion-dollar facility on 12.5 acres of land that used to be the location of the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School. The site is across from the Mt. Juliet Station of the Music City Star commuter train.

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Dance set to benefit wreck victim

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A group of individuals from throughout the area who like to dance are planning a West Coast Swing Benefit for one of their friends who was injured in a serious car accident which also resulted in the death of the woman’s twin sister.

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Local man defies odds, becomes USAF SERE Specialist

It started with more than 6,000 applicants and ended with 28 young men successfully completing the course to graduation.

Sam Neitzer, of Lebanon, has beaten the odds to become an Air Force SERE Specialist (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape).

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There will be new office holders in 2010

By Post staff reports

The year ahead in politics is promising change.

Wilson County in this election year is certain to elect a new congressman, a new state senator, one new state representative and a new county mayor. And of course Tennessee will elect a new governor.

These changes in office are guaranteed because of resignations and because some who hold elected positions now are opting to run for different posts. In the case of governor, Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has been elected to two consecutive four-year terms, cannot seek reelection.

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David Glenn McPherson

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. McPherson of Mt. Juliet. He passed away December 29, 2009. Mr. McPherson was preceded in death by his father, David Ray McPherson and his step-father, Dahl Vaughn.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, December 31 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 2 from 10 a.m. until time of service. Chaplain Ray Vick will conduct the service. Interment will be at a later date.

Survivors include: his wife of 22 years Marsha Smith McPherson; mother Linda (Tom) Bennett; children Jennifer Riad, Diana (Glen) Steele, Robert Beydler, Melissa (Jason) Meyers and Tommy (Janel) McPherson. Also surviving: sisters Susie (Herb) Broyles, Donna (Andy) Sparks, Pam (Bobby) Mangrum, Jackie (Donald) Layne, Ren Estes, Candi (Gideon) Ndlovu and Thomasina (Mark) Tyree; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fred Caldwell Benefit Fund at Wilson Bank & Trust, 1476 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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MJ reaches GreenBank finals

GREENEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet will play Cocke County Thursday afternoon in the finals of the GreenBank Ladies' Classic at Hal Henard Gymnasium. The Lady Bears moved to the title game with a 64-49 win over Cosby (Va.), Wednesday, shooting a hot 72 percent from the floor -- likely the second best shooting performance in the 21-year history of the tournament.

Mt. Juliet got a standout effort from sophomore post Caya Williams, who dumped in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and hauled in nine boards. Britt Bell chipped in with a double-double (22 points and 10 rebounds) to go along with five assists.

Helen Mitchner, Mt. Juliet’s point guard, took a nasty spill and sustained a knot the size of a golf ball on her forehead, but returned to the game after being checked out by trainers.

The Bears led 14-9 after one quarter and 31-18 at intermission. Cosby could not catch up because Mt. Juliet hit 23-of-32 field goals in the game.

The Bears were last in the title game in 2006 when they lost to Wilson Central for the championship.

CENTRAL ELIMINATED -- Wilson Central, the two-time defending champs, was ousted in the consolation bracket of the GreenBank Ladies' Classic Wednesday afternoon, falling to Maryville High 49-36.

The Rebels (10-2) jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter advantage and commanded a 28-13 halftime edge. Wilson Central got the deficit at a dozen but could not bring it into single digits as Maryville maintained control.

Alex Breazeale and Tori Vaught shared scoring honors for Maryville with 13 points each. Rebekah Singleton had five steals and four assists.

Wilson Central (6-6) had Sydney Vanlandingham with 11 points and Taylor Peterson with 10.

FCS FALLS TO GORDONSVILLE -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders saw an 8-point lead slip away Wednesday as Gordonsville rallied for a 50-46 victory in the fifth place game of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Samantha Wright led the Tigerette comeback with a game-high 16 points. Kaity Woodall and Andi Morrisett each had 13 for the Lady Commanders -- who fell to 4-9 with the loss.

Gordonsville returns to Lebanon for a District 8A doubleheader Tuesday, Jan. 5 vs. Friendship Christian.

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2010 race tickets at NSS on sale

GLADEVILLE -- With just over six weeks until the start of the 2010 season, the excitement is building for NASCAR’s return to Nashville Superspeedway. For the first time in the 10-year history of the track, Nashville will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series on the Easter weekend, April 2-3.

Fans can reserve great seats beginning today (Wednesday) at 8 a.m. by calling 866-RACE-TIX or by going online at www.NashvilleSuperspeedway.com.  The April 2-3 weekend is stacked with on-track excitement, including NASCAR Camping World Truck practice, qualifying and a battle under the lights on Friday night, followed by NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying and the race on Saturday afternoon.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will return June 4-5  under the lights for the “Federated Auto Parts 300.” The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a second stop in Nashville on Aug. 7 for a one-day show featuring practice, qualifying and the night race.

Race tickets start at $35 for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and $45 for NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Season tickets including all three race weekends are still available starting at $179 for adults and just $84 for kids 12 and under.

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Can an exterminator kill a stomach bug?
Why is it that when someone has to throw up it always seems to happen in the middle of the night? Getting sick is never fun but it’s especially annoying when it happens on a holiday. That’s exactly how Christmas Day started at our house this year.
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