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James Ray Keel, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 13 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Keel, 60, of Lebanon. Known as "Punkin" to his family and friends, he passed away on April 9, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Talley Cemetery, Alexandria.

Survivors include wife Shirley Keel of Lebanon; children Jason (Brandy) Keel, Cindy (Tim) Perrin, Jerry Keel and Becky (Jeff) Stanley.

Also surviving are sisters Dora Rogers, Betty (Cotton) Linville; special angels Makenzie Barrett, Samantha Keel, Jamie Lynn Keel and Brianna Keel; grandchildren Stephanie Stewart, Tiffany Morgan, Lisa Garrison, Cassie Garrison, Colleen Stanley, Tiffany Stanley and Jeffrey Stanley; as well as numerous great-grandchildren. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

He is preceded in death by parents Harry and Flora Underwood Keel, son Jimmy Lynn Harris and daughter Melissa Harris.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Jane Bramble, 51

LEBANON -- Jane Bramble, 51, of Watertown, passed away suddenly April 8, 2009 at her Watertown residence.  As per her wishes, her body was donated to science.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Watertown Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include husband Leslie Bramble, father Russell Dotts, brother Stewart Dotts, mother and father-in-law Sarah and Richard Dougherty.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Franklin C. Watson, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Watson, 75, formerly of Lebanon.

Born August 24, 1933 in Wilson County to the late Darden Tank and Rosa Marie Hester Watson, he died Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at his Westmoreland home.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Texas Boot, he was a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church and had attended the Westmoreland United Methodist Church.

Visitation is Wednesday between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.

Services will be conducted by Rev. George Reed. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his second wife, Marilyn Olson Powers Watson; stepsons Teri J. (Sara) Powers of Westmoreland and Ty R. (Kelly) Powers of Murfreesboro; step-grandsons Jay Wesson Powers and Mathew G. Powers; sisters Rosa Marie Brehm and Nell (Thomas) Crutcher -- all of Lebanon; eight nieces and two nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Gray Watson; siblings Georgia Bates, Margaret Jocelyn, Helen E. Watson, Ellis D. Watson and William Allen Watson.

Honorary pallbearers: Jay Wesson Powers and Mathew G. Powers. Active pallbearers: Teri & Ty Powers, Michael & Brian Ashey, William Crutcher, and David Thompson.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Chester Campbell Jr., 47

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, April 11 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Campbell, 47, of Mt. Juliet. He died April 9, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Donnie Bryant.

Survivors include children Chester Campbell III and Stephanie R. Campbell; siblings Steve Campbell, Linda Westcott, Shirley Stout, J.T. Hill, and Jinnie Leach; and two grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents Chester and Mildred Sue Carter Campbell Sr. and brother Randy Ray Smith.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Lois H. Fields, 86

GORDONSVILLE -- Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday morning, April 14 at the Gordonsville Cemetery for Mrs. Fields, 86, of Lebanon. She died Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Cedars Health Care, Lebanon.

Mrs. Fields was born March 11, 1923 in Pontiac, Michigan the daughter of the late Dovie Mae Williams and Willie Arnold Holleman.

She was married to Harry Thomas Fields and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1977.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder James Thomas Gibbs.

Mrs. Fields is survived by brothers Billy (Veva) Holleman of Lebanon and Jackie (Sue) Holleman -- all of Lebanon and sister Charlene (John M.) Mofield of Carthage.

Arrangements by the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes.

Joseph Wayne George, 68

LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services have been planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. George, 68, of Lebanon.

He died April 12, 2009 at Southern Hills Medical Center in Davidson County.

Survivors include: children Allen George (Janice) George and Tina George; sosters Ruby Bailey (Erskin) and Edna Wilson.

Wilson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

USDA responds to concerns, extends sign-up date

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announces that USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1, to Aug. 14, for both the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the forthcoming Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program.

This action extends the sign-up deadline by 10 weeks to give producers ample time to decide whether to participate in ACRE or remain in DCP.

“Extending the DCP and ACRE sign-up deadline will help ensure that America's farmers have enough information and time to determine whether to participate in the ACRE Program. The DCP and ACRE programs play a critical role in the farm safety net and it is vital that we act to support the hard work of the farmers we depend on," Vilsack said.

Gwendolyn Ligon Davis, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Davis, 86, of Lebanon.

The widow of the late Ramon T. Davis and a member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, and the Silver Springs Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, she died Saturday April 11, 2009 in Hendersonville.

Mrs. Davis served as Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, past President of the Wilson County WMU, past member of the YMCA board, past President of the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council, member of Cedar Creek Yacht Club,and was appointed State Personnel Commissioner for the State of Tennessee by Governor Buford Ellington on January 16, 1967.

Visitation will be held on Monday April 13, between the hours of 3 - 6 p.m. & Tuesday from 1 p.m. until funeral.  Services will be conducted by Rev.Pierce Dodson. Interment Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Diana (Bill) Waters of Hendersonville; grandchildren Melissa Gwen Mason (Murray) Frazier and Chet (Amy) Mason; great grandchildren Maria & Max Frazier.

Preceded in death by her parents, A.N. and Bonnie Shepherd Ligon; husband Ramon Tarver Davis -- who served Tennessee as State Director of Personnel and State Treasurer.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Middle Tennessee Chapter, 4004 Hillsboro Pike #219B, Nashville, 37215.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

UT, Vandy students partner for city

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Architecture students from the University of Tennessee have some exciting plans for Lebanon. The plans are part of a special dual class focused on Lebanon. A Vanderbilt University business class taught by Thomas McDaniel is partnered with an architecture class from UT taught by Thomas Davis.

The classes worked from a study of community interests, strengths and needs done a little more than a year ago by the American Institute of Architects, as a starting point.

That original visioning conference, in August 2007, started the whole process. It was attended by more than 140 Lebanon residents, city officials, business owners and Cumberland University representatives.

One thing suggested by several participants was to transform the Square into a more inviting entertaining area. The students liked that suggestion.

One created a plan to turn the parking lot surrounding the Gen. Hatton statue into a sunken garden-style park. He also wanted to redesign the Farmers Market to be an urban orchard with lots of green parking and shade for buyers and sellers alike.

The nearby areas could become a pocket park or possibly hold high-end condos overlooking the park. A newly created entrance to Cumberland University from Highway 231/ South Cumberland Avenue was also on the list created by the earlier study.

Another student suggested renovating the old Capitol Theater and rebuilding the small hotel which used to be next door to the theater.

Changes to help the Square including recruiting interesting restaurants and adding a parking garage nearby were also suggested by that study.

And two of students described ways to do just that, add apartments, parking garages and ground-floor restaurants, bistros and shops to the blocks on either side of the Square.

While the students said they are aware that not all of the things they suggest can happen, they say if one or two get funded others could be added later after the first changes improve the business and residential areas surrounding the Square, in a kind of domino effect.

Another plan the students presented Saturday included the possibility of developing the area close to the Music City Star train stop into an art park with shops and residences adjoining the train station.

All of the plans emphasized green construction and transit-oriented development, both of which stand a much better chance of funding, according to the Vanderbilt business students who are working on that part of the plan.

And all are built to avoid problems with the 100-year flood plain as well. The plans are aimed at attracting young adults and young families as well as retirees.

The compact plans emphasize walking, biking and public transit as ways to get around, as opposed to needing lots of space for cars.

The two classes have met once a month in Lebanon all semester to share information and ideas.

Now they are planning a final meeting in Nashville at the civic design center on Friday, April 24 to find builders and agencies who may want to put some of the ideas into use.

The Vanderbilt students will be discussing the financial workability of the plans at that time.

Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville Metro Transit as well as several developers, landscape architects and engineers have agreed to attend.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at

Home-buying numbers improve locally

LEBANON -- March continued to reflect the progress of the real estate market making a comeback in Wilson County, said a local Realtor.

“With interest rates extremely low and buyers realizing that the opportunity to buy a home at these prices will not be around much longer, more homes are pending and homes are selling quicker. The days of wait and see how far a seller will drop the price is dwindling,” said Amy Hamilton, real estate agent and member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.

In March there were 108 residential homes closed in Wilson County, up slightly from February. The median sales prices rose by $11,000 making it $189,000.

The average days on the market dropped from 100 in February to 73 in March and there were 124 homes that were put under contract in March versus 117 the previous month.

Quinn: CoreTech moving ahead on plans

The Wilson Post

CoreTech is still coming to Lebanon, and the company has not changed its plans, company President Greg Quinn reassured those present at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday.

Questions have arisen in recent weeks regarding whether the company paid corporate taxes and an investigation by the U.S. Senate which involved the company’s CEO.

In response to questions, he said the tax lien on the company was being taken care of and that CEO Scott Brett was meeting with the tax people as he spoke.

Logano holds off Busch for win

 Joey Logano


GLADEVILLE -- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano slipped past teammate Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and hung on to win the NASCAR Nationwide 300 race at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday.

The victory was Logano’s first of the season and second of his young career. The 18-year-old also won last year at Kentucky Speedway.

"It’s been awhile," a smiling Logano said after the race. "We had a really good run here the last time we were here and got caught up in a wreck. It was awesome to be able to get that win this time. Ever since I’ve been coming to Nashville I’ve been wanting to win that guitar and this is just awesome."

The track awards a unique trophy to the race winner, a Sam Bass-painted Gibson Les Paul guitar, which Logano proudly carried home in a case after the race.

First ever reception set for past, present Wilson County Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee has been active in Wilson County for 70 years teaching girls about leadership, financial responsibility, math and science, respect for the natural world, healthy living and an appreciation for the arts.

This year more than 760 Girl Scouts and 365 volunteers are actively participating in Girl Scout troops and programs across Wilson County.

On Tuesday, April 28, Girl Scouts will be hosting a reception at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate this rich heritage of Scouting and to raise funds for future growth in Wilson County. Jackie Cowden, Girl Scout alumna and CEO of Custom Packaging, is chairing this year’s reception that will celebrate Wilson County’s 70 years of tradition in Girl Scouts, and the accomplishments of current Girl Scouts receiving their Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

An Ode to America


Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.

One needs Hope to excel


As I walk day by day through the last days of my life, I wish that my living will have brought some value to the people I have known. Yes, I would like to be remembered!

As I seek something for the good of mankind, I find the lives of people who have done things that make my contribution very miniscule. Maybe I can continue to make some small contribution by holding up the great works of others.

New Election panel should keep whats best for voters in mind

To the Editor:

Way back in June 1990, I retired after having worked since 1945. About a week later, I received a letter from Lynn Harris, administrator of elections in Wilson County, requesting my help in the next election. It was at that point I realized Lynn must have eyes in the back of her head. I have been helping ever since at the various elections. In fact, after they added the “Greeter” position at the early elections, I have filled that job.

Reader questions U.S. priorities concerning Afghanistan, Iraq

To the Editor:

Isn’t it strange that as our boys and girls and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afghans die in the name of Democracy, Christianity, freedom and terrorism that the U.S. Empire will not agree to pull out of these war ravaged countries leaving no permanent military bases and manpower? Isn’t it strange the U.S. cannot deny it’s a global Empire with 2,500,000 U.S. personnel serving across the planet, tens of thousands of nuclear weapons scattered around the globe, 737 military bases spread across each continent and growing, as the Pentagon oversees 28,819,492 acres worldwide making it the world’s largest landlord with a cost  of over $500 billion a year — morethan all the rest of the world put together?

911 Numbering panel to meet Monday

The Numbering Committee of Wilson County’s 911 Board will meet at 3 p.m., Monday, April 13 at the 911 office at 1611 West Main Street, Lebanon.

Will panel keep Harris?

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post 

Changes to the Wilson County Election Commission may mean changes in the staff at the election office, too.

The newly appointed Election Commission now has three Republicans and two Democrats since the Tennessee General Assembly, which appoints the panel, is controlled by the Republicans for the first time in more than 100 years.

Both of the Democrats appointed, Ronnie Kelley and current Chair Bob Haley said they hope the commission will consider reappointing current Administrator of Elections Lynn Harris.

Lucille Jone Buterbaugh, 92

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 10 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Buterbaugh, 92, formerly of Alexandria.

A native of Wilson County and a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church, she died Wednesday, April 9, 2009 at the DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville.

A 1937 graduate of Watertown High School, she was the daughter of the late William Luther and Rosa Amacher Jones. She was past president of the WMU and served as a Sunday School teacher.

The family will receive friends prior to the service. Services will be conducted by Rev. Curt Wagoner and Rev. Scott Bennett. Burial will follow at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Judy (Bob) Morgan of Jefferson City; Carol (Don) Hearn and Kay (Rick) Vantrease – all of Watertown. Also surviving are grandchildren Kelley (Ben) Broome, Bill (Jana) Morgan, Paul (Linda) Vantrease, Rob Hearn and John Vantrease; great grandchildren Meagan, Kierstein and Ashlyn Vantrease, Guy Morgan Broome, Maddie Morgan and Kitlin Vantrease.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Millard Paul Buterbaugh, granddaughter Dana Hearn and eight siblings.

Pallbearers: Bill Morgan, Paul Vantrease, Rob Hearn, John Vantrease, Bob Morgan, Don Hearn and Rick Vantrease.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Claudell Hill. 79

LEBANON — Mr. Claudell Hill, 79, of Lebanon passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Cedars Health Care. Born in Alabama, June 24, 1929, Mr. Hill was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a retired electrician and plumber.

Family and friends will assemble for graveside services to be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the Nashville National Cemetery on Gallatin Road in Madison.  There will be no visitation prior to the service.

Survivors include: children Richard (Rhonda) Hill of Mt. Juliet and Amy Layne of Hartsville; grandchildren  Richard Hill Jr., Justin Hill, Brandon Gass, Nikki Hill, Julie Vantrease, Joshua Vantrease and Jeremy Layne. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Maynor Hill and son, Ronald Dale Hill.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Betty Lucille Weir, 64

LEBANON — Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Ms. Weir, 64, of Lebanon. Born March 21, 1945, she died April 7, 2009 at her residence.

A family hour will precede the service at 12 Noon. Elder Brewer Hall, Jr. will serve as eulogist. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Rebecca Overall and sons James, Gromyko (Karen) and Keith (Quinn) Weir. Also surviving are siblings Callie Rhodes, Lula Martin, Eddie L. Waters, Beulah M. (Bobby) Apple, Margaret Reynolds and Bobby Joe (Claudine) Martin; nine Grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home.

James L. Powell, 84

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Powell, 84, of Lebanon.  Mr. Powell passed away April 8, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be 2-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Goldman Davenport and Brother Milton Hicks. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Tommy (Jerene) Powell, Michael (Judy) Powell, Gary (Susie) Powell, Stanley (Karen) Powell and Linda (Larry) Squires. Also surviving are four sisters, a brother, two step-sisters, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Powell was preceded in death by wife Mary Frances Powell; daughter Sherill Powell; and parents Clinton & Roxie Powell.

Pallbearers will include: Trent Powell, Timmy Powell, Randy Powell, Eric Powell, Jason Presley, Shane Powell, Brian Powell and Chandler Powell. Honorary pallbearers: Gage Powell, Cade Powell, Nevin Crow and Carson Bates.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Lt. Col. Binkley, 74, funeral set Friday

MT. JULIET -- Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, April 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Lt. Col. (Ret.) Binkley, 74, of Mt. Juliet. A highly decorated U.S. Army veteran and a former manager with Holley Replacement Parts in Goodletsville, he died Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. Interment with full military honors will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 13 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Lt. Col. Binlkey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and served with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, patrolling boarders of West Germany, East Germany and Czechoslovakia. After graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1957, he served in many command and staff positions, both stateside and in Germany and Vietnam.

During his second tour in Vietnam, he commanded the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion during the Viet Cong Tet Offensive of 1968. He retired in 1972 and re-entered the Army in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm, serving nearly eight months.

Clara Nell Nixon, 89

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, April 9 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Nixon, 89, of Watertown. A native of DeKalb County and a former garment factory worker, Mrs. Nixon died April 7, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

The daughter of the late Issac Yates Taylor and Hattie Jewell Belle Tisdale Taylor, she was a member of the Round Lick Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. W.L. Baker and Rev. Steve Mayle. Burial followed at the Mt. Holley Cemetery in Smithville.

Survivors include: son Carl (Annette) Nixon of Mt. Juliet; granddaughters Lisa Harvey of Saginaw, Texas and Lori Dean of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving are siblings: Joe (Helen) Taylor, Onie Margaret Durham, Oma Frances Taylor and Audrey Pearl Taylor – all of Smithville as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Robert Dee Nixon, four brothers and four sisters.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.


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