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Edward Wayne Williams, 71

OLD HICKORY – Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, November 13 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mr. Williams, 71, of Mt. Juliet. He died Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

Mr. Williams was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was the son of the late, Edward Gordon and Cornelia Patrick Williams. Services will be conducted by Brother Joe Nelms.

Survivors include: wife Dawn Boyd Williams and children: Darrell (Sally) Williams, Roger Williams, Doug Williams, Damon Williams, Terri Williams and Daphne (J.B.) Hasting.

Also surviving are grandchildren Tasha Hasting, Patrick Hasting, Brittany Williams, Michael Williams and Drew Williams; great grandchildrenCadence Williams, Szandor Bennett and Jonalyn Bennett.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ray Williams and Raymer Williams.  Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 1400 Donelson Pike, Suite B-5, Nashville, 37217.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Eddie Reed VanHook, 79

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. VanHook, 79, of Lebanon. The son of the late Walter and Ida Myrtle Reed VanHook, "Buddy" died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Don Owens. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children: Linda (Ricky) Norton of Watertown and Duane (Marlene) VanHook of Lebanon; brothers: Paul (Linda) VanHook of Lebanon and Larry (Judy) VanHook of TX.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Michael (Jennifer) VanHook, Blake (Jaime) Williams, and Chrissa Norton; great-grandchildren Maghan and Ethan Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family will serve as pallbearers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. VanHook is preceded in death by wife Betty Sue Odum VanHook, , brothers Robert, Harold Dean, Billy, Kenneth and Houston VanHook.

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

In your dreams
Last summer I had an amazing dream about my mom. It was only the second time since she died that this has happened. However, this was the first time she talked to me. It was vivid and cloudy, fast and slow and she told me a lot of things. Some I didn’t know, like how happy she was and others I knew, but will choose to keep private.
Melissa Gilbert pens Prairie autobiography

Dear Ken: What is Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie,” been doing?

Gilbert, 45, recently released her autobiography, “Prairie Tale: A Memoir.” And from mid-September to mid-October, she portrayed Ma in the musical adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novel, “Little House on the Prairie, the Musical,” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. The play is touring nationally. She has been married to actor Bruce Boxleitner since 1995 and has two sons and two stepsons. You might enjoy her Web site,

Teague plays Taps at 07 Veterans Day event

His uncle was killed in World War II

Special to The Wilson Post

The anticipation of Veterans Day, for those who served our great nation, is getting closer.  Our veterans have accomplished much, while many of us feel we haven’t done enough, that we can’t compare with men and women who enlisted and fought for freedom.

However, we do have the opportunity to honor and support our veterans. Each year Wilson County crowds grow larger as we stand among the mass of uniformed men and women.  In 2007, a young man from Watertown, stepped forward to conclude the Veterans Day ceremony by playing “Taps.”  

Children should delight in Sammy Snails tour of Tennessee
Ex-Lebanon playwright Gene Embry creates learning rhymesin children’s book

Special to The Wilson Post

Gene Embry’s animated children’s book “Sammy Snail’s Tennessee Adventures” is as cute as a bug.

The former Lebanon playwright, now residing in Alabama, has conceived a plan so simple that it’s brilliant.

Offensive During Offensive Football



What is the origin of the phrase “Hail Mary pass” used by commentators? I’m not Roman Catholic, but don’t you think matters of faith are disrespected when phrases like this are used about a game?

-Listening to a Lot of Puzzling Things

Federal holiday that is dedicated to all veterans


Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on Nov. 11, 1918.

In legislation that was passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

LHS students should have same programs

To the Editor:

My classmates and I had a 60th year high school reunion, and we had the privilege to tour the new Mt. Juliet High School in Friday, Oct. 16. It is a state of the art building.

Our graduating class of 27 students was the first graduating class in the new school (which is no longer there) that was built after the fires in Mt. Juliet.

Burdicks next court appearance moved to January

The Wilson Post

Wilson County will have to wait until next year for its chance at trying the alleged “Wooded Rapist.”

A motions hearing was held in the case against suspect Robert Jason Burdick on Monday in Wilson County Criminal Court Judge David Durham’s courtroom. Burdick was not present for the hearing, remaining in jail in Davidson County.

Its easy to miss the heroes around us

Tom, Kathleen Parker recollect WWII years 

Special to The Wilson Post

Though their numbers are rapidly dwindling, the survivors of “the Greatest Generation” walk among us.

In their 80s or older, they live peaceful lives, but they realize far more than most that the peace Americans enjoy at home came at a fearful and costly price. Many of them went to war and were eyewitnesses to the horror of battle. Some continue to wear the scars that may be hidden by clothing or carry even deeper wounds invisible that pain heart and mind.

Capitol Theater to be revived

The Wilson Post

The Capitol Theater, located just off the west side of the historic Lebanon Public Square, has been several different things since it closed in 1978 including a furniture consignment store, but has mostly it has stayed vacant.

Not anymore. The building’s new owners intend to bring it back to its heyday.

Flawless liftoff for Wilmore


Mt. Juliet High graduate Barry “Butch” Wilmore became the first Wilson Countian in space Monday afternoon with the near-perfect launch of the space shuttle Atlantis from Pad 39 at the Kennedy Space Center.

Wilmore serves as the pilot of the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was televised live on HDNet.

Edward Woodall, 84

NORENE – Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Fairview Cemetery in the Norene Community for Mr. Woodall, 84, of Lebanon. A lifelong farmer and a native of Wilson County, he died Nov. 5, 2009 at his residence.

The son of the late John and Ada Robinson Woodall, he was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by sister-in-law Erlene Woodall and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Howard, Walter, Oscar, Peyton and Robert Woodall, sisters Audie Woodall and Mary Elizabeth Dedman. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Mimms Bates, 79

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Bates, 79, of Lebanon. Retired from the US Postal Service, she died Nov. 5, 2009 at the Summit Medical Center.

Born in Raleigh, NC, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Corinth Watkins Mimms and was a member of the West Hills Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Jonas Taylor and Rev. Rodney Duckett. Entombment was at the Graceland East Memorial Park in Greenville, SC.

Survivors include: children Elaine (John) Foley of Lebanon and David Bates of Wendell, NC; grandchildren Richard Wade, Jr., of Lebanon, Jason (Victoria) Bates and Elizabeth Bates – both of Wendell, NC; siblings Mary (Leland) Weather and Jesse Mimms – both of North Carolina.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Carl McBee Bates, Jr., two brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be directed to West Hills Baptist Church, Building Fund, Lebanon.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lucille Hale Ferrell, 84

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, November 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Ferrell, 84, of Alexandria. Born in DeKalb County, she died Nov. 5, 2009 at her residence.

Services were conducted by Rev. Don Rigsby with burial at the Prosperity Funeral Home.

Survivors include children: Norman (Deborah) Ferrell, Jean (William) Edmonds and Betty Cantrell – all of Alexandria, Rosemary Bane and Martha Eatherly — both of Brush Creek and Betty Cantrell of Alexandria. Also surviving are sisters Bea (Kenneth) Christian of Watertown and Dellia Mae (Richard) Poston of Smithville, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents Selmer D. and Bettie Ferrell Hale, husband Joe D. Ferrell, children Lou Ann, Joe and John Ferrell, three grandchildren and five siblings.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Thomas Ricketts, 82

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, November 9 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Ricketts, 82, of Lebanon. He passed away Nov. 6, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Bill Trice. Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Mary Ruth Ricketts; sons Robert A. "Doc" Ricketts and Joe Wayne "Cat" Ricketts; along with grandchildren Robert "Robbie" Ricketts, John Wayne Ricketts, Nicholas Austin Ricketts, Cody Adam Ricketts, and Chrystal LouVada Ricketts.

Also surviving are great-grandchildren Dominick and Cheyenne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Family and friends served as pallbearers.

He is preceded in death by parents James Carley and Nadie Davenport Ricketts, sisters and Allie Mae and Vivian Weaver, Frances (Calvin) Roberts, brother James E. (Elizabeth) Ricketts, and great grandbaby Leland Tyler Williams.

Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth McBride, 80

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 10 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. McBride, 80, of Watertown. A retired radio dispatcher for the Watertown Police Department, she died Nov. 7, 2009 at her residence.

A graduate of Watertown High School, she was the daughter of the late James Odell and Bessie Irene Davis Osborne.

Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Survivors: brother Frank D. Osborne of Brentwood and children Michael McBride, Pam (Howard) Kello and Nancy (David) James – all of Lebanon, Pat (Bob) Fuller of Smyrna, Debbie (Lawrence) Patterson of Greenvale and Kenny (Cathy) McBride of Auburntown. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren, two nieces, three nephews and special friend Priscilla Thomas.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Kenneth Clark McBride; siblings Billie Francis Weaver and James T. Osborne.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bob D. Weaver, Sr., 75

SHERMANS DALE, Pa. – Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church for Mr. Weaver, 75, formerly of Lebanon.

Born December 31, 1933 in Nashville to the late Jack and Goldie (Hall) Weaver, he died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Retired from Texas Eastern Gas Transmission Co. in 1989, he was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Cumberland University. Mr. Weaver was a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church and was a US Navy veteran.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Montgomery. Burial with military honors, will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 56 years Verdana Weaver and children Bob D. Jr., of Elliottsburg, Tim C. of Shermans Dale, David B. of Landisburg and Teresa Metz of Loysville. Also surviving: brother Charles Weaver of Lebanon, nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, 958 Windy Hill Road, Shermans Dale, Pa. 17090.

Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home, New Bloomfield / Duncannon, PA. Notice courtesy of Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Betty Potts, 75

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 11 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Potts, 75, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Walter Potts Sr., she passed away Nov. 8, 2009.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Reverend Glenn Denton with interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children: Walter (Vivian) Potts Jr. of Pennsylvania, Sonya (David) Sanders, Carrie (Edward) Walker and Donnie (Patrice) McMurtery — all of Lebanon.

Also surviving is sister Margaret Barker of Arkansas; grandchildren: Tim Sanders, Regina Baird, Keith Potts, Brian Potts, Brandon Potts, Bridget Bishop, Stanley Potts Jr, Kaleigh Walker, Courtney Galloway, Justin McMurtery and Josh McMurtery; as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to her late husband, she is preceded in death by son Stanley Potts Sr., grandson Kurtis Sanders, sister Lila Weir, and parents Henry and Maggie Garner Russell.

Active pallbearers: Justin McMurtery, Tim Sanders, Brian Potts, Stanley Potts Jr., Mark Lucas, Ronnie Presley, Tommy Presley and Frank Duchesne. Honorary: Donnie McMurtery and Edward Walker.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, is in charge or arrangements.

Wilson County Public Records Committee will meet
Wilson County Public Records Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Wilson County Archives, Lebanon.
Bethel ousts CU soccer
McKENZIE -- Rafael Karaoglan scored in the 66th minute and Armando Orozco netted an insurance goal in the 89th minute, giving top-ranked Bethel Univ. a 2-0 victory over Cumberland in the semifinals of the TranSouth Men’s Soccer Championships Tuesday afternoon.

Cumberland (6-7-2) ends the season after winning for the first time in the conference tournament since 2005 when the Bulldogs won the regular season and the tournament.

Bethel (14-0-3), the defending national champion, moves on to the tournament finals this Friday.

The Wildcats outshot CU, 18-4, in the match, though CU keeper Michael Michailidis made seven saves to keep it close. Thirteen of Bethel shots came in the second half after a scoreless first period.

Karaoglan put Bethel on the board in the 66th minute on an assist from Dawyne Smith and Eric Rosas, and Orozco’s tally in the final two minutes came from Felix Obilo.

MJ qb Mr. Football finalist

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Mt. Juliet quarterback Reed Gurchiek, one of the top play-makers in Middle Tennesse, is a finalist for the Tennessee Titans Class AAA Mr. Football Award.  A 6-1, 215, senior, Gurchiek helped lead the Golden Bears to a record of 9-2 and a berth in the TSSAA playoffs.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2009 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

Local Health Dept. : No shortage, just delay

If you listen to national media, you would think that there is a real shortage of the flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine. However, according to the Wilson County Health Department, they get regular shipments of the H1N1 vaccine.

“There is no shortage, but there is a delay in shipment from the manufacturers,” said Carla Valdez, supervisor of the Wilson County Health Department, in an interview Thursday. “We have a clinic tonight and we should know when we will have the next clinic by the first of next week.”

Watertown, MJ eliminated


And then there was one.

Friendship Christian is the only Wilson County prep football remaining alive in the TSSAA playoffs after Mt. Juliet and Watertown both bit the dust Friday, Nov. 6.

The 9-1 Commanders, beneficary of a bye along with their No. 2-seeding in their six team bracket, will host East Robertson Friday, Nov. 13 at Pirtle Field.

The Indians improved to 9-2 last week by blasting Watertown 46-0 at Barry Baker Memorial Field.

QB Logan Moody and wide receiver David Woodard hooked up for East Robertson’s first three scores -- pass plays of 53, 36 and 42 yards en route to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Watertown ended the season 7-4.

Mt. Juliet trailed 9-0 early, but kept fighting in a 19-14 home loss to defending 5A state champ Oakland Friday.

The Golden Bears, who started the season 9-0, closed out the 2009 campaign 9-2.

Oakland improved to 9-2 and will play at Cookeville Friday, Nov. 13. The Cavs ousted Franklin County 21-11.


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