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James "Jim" Deffendall, 82

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Deffendall, 82, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran of World War II, he died July 30, 2009.

A former employee of Texs Eastern, he was an active member of the Wilson County Republican Party.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday, July 31, between the hours of 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service at the church.

Services will be conducted by Reverend Michael O’Bryan with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery immediately following the service.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years Alice Welk Deffendall; children Joyce (Terry) Stafford, Danny (Prissy) Deffendall, Jim (Carmen) Caitlan, Mark (Patti) Deffendall, Kelly (Kristy) Deffendall and Bill (Martha) Deffendall.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Cory (Kellie) Deffendall, Lindsay (Jeremy) Mosley, David Deffendall, Jennifer (Jim) Stroud, Brianna Caitlan, Sharon Huppenthal, Jon Trusty, Joanna Trusty, Patrick Deffendall, Jessie Deffendall, Will, Gabe and Madeline Deffendall; great-grandchildren: Mackenzie Sewell, Sophie Mosley and Lydia Deffendall.

Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Ann Tomlinson, Mike Trusty, George Lowery, Eddie Testamand, Jerry Phares, Bud Grubbs, Red Goodman and Larry Stone.

He is preceded in death by parents Otis and Elizabeth Biggs Deffendall, three brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38105, 1-800-805-5856)

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

Wilson County manufacturers keep it afloat

The Wilson Post

Although there is unemployment here, the June figure released recently by the state labor department was 9.6 percent, Wilson County has not seen large layoffs by employers in recent months.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board, said that Wilson County is better off than other counties because of the different types of businesses here, especially the manufacturing companies.

Chamber sets special event on tax-free day

From Post staff reports

At the invitation of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce some 47 local businesses will  participate next week in a promotion to showcase local retail.

The event, to be held at Lebanon’s Prime Outlets mall, is hosted by the Chamber in celebration of tax-free Friday.

New name surfaces for Senate seat

From Post staff reports

Joe Bond, a life-long Lebanon resident and political newcomer, is exploring the possibility of seeking the District 17 Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Mae Beavers, a candidate for Wilson County Mayor.
Bond, the son of long-time Wilson County Criminal Court Judge J.O. Bond who died late last year after an extended illness, said recently he has been approached by several political allies about his intentions in next year’s Senate race. Bond, a former mortgage banker, is employed by Johnson Controls as an Energy Consultant, would run on the Democratic ticket.

Bennett gets fresh start with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Lebanon’s favorite major leaguer Jeff Bennett called getting signed by the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays both a blessing and an opportunity for a fresh start.

And what the Rays believe they have in Bennett, 29, is a fresh look in the bullpen, a workhorse who will likely take on a middle relief role, a slider-sinker-style pitcher who can reach 93 mph and induce ground balls.

That’s what Rays manager Joe Maddon had heard. And it’s also what he saw Saturday in Bennett’s Rays debut, when he struck out two and gave up a hit in the ninth in the 7-1 win against the Royals.

"Good stuff, just as advertised," Maddon said. "Good slider, saw that. Aggressive nature, saw that. He likes to pitch, likes to pitch often. He doesn’t back away or back down. He will fit in just fine."

Bennett, who has spent parts of four seasons in the big leagues, replaces RHP Joe Nelson, who was demoted to Triple-A Durham on Friday night.

Carrie Howell Ragsdale, 86

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Ragsdale, 86, of the Gladeville Community.

Retired from the Gladeville Utility District and the daughter of the late Monte R. and Letha Dowdy Howell, Mrs. Ragsdale passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was a member of the Gladeville United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the funeral at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Rev. Charles Walker and Rev. Robert Spickard. Burial will follow at the Caraway Cemetery in Gladeville.

Survivors include: siblings Billy (Thelma) Howell, Ruby Warfield and Dorothy Allsbrooks — all of Erin. Also surviving are nieces Peggy (Joe) Lannom of Gladeville, Debbie (Tracy) Largent and Laurie Howell — both of Erin, nephews Michael (Kay) Warfield of Murfreesboro, Don (Karen) Allsbrooks of Erin and Monty (Alisha) Allsbrooks of Cedar Hill.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Charles W. Ragsdale and brother Grover C. Howell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Faithful Workers of the Gladeville United Methodist Church in memory of Carrie Ragsdale.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Foster, John Foster, Dr. Mike Harris, Mike Harris, James Edwin Swain and Bob Rice. Honorary pallbearer is Rick Risner

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Gilliam Smith, 83

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Smith, 83, of Lebanon. The second of three children born to the late Willie Mae Corder Gilliam and George Gilliam in Wilson County and stepdaughter of the late Kathleen Bailey Gilliam, she died Friday, July 24 at her home.

Local services will be conducted by the Rev. Michael Millben. Interment will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery in Wayne, Michigan.

Survivors include: daughter Joetter Smith Jenkins of Antioch; grandchildren Katherine Drue Cunningham of Canton, OH, Tiffany Rochelle Jenkins of Nashville, April Smith Harvey of Grand Rapids, MI and Andrea Johnson of Inverness, FL.

Also surviving is sister-in-law Thelma Seay of Michigan; brother-in-laws John (Alice) Smith of Cleveland, OH, and Kent Collins; loyal family friend Coach Sam Smith and a host of other family including great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and church family.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband Joe W. Smith and sons Bobby Drue and Andrew Louis Smith.

Arrangements by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home.

Richie Michelle Smith Clifton, 45

LEBANON – Memorial services were conducted Thursday morning, July 30 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Clifton, 45, of Lafayette. A native of Wilson County, she died July 27, 2009 at her residence.

Mrs. Clifton was a homemaker and a Baptist in belief. Services were conducted by Brother Chuck Groover. Survivors include: children Dallas and Riley Clifton and the father of her children Danny Clifton — all of Lafayette.

Also surviving is mother and step-father Peggy Gray Smith Leath and Joe Leath of Lebanon; brother Richard H. (Aimee) Smith III of Lakeway, TX; nieces Lauren and Ashley Smith; grandparents, Richard Sr. and Annie Lou Smith of Hermitage.

She was preceded in death by her father Richard H. Smith Jr. and grandparents Robert and Eleanor Gray. Memorial contributions should be directed to the Riley Clifton Fund c/o Kelly Ferrell at First Freedom Bank.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Mary Ella Stewart, 71

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, July 31 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Stewart, 71, of Lebanon. She passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009 following an extended illness.

The family will be receiving friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Gordon Lee and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Donna (Champ) Kellow, Susan (Darren) Vogel and Mack Stewart Jr.; siblings Kathy (Bill) Brewster and Terry (Judy) Kemp; grandchildren: Jason (Barbara) Stewart, Dustin Allen, Rachel Kellow, Clint (Chesney) Kellow, Luke Vogel and Mary Vogel; great-grandchildren: Peyton Stewart, Hayli Stewart, Katy Stewart, Allie Copas and Cyvan Kellow.

Pallbearers: Chico Hastings, Mark McPeak, Jeff Bond, Terry Kemp Jr., Wesley Kemp, Terry Luper, Dennis Luper and Stevie Luper. Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Roger McKinney and Dr. Modupe Kehinde.

The family offers special thanks to Odyssey Hospice.

Mrs. Stewart is preceded in death by parents Clifton and Bertha Starnes Kemp; siblings Peggy Foster, Sue Bonner, Carolyn Kemp, C.H. Kemp, Kenneth Kemp and Harlan Kemp.

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

Dark Days
As I sat in the Dekalb County Community Hospital Emergency Room last weekend, I knew one thing - I was in big trouble! Even the lady behind the admissions desk knew it. She avoided eye contact with me, so I just sat in my chair staring at the EXIT sign above the emergency room door. As I waited, I had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Kevin James talks to the animals in Zookeeper
Dear Ken: My family and I loved the sitcom “The King of Queens” with Kevin James. How many episodes were there and what is the comedian doing now?
Hot Peppers

Home Canner’s Column

Special to The Wilson Post

Peppers--some like ‘em hot!!! And we don’t need a scientific study on the changing tastes of Americans to tell us that more people are eating hot peppers.

In the past few years questions on preserving hot peppers have increased. Every year, somewhere in the U.S., we hear of a botulism (an illness caused by Clostridium botulinum bacteria) outbreak caused by home canned hot peppers. Obviously, our information on preserving them safely hasn’t reached everyone, yet.

The Summer of McCartney

Locals reminisce about ex-Beatle, his family and band winging it on Junior’s Farm
Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series.

Special to The Wilson Post

It was the summer of 1974, and in Lebanon, Tenn., 28 miles east of Nashville, all the blab on the street was about Paul McCartney of Beatles fame, his wife Linda and their band Wings.

Of all the places in America, from Manhattan to Malibu, Paul picked a farmhouse pad between Lebanon and Gladeville to chill out with his mate, kiddos and band mates as they prepared for an upcoming tour and worked on some new tunes.

Medical care too complicated for Obama


Paying for your health care has become way too convoluted. In my boyhood days, if there was a problem you went to your family doctor and he took care of you for money in hand or a dozen eggs if you happened to be short on cash. If you had an emergency surgery and needed extra money for the hospital bill or to tide you over until you would be able to work again, your friendly banker would loan you the cash to keep everybody happy.

Garnering Use of Jr., Sr., and III with Lawyer Jokes



Here’s something I don’t think you’ve handled [Re: “Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day” discussing rules for using Jr., Sr., III with male names].  How about It?
-Someone Near & Dear

Memories of Dr. G. Frank Burns

To the Editor:

The voice of Dr. G. Frank Burns will be heard around Wilson County for many years to come through all his work with our local newspapers, as a teacher and archivist at Cumberland University and as a friend to everyone who met him. Dr. Burns’ work in co-authoring the “The History of Wilson County” and then doing a second volume years later was a great contribution to our county’s history.

Martha Louise Pewitt, 68

OLD HICKORY – Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at the Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane, for Mrs. Pewitt, 68, of Mt. Juliet. She died July 26, 2009.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 29 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastor Sten Criscoe. Interment will be at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years Wayne Pewitt; sons Tommy (Leslie) Pewitt and Michael (Donna) Pewitt. Also surviving are grandchildren Trey Pewitt, Matthew Pewitt, Katelyn Pewitt and Amanda Pewitt; siblings Mary Lou Raines and Thomas Goad; mother-in-law Grace Halmontaller; sister-in-law Shirley (James) Scott; brother-in-law Cris Ashworth; as well as several nieces and nephews; along with special friends J.T. and Martha Baker.

Mrs. Pewitt is preceded in death by infant daughter Rosie Christine Pewitt; parents Willie and Rosie Goad; brother Donnie Goad; father-in-law Thomas "Jeff" Pewitt; stepmother-in-law Erma Pewitt and sister-in-law Sarah "Sally" Ashworth.

Active pallbearers: family and friends. Honorary pallbearers: friends at American Airlines Ground Service. Memorial donations may be made to Alive Hospice at St. Thomas in Nashville.

Arrangements by the Hermitage Funeral Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Patterson

Mary Ellen Patterson, 72 & Herod Junior Patterson, 73

LEBANON -- Double funeral services have been scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, of Lebanon.

Mr. Patterson, 73, died Monday, July 20, 2009 at Quality Care Nursing Home following an extended illness. Mrs. Patterson, 72, passed away suddenly July 24, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center. Mrs. Patterson was the daughter of the late Alonza and Lucille Martin.

Double visitation is set Friday, July 31 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Disyal Funeral Home, 400 E. Market Street and Saturday from 12 Noon until the service at the Lebanon Church of God.

Minister Eric Satterfield will be the officiator, Elder Gary Owens will be the eulogist.

Brother Mickey Hall will be the pianist with remarks from Elder A.J. Valentine, minister of the Lebanon Church of God.

Double interments will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Toureffa Jackson, Bertha (John) Seay and Patricia D. Patterson, Christine Harrison and Mary D. Seay; sons Ricky and Ronnie Patterson, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine Eskew, 94

LEBANON — Funeral services were held Saturday morning, July 25 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Miss Eskew, 94, of Lebanon.

A former librarian and teacher in for over 40 years in Davidson and Wilson Counties, she died July 23, 2009 at Cedars Health Care.

Born September 20, 1914, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late John William Eskew Sr. and Fruzie Northern Eskew.  Miss Eskew was a graduate of Cumberland University and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ. 

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke with burial at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: sister Helen Major of Lebanon and brother Bob Eskew of Donelson.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Eskew, Edna Eskew and Tish Howard; and brothers John William Eskew Jr. and Thomas Eskew.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ronnie Carson, 62

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 28 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Carson, 62, of Lebanon. A mechanic and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, he died Saturday July 25, 2009 at the Centennial Medical Center.

Services were conducted by Brother Floyd Farris with interment at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Randy Carson of Portland, Lisa Carson Snider and Tina (Drew) Angle — both of Lebanon. Also surviving is sister Teresa (Steve) Hammonds of Georgia; grandchildren Tyler McDaniel, Danielle Angle, Madison Angle, Devin Carson and Abbie Carson; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Homer Gray and Mary Edna Petty Carson and grandson Jacob Carson. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Curtis Alexander Fuller, 97

LEBANON – A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Fuller, 97, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran of World War II and a retired truck driver, he died July 25,

Survivors include daughter: June (Jasper) Simmons of Lebanon; brother Gray Fuller of Hendersonville; grandchildren Michael Simmons and Wayne Simmons — both of Lebanon; and great-grandchildren Makayla Simmons and Austin Simmons.

He is preceded in death by wife Pauline Dixon Fuller and parents Joe Taylor and Bertie Munday Fuller.

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

James Michael Bowers, 46

NASHVILLE – Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Woodbine Funeral Home, 5852 Nolensville Road, for Mr. Bowers, 46, of Mt. Juliet.

An employee of Nashville Electric Service, he died July 25, 2009 while on his way to a Fly-In at Oshkosh, WI. He was an accomplished pilot, scuba and sky diver, Harley Davidson rider, cyclist, and an all-around avid outdoorsman.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Sandy Shawhan. Interment will follow in the Nolensville Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Viviane Bowers and daughter Carol. Also surviving are siblings Dru and Thomas Bowers and sister Deborah Brittain-Walter; niece Kiera Walter; nephews Jace Walter, Ian Brittain, Blake and Austin Bowers, and Reid and Alex Bowers.

Mr. Bowers is preceded in death by his father and mother James Thomas and Dorothy Stephens Bowers, and his nephew Leif Alexander Brittain.

Brothers and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be directed to his nephew’s charity - Leifland (

Arrangements by the Woodbine Funeral Home.

Councils confusion turns into eight saved jobs

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council voted to save eight of the 27 positions that were in line to be abolished Monday night during a lengthy discussion at a reconvening of last week’s meeting.

Russell Lee, commissioner of revenue, began the meeting by explaining to the council that he had taken all of the requests by the department heads that were expressed at the previous meeting and added them into his budget proposal for consideration, which he emailed to the council members on Friday.

Kiwanis Day of Prayer for Schools set Aug. 2

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announce that plans are under way for the 11th annual observance of “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” throughout Wilson County on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The purpose of this community service project is to help foster an environment in which children can begin school safely.

MJ nods guns in parks

State Attorney General: No weapons allowed in parks with school events

The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet commissioners voted Monday night to not opt out of a new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to carry their guns into public parks.


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