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Jeanette Granstaff Redding, 83

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 28 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Redding, 83, of Watertown. A native of Wilson County and a graduate of Lebanon High School, Mrs. redding died April 26, 2009 at the Quality Care Nursing Home.

A member of the Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Effie Louise Hearn Granstaff. Services were conducted by Rev. Brad Brandon with burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband William "Bill" Redding of Watertown, step-son Ken redding of Houston, Texas and sister Geneva (Odell) Lawrence of Watertown.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers included: nephews Steve Lawrence and Jim Tramel as well as members of Comer Lodge No. 417. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Redding is preceded in death by seven siblings and step-son Jack Redding.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home.

Charles Franklin Dodd, 67

LEBANON -- Memorial services were held Tuesday evening, April 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Dodd, 67, of Lebanon. An employee of Southeastern Tool & Die, he died April 24, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Morgan Flashner.

Survivors include: his wife of 47 years Jean Smith Dodd; daughters Dorothy (Mike) Johnson and Angie (Dale) Wynn; sister Donna (Mack) Lassiter, brother William (Fran) Dodd; grandchildren Sabrina (Erin) Zupko, Daniel (Jessica) Dodd, Charles Andrew (Ashley) Dodd, Kristen Hughes, Britney Johnson, Brittany Hesson, Courtney Wynn, Ashley Johnson, Derek Johnson and Matthew Johnson; great grandchildren Brianna Zupko, Jaylen Lawrence, Eyan Zupko, Keith Dodd Jr. and Maddox Dodd.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mamie Hagey Dodd and son Billy Joe Dodd. His co-workers at Southeastern Tool and Die served as honorary pallbearers. The family requests donations to the American Cancer Society (2000 Charlotte Ave, Nashville 37203).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Jacob A. Enochs, 22

OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, April 29 as the Hermitage Funeral Home for Mr. Enochs, 22, of Mt. Juliet.

Known as "Jake" to his family and friends, he passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009. He was a senior at Middle Tennessee State University.

Visitation with the family 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow service in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his mother and step-father Cindy (Allen) Jones; father Jeffrey Enochs; sister Jennifer Enochs; step-brothers Jonathan and Thomas Jones; grandparents Stan and Cecile Enochs; step-grandfather and grandmother Jess and Wanda Anderson.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn., 1818 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

Hermitage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




James William Garrett, 53

LEBANON -- Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Hillcrest Baptist Church for Mr. Garrett, 53, of Lebanon. A self-employed electrician and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, he died Monday, April 27 at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Partlow Funeral Chapel and Thursday from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Services will be conducted by Brother Glenn Denton.

Survivors include: wife Donna Johnson Garrett; mother Nelda Garrett and children Amy Garrett (Joshua) Warren, Juli Garrett (Mitch) Spain, Troy (Sarah) Wooden and Tonya Wooden Bond.

Also surviving are siblings Janice Yancey and Michael Sloan (Christy) Garrett; grandchildren Jonathon Rosshirt, Whitney Davis, Maravich Bond, Gabriel Garrett Spain, Catherine Warren, Micah Spain and Seth Wooden; as well as several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and nephews; and special helper Frankie Shackleton.

Mr. Garrett is preceded in death by father James Ewing Garrett; sister Linda Garrett Patterson; nephew Stan Ballinger; grandparents Earl and Leona "Mama" Sloan and Walter and Evie Garrett.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers, the Nathan Kolbe Sunday School Class and the choir of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Jane Etheridge, 64

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, April 25 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Etheridge, 64, of Smyrna. Retired from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, she died April 22, 2009.

Born in Marshall County to the late Myrel and Hazel Davis Holland, Mrs. Etheridge was a member of Haywood Hills Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Sean Cook and Brother Barry Ellis. Interment followed at the Nolensville Cemetery.

Survivors include: aughter Ginger (Matt) Haley of Mt. Juliet; sisters Wanda (Greg) Ector of Mt. Juliet and Brenda Buhler of Hendersonville; grandchildren Celeste Farris and Landon Etheridge; aunt Reda Ferguson of Chapel Hill along with two nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Etheridge. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Caris, 242 Heritage Park Drive, Murfreesboro, 37129.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

UMC opens $26 million patient tower

The Wilson Post

Many in the community realized a dream long held with the official opening of the new four-story Patient Tower at University Medical Center on Tuesday.

A standing-parking lot-only crowd – all the chairs were filled – gathered to watch as hospital officials, physicians, volunteers and community members cut the ribbon opening the $26 million facility.

Vince Cherry, chief executive officer of UMC, told the crowd that “a little over a year ago, I stood in the employee parking lot and promised to build a state-of-the-art facility. Today, we’re here to officially celebrate that.”

Waynick, Reeder honored by GSAC


MARYVILLE — Two former Wilson County softball standouts have been honored by the Great South Athletic Conference for their play at Maryville College this season.

Former Friendship Christian standout Toni Waynick was named first team All-GSAC while Watertown High record holder Sarah Reeder was named to the All-Freshman team.

Waynick hit .327 for the 21-15 Maryville team, with two home runs and a team high 27 runs batted in. She is a two-time All-GSAC selection and was named to the GSAC All-Academic team.

Reeder led the squad with a pitching record of 12-7, throwing 11 complete games, striking out 64 batters in 102 innings. She led the team in appearances (24) and ERA (4.56).

Wilson Bank & Trust hosts 14th Annual Spring Meet Car Show

Wilson Bank & Trust will host its 14th annual Antique Car Show Spring
Meet at the 1476 North Mt. Juliet Road office on Sunday, May 3. 

With 41 classifications, this year’s event is sure to be an exciting one. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The first 100 cars will receive a special dash plaque. The meet will also feature a flea market with automobile-related merchandise as well as music, concessions and inflatables for children of all ages, so the entire family can join the fun.   

For more information, contact Glenn Edwards at 444-7315 or Read Majors at 483-2661. Pre-registration forms may be picked up at any of Wilson Bank & Trust’s Mt. Juliet offices.

Wilson jobless numbers rise

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for March rose to 8.8 percent, up 0.3 percent from the February figure of 8.5.

The unemployment rates for all 95 counties for March were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The labor force in Wilson County for March stood at 56,680 with 51,670 employed. That left 5,010 unemployed.

Vol State students perform for Spring Music Showcase

The sounds of jazz, pop and rock will be featured during the Spring Music Showcase at Volunteer State Community College.

The Vol State Showstoppers, Commercial Music Ensemble and the Survey of Recording class will perform. Some of the selections will be original student works, and there will also be popular favorites and some Broadway show tunes. A CD of the student work will also be available for sale. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door for admission. A $10 donation will include admission and the Spring Music CD.

The Spring Music Showcase will be held on April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Caudill Hall. The Vol State campus is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information, call (615) 230-3201.

Kudos to Harris, panel


Lynn Harris being “re-hired” as Wilson County’s Administrator of Elections on Wednesday was a great move by the Wilson County Election Commission and a smart move for Wilson County.

Lazy porches, bluegrass twang turns back decades
Last Saturday night the wife and I and a friend from New Jersey made about a one hour drive to Granville, Tennessee and in doing so stepped back in time for several decades.
We were the guests of Randall and Peggy Clemons (Randall is CEO and chairman of Wilson Bank and Trust) for an evening of bluegrass music and a family styled meal that could best be described as second to none. (Good home cooked food served in an all you can eat tradition in a room that seats perhaps 50 or so.)
Coach Clifton Tribble influenced many, recent tribute well deserved

To the Editor:

This past weekend, special tribute was paid to Coach Clifton Tribble, a former Lebanon High School football player, football coach, teacher and principal. This honor was well deserved. He was, and probably still is, the most accomplished runner in football history in Wilson County and any other county.

Charles K. Dyer, 71

LEBANON — Charles K. Dyer, 71, passed away on April 19, 2009 at his home. He is survived by one son, Chris Dyer of Lebanon.

Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

Rosie Mai Burton, 92

LEBANON — Rosie Burton passed away on April 22, 2009 at age 92.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Saturday, April 25, from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 Noon until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include daughter Vickie (Bill) Witcher of Lebanon; sister Edna Irvin; grandchildren Sherayah, Haley and Samuel Witcher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband A.D. Burton, and parents Marlon and Mary Frances Gass Barrett.

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

Frances Geraldine Gibson Waite, 82

CORAOPOLIS, PA – Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24 at Copeland’s Funeral Home for Mrs. Waite, 82, formerly of Lebanon. Known as "Jerry" to all her family and friends, Mrs. Waite died March 18, 2009.

Educated in local schools before the family moved to Nashville, Mrs. Waite was the beloved wife of 59 years of the late Samuel C. "Bud" Waite.

The daughter of the late Gerald and Gladys Gibson, her father was the Railway Express Agent in Lebanon for many years. She worked for Life & Casualty Insurance and retired as an accounting clerk from PDM in 1988. Mrs. Waite was a member of the First Baptist Church, Coraopolis.

Survivors include: sisters Beverly A. Newman of Lebanon, Linda Stone of Hendersonville and Dorothy Jean Hendrickson of Nashville; children Kerry L. (Shirley) Waite, Karol S. (Wally) Wawrykow, Kimberly K. (Andrew) Procopio and grandchildren Evan (Becky) Wawrykow and Vanessa (Bobby) Bouchet.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by infant daughter Sherry E. Waite.

Copeland’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wesley Lamont Joyner, 37

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Saturday at the Heaven’s View Baptist Church for Mr. Joyner, 37, of Lebanon.

Born in Franklin, KY to the late Edward Lee and Joyner Elaine Joyner, he died April 19, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center Hospital.

The family will receive friends Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Belita McMurry with interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Cassandra Rickman, Anissha Beasley and Lamonica Lillard; siblings JoAnna Barnett, Jackie Woods, Jimmy (Elizabeth) Shannon, Ronnie Joyner and Vincent (Charlene) Joyner; uncles and aunts Edward (Eva), Jessie, Bill, Laura Mae, Alice Mae and Dollie Mae; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Disyal Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

WCCVB offers incentive program
A new incentive program launched by the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau aims to use residents’ personal contacts as a means to help bring more meetings to the area.
Shopping at home can help increase city's sales tax revenue

From Post staff reports

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead urged members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday to buy locally.

He said the City of Lebanon’s loss in sales tax revenue for the year has been a major issue in the local municipality’s struggle with budget shortfalls.

Craighead told the club that he and members of the city council and city department heads have worked diligently to make as many cuts as possible in city spending.

Immanuel Baptist Church to host National Day of Prayer

The City of Lebanon’s National Day of Prayer observance will be hosted on Thursday, May 7 by Immanuel Baptist Church.

The time of the observance is set for 6:30 p.m. The church is at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon.

Mackey asked to resign

30-year veteran Harris reappointed Administrator of Elections 

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Election Commission voted 3-2 to retain Lynn Harris as administrator of elections during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday, but the larger story may be about Delores Mackey, the new chair of the panel.

Apparently Mackey is now under pressure to resign her post with most of the pressure coming from the local Wilson County Republican Party.

It started when a member of the audience, former Mt. Juliet mayor Kevin Mack, stood up and suggested the panel name Rob Shearer, a Republican and a former Mt. Juliet city manager, to the post.

'Cats top MJ 7-3


MT. JULIET -- Wilson Central locked up a third place seed in this week’s District 9AAA tournament with a 7-3 victory Tuesday at Mt. Juliet High. The Wildcats improved to 22-8 overall and 8-4 in the district while Mt. Juliet slipped to 21-10, 10-2.

The loss dropped the Bears into second place in the 9AAA regular season standings, allowing Beech to take over the top spot.

Wilson Central pitcher Heath Daugherty (3-2) held Mt. Juliet in check the entire game, scattering seven hits while striking out three and walking just one batter. Only one MJ hit went for extra bases, a third inning triple by Justin Lopez.

The crafty senior righthander kept the powerful Bear lineup off balance with a sharp, biting curveball.

Cody Liddle paced the Wilson Central offense attack with a 3-for-3 effort, driving in a pair of runs. Russ Strong chipped in with a pair of hits while Brad Collins ripped a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.

Starter Cody Carroll (3-3), the first of three Mt. Juliet pitchers, was tagged with the loss. He went five innings, allowed five hits and six runs while striking out four.

Central is expected to play LaVergne in the first round of the 9AAA tournament Friday at Mt. Juliet. The Bears will probably play Smyrna.

Over the weekend, Wilson Central swept a pair of Saturday games -- knocking off McGavock High 13-2 then defeating LaVergne 7-5 despite making seven errors.

Mt. Juliet dropped a 7-4 decision Saturday to Beech as the Bucs pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of four Mt. Juliet errors. Jake Harper (6-1) took the loss for the Bears.

Long Hunter State Park sets Earth Day Festival

Make plans now to visit Long Hunter State Park for a weekend of nature programs, guided hikes, guest speakers, exhibits, crafts for kids, live music and the grand opening of the Couchville Lake Arboretum during the Earth Day Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.

All programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Booths open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Long Hunter State Park.

Wood funeral is Saturday


LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Stephen Wayne Wood, 44, of Lebanon. President of Wood Group Enterprises, Mr. Wood died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 following an extended illness.

Stephen was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, a graduate of DuPont Senior High School, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He was a former Trustee of Cumberland University, a former Community Council member of Wilson Bank & Trust, a member of the Mt. Juliet / West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and the Nashville Home Builders Association.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Who doesnt remember their first car?
Mine was a two-door, hatchback, Honda Accord, with red velour seats and tinted windows. The previous owner had been a smoker, so no matter how many air fresheners I hung from the rear view mirror, the car always had a musty smell …with a tinge of vanilla.

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