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Judith Lynn Choate Goodman, 67

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were be held Sunday, afternoon, May 31 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Goodman, 67. She passed away May 28, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Oran Collins. Interment followed at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Scott (Machelle) York Hamilton, Shannon (Megan) Hamilton and Jennifer (Tommy) Cryer. Also surviving is sister Brenda (Johnny) Oliver; grandchildren Hope Hamilton, Scotty Hamilton, Emma Hamilton, Ellie Hamilton, James Black, Rachel Black, Hannah Kephart, Zach Kephart and Eli Kephart.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Goodman; parents Eldred and Dorothy Choate; and sister Linda Sue Hicks. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.

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Beatrice Sherrill Westmoreland, 81

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Westmoreland, 81, of Lebanon.

Born June 24, 1927, in Clay County, she passed away June 1, 2009, at the Pavilion in Lebanon.

Mrs. Westmoreland was the was the daughter of the late Edgar and Willie Emmerton Sherrill. She was a cook in many local restaurants over the years and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God.

Visitation after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at the Conatser Cemetery.

Survivors include: children James Richard (Trish) Westmoreland of Dixon Springs and Carol Anne Westmoreland of Lebanon; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Denson, Christy (David) Taylor, William D. (Jennifer) Westmoreland, Joshua Wayne Ricketts, Melinda Marie (Joshua) Nichols and Jonathon (Ashley) Westmoreland; sister Mary Rose Hilton of Celina; brother James Sherrill of Cottontown; 13 great grandchildren; and a great, great grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Dee Westmoreland on October 26, 2002; son Johnson Edgar Westmoreland; and brothers Major and Mack Sherrill.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Trial date set for suspect in rape

From Post staff reports

A date of Nov. 9 has been set as the trial date here for Robert Jason Burdick who is suspected in the rape of a then 16-year-old girl in the driveway of her home in Wilson County late the night of Feb. 1, 2008.

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Lebanon Special Schools go green

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Schools Special District is going green, and the changes have already begun, said Assistant Director of Schools Randall Hutto.

All of the schools have been working to recycle paper since 2007, but this spring a systemwide contest really brought in the paper, a total of 106,880 pounds of it in one month.

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Benefit set for Bishop Mikaelian

A Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction will be held from 6 until 9 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at St. Stephen Catholic Community Hall of the Holy Family Center to benefit Bishop Mikaelian, a 9-year-old who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

St. Stephen is at 14544 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory.

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Philippine mission trip

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Arriving in Tacloban mid afternoon gave us time to drive through the city. While on the coast and flat it boasted some of the straightest roads ever. When we pulled out of the airport in our jeepney (a relic left from World War II) we went at least 5 miles without turning one degree from the set course. In fact all the roads were so straight that when there was a curve in one, the place was called in the Philippines ''the curve." Not only are all the roads straight, there are no traffic lights, either. During the 5 miles the driver kept up a steady pace of 30 mph even through moderate traffic. When we got into the center of the city, I was astounded to see the cars give way at the intersection many times without slowing the traffic flow down. The side street traffic slowed just enough to miss the rear bumpers of the through-street traffic vehicles.

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Like his grandmother said, If you feed a whining dog a biscuit...
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Writer says everyone should be thankful for doctors, staff at UMC

To the Editor:

I wanted to share a personal story with you and all Wilson County readers.

Because of University Medical Center and dedicated doctors, I am alive today. In late July I was experiencing pain in my abdomen. Dr. Shah sent me to UMC to have a CT scan. The scan was administered by William (I don’t know his last name). He found a mass on my left lung and notified both Dr. Shah and my personal physician Dr. Roger McKinney.

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Kathy L. Davis, 49

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Davis, 49, of Lebanon. She died May 28, 2009. Ms. Davis was a waitress and a member of the Life Church.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 29 from 2 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. until the time of the services. Pastor David Calhoun will officiate. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include sisters Linda Davis, Kim (Keith) Tomlinson and Lisa (Eddie) Bennett all of Lebanon; nieces and nephews Todd Davis of Lebanon, Brad Davis of Pennsylvania, Ryan Bane and Beth Bane both of Murfreesboro; Shawn (April) Davis of Lebanon, Patrick Tuzzolo of Maryland, Christy Skinner of Alexandria, Casey Castner of Pennsylvania, Laura and John Tomlinson, Katelin Bennett all of Lebanon; great-nieces and nephews Jonathan Davis of Smithville, Michelle Mason of Alexandria, Amber Castner, Blake and Daniel Davis; special friends, Bonnie Wells and Donna Corley; and many friends to numerous to mention.

Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be nurses and staff of Dr. James Peyton’s office.

She is preceded in death by parents, Leo Jr. and Edna L. Carroll Davis; brother, James Mitchell Davis; and sister Ruth Bane.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ms. Davis’ memory to Sherry’s Run, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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County EMA panel to meet Monday

Wilson County Commission’s EMA Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 1 at the Training Center at Oak Street.

 

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Barton's Creek Baptist celebrates 160 years

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Much has changed in the 160 years Barton’s Creek Baptist has been a congregation, and this Sunday the church will celebrate those years of memories.

The church was organized on April 21, 1849 and first had services at the Clemmons School where they met until 1896.

That year the first church building was erected on the current property located on the corner of Bartons Creek Road and Old Shannon Road in Lebanon. Charles Weaver remembers attending services in that building. He started coming to Barton’s Creek with his grandparents in 1935.

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Spring Home Tour set Sunday

From Post staff reports

Home prices and interest rates this year will help make buying a home much easier, and a selection of them will be available for your viewing during the fourth annual Spring Home Tour on Sunday, May 31.

The event is sponsored by the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors and The Wilson Post. Hours of the Spring Home Tour will be from 1 until 5 p.m. and features homes in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.

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Summit puts focus on action for mass transit in region

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

NASHVILLE – “The Power of Ten,” an event convened in Nashville Wednesday to promote discussions about regionalism and specifically mass transit as it relates to 10 counties comprising the core of Middle Tennessee, attracted nearly 500 area leaders including several from Wilson County and ended in a call for action for all counties participating.
 
Staged by Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Nashville Area Planning Organization, the summit, as the event was described, featured nationally recognized experts and political leaders who offered advice and observations to help inform attendees on how to deal with issues involving mass transit.

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Stewart headed to Maryville

ANOTHER WILSON COUNTIAN HEADS EAST

Wilson Central’s Kelten Stewart became the latest Wilson County athlete to cast his lot with Maryville College in ceremonies held Tuesday afternoon in the WCHS library.

Stewart, a 5’10" point guard , was a four year starter for the Wildcats, Kelten was the 2006-07 District 9AAA Tournament MVP as a sophomore and led his team to three straight 9AAA District Tournament Finals.

He was named to the 9AAA All District and All Region teams three consecutive years as well as being named to both of those All Tournament teams. Stewart averaged 10.2 points per game and 5.5 assists per game in his senior campaign. He finished his career with 638 assists which makes him the Wilson Central’s all-time assists leader.

Stewart joins the ranks of fellow Wilson Countians at Maryville including Watertown’s Sarah Reeder and Friendship Christian’s Toni Waynick -- both softball, recent baseball committment Sean White from Lebanon High and football player G.L. Waynick from Friendship Christian.

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Frank Marion Isbell, 47

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 29 at Life Assembly Church, 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet, for Mr. Isbell, 47.

Owner of Action Insurance Agency in Mt. Juliet, he died Tuesday, May 26, 2009.  A Gideon, Mr. Isbell was a member of the Bridge Fellowship Church.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Friday at the church. Services will be conducted by Phil Wilson. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 24 years Tracy Scott Isbell; children Frank Wesley Jordan Isbell of Mt. Juliet, Landon Scott Isbell and daughter Lauren Nicole Isbell (Lyman) Lassiter – all of Mt. Juliet; mother Margaret Isbell of Sweetwater and grandchildren Blaze McKinley Lassiter and Kensley Jade Isbell.

Mr. Isbell was preceded in death by his father Ernest Eugene Isbell, Sr. and his brother Ernest Eugene Isbell, Jr.

Active pallbearers will include: Jordan Isbell, Landon Isbell, Paul Wood, Danny Thomasson, Evan Brown, Corey Lien, Bryan Roehrig, Glen Hanks, Victor Creech and Michael Creech. Honorary: will be Tommy Shatswell, Mitchell Scott, Lyman Lassiter, Austin Wair, Zachary Scott, Donnie Scott and Henry Masten.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 843, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121 or CaringBridge, P.O. Box 131447, Houston, TX 77219-1447 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Senguido, CA 90245.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Johnny Edward Seay, 58

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes Street, for Mr. Seay, 58, of Lebanon. Born December 8, 1950, he died May 24, 2009 at University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends at 12 Noon, followed by the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jeffery Huddleston, eulogist. Burial will follow in the Seay Family Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Savitri (Randy) Marsh and Keller Seay; son Damien (Rhea) Seay; father Charlie (Eleanor) Seay; mother Sarah Rhone.

Also surviving are siblings Robert "Booba" (Lisa) Seay, Ike Muirhead and Marilyn Evans; as well as ther relatives and friends.

JC Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Marshall Wilhite, 95

MT. JULIET — Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ for Mr. Wilhite, 95, of Mt. Juliet. Born August 13, 1913, he died at Alive Hospice on May 27, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, May 29 from 4-8 pm and Saturday, May 30 between the hours of 2-6 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Brother David Shannon. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include: son-in-law Glenn (Madolyn) Pardue; daughter-in-law Lou Lavonne "Tobby" Whitley; grandchildren Glenda Lucille (John) Pardue Reichert, Vickie Ruth Pardue, William Terry (Beverly) Whitley and Marsha Celaine (Ramon) Fiol.

Also surviving are great grandchildren David Duncan, Dana Duncan Ingham, Ray Fiol, Jr., Lucy Fiol, Will Whitley and Brianna Whitley; great, great grandchildren Shannan Morales, Shauntel, Shicara, Shiann, and Shelby Duncan and Jennifer and Scotty Ingham; a great, great, great grandchild Taylor Marie Lyles; and special friend, Leroy Beard.

Mr. Wilhite is preceded in death by wife Lucille Ervin Wilhite; father Jefferson Wilhite; mother Martha Avo Bussell Wilhite Capps; sister Daisy Wilhite Proffitt; brothers Edgar Wilhite and Clyde Wilhite; daughter Lela Mai Pardue; son Henry Owen Whitley; grandchildren Wanda Mai Pardue, Daphine Pardue and Monica Lou Whitley; and great grandchild Dawn Dianne Duncan.

Honorary pallbearers will include the Elders and Deacons of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ. Active pallbearers: Terry Whitley, Ramon Fiol, Ray Fiol, Eddie Leroy Beard, Chad Hill, Dan Nabors, Cecil Pitts, Mike Schmitz, John Thomas and Stephen York.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ for mission and charity work.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Most people have quirks
Let’s be honest, most of us have quirks. If left untreated, these little quirks can quickly morph into something more serious, like obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. My OCD takes the shape of hypochondria where the slightest pain, discoloration of skin or cough has me worried that my life expectancy has been cut in half.
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Hattie McDaniel could sing, act with the best of em
Dear Ken: Tell me a little bit about Hattie McDaniel, the African-American actress who won an Oscar for her work in “Gone With the Wind.
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Kick off your shoes, literally at Craves concert to benefit Soles4Soles

Crave Bookstore and Café is kicking the summer off with an outdoor concert and benefit for Soles4Souls. 

Contemporary inspirational artists Ken Weatherford, Josh Vegors, Casey Webber and Adam Wheatley will perform for the first time at Crave, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30  The concert is doubling as a benefit for Soles4Souls, so attendees are asked to bring at least one pair of used or new shoes to donate.

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Log cabin home is where craftsman hones his skills
 

 Richard Davis

Richard Davis creates art from materials provided by Mother Nature

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
 

Four miles off the beaten path called Highway 70, somewhere beyond Patton Hollow but this side of Statesville, Richard Davis cools his heels on the front porch of the place he calls the Red Wine Whippoorwill Trading Post.

It’s a two-story log cabin with a red, tin roof set in a clearing between green forest where the only sounds are croaking frogs and warbling birds.

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The future of the State Election Commission

By State Rep. SUSAN LYNN

When a political party wins a majority in a legislative body, a number of things happen. In the Tennessee General Assembly, the change to Republican leadership after 140 years of Democrat control has brought several required Constitutional and legal changes. 

 

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Gender Bender 1066

 

By ANNE DONNELL
Dear Ask Anne, Sometimes people refer to objects as feminine or masculine, such as pirates describing their ship with the phrase, “She’s a beauty!”;  or, when a volcano is about to erupt, people will yell, “She’s going to blow!”  Is there any rule about that, or should we just refer to an object as “it”?  He, she, or it?

-E. H., age 11, Smyna, TN
 

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Jimmy Clayton Layne, 56

LEBANON -- Jimmy Layne died Monday, May 25, 2009 at the age of 56. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include sisters: Betty (R.C.) White, Jane (Terry) White and Pam Edwards. He is preceded in death by parents Gene and Elizabeth Layne.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

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Shelia Carter, 40

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 12 Noon Wednesday, May 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Carter, 40, of Lebanon. She died May 23, 2009.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Floyd Massey, Brother Bobby Watts, and Brother Ronnie Watts.

Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include husband Don Carter; daughters Alicia and Jaleesa Carter and Valerie Gordy; parents Dallas and Helen Ferrell; grandchild Ta Carter.

Also surviving are siblings Nicole (John) Murphy, Traci Ferrell, Alan (Lori) Woods and Matthew Ferrell; grandmother Frances McDonald; special friends Shanta Jones, Deanna Parks, and Ashley Farmer; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers: Jr. Murphy, Ronnie Watts, Dylan Castro, Shawn Bargo, Randy McDaniels and T. Edwards. She is preceded in death by grandparents Charlie Watts, Jimmy and Dean Woods, and brother Patrick Shane Ferrell.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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