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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Inaugural Byars Dowdy Roar Run results

The Inaugural Byars Dowdy Roar Run was held on Saturday, April 4.

Click a thumbnail image to see a enlarged image of the results. 

  Byars Dowdy Results 1 Byars Dowdy Results 2   Byars Dowdy Results 3 Byars Dowdy Results 4

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A Change of Heart
I like to joke with my husband, that when he dies I’ll honor his death as they did in ancient Egypt. I’ll bury him with his dogs so that they can all go into the afterlife together.
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Tom Sellecks chief Jesse Stone will be back
Dear Ken: I’ve seen Tom Selleck play a police chief in a small town over the past few years in several TV movies on CBS. In the last one, that aired in early March, it looks like his character was either fired or quit as he left town on a bus. Will there be any more of these TV movies?
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ETC presents Inherit the Wind

“Inherit the Wind” by  Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, opens at Encore Theatre Company on Friday, April 17, for a three-weekend run. 

Director Jason Deathridge said, “This is the fictionalized account of the Scopes ‘Monkey’ trial which took place in Dayton, Tenn. in 1925. This event not only shook the world, but turned the small rural town on its end” when a high school science teacher attempted to teach Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, contrary to a Tennessee state law that prohibited the teaching of anything besides creationism.

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Spring fitness tips from Stroller Strides put new moms back in full bloom

At the first signs of spring, many new moms will emerge from their winter hibernations ready to resume outdoor workouts and reverse recent indulgences in cold-weather comfort foods.

But a foray into post-baby fitness following a seasonal hiatus does require some major mom motivation, so Stroller Strides founder and Lean Mommy author Lisa Druxman is sharing her expertise on how to spring back into good health -- and stick with it.

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Lebanons forgotten horseman gains his rightful place

Harness racing ‘Pop’ Geers proved to be the ‘Dale Earnhardt’ of his era

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

In a beautiful, quiet little corner of Donna Evins’ yard, where redbud and dogwoods peak with their early April blooms, a chunk of granite, almost 7 feet high, preserves the name of one of Lebanon’s most notable native sons.

The name Geers has nearly been forgotten. For decades it has been mispronounced (it rhymes with jeers). Nevertheless, the fame of sportsman Edward Franklin “Pop” Geers remains hitched to horse-racing lore.

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Dr. James Perry Parker, Sr., 79

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at Cooks United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Road, for Dr. Parker, 79, of Mt. Juliet.

A retired minister of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Parker passed away Monday, April 6, 2009. A former Chaplain serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Parker earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Vanderbilt University.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff, Rev. Tom Gildemiester and Rev. A. Barton Pepper officiating.

Survivors include: his wife Betty Parker; children Jim Parker and Susan (David) Parker -- all of Mt. Juliet and Liz (Mark) Clary of Oak Ridge; grandchildren Lindsey and Bryan (Melissa) Clary, Kendall, Cameron and Noah Parker.

Dr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents, Vilus and Ora Parker.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr., Suite 305, Nashville, 37211 or to the church of your choice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet www.bondmemorial.com

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Tougher development rules may follow after Chestnut Ridge case

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
 

The State Court of Appeals’ recent decision concerning the Chestnut Ridge development, may lead to tougher rules in the future for development in Lebanon.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath told Lebanon City Council during Tuesday night’s regular meeting that she thinks the decision means the city’s regulations regarding drainage are not tough enough.

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Local prep baseball report

LHS, CENTRAL & FCS POST WINS

COOKEVILLE -- Lebanon High exploded for 19 hits Tuesday night in a 12-3 victory at District 7AAA rival Cookeville. The Blue Devils of Coach Tracy Slone will play the Cavs in a 6:30 p.m. game tonight (Wednesday) at Veterans Field in the Baird Park Complex.

LHS improved to 12-3 overall / 7-0 in the district with the win.

Senior Craig Gann picked up the decision with a complete game five hitter. Gann struck out six and walked two Cookeville batters.

Shortstop Daniel Harrison had three hits, catcher Dexter Cross drove in three runs with a triple and a double while Brent Morris drove in two runs with a pair of hits.

WC 5, GALLATIN 3 -- Wilson Central improved to 9-4 overall and 4-2 in District 9AAA Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory at Gallatin.

Jessie Snodgrass got the win with 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out nine and scattering four hits.

Brad Collins had two RBI and Cody Liddle had a pair of hits. Central will host Gallatin Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Gladeville.

FCS 8, TROUSDALE CO. 5 -- Friendship Christian posted a come-from-behind 8-5 win over visiting Trousdale County High Tuesday afternoon. The Commanders upped their record to 5-0 in District 8A and 9-5 overall.

Adjusting nicely to his new home at second base, junior Lee Maasen had three hits including a homer and a double.

Shortstop Mitch Miller added a two-run home run as the Commanders scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Travor Bowles scattered eight hits and struck out four to gain the pitching decision. Jordan Dennis picked up the save with two innings of work.

FCS hits the road Thursday to play in the Yellow Jacket Classic at Dalton, GA. The Commanders will open up with Gordon Lee High in Thursday’s opener.

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FCS tops Watertown in softball

COUCH DRIVES IN GAME-WINNER

LEBANON -- Addie Couch broke open a 3-3 game with an RBI double to lead Friendship Christian to a thrilling 4-3 softball win over visiting Watertown Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Commanders improved to 3-0 in District 8A and 8-8 overall.

Brooke Klinefelter went six innings to get the win for FCS. Camille Cross belted a two-run homer in the fourth for the winners.

Friendship will play at Trousdale County today (Wednesday) in a 4:30 p.m. make up game.

MT. JULIET 4, LaVERGNE 1

LaVERGNE -- Sarah Beth Roberts ripped a two-run single in the top of the fifth to lead Mt. Juliet to a 4-1 softball win at LaVergne Tuesday.

The victory improved Mt. Juliet’s record to 10-4 overall, 2-2 in District 9AAA. Brittnie Goins got the win, scattering six hits with six strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.

Mt. Juliet visits Wilson Central today (Wednesday) at 4:30 p.m.

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Kate Etta OGieglo, 94

LEBANON -- Etta O’Gieglo passed away on April 3, 2009 at age 94.  Graveside services will be held in Oak Ridge at a later date.

Survivors include nephews Raymond (Emma Jean) Tomlinson from Lebanon and Charles (Ann) Tomlinson of Gallatin; niece Dorothy (Earl) Ashley from Lebanon; as well as several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband William Anthony O’Gieglo, parents Hardy Petway and Martha Ann Dill Wilkinson, brother Charlie Wilkinson and sister Thelma Tomlinson.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Blanche Bradshaw Vantrease, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, April 7 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Vantrease, 85, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School, the retired educator died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Elliott Vaughn and Ruby Woodliff Bradshaw Sr. Mrs. Vantrease was graduated from George Peabody College and was a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church where she was a member of the the Ruth Sunday School Class.

She was very active in the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Vantrease taught for 38 years, including tenures at Pearl Academy; Oakland; Laguardo and retired from West Elementary where she had taught fifth grade from 1971-1983.

Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Price. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Charles Vaughn Vantrease; daughter-in-law, Liz Vantrease -- both of Lebanon; grandchildren Kelley (Scot) Crook, Brad (Jessica) Vantrease and Landon Vantrease; great grandchildren Hayden and Ava Crook; nephews James (Teresa) Bradshaw and Mike (Jamie) Bradshaw; and special life time friends Sarah Jennings, Dorothy Jennings, Mary Lena Price, May Stewart and Christine McDaniel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Vantrrease in 1964; and a brother Elliott Vaughn (Oler Belle) Bradshaw.

Honorary pallbearers: Trey Guess, Joseph Williams, Hayden Crook, Peyton Williams, Jacob Davidson, and Calob Davidson.

Active pallbearers: Brad Vantrease, Landon Vantrease, Scot Crook, James Bradshaw, Mike Bradshaw, Jason Bradshaw, Christopher Bradshw, David Wilholt, Shane Williams and Tim Davidson.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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John Frank Fertig. 82

LEBANON -- Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Fertig, 82, of Lebanon.

Born May 16, 1926, in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Frank and Margarethea Mueller Fertig, he died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Pavillion CPC in Lebanon. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired as Vice President of Operations at Temtex.  He also was a private pilot. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Canterbury. 

He is survived by children Susan (Rev. Robert) Canterbury of Lebanon; and J. D. (Bonnie) Fertig of Gallatin. Also surviving are brothers Frank Fertig of Napomo, CA and Walter Fertig of North Grandby, MA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Jacquelyn S. "Jackie" Cummings Fertig on January 5, 2004; son Steven Fertig; sister Margaret Stone; and brother Albert Fertig. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville   37215.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Velvia Webster Cantrell, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Cantrell, 82, of Madison. A native of Alexandria and a graduate of Gordonsville High School, Mrs. Cantrell died Saturday, April 4, 2009.

A homemaker, she had worked as a seamstress for Turner Manufacturing and was an avid flower / vegetable gardener.

Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with Bro. David Royalty officiating

Survivors include children Alfred N. (Zelma) Cantrell, Jr. of Joelton, David (Kari) Cantrell of Knoxville and Sylvia (Evan) Carter of Madison.

Also surviving: siblings Jimmy Webster of Clinton Township, MI; Ruby Agnew of Hendersonville and Earlene Baker of Madison Heights, MI; grandchildren Kenneth Carter, Keith Carter, Justin Cantrell, Melissa Merritt, Kayci Cantrell and Reid Cantrell; great grandchildren Anna Merritt, Brooke Carter, Ella Merritt and Aiden Carter.

Mrs. Cantrell was the daughter of the late, Thomas B. and Bonnie Lee Grandstaff Webster. She was also preceded in death by her husband Alfred Cantrell in 2003.

Active pallbearers will be Ken Carter, Keith Carter, Justin Cantrell, Reid Cantrell, James Merritt and Alfred Dean Agnew. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

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Charles Bundy, 78

LEBANON -- Mr. Bundy, 78, of Lebanon passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospice in Nashville. Known as "C.D." to his family and friends, Mr. Bundy was self-employed and a member of the Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 8 between the hours of 4 - 6 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include: wife Tuby Bundy; children William Burke Bundy, Charles R. (Susan) Bundy and Betty (Sam) Balentine of Virginia and special child Shane William Bundy.

Also surviving are grandchildren Krissa (Ryan) Stephens, Shana Bundy, Jesse Bundy, Lauren and Graham Balentine; great grandchild Adelyn Kate Stephens.

He is preceded in death by parents Edgar and Mattie Bundy; brother Raymond Bundy; and sister Bobbie Howard.  Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Infant Cody Elijah Dean

MT. JULIET -- Cody Elijah Dean, age 4 months, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, April 5, 2009. Cody is the infant son of Craig and Stacey Dean.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel with graveside services to follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: parents and brothers Connor, Chandler and Caden Dean; maternal grandparents Stan and Cheryl Barnett and Cliff and Julianne Buttons; paternal grandparents Clarence and Doris Dean.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Annie Strader, 70

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Strader, 70, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late Thomas & Stella Eddins, Mrs. Strader passed away April 5, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

Survivors include: her husband of 40 years Don B. Strader; children Donna Strader, Michael Strader, Me’chel Whitaker, Matthew Strader and Marc Strader.

Also surviving are siblings Thomas, Perry, James and Eugene Eddinsm Elizabeth Wix, and Dorothy Huffines; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers Milton, David and Charles Eddins; sisters Ruby Laney and Lula Mai Crowder.

Pallbearers will include: Christopher Strader, Lee Strader, Eddie Crowder, Steve Carr, Billy Laney, Keith Eddins, Truman Whitaker and Boo Hoyt. Arrangements Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Glen R. Geesaman, 68

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Geesaman, 68, of Lebanon. Born in Redkey, Indiana and raised in North Liberty, IN, he passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Mr. Geesaman was a buyer for GF Manufacturing, a Baptist, and a U.S. Navy Veteran who loved his country. He also loved basketball, golf, and bowling.

The family will receive friends at Partlow Funeral Chapel Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Survivors include: wife Edith Geesaman; children David (Joan) Geesaman, Laurie (Kevin) Klingerman and Janet (Rob) Meyer. Also surviving are siblings Vic (Virginia) Geesaman and Helen (Larry) Merkel; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents Louis & Edna Guyse and infant brother Johnny Geesaman. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Joyce M. Gummo, 69

BELOIT, WI -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday April 9 in Beloit, Wisconsin for Ms. Gummo, 69, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the Lebanon Woolen Mills, she died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at her residence in Mt. Juliet.

Survivors include her brother James E.(Hellen) Gummo of Lebanon.

She is preceded in death by her parents Andrew & Violet Newman Gummo; companion Larry Neil Duncan; siblings Billy Gummo, Andrew Gummo, Junior Gummo and Maryann Gummo.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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