Wilson County News

Wilson County News
(Feb 1941 - Apr 1941)
Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard



Wilson County News - Thursday, February 27, 1941; pg. 1

Died-
Marshall SIMMS, 55 (also stated as age 50) died suddenly Friday afternoon, February 21, about 3:00 while plowing in a field near his home on the Watertown Pike. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Estelle MURRY of near Lebanon, by F.W. MORGAN. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cora Turner SIMMS; one son, Claude SIMMS; one daughter, Lillian SIMMS; one sister, Mrs. Estelle MURRY; two brothers: Charlie and Will SIMMS, all of Lebanon; one half-sister, Mrs. Jim DAVIS; and two half-brothers: Jim and Mack SIMMS of Nashville. Burial was in the Hearn Hill Cemetery at Watertown with Seagraves and Gill in charge.

Bobbie Joe BRIDGES, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. William BRIDGES, died Wednesday, February 19, at a local hospital. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON at the home of the baby's grandmother, Mrs. Jim STANTON on Rome Pike. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Ligon & Son.

Funeral services for Miss Margaret Kathleen PRESTON, 18, were conducted at the Prosperity Baptist Church Wednesday by Rev. Fred STROUD of Nashville. Miss PRESTON died Tuesday afternoon after an extended illness. She is survived by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. C.L. PRESTON of Mt. Juliet; two sisters: Mrs. Inez GRISSOM of Shop Springs and Mrs. Gladys OAKLEY of Nashville; two brothers: Felix and Raymond PRESTON of Lebanon; and her grandmother, Mrs. Media PRESTON, with whom she made her home at Greenwood. Ligon & Son were in charge.

Mrs. Emma Bradley LAWRENCE, 65, a native of Wilson County, died Saturday afternoon at her home on Gallatin Road near Due West Lane. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at the Russell St. Church of Christ, Nashville, by Rev. S.H. HALL. Surviving are her husband, William S. LAWRENCE; four daughters: Mrs. Mattie B. MYERS, Mrs. C.C. McKELVEY, and Misses Lollie and Roberta LAWRENCE; three sons: Joe, Lloyd and John LAWRENCE, all of Nashville; one sister, Mrs. F.P. PARRISH of Mt. Juliet and 9 grandchildren.

George W. TAYLOR, age 4, and Bertha Nell TAYLOR, age 6, died at the home of their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Claude T. TAYLOR near Tucker's Cross Roads. Bertha Nell died Friday, February 20, and George passed away the preceding week. Both were ill with pneumonia complicated with whooping cough and measles. Funeral services were in the Bethlehem Church and burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery. They are survived by their parents; one sister, Dovia; and three brothers: Callie, Oscar and A.C. Ligon & Son were in charge of arrangements.

Pg. 3 - Marriage Licenses-
Feb. 12 - Willie UHLES of Hickman & Mrs. Willie J. MAXWELL of Buffalo Valley
Feb. 12 - Horace PATTON of Lebanon & Hattie James STROUGHTER of Lebanon
Feb. 15 - Tom BOWEN of Lebanon & Marian SCOTT of Lebanon
Feb. 15 - Hampton BOLTON of Lebanon & Annie Isaac JAMES of Lebanon
Feb. 16 - Clarence BURGE of Lebanon & Alberta LOOK of Lebanon
(No date) - Edgar Harold BULLARD of Castalian Springs & Willie Delle BURGESS of Clarksville

Card of Thanks-
We wish to thank our many friends, neighbors and loved ones for their kind deeds in the passing of our dear brother and son, Neal. Also to the doctors and nurses of McFarland Hospital. [signed] The MORGAN family - Leeville, TN

Pg. 4 - Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Lee DAVIS were honored at a miscellaneous shower given Thursday, Feb. 13, at the home of Roy McGEE who was assisted by Mrs. John D. WORLEY. Mrs. DAVIS was the former Miss Agnes McGEE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roy McGEE.

Personals-
Roy UPTON of Detroit, Michigan, Miss Loula UPTON of Birmingham, Alabama, and Julia UPTON of Columbus, Mississippi, were called here last week by the death of their father, E.B. UPTON. They also visited with their mother on E. Main St.

Mrs. N.G. ROBERTSON, Mr. & Mrs. John Fite ROBERTSON, JR. of Sarasota, Florida, and Nathan TURNER of Tampa, Florida have returned to Florida after spending several days here. They came to Lebanon to accompany the body of N.G. ROBERTSON who was buried at Lebanon Cemetery Friday following his death at Sarasota last week.

Pg. 5 - Watertown-
Mrs. John BASS, aged 70, died at her home at 7 p.m. Saturday night. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, with burial at Hearn Hill Cemetery. Mrs. BASS is survived by her husband; two daughters: Mrs. Ernest RAIKES and Mrs. Earl SULLINS; and 6 grandchildren: Mrs. Robert GILLEN, Glen JACOBS, Dallas MOSER, Jean & Jan SULLINS, and Edward RAIKES.

Pg. 7 - Legal Notices-
Notice to Creditors: The estate of George S. GOLLADAY, dec'd. [signed] Mrs. Jean Rucker GOLLADAY, executrix
Notice to Creditors: The estate of William Carroll SANDERS, dec'd. [signed] L.C. CUNIFF, Administrator

Pg. 8 - Statesville-
Mr. Lester D. PENUEL of Memphis and his grandmother, Mrs. Minnie PENUEL of Mt. Juliet, visited his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Homer PENUEL Saturday night. They also visited Mr. & Mrs. Hayden PENUEL.

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, March 6, 1941; pg. 1

Robert Lee CRISWELL, 37, died at a local hospital Thursday, February 27, shortly after allegedly drinking acid at his home on Faulkner Street. CRISWELL was employed by Hugh CHENAULT, a local contractor. Mrs. CRISWELL called a neighbor who carried him to a hospital where he died in less than an hour. Funeral services were conducted at Barton Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON officiating. Burial was in Barton Creek Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillie Mae Tomlinson CRISWELL; his mother, Mrs. Lula Johnson CRISWELL; and three children (not named), all of Lebanon. Ligon & Son were in charge of arrangements.

Pg. 2 - Marriage Licenses-
Feb 22 - Oliver THOMAS of Nashville and Ludye OWEN of Murfreesboro
Feb 22 - Cleveland STEWART and Lois MITCHELL, both of Lebanon
Feb. 22 - Carl BROWN and Delores MILLER, both of Murfreesboro
Feb. 22 - Ernest WATSON and Ethel TODD, both of Murfreesboro
Feb. 22 - Floyd N. NORTH and Alice E. HUBBARD, both of Lebanon

Pg. 3 - Pioneer Days
Wilson County was carved from Sumner County and named for David WILSON. The first settlement was made at Drake's Lick on Spencer Lick Creek near Cumberland River, 2 1/2 miles northwest of the present site of La Guardo, in 1797 by William McCLAIN and John FOSTER. Historians have differed as to the date and site of this first settlement, varying in dates ranging from 1790-1799, however, after careful research we are convinced that the date and site above quoted are correct as they are identical with those Dr. ANDERSON, author of "The Late George DONNELL", in which he quotes Mrs. McCLAIN, wife of the first settler, as the authority. In 1799 John FOSTER, William DONNELL, and Alexander BURKLEY made a settlement on Spring Creek several miles southwest of Lebanon. In the same year the county was organized at the home of John HARPOLE, where the first "county court" was held. About the same time other settlements were made in other sections of the county. The first white settlers of our county were nearly all pure Anglo-Saxon and Scotch-Irish, whose ancestors came over to Virginia and North Carolina in the time of Charles the Second and Cromwell and subsequently after the battle of Culloden in 1745. Lebanon, the county seat, was founded in 1802. Neddie JACOBS was the first settler. The first town lots of the present Lebanon were sold at auction. Among the purchasers were William BLOODWORTH, James PEACOCK, John WRIGHT, Edward MITCHELL, M. STEWART, William CRABTREE, William TRIGG, Sam HARPOLE, William GRAY, John IRVIN, J. PROVIDENCE, Peter RULE, John IMPSON, William ALLEN, and others. Tombstones marking the graves of several of the first settlers may be found near Double Island on the Cumberland River. This old cemetery marks the site where the first "camp meeting" was held in Wilson County, previous to the erection of a church of any denomination.

Pg. 5 - Watertown-
Charles ATKINS died Sunday midnight, after an illness of several days. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. March 3, with burial at Hearn Hill Cemetery. Mr. ATKINS is survived by his wife, Mrs. Osie ATKINS; one daughter, Miss Louise ATKINS of Memphis; a sister, Mrs. HUGHES of St. Louis, Missouri.

Pg. 6 - Statesville-
Funeral services were held at Statesville Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, February 26, for Mrs. Etna RUCKER. Bro. McADOO officiated. Burial followed at the cemetery on Harden Road. Mrs. RUCKER would have been 82 years old on March 5. She is survived by three children: Mrs. Jim TARPLEY of Statesville, Miss Mamie RUCKER of Nashville, and Vernon RUCKER of Alexandria; also several grandchildren.

Miss Lucille TALLEY spent a few days recently with her cousin, Mrs. Lowell BOGLE. She plans to leave soon for Texas where she will make her home with her uncle.

Pg. 8 - Saulsbury-
Funeral services for Nancy Elizabeth BOYKIN, 5 month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jack BOYKIN of Lebanon, were conducted by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON, pastor of the Barton Creek Baptist Church, at the home of her parents on S. College Street Thursday afternoon, February 27. She died of pneumonia and is survived by her parents; three sisters: Mildred Louise, Vera Mae, and Billy Sue; and one brother, Bobby Jack. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Annie Betty MAJOR, 87, died Sunday morning at 3 o'clock from burns received when she fell in the open grate at the home of her son, Rossie MAJOR. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Spring Creek Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her son and two daughters: Mrs. Josie WOMACK and Mrs. Clarence DeMOSS of Nashville.

Mrs. Lucille EASON, 84, died Friday, February 28, at the Wilson county home. A prayer service was conducted Saturday afternoon at the Lebanon cemetery by Rev. J.O. WALKER of Centerville. She is survived by one brother, J.T. EASON, and two sisters (not named). Ligon & Son Funeral Home was in charge.

Winkett T. ROBINSON, 84, Wilson County farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.R. HOBBS, on Murfreesboro Pike Saturday morning. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON at Mrs. Hobbs' home. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dela Talley ROBINSON; three daughters: Mrs. J.T. HOBBS, Mrs. Annie MASSEY and Mrs. Ada WOODALL, all of Lebanon; one brother, Amzi ROBINSON of Norene; 33 grandchildren and 68 great-grandchildren. Ligon & Son were in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, March 13, 1941; pg. 1

Ernest APPLE, a Lebanon textile worker, was fatally shot on Highway 70. L. D. WEST, 60, operator of the Light House Inn, a tavern on Hwy. 70, is alleged to have shot APPLE after a scuffle. Funeral services were conducted at the Lebanon Baptist Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. C.H. WARREN, pastor. APPLE is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. B.B. APPLE; one brother, Bethel APPLE, JR.; and two sisters: Miss Ala Lee APPLE and Mrs. Skeliar DEDMON. Ligon and Son were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Margaret Jackson ROGERS of Beaumont, Texas, a native of Tennessee, died March 4 at her home after a year's illness. Funeral services were conducted March 5 by Rev. George T. CAMERON of Beaumont. For the past 6 years Mrs. ROGERS had lived in Beaumont with her mother, Mrs. Mollie JACKSON, and her two sisters: Mrs. Jane COILE and Mrs. Louise OYDEN, who survive her.

Mrs. Masinda SLOAN, 65, died of a heart attack Sunday morning at her home near Bellwood after an illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.M. ZARECOR Monday at her home. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, J.M. SLOAN; 3 daughters: Misses Jane and Purvis SLOAN and Mrs. T.D. DAVENPORT; three sons: Bill, Len, and Moody SLOAN, all of near Lebanon. Seagraves & Gill were in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth JOLLY, 83, formerly of Wilson County, were conducted Sunday afternoon at Ligon's Funeral Home by Rev. J.E. WOLFE of Nashville Pike. Mrs. JOLLY died Saturday in Nashville where she has made her home for some time. Burial was in the family cemetery on Hunters Point Pike. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sophia RIGGAN and one niece, Mrs. Jim JACKSON.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mallie Smith WRIGHT, 70, were conducted Sunday afternoon by Elder Drake MACON at Leeville Methodist Church. Mrs. WRIGHT is survived by her husband, T.G. WRIGHT; one son, Ben WRIGHT; one daughter, Mrs. Oscar LANNIS, all of Martha; two brothers: Wade SMITH of Mt. Juliet and Terry SMITH of Nashvuille; three sisters: Mrs. Effie Braggarly of Mt. Juliet, Mrs. Ala HAMBLIN of Hermitage, and Mrs. Bean SMITH of Nashville; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Leeville Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge.

Funeral services for G.J. EVERTSON, 83, will be conducted today at 10:30 a.m. at his home on Nashville Pike by Dr. D.M. HARRISON, pastor of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Mr. EVERSTON died of a heart attack near his home. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sam COOK of Lebanon and two sons: John EVERSTON of Norman, Oklahoma and George EVERSTON of Houston, Texas, who is now stationed at the Canal Zone. Seagraves & Gill are in charge.

Mrs. Amanda CLEMMONS, 84, died at her home on the Murfreesboro Pike Tuesday morning. The funeral was conducted at the Rocky Valley Baptist Church Wednesday by Rev. Hall GRIMES and Rev. Fred MORGAN. Burial was in the Rocky Valley Cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ridley BAIRD and three sons: Henry, Marcus and Clarence CLEMMONS. Ligon & Son were in charge of arrangements.

Eli ALLEN, 73, father of Grayson C. ALLEN of Lebanon, died last week of pneumonia at his home in Hazard, Ky. Besides his son in Lebanon, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margarette ALLEN; two sons: Victor ALLEN of Hazard and K.O, ALLEN of Elizabethton, Tennessee; and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas A. HUFF of Hazard.

Pg. 3 - Marriage Licenses-
Feb. 28 - James Richard GRIFFIN & Jessie Earline THOMPSON, both of Lebanon
March 1 - Christopher Columbus COOPER of Shop Springs & Della Frances PARKER of Crossville
Thomas HALE & Kate ANDERSON, both of Lebanon
Hollis BOLIN & Rosie SHELTON, both of Nashville
James Raymond SUDBURY of Chattanooga & Mary Lou BOWDION of Nashville
March 2- James Leonard HARRISON & Annie Mai MANGRUM, both of Nashville
March 3 - Arthur Travis STRICKLAND of Mt. Juliet and Lila Bell THOMPSON of Nashville
March 6 - Nuby GRAY of Martha & Ella Louise STRICKLAND of Mt. Juliet

Pg. 5 - Personals-
Mr. & Mrs. J.H. TYRONE and family have moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas where Mr. TYRONE has been transferred by the Armstrong Candy Co. with whom he is employed.

Pg. 6 - Linwood-
Mr. & Mrs. Claud DAVIS are the parents of a baby girl born recently.

Fellowship-
Mrs. Donia MYERS celebrated her 72nd birthday last Tuesday.

Pg. 7 - Mount Juliet-
Mrs. Mary BASS, 81, after being an invalid for about 40 years, died at the home of her son, Grady BASS, Wednesday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. J.E. WOLFE, Rev. B.B. POWERS, and Elder R.V. CAWTHON. Burial was in the family cemetery. Mrs. BASS is survived by son Grady and two daughters: Mrs. Nellie WALLER of Nashville and Mrs. Mark GARRETT. McMillan and Hibbett were in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, March 20, 1941; pg. 1

Hugh Porter HAMLIN, 50, died at his home on N. Hatton on Tuesday after an illness of several weeks. A prayer service was conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Dean STROUD, pastor of the Methodist Church and Rev. W.M. ZARECOR, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at the Liberty Church in Carroll County Thursday afternoon at 1:00. Mr. HAMLIN was connected with Standard Oil Company for 17 years in McKenzie, Huntington, and Jackson. He came to Lebanon 4 years ago when he became manager of the Cumberland Valley Cheese Company. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Debbie Milum HAMLIN; one son, Gabriel HAMLIN; three brothers: Jesse, Bob and Wade GABRIEL of West Tennessee; six sisters: Mrs. Math JOYNER, Mrs. Lucy JOYNER, Mrs. C.B. SMITH, Mrs. Gardner CARROLL, and Misses Minnie and Grace HAMLIN. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Ligon & Son was in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Lafayette CLARK, 86, died at his home on Cainsville Road Saturday after an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at his home by Elder C.L. OVERTURF, pastor of the Lebanon Church of Christ, and Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON, pastor of Barton Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sallie Arnold CLARK; three sons: Gray, Coble, and Adolphus CLARK, all of Lebanon.

Funeral services for J.A. JOHNSON, 91, were conducted Monday morning at Goodhope Methodist Church by Rev. W.W. HOOPER, pastor, and Rev. W.P. GEORGE. Mr. JOHNSON died in Louisville, Ky. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Callie BARROW, after an illness of pneumonia. He is survived by nine children: Mrs. Bob FLOYD, Mrs. Charlie BLYE, Mrs. Leslie WOODSON, and J.A. JOHNSON, JR., all of Louisville, John Haffner of Nashville, and W.B., W.C., and M.A. JOHNSON of Lebanon; 29 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Commerce Cemetery with Seagraves & Gill in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Willard MARTIN, 23, were conducted Sunday afternoon at his home in Lebanon by Rev. Carter JOHNSON. Mr. MARTIN died at his home Saturday after an illness of three years. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Moncie Ellen Carr MARTIN; six sisters: Mrs. Alta BREWINGTON, Mrs. John WOODALL, Mrs. Clovis REECE, Misses Cloie Nell, Frances, and Claudie Mai MARTIN; three brothers: Howard, Dow Neal, and Johnny V. MARTIN; and his grandmother, Mrs. Mallie CARR of Cookeville.

James Houston RAGLAND, 71, died in a local hospital Wednesday morning at 1:30 after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services will be conducted today at the Barton Creek Church by Elder C.L. OVERTURF, pastor of the Lebanon Church of Christ, and Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON, pastor of Barton Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ross McCARTNEY of Lebanon; one son, R.W. RAGLAND of San Bardino, California; one brother, R.E. RAGLAND of Bearstown, Illinois; and 3 grandchildren of San Bardino. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge of arrangements.

Pg. 3 - Statesville-
Local people will regret to hear of the death of Maxie GEORGE, son of Mr. & Mrs. Tom GEORGE of near Norene. He passed away Thursday night, March 13. Funeral services were at the Presbyterian Church at Statesville at 1:00, March 14, conducted by Rev. Fred MORGAN. Burial was at the Jennings Cemetery. He is survived by his parents; two brothers: Claude and Milton; and one sister, Mrs. Dan BLYTHE.

Mrs. Malcolm STROUD and baby, Francine, are spending a few days with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Webster LEWIS. Mrs. LEWIS continues to be ill.

Kenneth Earl STROUD spent Sunday with grandmother, (Aunt) Ellen GRIFFIN whose condition is slowly improving.

Pg. 5 - Watertown-
R. Purnel PATTERSON, aged 74 years, died at his home in Cherry Valley in the early hours of Sunday morning. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1:30 p.m. Monday by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON of Round Lick Baptist Church, with burial at Jones Cemetery. Mr. PATTERSON is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Osborne PATTERSON; and one sister, Mrs. Happy COLEMAN of Statesville.

Mrs. Nannie Trail PHILLIPS, aged 75 years, died at McMinnville Hospital on March 14. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ in Watertown at 11:00 Saturday morning. Mrs. PHILLIPS is survived by one brother and two sisters. (not named) 

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, March 27, 1941; pg. 1

Funeral services for Wheeler BEASLEY, 71, prominent Nashville businessman and former resident of Lebanon, were conducted Saturday morning at the Church of Christ by Elder A.C. PULLIAS of Nashville. Mr. BEASLEY died of a heart attack at his home in Nashville Thursday after an illness of three weeks. He was associated in business with the Union Stockyards of Nashville. He is survived by his wife, Ciddie Carol Hearn BEASLEY of Nashville; four sons: Malcolm and Dave BEASLEY of Nashville, Micken BEASLEY of Miami, Florida, and Albert BEASLEY of Ft. Worth, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Grace FAUGHT of Houma, Louisana; one sister, Mrs. Della JACKSON of Lebanon; and one brother, Alf BEASLEY of Lebanon. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mrs. Maud Johnson PALMER, 60, were conducted at the Church of Christ Monday afternoon by Elder C.L. OVERTURF, assisted by Rev. Dean STROUD. Mrs. PALMER, sister of the late Herschal JOHNSON, died at a local hospital Sunday morning after suffering a stroke at prayer meeting 10 days ago. She is survived by her husband, Jack PALMER, SR.; two daughters: Miss Sara Earl JOHNSON of Lebanon and Mrs. Clay COUCH of Miami, Florida; one son, Jack Jr. of Lebanon; and one sister, Mrs. Maurine Johnson LACY of Birmingham. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Ligon & Son.

Robert Lafayette SMITH, 81, died at the home of his son, John Bell SMITH of Jefferson Springs. Funeral services were conducted Monday at Barton Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON, pastor, and Rev. Dean STROUD, pastor of the Lebanon Methodist Church. He is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Andrew HOBBS and Mrs. Betty MULLINS of Lebanon, and Mrs. W.K. WAIR of Abilene, Texas; four sons: Eugene SMITH of Lebanon, Bill SMITH of Abilene, John Bell SMITH of Jefferson Springs, and Lafayette SMITH of Fayetteville; one sister and one brother (not named). Burial was in the Barton Creek Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge of arrangements

Ruth WATKINS, 8 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert WATKINS of Hunter's Point and a student at Conway School, died at her home Monday morning at 3:00 of pneumonia complicated with measles and whooping cough. A prayer service was conducted at the home by Jessie WATKINS, an uncle. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers: Oscar and Bobby WATKINS of Lebanon and Chester WATKINS of Panama Canal; and her grandmother, Mrs. Sallie WATKINS of Lebanon. Burial was in the family cemetery with Seagraves & Gill in charge of arrangements.

Pg. 3 - Marriage Licenses-
March 8 - Harry Lee WARREN of Mt. Juliet & Lois BROWN of Goodlettsville
March 15 - Joseph Albert JONES of Mt. Juliet & Helen Estell SULLIVAN of Martha
March 15 - Jessie Neal WINFREE & Margaret EASTES, both of Watertown

Fellowship-
Mrs. Vale WILLIAMS of Nashville was buried yesterday.

Pg. 5 - Wheels of Time-History in Wilson County & Thereabouts-
Recent requests have come in for information on the following:
1. John ALEXANDER and his wife, Mary MILLER, who were from Maryland and settled in Wilson County in the early 1800's.
2. Isaiah PASCAL who married Agnes FREEMAN
3. Marriage date of Henry FREEMAN and Delilah GREEN

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, April 17, 1941; pg. 1

Cecil L. WALKER, 26, died at a Nashville hospital Thursday night following an illness of pneumonia and other complications. Funeral services were conducted at the Ligon Funeral Home Saturday morning by Rev. Dean STROUD. Mr. WALKER is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nell Wheeling WALKER; two children: Mary Janette and Cecil Lamar WALKER of Camden, formerly of Old Hickory; three brothers: Ray and James WALKER of Lebanon, and Fred WALKER of Detroit; two sisters: Mrs. Gordon BATES and Miss Rube WALKER of Lebanon. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Pg. 2 - Pleasant Grove-
Miss Mamie SHARP and Noah JOHNSON were married Saturday night.
Friends and neighbors deeply regret the death of Mrs. Russell JACKSON who died suddenly Saturday night.

Pg. 4 - Society-
Mr. J.W. POWELL of Mt. Juliet announces the marriage of her daughter, Miss Helen BLAND, to Robert L. MARTIN, son of Mr. & Mrs. W.L. MARTIN of Gladeville. The wedding took place in the study of the officiating minister, Rev. Luther Joe THOMPSON of Watertown. The only attendants were Miss Marguerite MARTIN, sister of the groom, and James William FOSTER, both of Gladeville.

Personals-
Mr. & Mrs. Nathan WALKER are the proud parents of a baby boy, Nathan Glenn, born Monday morning at their home on Hunter's Point Pike.

John H. SHANNON, 79, died at his home in Bellwood Tuesday at noon after having been confined to his bed for 16 months. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2:00 at his home by Rev. Hall GRIMES. Mr. SHANNON is survived by two daughters: Miss Johnnie SHANNON of Bellwood and Mrs. Rhoda STEED of Detroit; and one son, Grover SHANNON of Detroit. Burial will be in the family cemetery. Seagraves & Gill will be in charge.

Pg. 5 - Watertown-
Josiah PHILLIPS, 71 years old, died Sunday, April 13th, at his home on Main Street. He was born November 1, 1869, the son of Hardin and Lizzie Pendleton PHILLIPS. For over 40 years he was a member of the Church of Christ and was also a member of the I.O.O.F. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Johnson PHILLIPS; and one son, John D. PHILLIPS. Services were held at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 Monday with burial at Hearn Hill Cemetery.

Robert Johnson ALEXANDER, 44, died at his home on S. Maple Street Tuesday afternoon after an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 3:00 at his home by Elder C.L. OVERTURF. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Todd ALEXANDER; and one brother, Will ALEXANDER. Burial will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Ligon & Son are in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances FITTS, 18, died at her home on East High Street Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at the home by Rev. Hoyt HUDDLESTON. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Allie LOWHORNE; and 7 brothers and sisters (not named). Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge.

Pg. 7 - 
Mrs. Cleary WEBSTER, 76, died at the home of her son, I.G. WEBSTER of Nashville, Wednesday, April 9, after an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.D. ROBINSON at the Cedar Creek Church Thursday morning. She is survived by five sons: Joe, Olie, and Herman WEBSTER of Lebanon, I.G. WEBSTER of Nashville, and Osborne WEBSTER of Illinois; three daughters: Mrs. Kate TOMLINSON of Lebanon, Mrs. Sidney HAGAR of Pennsylvania, and Miss Bessie WEBSTER of Chicago; four sisters (not named); and 16 grandchildren. Burial was in the Jackson Cemetery with Seagraves & Gill in charge of arrangements.

Statesville-
Funeral services for "Aunt" Happy Patterson COLEMAN were held Sunday, April 6, at the home of a cousin, Roscoe PATTERSON. Rev. Fred MORGAN conducted the services. Burial was in the family graveyard. Mrs. COLEMAN was 77 years old and was survived by several cousins. She had made her home for the last few years with Roscoe PATTERSON and Miss Birdie PATTERSON on Greenvale Road.

Pg. 8 - 
Dr. W.R. WINTER, 73, prominent Wilson County physician for many years, died Friday night in a local hospital after suffering a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted at his home on Nashville Pike Saturday afternoon by Rev. J.E. WOLFE. Dr. WINTER is survived by his wife (not named); two sons: Albert WINTER of Lebanon and Thomas WINTER of Detroit; one grandson, Roper WINTER. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Seagraves & Gill in charge of arrangements.

Sam D. HUFFMAN, 47, died at a local hospital Sunday afternoon at 5:00 following an operation. Funeral services were conducted at his home on Castle Heights Avenue Monday afternoon by Rev. C.H. WARREN and Elder C.L. OVERTURF. Mr. HUFFMAN was a Lebanon pool room operator. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Bell Turney HUFFMAN; his mother, Mrs. John YOUNG of Watertown; one sister, Mrs. Charlie Murphy of White's Creek, Tennessee; and three nephews: Malcolm, Harry, and Herbert of White's Creek. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge.

Pearl Guill WILLIS, 70, died at his home near La Guardo Sunday after an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in La Guardo on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W.M. ZARECOR. Mr. WILLIS is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Lon STEWART and Mrs. Elmer NORTHERN of Detroit; two sons: Jarman and Fakes WILLIS of La Guardo; one sister, Mrs. Joe HUNT of Mt. Juliet; four brothers: Tom, Charlie, and Bob WILLIS of Mt. Juliet, and Harve WILLIS of Goodlettsville; and 4 grandchildren. Burial was in the La Guardo Cemetery. Ligon & Son were in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


Wilson County News - Thursday, April 24, 1941; pg. 1

John Thomas LOUDERMILK, 44, of Lebanon, died at a local hospital Saturday of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. G.L. LOUDERMILK. Mr. LOUDERMILK was employed for several years as section foreman at Mt. Juliet for Tennessee Central Railroad. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Geneva Ray LOUDERMILK; 10 children: Billy, Mary, Geneva, Juanita, Glenn, Jimmy, Kathleen, Lillie Mai, Johnnie, and Thomas LOUDERMILK; eight brothers and sisters (not named). Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery with Ligon & Son in charge.

Pg. 3 - History of Statesville-
The second oldest town in Wilson County is Statesville, a village of about 200 inhabitants. It is situated on Smith Fork Creek in the 15th district 18 miles southeast of Lebanon and 6 miles south of Watertown. The town was established with 19 town lots on the lands of William BUMPASS in 1812. It was first named Maryville in honor of Mrs. Mary BUMPASS. When they applied for a post office over 100 years ago, they discovered there was a town in east Tennessee by that name so to get a post office, its name was changed to Statesville in honor of Statesville, N.C. A number of its settlers were from that vicinity, others from South-Boston, Lynchburg, and Halifax, Virginia; some from Rockingham County and other parts of Virginia. Statesville was once incorporated before the name was changed and Tommie PATTON, father of Fate PATTON, was mayor. The post office was run by R.P. PATTERSON, Aubry L. JENNINGS, Sam ARMSTRONG, Georgia M. PATTON and since 1933 by Frank JENNINGS. The rural route was started about 1905 and was run by Wiley JENNINGS, Ballard DONNELL, Delta FORD, Homer JENNINGS, and now by Theodore ARMSTRONG. Some of the first settlers on Smith Fork and Statesville were Dennis KELLEY, John ADAMS, John ARMSTRONG, Isaac WITHERSPOON, John ALLEN, James McADOO, Abner & Thomas BONE, George SMITH, James JOHNSON, John WARD, Solomon GEORGE, Thomas WORD, James AYERS, and others. Most of the pioneers of 1797 to 1812 today have descendants living at or in the vicinity of Statesville. The first house built was located south of the Town Spring and is within the walls of the old Boyd Hotel. This is where William and Mary BUMPASS lived. The first store in the vicinity of Statesville was located where the Smith Fork Baptist Church now stands and was owned by George HODGE about 1802. The merchandise was bought from further east by pack horses and mules. Salt sold from $8-$10 a bushel and nails at $.25 a pound. There was once a 2-story apartment owned by John JEWELL located where the club house now stands. "Uncle Buddy" JENNINGS owned a store in what is now J.C. LESTER's yard. The merchants in 1886 were J.R. HALE, J.M. JENNINGS & Bros. and A.L. JENNINGS. The "Tennessee Gazeteer" published in 1834 mentions the fact that 1/4 of the cotton mills in the state were located at Statesville. Monroe JENNINGS was a wood workman and made wagons and coffins. The first water-powered corn mill was erected on Smith Fork by John T. HAYES about 1804; a few years later one by Ezekiel PATTERSON was erected one mile east of Statesville, and another about 1850 by John PATTERSON 1/4 mile east of Statesville. The blacksmiths were Jack BASCALL, Tom JOHNSON, Arch PEW, S.T. MOODY, J.W. ARMSTRONG, and Brittain HALE. The present blacksmith, Ulysses ARMSTRONG, began his work 53 years ago with Wes ARMSTRONG who had been in business 30 years. A tan yard was owned by John Ivy REEVES and Dan BOYD. It burned about 56 years ago. The switchboard was first installed in 1914 at the present home of Miss Sallie JENNINGS and was run by Mrs. Gushion BARBEE. The first telephone in Statesville was owned by Wes ARMSTRONG and was on the Watertown exchange. (to be cont.)

Pg. 4- Personals-
Col. H.L. ARMSTRONG and Foster WARREN were among the Lebanonites who attended the funeral service for Dr. R.B. GASTON at Gastonburg, Alabama last Friday.

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Mrs. Euritha Saphronia HALL, 77, died Saturday morning at her home in Old Hickory after an illness of 5 months. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Old Hickory Church of Christ by Elder H.W. RYE, assisted by Elder Willard COLLINS. She is survived by 6 children: Mrs. Cora HUDDLESTON of Norene, Mrs. Dewey HARRIS of Gladeville, Martha, Maybell, and Spencer HALL of Old Hickory, and Albert HALL of Knoxville; one step-son, George HALL of Lascassas; four sisters (only 3 named): Mrs. Rhoda BARRETT and Mrs. Hall DRENNON of Walter Hill, and Mrs. Mary Ward of Murfreesboro; one brother, Robert BARRETT of Murfreesboro; and several grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro with Ligon & Son in charge.

Pg. 6 - Fellowship-
A large crowd attended the funeral of George SANDERS.

Linwood-
Mr. & Mrs. William HELTON are the proud parents of a baby boy born recently at a local hospital. Mrs. HELTON was the former Miss Inez CARPENTER.

Pg. 7 - Marriage Licenses-
April 5 - R.P. CASSETTY & Alta TURNER, both of Watertown
April 5- Clarence Howard CANTRELL & Annie L. FERGUSON, both of Nashville
April 5 - Paul HALL & Clara Lee AGEE, both of Watertown
April 9 - Hugh VAUGHN of Antioch & Ethel BALLARD of Statesville
April 11 - Robert Leonard MARTIN & Helen BLAND, both of Mt. Juliet
April 12 - Woodrow MANNING & Unity THORNE, both of Lebanon
April 13 - William Edward REYNOLDS of Kimery & Louise OSBORNE of Nolensville

Pg. 8 - Pleasant Grove-
Friends and neighbors sympathize with the family of Mrs. Robert WALLER who passed away Wednesday afternoon. She leaves her husband and three boys and also her father, John HENRY, and three brothers.

Submitted by:  Kay M. Sheppard


 



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