Mary Louise Gannon Sanders, 87

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

LEBANON — Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sanders, 87, of Lebanon. A member of Gladeville Baptist Church and a homemaker, Mrs. Sanders passed away Tuesday July 19, 2011 at the University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Dr. Bruce Grubbs. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Billy Clayton (Huetta) Sanders, David Michael “Mike” Sanders and Boots (Rebecca) Sanders; daughter Barbara Louis(Robert) Dennis.

Also surviving is sister Mattie B. “Pinky” Bair; grandchildren Ginny Turner, Clay (Amy) Sanders, Patricia St. John, Teresa (Charles) Banks, Susan (Ken) Moulton, Michael (Shawna) Sanders, Mary Jane (Tim) Goblish, Mary Faith Sanders, Grace Sanders, Matthew Duke and Joshua Friar; great grandchildren Rebecca Turner, Erica (Norman) Maxwell, Victoria (Stephen) Leonard, Cheyenne Glidewell, Olivia Glidewell, Barbara Jean Banks, Elizabeth Banks, Nicholas Moulton, Chelsea Sanders, Clayton Sanders, Gannon Sanders, Garrett Goblish, Gretchen Goblish, Mary Elizabeth Goblish, Megan Allison, Jeremy Bowen and Josh Bowen; great-great grandchildren Nathan Maxwell, Emma Leonard and Emma Louise Allison; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dillard J. Gannon Sr. and Mamie Clemmons Gannon; husband Willie Clayton Sanders; brother D.J Gannon and son Doyle Sanders.

Active pallbearers: sons, grandsons, great grandsons and a great great grandson Damien Boyd, Charles Ricketts, Charlie Palmer, Butch Earheart and Chris McDonald.

Honorary: Bragg Group of Gladeville Baptist Church, The Bell Circle of Gladeville Baptist Church, “Going Like 60” of Gladeville Baptist Church; The Group; The Birthday Club; generations of children rocked over the years; Bridgett Scott; Lucy and Dave Stephens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Sanders’ memory to the Gladeville Baptist Church Nursery. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Wilson Post

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Article: Reserve officers serve and protect in Hobart without compensation

Here is a great article about my little brother Joe Clemmons and his role as the reserves coordinator.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HOBART | Hobart High School instructor/athletic trainer Mark Leto also works as a reserve officer for the city’s police department.

Leto, 45, who signed up for reserve duty nearly 10 years ago about the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wouldn’t have it any other way, even though he’s not getting paid.

“It was something I could do for the community; it was something I could do to give back to the community,” Leto said.

Leto is one of 15 Hobart reserve officers, said officer Joseph Clemmons, who serves as school resource officer and reserve coordinator.

The department recently swore in seven reserve officers, the most since the program was started in March 2001, Clemmons said.

Reserve police officers have the same authority and share many of the same responsibilities as full-time police officers. They are not paid but receive police training and experience, Clemmons said.

The reserve program was started by former police Chief Brian Snedecor, now the city’s mayor.

The program continues to be tweaked to make improvements, Clemmons said.

“My goal is to make the reserve division into a model that other departments will say, ‘How is Hobart doing it?'” Clemmons said.

Some reserves such as Leto don’t have intentions of becoming paid police officers.

Many have that goal in mind.

“Five out of the seven just sworn in want to be police officers,” Clemmons said.

Those reserves who want to become officers receive the same training and classes.

“Becoming a reserve gets their foot into the door. They can put it on their resume, then get a job. Those who are reserves have more knowledge about being a police officer than someone who is green,” Clemmons said.

For Leto, the reserve training is invaluable. He enjoys helping other officers with duties such as handling crowds at parades or prisoner transport.

“I’m out of the norm. For those guys who want to become police officers, every day they come out is like an interview. For me, it’s the understanding that I’ll augment what the officers need,” Leto said.

Original article can be found at the web site.

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Harry Clay, 73

Harry Clay was the husband of Betty Massey. Betty was the daughter of Cole Massey and Emma Hayes Clemmons. Betty is also the first cousin of Jo (Clemmons) Smith of Lebanon, TN.
Harry Clay, 73

Burial services for Mr. Clay will be private for the family.

Mr. Clay died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at his residence. He was born in London, England and worked as a mechanical engineer after his training at General Motors Vauxhall in England. He came to Lebanon to work at Ross Gear TRW in 1964. He later moved to Michigan and joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. The latter years were spent consulting on various engineering jobs, mostly those associated with automobile projects.

Survivors include: wife of 46 years, Betty Massey Clay; children, David (Susie) and Mark Clay, both of Lebanon, and Julia Ann (John) Van Gemert of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Jessica Clay, Emma Cole, Greta, and Clay Van Gemert; step-grandson, Chris (Crissy) Bowhannan; and sister, Barbara Clay Pearce in England.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Mr. Clay’s memory is requested to direct it to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucile Clemmons Reich, 96

Lucile was the daughter of Joseph Anderson Clemmons and Lou Effie Tennessee Eskew.  She was also the first cousin to my Great Grandfather – Earl Green Clemmons.  I got to meet two of her children (Kenny and Bobby) at the 2011 Clemmons Reunion back in July.


Funeral services fro Mrs. Reich will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with the Rev. DonMcElroy officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. (today) Wednesday, Oct. 19, and after 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday.

Mrs. Reich, 96, of Lebanon passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at the Pavilion. She was born in December 1914, in Wilson County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Joe A. Clemmons and Lou Effie Eskew Clemmons. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1934. She was a member of First Baptist Church and LLL. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Joe Hale Reich; two brothers: Ernest and Hubert Clemmons Sr.; two sisters: Anna Belle Clemmons and Katherine Clark. Survivors include: two sons, B.J. (Geraldine) Reich of Flat Rock and Kenny (Donna) Reich of Lebanon; five grandchildren, Venessa (Mike) Denney, Denise (Joe) Hackett, Tiffany (Chip) Bevis, Kendra (Brian) Shaffer, Jeremy (Chastity) Reich; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Logan, Spencer and Joe Hackett, Grant, Caleb, and Mike Denney, Jeremy Reich, Chip Bevis and Brian Shaffer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon-Wilson County Library.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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David Allan Baird

I am very sad to have learned that David Baird had past away on Monday.  I first meet David at the Clemmons Family Reunion back in the 90’s and have always looked forward to seeing him every year.

From the Wilson Post

David Allan Baird, 72 
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Baird, 72, of Lebanon. Retired from IBM New York and the Tennessee Department of Education, he died Monday, June 20, 2011 in the University Medical Center.
Mr. Baird traveled to every continent (except Antarctica) and to all 50 U.S. States.

A member of The Gideons International, he helped distribute many Bibles, including the countries of Peru and Columbia.

He was a Southern Baptist Deacon from 1970 until recently in (New York and Tennessee) and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Mr. Baird was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Regents NY University.
He had sung twice at Carnegie Hall and many years with the Burt Coble singers. He played trombone in high school and was band president.

Mr. Baird and wife Gaye started a church in New York, and he traveled with friends on many occasions to play golf in Myrtle Beach, SC. His hobbies included family, reading, trivia, golf, singing, motorcycles, computer-related activities, crossword puzzles, duplicate bridge and traveling. David & his wife Gaye were scheduled for a cruise next week.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 12 Noon until 8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation on Friday 10 a.m. until services at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn & Brother Donald Owens. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife of 47 years Gaye Clemmons Baird; mother Mamie Louise Alsup Baird; sons William David Baird, and Daniel Clemmons (April) Baird.

Also surviving: sisters Joyce Ann Baird Midgett and Linda Faye Baird (John) Riggs; grandsons David Andrew “Drew” Baird, Kyle Thomas Baird and Daniel Clemmons Baird Jr.; step grandsons Brock Martin Yeates and Austin Mcguire Yeates; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by father Richard Baird; brother Richard C. “Ricky” Baird. 
Active pallbearers: Larry Jones, Wayne Riggs, Rick Baird, James Franklin VanHook, Patrick Clemmons, Drew Baird, Kyle Baird, Daniel Baird Jr. and Brock Yeates.

In memory of Mr. Baird, contributions may be made to The Gideons International or to the Relay For Life.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700 /

Picture is from Will Baird

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1930 Census for Earl Clemmons and Family

On May 21st, 1930, Earl Clemmons and family were enumerated for the 1930 census.  They were living in Dodd Township in Jefferson County which is just south east of Mount Vernon.  They had recently moved up from Missouri.

The person who wrote down their information only put one M in Clemmons instead of two.  Listed in the house hold where:

Earl Clemons is listed as the head of house and is 35 years old.  He was born in Tennessee and was currently a farmer.  Earl is listed as a veteran of the World War.  Mary A, Earls wife, is 33 years old and was born in Illinois.  Both are able to read and write.  They have a total of 5 children listed:

  1. Harry C. – Age 11 – Born in Missouri and is attending school.
  2. Edna Earl – Age 10 – Born in Missouri and is attending school.
  3. Edith Merle – Age 6 – Born in Missouri.
  4. Howard E. – Age 3 years 5 Months old and born in Missouri.
  5. William T. – Age 1 month old and born in Illinois.

Listed last in the house is Lula, Earl’s mother.  She is 59 years old and was born in Arkansas.  No occupation is listed.

Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Dodds, Jefferson, Illinois; Roll: 521; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 598.0.

Source Information: 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.

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William K. Clemmons and Nancy McGuire's Wedding Bond

William Keaton and Nancy McGuire Clemmons Marriage Bond

This is the Marriage Bond for my Great-Great Grandfather William Keaton Clemmons and GG-Grandmother Nancy Lucinda McGuire.

Text of the Marriage Bond:

We, W. K. Clemmons are bound to the State of Tennessee in the penalty of twelve hundred dollars.  Witness our hands, this 22 day of May 1886.

The condition of this obligation is such that, whereas, the above bound W. K. Clemmons has obtained license from the Clerk of Wilson County Court to marry Lula Maguire now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct the marriage for which said license is obtained, this obligation shall be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

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