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Auburntown City Council Reporter For WBRY Passes Away At Age 91

Friday, 24 October 2014

Winfred Clark (Fred) Gaither, 91, died October 22, 2014, at 8:05 AM at Woodbury Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was a native of Cannon County and graduated from Auburn High School in 1941. He retired from Veterans Administration Hospital in Murfreesboro as Chief, Ward Administration, on January 8, 1982. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy with honorable discharge in December 1944.  
Mr. Gaither is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sara Hamilton Gaither of Auburntown, TN; daughter, Winifred Donna (Eddie) Nichols of Auburntown, TN; son, Dr. Douglas H. Gaither, Davenport of Iowa; and six grandchildren , Sara Drue (Chris) Zimmer of Syracuse, NY; Milton Clark (Elizabeth) Gaither of Mechanicsburg, PA;  Chimena Paige (Bill) Kabasenche of Pullman, WA; Vanessa Kate (Matt) Hardy of Nashville, TN; Cameron Jess (Heather) Gaither of Racine, WI and Gretchen Elaine (Judson) Abernathy of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren, Andrew (Drew) and Canyon Zimmer; Rachel, Aidan, Susanna and Macrina Gaither; Elyria and Eliason Kabasenche; Lauren, Elena, and Bella Gaither; and Trane and Theo Abernathy. Additionally, he is survived by a brother, Jerry Forrest Gaither of Murfreesboro, TN, and nieces, nephews and cousins.  
Mr. Gaither was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Edward and Jodie Hawkins Gaither; three sisters, Elizabeth Lucille Hancock, Jessie Pauline Street, and Sara Nell Dickey; five brothers, Robert (Red) Hawkins, Noel Edwin, I.B., Otis Garland, and David Nugent Gaither and a grandson, Andrew (Andy) Edward Nichols.
Mr. Gaither was a devout Christian and member of Auburn Baptist Church where he served many years as deacon, Sunday school teacher and song leader. Additionally, he was a founding member of Lakewood Baptist Church, Beech Grove, TN. He was recorder for the Auburntown City Counsel and member of the Auburntown Historical Society for several years.
Mr. Gaither was an electrician and an avid repairman who could refurbish, repair and re-design almost anything including antique lamps. He enjoyed gardening, eating good food, mowing the lawn and traveling with wife Sara. He appreciated computers and eBay shopping. Mr. Gaither began each weekday by reading scripture, praying and completing a physical exercise routine. 
Complete funeral arrangements are in the obituary section of wbry.com

Lions Go For 2nd Consecutive Win Tonight

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Cannon County Lions have two more football games left this season and both of them are on the road.  The team got a jolt of confidence last Friday after earning their first win of the season against Smith County.  Tonight they travel to Jamestown to play in their last homecoming game of the year at York Institute.  The Purple Dragons enjoyed the week off.  Smith County beat York earlier in the season.  The Lions will again have to play mistake free football though in order to have a chance to spoil the Dragons homecoming.  Our football Friday will start up at 5:30 with Murphy Fair and Murphy's Matchups.  Then it's off to live football field reports from across the MidState with the Friday Night Thunder crew at 6:00.  At 6:45, we'll prep you up for the York Cannon County game with projected starters and season recaps for both teams on Tailgate and then at 7:00 it's kickoff.  You can hear the game several ways.  Right here on the radio at AM-1540/fM96.7 WBRY, online at wbry.com and on your smart phones and tablets through the Tune In Radio App via WBRY

Free Food Giveaway Saturday Morning

Friday, 24 October 2014

There will be a free food giveaway on Saturday.  It will start no later than 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of First Methodist Church 502 West High Street Woodbury.  Please bring your own box, laundry basket, or container to put the food in.  Everyone is welcome.  This will be a "drive thru" distribution.  Cars should line up on High Street coming up the hill from College Street.  Each car will be directed through the parking lot of First Methodist and out through the First Baptist Church parking lot.  There will be a limit of food for two families per vehicle, in order to allow the church to serve as many families as possible.  For more information contact the church office at 563-2135.

Stolen Truck Last Seen Saturday Night

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The hunt is on for a 2003 Blue Dodge Durango after the vehicle was reported stolen Sunday.  According to Cannon County Sheriff's Reports, Sgt. Melanie McCormick was dispatched to a Big Holl Road residence in reference to a stolen vehicle.  Upon arrival Sgt. McCormick spoke to Dustin Sissom who stated that on Saturday he went to the residence to visit his father.  Mr. Sissom state that his father was not there so he left.  After passing the entrance to the Cannon County Walking Horse Association property he noticed his father was sitting in his own vehicle there.  Mr. Sissom stated that he pulled in and talked to his father and his father stated that he was going to Smithville and asked Dustin if he wanted to ride with him.  Dustin then stated that he left the truck at the entrance of the CCWHA unlocked with the keys in the glove box.  As the Sissoms returned from Smithville, Dustin stated he did not stop to pick up his vehicle but stated it was still parked there. Around noon on Sunday when Dustin went to retrieve his vehicle, it was gone.  If you have any information about this missing vehicle, please call the Cannon County Sheriff's Department at 615-563-4322

Long Time Veternarian Dr. Billy Walker Passes Away

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dr. Billy K. Walker (Doc), 83, of Woodbury passed away on October 21, 2014 after an extended illness.  He was born on May 20, 1931 in Beechgrove, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Rayburn “Bill” Walker and Jamie (Covington) Walker Jarman.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Dan Helton of Christiana; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Ingrid Walker of Woodbury; brother, Joe Tom Walker of Beechgrove; grandchildren, Evan Gilman and Carley Gilman and step-grandson, Jim Grizzle. 
Doc grew up on the family farm.  He learned to work hard in their dairy and to love animals.  He attended Manchester Central High School for two years and earned a scholarship to play football at Columbia Military Academy for his last two years of high school.  Vanderbilt University awarded him a football scholarship and he later transferred to Tennessee Wesleyan College.  Doc served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War where he was trained in teletypewriter equipment and maintenance and went on to be an instructor in the military.   Following his service in the Army he was awarded a football scholarship to attend Kansas State University's Veterinary School and he graduated with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.   After graduation he moved to Woodbury with his family and began his veterinary practice.  Doc served as the only veterinarian in both Cannon and Dekalb Counties for about twenty years. 
Doc had a love for and interest in Cannon County.  It led him to be involved in many different ventures.  He was one of the founding owners of the Woodbury Nursing Home in the 1970’s.  Dr. Walker was active in church and was a member of the Grace Assembly of God.  He spent many hours working on the food drives through the church.  His love for animals and people gave him the opportunity to come into contact with many people. Doc was well known for taking in stray dogs, horses, birds or any other animal that needed care.  He also raised coon hounds and enjoyed coon hunting in his limited leisure time. 
Doc's busy work schedule didn’t bother him at all since his work was his joy.  He wanted to share his love of animals with his children and grandchildren.  During the summer he loved to have his grandchildren come stay with him on the farm.  He introduced them to farming and the vet business.  His daughter and granddaughter were both active with show and competition horses.  He loved to watch them show whenever he could.
The funeral arrangements are listed in the obituary section

Woodbury Water Shut Off Wednesday Night

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Town Of Woodbury's Public Works  makes the following announcement
Due to upgrades in our fire protection service for the Town of Woodbury, the water service (in the city limits) will be suspended beginning around 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and will be suspended for about three or four hours.  We are sorry for any inconvenience and we thank you for your cooperation.


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