Obituaries – October 13, 2007

Marie M. Dillard

Services for Mrs. Dillard will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Bro. Garland Meadows officiating.Interment will be in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dillard, 77, of Mt. Juliet, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007.

She was preceded in death by husband, James Dillard. Survivors include: daughters, Sherry (William) Gateley and Betty Jean and Sheila Dillard; sisters, Hazel Harshaw and Dot (Harry) Goot; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joyce Ann Eskra

Mrs. Eskra, 82, of Lebanon, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard Joseph and Louise M. Fodel Schnur; a sister, Catherine "Kitty" Flatt; and her husband Walter Eskra.

Survivors include: her children, Alan (Carolyn) Hunt of Florida, Loda Eugene (Carol) Hunt of Michigan, Wayne (Teresa) Hunt of Lebanon and Marcia Williams of Michigan; a brother, Earl (Pat) Schnur; six grandchildren, Delana, Lindsey, Ashley, Lauren, Kelsey and Caleb; and aunts, nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time. Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Luther A. Watson

Services, including Masonic Rites, for Mr. Watson will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Walter Sellars Christian Life Center (Mt. Juliet Church of God) in Mt. Juliet with Bro. Danny Sellars officiating.

Mr. Watson, 81, of Lebanon, died Sept. 26, 2007, at Summit Medical Center. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet. He served on the Tennessee Film Commission during Gov. Ned Ray McWherter's administratoin and was a lifelong member of the Democratic party. He also served as a trustee of teh Watson Family Cemetery in Lebanon. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for more than 50 years. He was president of Teamsters Freight Employees Local Union No. 480 in Nashville from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. He served as secretary-treasurer/director of Teamsters Joint Council No. 87 covering Tennessee, Misssiissippi and Alabama for 13 years. For more than 50 years he was a member of Claiborne Lodge #293 F&M, Edward G. Corbitt - Doric Chapter Royal Arch Masons #147, PHP - York Rite, Nashville Council #1 CM, Nashville Commandry #1 KT and the Al Menah Shrine Temple. He was also a member of the Eastern Star, Center Star Chapter #342. He was a World War II veteran and voluntarily served in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. and Ethel Bay Watson; a son, Luther A. Watson Jr.; brothers, Robert Howard Watson, Chester Watson, Leo Watson and George A. Watson and a sister, Stella Brown.

Survivors include: his wife of 19 years, Debra H. Watson and a host of family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital (c/o Al Menah Shriner's, PO Box 78545, Nashville, TN 37207), and/or the American Diabetes Association (1-800-342-2383).

Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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