Obituaries for Dec. 19

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Billy Craighead

The Rev. Billy Craighead

“I have prepared a place for you, my good and faithful servant.”  The Rev. Billy Craighead, retired United Methodist minister, was called to serve among God’s heavenly hosts on Dec. 18, 2012. 

He was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Evie Winfree Craighead of Brush Creek. The Rev. Craighead is survived by his wife of 64 years, Temple Marie Gwaltney; son and Mayor of the City of Lebanon, Philip Craighead (Darlene); daughter, Phyllis Craighead; grandchildren, Zachary Craighead (Melissa) and Carissa Stone Wheeler (James); and great grandchildren Madison and Miles Craighead and Xavier Wheeler; foreign exchange student children, Dr. Ad Jooren of the Netherlands and Chiyo Shibata Tokiwa of Japan.

Craighead was born on Feb. 4, 1930 in New Middleton where he attended elementary school and the Methodist Church.  He graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1947.  There he met and married (Aug. 14, 1948) his lifelong love, Marie.

The Rev. Craighead served as a minister in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church for 43 years. Prior to his ordination, he attended Tennessee Technological University and Scaritt College for Christian Workers.  He then completed his education at Vanderbilt Divinity School. The next four decades he served as pastor  at Alex Green and Denton’s Chapel, Chapel Hill, Donelson Heights, Pulaski First Church, Lebanon First, Madison Street, McKendree downtown, and Forrest Hills.  He was called to serve as District Superintendent of the Columbia- Mt. Pleasant District, Pulaski District and Nashville District.  He retired from the ministry in 1994.

The Rev Craighead served on several boards. He was one of the founders and the first board chairman of the Cumberland Mental Health Center. He was one of the founders of the Community Care Center in Nashville.  He was former Trustee of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, McKendree Village of Hermitage, and Hinton Rural Life Center of Haysville, N.C.

He was active in community and civic work.  He was a long time member of the Lion’s Club, Pulaski Masonic Lodge as a thirty-two degree mason, a thirty-three degree member of Scottish Rite, and Commodore Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN  c/o Billy and Marie Craighead Scholarship Fund, 433 West Madison Street, Pulaski, TN 38478 or Lebanon First United Methodist Church 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN  37087.  Thanks to all our friends and the staff at The Pavilion for all their love and support.

Honorary pallbearers include ministers of the Tennessee Annual Conference and their spouses and Gordonsville High School Class of 1947.  Pallbearers will be Donald Baird, Buford Winfrey, Raymond Tomlinson, Gary Patton, Zachary Craighead, James Wheeler, Robert Lee Smith, and Ross Averitt.

Ministers of Lebanon First United Methodist Church, Dr. Mike Ripski and David Hesson and Bishop William Morris will conduct the service on Dec. 20, 2012 at the Lebanon First United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Visitations will be at Bass Funeral Home in Gordonsville on Dec. 19 from 5-8 p.m. and on Dec. 20 at Lebanon First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Burial will be at the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Sykes.

Sue N. Ledsinger

Funeral services for Mrs. Ledsinger will be held Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Mrs. Ledsinger, 75, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Dec. 16, 2012. Mrs. Ledsinger was owner of Art Accessories for 30-plus years and Furniture & Bedding Direct for 15-plus years in Mt. Juliet.

She was preceded in death by husband, Lloyd Ledsinger; parents, John D. and Loris Irene Scott; brother, Don K. Scott; and sister, Sandra L. Dickey.

She is survived by children, Jeff Ledsinger, Julie (Steve) Nolen, John (April) Ledsinger, Jerry (Dena) Ledsinger and Jessica (Tim) Hayner; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rex Hindman, Shannon Nolen, Jarrod Ledsinger, Brady Dixon, Chris Davey, Brandon Ledsinger, and T. J. Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers: Stephen Nolen and Case Hayner.

Ruth Ensor Petretzky

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 4-7 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 with visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the service. Pastor Stella Roberts will officiate and interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Mrs. Petretzky, 90, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at Hearthside Assisted Living in Lebanon. Mrs. Petretzky was born in Cookeville, to the late Alex Monroe and Virginia Ensor Burton. Ruth was an early resident of Oak Ridge, Tenn. (1944), and was involved in the growth of many of the city’s organizations. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. Ruth was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Spending time with her family brought her the most joy. She was also a long time member of the PTA and assisted in many school functions.

Mrs. Petretzky was a member of the 43 Club and the Oak Ridge Lioness Club. She had also volunteered for 34 years at the gift store of the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. In August of 2007, Ruth and her late husband, Paul, moved to Lebanon to live closer to their daughter and son-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her sister, Virginia Maggart of Oak Ridge; and her brother, Sam Burton of Montana.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Nancy (Bob) Caldwell of San Jose, Calif. and Judee (Jay) Barry of Lebanon; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Chad) Brown of Rogers, Ark., Melodee Barry of Franklin and Alicia Caldwell of San Francisco, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Clayton and Caiden Brown of Rogers, Ark.; brother, Allison (Peggy) Burton of Clinton, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Maxine Burton of Lewistown, Mont.; niece, Anne (Glen) Maggart Teasley of Knoxville; nephew, Richard Maggart of Clinton; and niece, Darra Romick of North Canton, Ohio.

Edgar Allen Greene

Mr. Greene, 57, of Lebanon, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Partlow Funeral Chapel in charge of local arrangements.


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