Nelson Eugene Hughes, 91, of Cookeville, Tennessee, and formerly of Anderson, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at home with family. He was born on March 3, 1929 in Westport, Indiana, a son to the late Roscoe Bates Hughes and Florence French Hughes. He was married to the love of his life, Madonna May Smith, on June 30, 1957 and she preceded him in death on June 23, 2018.Nelson served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Early in his life he was a farmer in the Osgood, Indiana area. He was a carpenter by trade and a master locksmith. He built and remodeled many homes around central Indiana. He was very talented and could build or fix almost anything. He retired from Anderson Community School System in Indiana after 27 years as the Supervisor of Maintenance. Nelson was a dedicated member of Grace Holiness Church for over 30 years.Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Rhonda Crouch of Cookeville, TN; a son, Kevin (Elizabeth) Hughes of Bethany, OK, eight grandchildren, Esther (Danny) Coker; Kristi (Robert) Fye; Patrick (Megan) Morrow; Heather (Israel) Fry; Jamin (Andrea) Hughes; Tyler (Ryan Padgett) Crouch; Emily Craig, and Eric (Callie) Hughes; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by step-mother, Francis Grunden Hughes; sisters, Edith DeWire; Eileen Zapfe; Aileen Cardinal; brothers, Cecil Hughes; and Keith Hughes.A brief viewing for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday September 5, 2020 at Union Flat Rock Baptist Church, 6303 N County Road 975 W, Osgood, Indiana 47037.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday September 5, 2020 Union Flat Rock Baptist Church, 6303 N County Road 975 W, Osgood, Indiana 47037 with Pastor Tim Wiford and Rev. Malvin McCullough officiating with interment to follow in Union Flat Rock Cemetery.The family requests those in attendance to remember to maintain social distancing and wear a face mask. The Funeral Service will be premiered on Gilliland-Howe’s Facebook Page on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 1 p.m.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Two members of the women’s lacrosse team, associate head coach Devon Wills and junior Gussie Johns, were chosen as goalies for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which will play in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup this summer. Head coach Lindsey Munday, who was part of two World Championships and served as captain for the Team USA in 2013, felt proud to have both women chosen to play on the team.“Devon and Gussie have worked together for more than two years, and this is a testament to their passion, drive and commitment to improve,” Munday said. “I can’t think of two individuals more deserving of this honor, and it is incredibly special to have Devon and Gussie be the two goalies to represent our country in the World Cup.”Wills has been part of USC’s lacrosse program for four years and has already competed as the goalie for the U.S. World Champion teams in both 2009 and 2013. Wills’ experience on the field in the highest level of matches will not only help the team as they fight for their eighth world championship victory, but will also serve as an example of what hard work and commitment can achieve.“Devon is one of the best goalies ever to play the game and is a seasoned Team USA veteran,” Munday said. “Even after 13 years on the team, she continues to push herself to improve and is one of the hardest working people I know.”Yet another hard worker, Johns is the first Trojan to ever be selected for Team USA. Last season, she led USC in ground balls and their number one scoring defense and led the nation in goals against average, which all contributed to her distinction as All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region last season. Despite all the attention, she said she simply feels thankful to continue to play lacrosse more.“It is such an honor to be a part of Team USA,” Johns said. “The opportunity to play with and get to know the individuals on this team has been a true privilege. It reminds me of why I love the sport of lacrosse so much and how we are all playing for a much larger purpose.”While Wills’ coaching unquestionably helped mold Johns into the player that she has become during her time at USC, Johns’ own desire to constantly progress and the effort she has put in are what ultimately earned her this honor.“Gussie has followed in Devon’s footsteps and words cannot express how proud I am of her,” Munday said. “Since she stepped foot on campus, she has done everything to improve her game every day. She puts in countless hours of extra work, and it is exciting to see that it has all paid off. In addition to her talents on the field, Gussie is an incredible person and embodies what it means to be a Trojan and a member of Team USA.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” History is a long, long time. But it is hard to remember a combination where so much went wrong for the Wellington High School athletic program on the playing field and hard word.On the cusp of the football teamâ€™s heartbreaking 14-7 loss to Mulvane, the Wellington volleyball team may have lost one even more emotionally distressing. Mulvane, at 9-28, stunned Wellington in the first round 25-18, 25-23. Wellington ends its best season ever with a 22-16 record.The Crusaders may have never gotten out of their own sub-state anyway. Andale was a heavy favorite. But the Crusaders were hoping a large home crowd could lift them past the Indians in the championship set. After all the team had taken Andale to three games on Tuesday in Buhler. And threeâ€™s a charm.Â But what Wellington wasnâ€™t counting on was losing to Mulvane first. The Crusaders had swept Mulvane in regular season winning in McPherson 25-13, 25-19 and then winning in three sets on Mulvaneâ€™s court 23-25, 25-23, and 25-14.This time, though, the Cats would win the most important game of the season.It was a unique dynamic. Wellington head coach Alison Widen had her baby – a little boy on Friday. It was a wonderful moment for the Crusader program and for Widen.But just for the sake of this story and that match, Widen was not there on Saturday and one wonders what kind of psychological affect that might have had on the team.The Crusaders, who have brought a new game to the WHS gym with crisp passing, consistent serving and team cohesiveness this season, couldnâ€™t find much of that Saturday afternoon.Half of Mulvaneâ€™s points came on unforced errors. Wellington opened the day chasing Mulvane who took a 6-4 lead and opened a 15-11 advantage half way through the set. The Crusaders stuck with Mulvane, but after the Wildcats got into the 20s, Mulvane would go on to a 25-18 victory.Game two showed sparks of the Crusader magic that made this team so special, but it would get away from the team with a bad serve or a miscommunication on the court. In one sequence that may have lasted five minutes, Wellington saw a 13-11 lead become 13-12 instead of 14-11 due to Mulvaneâ€™s never give up attitude.Got to give it to the Wildcats, they played a good game.And like Friday nightâ€™s football team, Wellington wasnâ€™t getting any favors from the officials. Mulvane picked up two points on Wellington set violations that turned a 19-15 lead to a 19-17 fingernail gnawer. Wellington never could recover thereafter.Mulvane rattled off seven straight points and led 22-19. And despite two good points, Wellingtonâ€™s nerves would get the best of it on the final two sequence. And just like that the season ended.It may have not been the worst weekend in Wellington High School history. But it was pretty darn bad.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Always a Blame Game · 302 weeks ago Yep, make sure to pin it on the coach. So sad that it can’t just be the girls didn’t play well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down don’t understand · 302 weeks ago just don’t understand how we dominated Mulvane all year long. And then played like that in substate… Somebody help me ,what changed? Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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