DeFord Bailey – The Harmonica Wizard


DeFord BaileyFebruary is Black History month, a time that we reflect upon the great achievements of African Americans. This region has a very rich African American history. People such as the noted educator W.E.B. Dubois, Maggie Porter and Thomas Rutling, the original members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Howlin’ Wolf the great blues singer who influenced everyone from Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones, have called this region home.

Last February the Wilson County Black History hosted a fundraiser for the Roy Bailey African American Museum. The theme of the event was a Celebration of the Arts. One of the people featured at the event was an African American named DeFord Bailey. DeFord Bailey was a harmonica virtuoso that many people proclaim to be the first star of the Grand Old Opry. Before Charley Pride sang “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” and Darius Rucker sang “Wagon Wheel,” DeFord Bailey was singing songs such as the “Pan American Blues,” and the “Fox Chase” on the Grand Old Opry.

On November 28, 1925 the WSM Barn Dance began broadcasting in Nashville on the 5th Floor of the National Life and Accident Insurance Company. It wasn’t renamed the Grand Old Opry until December 10, 1927. That night the Barn Dance followed NBC’s classical music show entitled the Music Appreciation Hour, which featured selections from the Grand Opera. The Barn Dance announcer and program director George D. Hay came on the air and introduced DeFord Bailey. “For the past hour, you’ve been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on, we will present the ‘Grand Old Opry’.” Bailey then stepped to the microphone and played “The Pan American Blues.” He became the first African American to perform on the Opry.

Deford Bailey was born in 1899 in the small community of Bellwood. Bellwood straddles the Wilson County and Smith DeFord BaileyCounty line, located near the old Rome Road and Bellwood Road. Bailey was a grandson to a freed slave who had fought for the Union Army during the Civil War.

Bailey stated to researcher David Morton, that he began learning harmonica as a young child: “My folks didn’t give no rattler, they gave me a harp.” His family was very musical consisting of several members who played a wide array of musical instruments.

During Bailey’s early years he became very schooled in traditional folk songs of the day. He later called this type of music “Black Hillbilly Music.” He popularized classic songs such as “John Henry” and “Lost John.” These are songs that were passed down from generation to generation. Bailey is known for his harmonica playing but he was a multi talented instrumentalist. He was able to play banjo, guitar, mandolin, and violin.

Bailey’s big break came when he met Dr. Humphrey Bate, a country doctor from Castellian Springs, Tennessee. Bate was a harmonica player and string band leader who performed on the WSM Barn Dance in 1925. Bate persuaded Bailey to play with him one night on the Barn Dance.

Soon thereafter Bailey was making regular appearances and became one of their most popular performers. George D. Hay gave him his famous nickname, “The Harmonica Wizard.”

In 1932, WSM radio signal expanded to 50,000 watts stretching their audience from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern seaboard. With the added exposure, Bailey became a huge star. In addition to the appearances on the radio, he performed all across the South and Midwest in traveling shows sponsored by the Grand Old Opry. He was known as quite the showman, as he often played the guitar in an upside down style, he performed yo-yo tricks, and would play percussion with sticks and bones.

DeFord BaileyDeFord Bailey inducted into the Country Music Hall of FameUnfortunately, Bailey’s radio career ended in 1941 after a dispute over the licensing royalties between ASCAP and the radio industry. Due to the contract dispute, radio stations were not able to play ASCAP songs without facing large fines. When Bailey insisted upon playing the audience favorites, WSM let him go. Bailey occasionally played the harp but he made only rare appearances throughout the rest of his life, dying on July 2, 1982.

Posthumously, Bailey has received numerous awards and honors. In 2005, Bailey was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with such notables as Glen Campbell and the group Alabama. Aditionally, there is the DeFord Bailey Garden at the George Washington Carver Food Park in Nashville. Nashville Public Television even produced the documentary “DeFord Bailey: A Legend Lost.” The Encyclopedia of Country Music called him “the most significant black country star before World War II.”

Mayor Phil Bredesen declared that every December 14 on Bailey’s birthday it would be DeFord Bailey Day in Nashville, Tennessee.

This Black History month when we are honoring the great achievements of African Americans lets remember our own local pioneer, DeFord Bailey “The Harmonica Wizard.”

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Roy Harris

Common Sense Leadership

Roy Harris


As many know, Roy has been a WLM contributor for several years as well as our good friend. We are proud of his new writing endeavour and hope you all will pick up his latest book soon. Roy’s advice is immeasurable in these busy times that we lead.

Q. What inspired you to write your latest book, Common Sense Leadership?

I began my first role in leadership at age 17 leading a crew of eight in a fast food restaurant. From then until now I’ve had the privilege of leading a variety of business, educational and religious organizations. Throughout the years I mentored many who worked under me. I wrote an article a few months back showcasing several common sense principles of leadership that I had employed and taught to others.

After reading the article, several of those I had mentored encouraged me to expand the article into a practical book that could be used as a resource to help leaders at every level. I saw the need for a book

Q. What are the characteristics of a good leader?

Wow, many books have been written on just such a topic. Integrity – be honest and forthright in all dealings. Balance – Good leaders lead like someone holding a bird; firm enough to keep control and loose enough to allow the organization to grow and develop without smothering it. Good people skills – a good leader must be able to relate to those he leads. The ability to communicate well is a must also. Good communication is essential to good morale. Good leaders must have the ability to multi-task.

Q. How does a leader go about inspiring those he works with?

There are a few important things a leader must remember if he wishes to maintain loyalty and inspire others to follow his leadership. First of all he must lead by example. He must show those he leads that he is willing to do the hard work and endure the same hardships and make the same sacrifices he expects of others. Others will be willing to go the extra mile if they believe he is willing to also.

Another important thing he should remember is to generously give credit for success to those he leads and accept blame with the team for problems or failures. The leader who remembers this will convey to those he leads that he values them highly and their work is appreciated.

A final important thing the leader should do is to genuinely care about the people he leads. People must feel their leader cares about them personally. Building strong relationships between the leader and those being led is something every leader must possess if he hopes to inspire others to follow his leadership.

Q. What’s the best way to handle criticism from leaders, bosses or those whose we encounter in our day-to-day life?Commonsense Leadership

Criticism will come if you do most anything or if you do nothing. It may come when you do well and or when you do poorly. But mark it down criticism will come. There are 4 things to remember when you are criticized.

First of all LISTEN TO IT. Hear the person out. Sometimes all they need to do is get if off their chest.

Secondly, LOOK AT IT. Ask yourself if the criticism in valued? Is it accurate?

Thirdly, if the criticism is a valid one, LEARN FROM IT. Make whatever adjustments or changes which may be needed.

Fourthly, what if the criticism is not valid? You’ve listened to it, looked at it and the criticism is not a just or valid one. If that’s the case, simple learn to LIVE ABOVE IT. Just keep on doing what you are doing and do not let the criticism slow you down.

Q. What’s the one thing you should never do as a leader?

There are a number of things that might qualify here, but one thing probably trumps them all. A wise leader must always thinks before he speaks. Reacting to personal emotions, the heat of the moment or apparent circumstances may cause a leader to say something or make a wrong decision that a few minutes and a little more information might have prevented.

Also, one should be careful about making either of two absolute statements. One should never say what he is absolutely going to do or what he absolutely will never do. Either one might of these statements make an unintended liar out of the leader at some point later on.

Q. What tools can you tell us about that help us effectively use our time wisely in this busy world?

One of the best things to remember in using time wisely is to organize your priorities. There is a chapter in the book that discusses this in detail. The long and short of it is to organize your work into three separate parts:

1. Things I must do at a certain time.

2. Things I must do but and no set time. 

3. Things I would like to get if I have the time.

Place items in your schedule moving from 1-3 in that order. You can plan your day, week, month and year using the abovementioned formula. The book provides a detailed simple plan on how to do what you must get done and how to balance it with other things you’d like do.

Q. Roy, you stay very busy yourself, how do find balance in your life with your books, writing, speaking engagements, ministry and travel?

Balance is the key word. The most important thing is to plan your work and work your plan based on the solid foundation of your core priorities. Always keep the main things, the main thing. My relationship with the LORD, comes first. I must maintain spiritual balance in order to maintain proper balance with my family and work responsibilities. My wife and family come next. The old expression if mama isn’t happy nobody’s happy rings very true. I know that if things are not as they should be at home that will impact everything I do outside my home. My wife (and my children right behind her) next to the LORD is the most important thing in my world. I love my work. I feel like I am the most fortunate and blessed man in the world.

Q. What new projects do you have in the works for 2014?

2014 looks to be another interesting year. I’ve been asked and am in the process of writing another book. My next book will probably be called Commons Sense FAMILIES or something similar. I began working with and helping families in my first pastorate many years ago and have continued that throughout the years. From that experience, I developed a 12 message sermon series on the family. The book comes from those sermons and will offer practical advice on; husband/relationships, what happens when the first child comes into the home, how to deal with a child two years old, teenagers in the house, financial planning for families and etc.

I’ll be returning to Africa in the fall for the third time. I’ve been invited to speak in Uganda along with Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. I’ve begun and will continue working hard in 2014 learning Swahili, the language of East Africa in an effort to better communicate with the African people. 

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Cash in the Closet

Celebrate Home


If you follow Wilson Living Magazine on Facebook, then you will recall a contest we ran last November. The thought was to include our readers in this column by helping you with your organizing and decorating dilemmas.

The winner was Fran O’Riordan with this entry:

“My laundry room is a nightmare. We have recently moved into a house with much less closet space, and my laundry room is bursting at the seams!”

The issue I find many times when I visit with a client is not that they don’t have enough room, but that they are not getting the best use out of the room that they do have.

Celebrate HomeWith less closet space, Fran was using her laundry room not only as a space for laundry, but a make-shift closet and pantry.


When I arrived, I realized that she actually had ample space in her pantry for food storage. After some sorting and re-Celebrate HomeAfter some sorting and re-arranging, I was able to make her laundry room a space for clothing and shifted all the food to the pantry.arranging, I was able to make her laundry room a space for clothing and shifted all the food to the pantry.














Celebrate HomeNow they have a space for coats and backpacks


I also hung some family photographs and found a coat rack in the garage that made a perfect landing spot for her children at the end of the day.

Now they have a space for coats and backpacks. She also has a space for sorting and folding clothes, and her pantry got Celebrate HomeLaundry nowa makeover as well.





Thanks to Fran and her family for allowing us to feature her space in this column. If you would like to see more reader dilemmas, let us know.

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Next time I might visit you!


When organizing your home, make the best use of your space by storing things where they belong and giving everything a home. It’s been said that the average person spends two months of their lifetime looking for things. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend those two months doing something else!

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The Solution to your Resolutions


Because most, if not all, of you reading this are over-worked, over-volunteered, over-scheduled and stretched to the limit when it comes to just about every aspect of life, we determined the first issue of 2014 would be the perfect time to introduce readers to Life Coach, Amber Hurdle. Each issue Amber will be answering questions you send in, giving tips on how to deal with the everyday stresses of life without “losing it.” If you have a question for Amber, email it to, This month Amber answer’s questions about, what else, New Year’s Resolutions.

ResolutionI always set New Year’s resolutions that I’m excited about, but then never follow through. What can I do to increase my chances of actually achieving my goals? -Claire, Mt. Juliet

Ahhhh, the elusive New Year’s resolution. We get so pumped at the start of the year–we are so hopeful! Unfortunately, statistics show that about 88% of people who make a resolution fail to reach their goals. But don’t worry, I’m going to lay out how to avoid being on the bummer side of that statistic!

First, I highly recommend against simply setting a goal a LONG year away from launching your efforts. In a world of high speed Internet, microwaves and drive-thru meals, waiting for ANYTHING is unlikely. Instead, like any business, set that annual goal, but then break it up into at least quarterly goals to move it closer to you.

You may even find that setting monthly, weekly or even daily goals makes it even more relevant in the here and now. What might feel overwhelming when considering what could and should be done in a year can feel a lot more doable if you just worry about this week!

It’s not enough to merely set goals, you have to actually develop a PLAN to achieve them.

So are you REALLY serious about your goal or are you just going to talk about it and go through the process of setting it out of tradition? It’s important to have a compelling “why.” WHY is it important that you accomplish your goal? What does life look like if you do? What is at risk if you don’t?

Once you have those realities established in your mind, you have to decide HOW you are going to achieve your goal. What values do you need to develop? What skills do you need to learn or improve upon? What type of support do you need?

For example, the number one New Year’s resolution is weight loss. Your “why” could include that you want to be able to run around and play with your kidsResolution without feeling winded. You may have to increase your value for wellness, and you may need to share your goals with your family and perhaps even hire a personal trainer, nutritionist or wellness coach as support to hold you accountable and be your cheerleader. 


A very important and often missed step is looking ahead at what could possibly derail you from achieving your goals. I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s line in The Hobbit, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

Seriously, we could pretend that we live in constant blue skies, but to go back to our weight loss example I think it would be prudent to factor in extensive travel, limited grocery budgets, long work hours or anything else that could stand in between you and losing weight.

Then, once you have laid out at least three potential threats to realizing your goal, go ahead and pre-bake into your plan solutions to those obstacles. So if you travel a lot, scope your territories for healthy eating options and then pack protein bars for emergencies. If your grocery budget is limited, find a buddy who will buy produce in bulk with you through a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) distributor. You get the idea. You should have three solutions for every possible challenge.


So let’s face it, even the best laid out plans with pre-baked solutions to potential obstacles can derail. The most important response to this situation is to understand why it happened. Is there a pattern of behavior you need to address? Was there a major life event that shifted your priorities? Or did you perhaps set a goal that was simply unrealistic?

You can simply accept failure OR you can decide what you need to do to course correct.

So bunker down, look at the boogie monster under your bed and deal with it. Only then can you move forward after a setback and regain lost ground through a series of good decisions. That’s right, you gotta suck it up, buttercup!


Getting back to the ideas of making short-term goals and building your support team, it is proven that those who have accountability measures built into their goal setting plans are far more successful. So perhaps you have a calendar reminder to weigh yourself and you chart it each week. Or perhaps you hire a coach or join a gym to ensure you are measuring your progress.


So when you DO hit your mini-goals, it is time to CELEBRATE! That’s right, when making your plan, decide ahead of the time what celebration looks like, too. It might be that you plan a beach trip if you hit your weight loss goal. Or if you’re anything like me, there will be ample spa treatments and shoe shopping excursions in the plan. Whatever meaningful carrot you can dangle in your face, do it! It will give you the warm fuzzy you deserve when you hit your mark, giving you that push to go for the next mini-goal with energy and enthusiasm


Ok, now that you have the recipe for resolution success, I urge you to actually sit down, map out your plan, and then schedule appointments with yourself to check in on your progress. You can be the person who talks about winning in theory or you can BE the winner. The choice is yours.

Have a question for Amber? Email and she may answer your question in the next issue.


WLM – Seminar Series

Don’t miss out on our upcoming WLM- Seminar Series, brought to you by Amber and Wilson Living Magazine. Listen and learn from an array of well known professionals who will share their knowledge about business, technology, health, parenting, beauty and many other topics relevent to us all. Look for more details in your next Wilson Living Magazine in April.

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Erin Brown

WLM’s Shelley Satterfield Weight Loss Journey


With the theme of renewal this issue, the Wilson Living Magazine team thought it would be the perfect time to highlight ourstaffer, Shelley Satterfield, and the amazing weight loss she has achieved over the past 8 months. Shelley’s weight loss began in April, when she came to the realization she was tired of being tired, and most of all wanted to be a better example of overall health to her children. Crediting her success to change in what she eats, as well as portion control and the guidance of weight loss experts, she now looks and feels better than ever with more confidence and more energy each day.

At the beginning of this road to better health, Shelley sought weight loss expertise from Shirley Lowe at Skin Care Clinic in Lebanon. Skin Care Clinic offers a wide variety of services, but weight loss is what drew Shelley through their doors. They gave her a combination of an eating plan, B12/fat burner shots weekly, along with coaching and a weekly weigh in session. The scale they use at the Skin Care Clinic is special as it calculates more than just weight. It calculates fat in your body and the amount of fat lost each weigh in. With a clear cut how-to plan and the incentive of being a better example of health for her children, Shelley lost 61lbs (as of press time)! That’s a 5th grader!!


Styles & TrendsAlene Gibson – Master Stylist/Owner A & B Hair Co. and WLM model Shelley Satterfield

Alene and Brandin at A & B Salon in Lebanon were kind enough to style Shelley’s hair for our Wilson Living Magazine shoot. Shelley typically wears her hair straight but we wanted to try soft waves and body at the top to pull the eye upwards and highlight her gorgeous face and features.

Also, isn’t it fun to try something new?

Alene tells us that… Shelley’s hair, like many of our clients, is fine in texture with little body. What we wanted to achieve for Shelley was to give her body and loose curls that are trending now in Hollywood. To get the look, we needed a large barrel curling iron, followed by great products with a bit of teasing at the crown to give her some body and lift. Starting with a great cut, we took off 1 1/2 inches of hair and added long layers. We sliced down the front to help frame her face and did some texturing thru her crown to help her have natural lift!

Wanting to grow your hair lusciously thick and full of volume?

Everyone does!

The experts at A & B recommend this::

There are some great products that will help with hair thinning such as Nioxin or Boswell products. These products are used to stop the thinning and there are many testimonies that these products produce new hair growth. Sometimes we reach a certain length and it doesn’t seem like our hair will grow any further.

Some reasons that this seems to happen is that the hair is not getting a 6-8 week trim. Getting a trim takes off the dead and split ends which causes the hair to break and not get any longer. Lastly, a secret of the experts to keep in mind:: panthenol which is a derivative of vitamin B5, or pantothenic, promotes hair growth is found in most professional salon-grade shampoos.

Brandin and Alene opened A&B Hair Co. In June 2012 along with Shirley Daughterty and Brittany Moser these four ladies make up “the trendiest salon” in Lebanon Tennessee located at 106 Webster

Massage Therapist – Angela Wilsdorf, Aesthetician – Marisue Stalker, WLM Model – Shelley Satterfield, Co-owner & Weight-loss Consultant – Shirley Lowe & Office Manager – Laura Reasonover (Not pictured, RN – Julie Wheeler and Co-owner Dr. Kay Mitchell)

Shelley & Skin Care Clinic

Shelley SatterfieldSkin Care Clinic not only played a huge role in Shelley’s weight loss, but they also spiced up her day-to-day make upShelley Satterfield - After routine. All products used to achieve Shelley’s flawless skin and glammy glow were from the Glo Minerals make up line. They also used Revatilash mascara for long, healthy lashes. Shirley Lowe from The Skin Care Clinic notes:: “Shelly’s daytime look can easily flow into a special holiday look just by applying more liner, a mascara touch up, and darkening her eye shadow a touch. Adding her favorite shiny lip gloss over lip liner creates a refreshed look for an evening out!”

You can call Skin Care Clinic to have your own make up consultation or plan to have it applied by a professional for your next special occassion at 449 3009.

Shelley Sample Menu Typical Day

Breakfast:: Egg White Omelet with added roasted veggies

Iced Coffee with unsweetened almond milk and a couple of packs of Splenda to sweeten

Snack:: Pre-portioned pack of almonds, Emerald brand

Lunch:: Chopped turkey salad from Subway with oil and vinegar dressing

Dinner:: Baked Chicken Seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and herbs. Two low calorie vegetables roasted

Snack:: String cheese

Dessert:: Pre-portioned 100 calorie pack of brownie bites

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Chocolate Affair

A Chocolate Affair



Chocolate AffairA few years ago, shortly after beginning her tenure as Executive Director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Deb Daugherty, came up with a sweet idea to raise money for the CAC. A lover of all things chocolate, Daugherty decided to incorporate the sweet confection as part of the perfect fundraiser.

Disappointed after researching other chocolate themed events across the country, Daugherty had an “aha” moment, “Wine tastings were gaining popularity and that’s when it hit me; ‘a formal event where guests sample exquisite chocolates-like one would taste fine wines. That’s when A Chocolate Affair was born.”

In February the CAC will host the 5th Annual Chocolate Affair. While the primary goal is to raise money for child advocacy, last year Daugherty and her team used the event as a platform to encourage guests to “Shop Wilson County First” by including a fashion show that featured items exclusively pulled from local boutiques.

In addition to sampling amazing chocolates from across the globe, indulging in a decadent chocolate fountain and partaking in live music and silent auction, guests at this year’s Chocolate Affair can test their sugary expertise with Chocolate Trivia, and have a photo taken in a state of the art digital photo booth with a customizable background. Local boutiques will also be on hand showcasing the latest in spring style and trends.

This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 7th, from 7:30pm until 9:30 in Labry Hall at Cumberland University. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Child Advocacy Center (check only), online at or at the door (cash, check or credit card). Sponsors for the event are always welcome! For more information, please call Deb Daugherty at 615-449-7975.

The Child Advocacy Center serves children who have been physically and/or sexually abused. The mission of the CAC is to “Reduce the trauma of child abuseChocolate AffairBoard Members enjoy the sweet festivities at the 2013 Chocolate Affair – Top left – Judy Jordan, Lower left – E. Marie Farley, Top right – Nancy Willis, Lower right – Sharon Roberts and facilitate the healing process.” A goal that is realized through forensic interviewing of the child, mental health counseling, and community education. Proceeds from the Chocolate Affair are used for direct services to children, particularly forensic interviews as well as to provide funds for families who cannot afford counseling for their child.

Daugherty has big dreams for A Chocolate Affair, the organizations only fundraiser, “We currently serve children out of an office in a strip mall. Our dream is to have a house that will make the children feel more comfortable. A house would be much more welcoming than an office that a child might associate with a doctor or dentist office.”

While Daugherty admits that it’s unrealistic to eliminate child abuse altogether, prevention education can hold the key to reducing the occurrence of it. Daugherty explains, “We utilize Stewards of Children,” which is a program that helps us train adults to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. It is estimated that for every one adult trained, ten children are protected from abuse. As of November 1, 2013, the CAC has trained 477 adults. That translates to 4,770 children who are better protected from abuse.”

Mark your calendar NOW for February 7 so that you won’t miss the sweetest fundraiser in 2014.

Can’t make it to A Chocolate Affair? CAC is always in need of donations.

Chocolate AffairStrength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces –Judith Viorst

1. Play-Doh (used during the forensic interview to give the child something to do while talking to the interviewer)

2. NEW stuffed animals (given to the child after the interview)

3. Copy paper

4. Paper towels

5. Tissues

6. Disinfectant wipes

7. Bottled water

And finally, a house (or money for one)

Call Debbie at 449-7975 if you can help

How To Get Tickets:

The event takes place Friday, February 7th, from 7:30pm until 9:30 in Labry Hall at Cumberland University. Tickets are $25 per person. Get tickets at the Child Advocacy Center (check only), online at or at the door (cash, check or credit card).

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D. T. McCall & Sons

Keeping it Local for over a Century



Chances are if you live in any of the areas Wilson Living Magazine is read, from Mt. Juliet to Carthage to Lafayette and everywhere in between, you’ve bought something from D.T. McCall and Sons. Whether it’s appliances, furnishings, televisions or mowers, the McCall family has been bringing quality products to middle Tennessee since the late 1800’s. Albeit, in 1896, when the family business was first established, you were more likely to find horse collars and feed in Albert McCall’s General Store than refrigerators or sectionals. However, the premise on which Albert McCall built his business – to always provide quality, affordable products to his neighbors – remains the same, even a century later.

McCallDavis Cabinet Company on the showroom floor back in 1958The first store, located in Flatrock, TN, between Carthage and Lebanon, soon included Albert’s son, D.T., (David Thomas) who worked in the family business and then ventured out on his own, on the road, selling mineral products and milking machines, from the back of a horse drawn wagon. In the mid-1920’s, D.T. took a leap of faith when he leased a portion of a building on the square in Carthage in order to house his growing shipments. A few years later, he would open a showroom in that same location selling hardware, minerals and parts.

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One hundred seventeen years later, the McCalls are still keeping it local serving their neighbors all over Middle Tennessee, the only difference, they’ve traded minerals and milking machines for practically everything else a family might need for their home.

“Pa Dave” as D.T. was known to A.J. McCall, the current CEO of D.T. McCall and Sons, remembers that hisMcCall       Showroom in 1960
grandfather decided to sell appliances when a local gentleman walked in, right after World War II, looking for a refrigerator. McCall, determined to provide whatever his neighbors might need, sent letters to several manufacturers and Westinghouse was the first to respond. “And just like that, we added refrigerators to our inventory and for over 65 years have continued our partnership with Westinghouse, now known as Frigidaire and Electrolux,” notes A.J.. “My grandfather knew if he didn’t find a way to provide the product to his neighbors then they would travel elsewhere to get it. He was relentless when it came to expanding his inventory, so that there was never a need to shop anywhere but locally.”

D.T. McCall went on to have nine children and three of his children, Albert, John and Dave joined the business. Albert McCall, A.J.’s father, took over as CEO in 1956 after serving as an Army Artillery Officer in the Korean War and completing his Master’s Degree at Tennessee Tech. “Dad was the first to add furniture to the mix. I think my mother may have urged him to do that because she didn’t like driving to Nashville to buy what she needed for our home,” notes A.J. with a laugh. “Dad agreed to add furniture because he knew she was on to something”.

McCallsDavis Cabinet Company on the Showroom Floor NowIn the late 1970’s, Albert McCall made the decision to advertise on the Ralph Emery Show and their then, two locations, Carthage and Lafayette, immediately saw sales increase significantly. “Overnight, everyone now knew of D.T. McCall and Sons, and since then, we’ve never looked back.”

Albert began doing live commercials on the Emery show on Thursdays and eventually the McCalls had someone on the show every day. At it’s peak the Ralph Emery show, unique for its off the cuff, unplanned format, reached almost 700,000 families. “We could put a refrigerator on that show and sell half a truckload before noon,” remembers A.J. Earl Cullum from Walker and Cullum Chevrolet and Albert became local celebrities for their wild, unrehearsed antics that many people over age 40 still remember.

During that time of huge audiences several top performers launched their careers on the show including The Judds and Lorrie Morgan. The Ralph Emery Show band became statewide celebrities as did singer/songwriter, Tom Grant, who later went to work for the McCalls and still does commercials for the company.

The McCall children, who all grew up in the business, often appeared on the show themselves. They were also put to work early putting mowers and tillers together and making deliveries.

“I was pulled over when I was 11 years old driving a delivery truck because back in those days if you were big enough to push the clutch down and see over the dash, you were driving!” relays A.J. Tom McCall, son of D.T.’s son Frank, established the store in Lafayette in the 1970’s and still runs it today. In 1987, the Cookeville store opened and includes a Thomasville Gallery. “My Uncle Dave’s son, Cris runs the Cookeville location and his brother, Mark, operates the central heat and air department in Carthage. Cris added gun safes to our product mix a few years back and sales are excellent,” notes A.J..

As each McCall has joined the family business, it’s apparent they’ve brought a different perspective which has made itmore diverse and appealing. “We all bring something different to the table and yet, we’re family, so we have a strong desire to honor what our grandfather started here in his hometown,” states A.J.. Interestingly, when A.J was younger, he didn’t have plans to run the business. “I always wanted to be a navy fighter pilot and would have done it if I could have passed the eye test,” notes A.J, who attended Castle Height Military Academy. In his junior year of high school he obtained his pilot license and flew all the way to west Texas, alone, with a map and compass, without autopilot on the plane.

A.J. was later certified as an Air Transport Pilot with a DC-3 type rating and is an instructor in airplanes and helicopters “I worked a few months as a flight McCallThe McCall Family – Seated: Kennie Bryant, AJ McCall, John McCall, Tom McCall, Cris McCall Standing, Tori Pelham, Brandy Moreau, Beth McCall, Vicky Newman, Mark McCall, Will Webb, JJ McCall, Jacob Wright, Marty Dodgeinstructor and charter pilot and have come very close, many times, to becoming a career aviator but my Dad always talked me out of it.” After graduating with an Engineering Degree from Vanderbilt, serving in the military as an Army Intelligence Officer and obtaining a Law Degree, he thought he might try his hand at practicing law and did that for a short while in Nashville. “Something always brings us McCalls back home though, and after some persuasion, I joined the company in 1988.” Upon joining, A.J. took over the appliance and electronic division and quickly tripled appliance sales. Over the objections of some of the older partners who said they would never sell, he also added Cub Cadet lawn mowers to the inventory, quickly becoming a top ten Cub Cadet dealer in the United States.

They have done so well we now carry Dixie Chopper, a wildly popular mower brand with an almost cult-like following similar to that of Harley-Davidson bikes. I even added a gun store a few years ago at the Carthage location. This may be the only store where you can buy a Thomasville or Paula Dean bedroom set, a Natuzzi sofa, a freezer, a chain saw and a gun, all at the same place!” laughs A.J..

The partners, who now include A.J., his Uncles John and Tom, and his cousins J.J., Cris and Mark, have now reached over 20 million in annual sales and employ over 100 people in the area. Not too shabby for a business started on a horse drawn wagon.

Beth McCall, A.J.’s wife, a former Registered Nurse and Licensed Interior Decorator, joined the business in 2007 and today insures product inventory stays fresh and updated. Beth relays that “the entire company, its partners and employees all reside here. It’s important to us that our customers have the opportunity to buy locally so that their money and tax revenues stay in Tennessee. And we do the same, always supporting other small businesses whenever we can.”

It’s obvious after meeting the McCalls that the secret to the family’s success lies in their relentless commitment to keeping D.T.’s principles in place. “Integrity and honesty were what my father built this business on,” notes Albert McCall now 84 years old, “and we’ve never wavered in our commitment to real, gimmick-free free delivery and setup with no hidden charges in an environment where other dealers use bait-and-switch and after-sale charges for things like cords, hoses, setup and haul off, which we all know are essential to the product you’ve already purchased.

McCallA.J. & Beth McCallAnd while we believe in quality we also believe in affordability, we buy in truckload quantities which allows us to deliver a better price for a better product. We can sell you a better item, deliver it, charge you less, stick with our advertised price and still make a profit because we operate more efficiently without corporate bureaucracy. And unlike chains we own our own buildings at most locations and avoid charging customers more in order to pay for expensive real estate or rent. We also have wide selections, deep warehouses and pay cash for our inventory which means we get discounts that we pass on to our friends and neighbors who’ve shopped with us for decades. My father, D.T., used to say ‘you can’t sell off an empty wagon’, and we still believe that,” notes Albert, a born salesman who certainly hasn’t lost his charisma.

Today, the family remains not only committed to the century old local business but also to the community that has helped it succeed. All the McCalls live locally and participate in various local organizations, from being involved in their children’s schools, to participating in Rotary clubs and serving on the Board of Directors of many local businesses.

“Our customers often know us from our local connections, through my flying,J.J.’s tennis or Mark and Cris’ hunting. Most of ourMcCall trade comes through word of mouth from satisfied customers. This year, for instance, we are having a record year in bedding after adding the Dutch Craft line which is Amish, hand-crafted in Tennessee. After a customer buys a bed, we sell five more to their friends, just by their telling everyone what great quality it is.” There is certainly no better form of advertising than that.

A. J. welcomes everyone “to come in, sit down, have a cup of coffee and get to know us. We’ve been here for 117 years and don’t have plans on going anywhere. And while we’re obviously proud of our rich history, just like my grandfather before us, we believe in innovation and staying ahead of the times. If there’s a product that you need or want, then we’re going to carry it locally because that keeps our dollars and jobs within our community.

That’s the bottom line, honesty, integrity, and keeping it local…it worked in 1896 and it works now.

D.T. McCall and Sons has locations in Lebanon, Carthage, Lafayette, Franklin and Cookeville. You can see all they have to offer at


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Watermelon Moon Farm

Watermelon Moon Farm

WLM Ladies Day Out at Watermelon Moon Farm


Watermelon Moon FarmL-R: Becky Andrews, Sue Siens, Donna Neely, Angel Kane, Denise Moore & Elizabeth Scruggs

Watermelon Moon FarmThe long, wide front porch is a perfect spot for serving or dining, or simply relaxing in the porch swing and rocking chairsIt’s not often that the group of the busy ladies who contribute to Wilson Living Magazine, and our fearless leaders, Becky Andrews and Angel Kane, get time for a ladies day out lunch, so we were thrilled with our excursion to Watermelon Moon Farm. 

Watermelon Moon Farm is a lovely two story home on Trousdale Ferry Pike, about half-way between Lebanon and Carthage at the Wilson County/ Smith County line. Our group of six was graciously welcomed to join two other groups of ladies visiting that day, with the same idea in mind: an afternoon get-away with friends for some fun, in a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere, delicious food, and shopping for neat finds amongst the beautifully decorated dining rooms and gift shop.


The Farm is owned by Emily Steinburg-Cash, who returned to the area after living in Florida for many years.Watermelon Moon FarmThe “Summer Kitchen Suite and Peacock Room” (available to rent) was formerly the historic home’s summer kitchen. The cozy suite includes a full private bath, cozy bedroom, separate sitting room, and view of the garden. Emily and husband, Harold Cash, have lovingly restored the home to its former grandeur. Emily’s style and creativity shines throughout the dining rooms, with nature inspired décor, whimsy, unique art, antiques, and collectibles artfully displayed. It’s simply gorgeous, and compliments the historic home. To our delight, much of it was also available for purchase! We had time to relax and chat with one another, something we rarely have time to do, and then browsed the collection of home décor and gift items.

Speaking of shopping, as you can see from our photos, there is something for everyone: jewelry, candles, art prints, collectibles, gourmet foods, and all sorts of specialty decorating items. As I say, “cool stuff!” Meanwhile, Emily, Harold, and friends prepared and then served us our delectable lunch plate: Harold’s bacon corn chowder soup, hot ham and swiss croissant, Raven’s Nest veggie dip on pita chips, bed of salad greens, country dressed egg, raspberry-orange-cranberry salad, broccoli peanut salad with red wine dressing, plantation fruit tea, and supermoist iced carrot cake with coffee for dessert. Yum!

The 25 ladies from the “Tea and Friends” group from Goodlettsville Nazarene Church, and the six high school friends from the 1973 class of DuPont High School who regularly meet for lunch, shared our enthusiasm.

 “We love Emily, and Watermelon Moon. Her food is fabulous,” said Paula Christianson from the church. “Our group comes in the fall, and usually again in the summer also,” she added. 

Karen Hedges of Mt. Juliet said, “A couple of years ago, our group of friends from high school re-connected, and now we get together for lunch about once a month. We have loved coming here,” she said.

Watermelon Moon FarmFor a relaxing get-away, you and your guests can enjoy a stay at the farm’s bed and breakfast cottageEmily and Harold open Watermelon Moon Farm seasonally, kicked off with an annual open house in the spring, and ending each season with their Christmas events. The farm is not open to the public daily, so all events both public and private do require reservations. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, numerous events are held, including an Easter luncheon, popular Mother’s Day luncheon, open houses, and other events. The home and grounds are used for parties, luncheons, receptions, weddings, church groups, baby showers, birthday parties, Red Hat ladies, clubs, and family and friends who simply want to get-together. Watermelon Moon Farm is also available to rent as a Bed & Breakfast. Emily also offers workshops throughout the seasons on a variety of arts and crafts, and the use of herbs in cooking.

Emily has a long career in hand-painted art and hand-crafted décor, and is an accomplished instructor. She says she learned southern cooking and her hostess skills from her mother, but had to learn gardening and taking care of farm animals after purchasing the farm.

The farm will be closed to the public until Spring 2014, while Emily and Harold prepare and decorate forWatermelon Moon FarmFriends from Dupont High School enjoy lunch at Watermelon Moon Farm next spring season.

Now is the time to plan your visits and make reservations for next year. To view the calendar of events, workshops, and learn more about the farm, visit their facebook page, or webpage at You can also email, or call (615) 444-2356. Emily and Harold might be out tending to the garden or taking care of their many farms animals, so be sure to leave a message on the phone so they can call you back.

Our WLM ladies are excited about our next trip to Watermelon Moon Farm, and we look forward to meeting you and your friends there too!

History and Folklore of Watermelon Moon Farm

Watermelon Moon FarmThe farm’s beautifully restored historic home, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the “Wm. Washington Seay House.” It was built by William Washington Seay between the years of 1835-1845. Built as an exact replica of a Louisiana plantation home, the quality craftsmanship is believed to have been influenced by his many trips to New Orleans, where he admired the ornate woodworking and stone masonry.

William Washington Seay married Ann Stanfield in 1825, and in 1828, his father John Seay soldWatermelon Moon Farm him 350 acres of his land for “five dollars and love and affection” on the condition that William could not sell the land, and his father could take timber from it. The entire Seay family farm was more than 1,000 acres. Their vast estate remained in the family for more than 150 years. Among father John Seay’s gifts to his sons were also slaves, who later helped to build the grand home. It is said that the slave who skillfully built the stone chimney and cellar was granted his freedom. Legend has it that following the Civil War, many of the freed slaves continued to make their homes at the farm as workers.

William Washington became a successful tobacco trader and businessman, which led to his trips to New Orleans for trading and exporting. It was following these trips that he built the grand home. During their marriage, William and Ann had nine children. Sadly, the Seay family also saw their share of tragedy during and after the War Between the States. Their son William Aurelius died during the Civil War, while serving in the 24th Confederate Tennessee Infantry in a battle in Perryville, KY. His father William took a team of horses and wagon, and claimed his son’s body, returning it for burial in the family cemetery not far from the mansion. One week following their son’s death, their daughter Cinderilla died following childbirth. Matron Ann Seay died in 1872, and William Washington Seay died in 1874. The home then became the property of his son, Thomas. In 1884, Thomas’s wife Lelia committed suicide, hanging herself in the doorway of the downstairs bedroom, believed to be overcome by the death of their only son Sidney. In 1890, Charles Seay, Thomas’s brother, was shot and killed on the front porch by his sister’s son during a family argument.

Following Thomas’s death, he left the home to his sister Eliza. She maintained the home until her death, when it was purchased by Daniel Elijah Seay. It should be noted that the property was originally located in Smith County. Dan Seay, however, wanted to run for Judge, which required a residence in Wilson County. He managed to have a small parcel of the farm, on which the Watermelon Moon Farm home sits today, annexed into Wilson County. The rest of the property remains in Smith County. After Dan’s death in 1957, the entire Seay estate was sold. Emily Steinburg purchased the home and 18 acres in 1991. In 2002, she and Harold married, and the two of them have continued to restore the home to its former glory.

Watermelon Moon FarmWatermelon Moon Farm owners, Emily & HaroldEmily’s Favorite:

Captain Rodney’s Cheesy Bake

1/2 cup Mayo

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

2 green onions chopped

6 Ritz crackers crushed

8 slices of bacon – cooked crispy & crumbled

1/2 cup or more

Captain Rodney’s Pepper Jelly

Mix mayo, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and onions. Put in greased quiche pan. Top with crackers and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or till bubbly. Top with Pepper Jelly just out of oven so it melts over the top. Add bacon optional… all good!!!

                                                    Served at Watermelon Moon Farm

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Sabrina Out on the Town – Jan/Feb



Wow! We brought 2013 to an end with a big bang!

There were so many holiday events to cover, that the ladies of WLM and I were sooo busy! Loved seeing you all out and about, can’t wait to do it all over again in 2014.


Happy New Year!

SabrinaBreakfast with Santa guests at Sammy B’s, during the 5th Annual WLM Holiday Expo

 SabrinaCongratulations Caroline Corley, a longtime Charlie Daniels Band member, crowned Ms Senior America













SabrinaA Christmas Story at the Capitol Theatre after a sold out showing





SabrinaDalton Teel and Maggie Crowell members of Youth Leadership Wilson, help out at LW’s Dare to Dine










SabrinaWLM Gala Event – Girl’s Night Out – Karen Lane, Angie Downs, Shelley Freeland & Samantha Taylor

SabrinaSabrina with Mayor Phillip Craighead and Tracy Lawrence

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One Red Stiletto – The Susan Bowman Story


The premier of the documentary “One Red Stiletto,” Susan Bowman’s story of tragedy and triumph. To learn more read

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