Wilson County lost two men who had served the community for many years over the weekend.
Retired Circuit Court Judge Bobby Harold Capers passed away Saturday, and Wilson County Road Superintendent Steve Armistead passed away Sunday.
“The unfortunate passing of both are big loses for our community. Both of these men served and loved Wilson County with passion, compassion, character, dignity and love. Their impact on this county and our great communities will last a lifetime and I/we are forever indebted and grateful to the many sacrifices they made during their dedicated public service careers. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Capers was a retired Circuit Court Judge in the 15th Judicial District of Tennessee. Armistead was appointed Wilson County Road Superintendent in Aug. 1996.
“Two great men. They helped shape what we are looking at now,” said Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice.
Wilson County Attorney Mike Jennings was friends with both men, and said he spent many great times with them. Jennings met Capers when he was assistant district attorney, and he became great friends with him over the years, often being a traveling companion to football games. He said he loved his community, and saw evidence of that frequently in things he did to better it.
“He meant a lot to Wilson County. I had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” said Jennings.
Jennings didn’t know Armistead quite as long, but still was great friends with him.
“I learned a lot of life lessons from Steve,” said Jennings.
Jennings said in some respects, Armistead was a mentor, and they would often talk politics, and what needed to be done in Wilson County.
“I’m going to miss both of them in all sincerity,” said Jennings.
Capers’ Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN with Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Armistead’s funeral service will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding the service from 9 -11 am. Rev. Chuck Groover will officiate and his life-long friend Al Gore will deliver the eulogy. Visitation at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon is Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 2-7 p.m.
Both men’s full obituaries are on Page 5 and 6.