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Estate sale to be held for longtime Wilson County judge

Jacob Smith • Oct 16, 2017 at 5:25 PM

An estate sale for longtime Lebanon city judge Rodney V. Ahles will be held Friday and Saturday at the late judge’s former home.

Ahles, 82, served almost four decades as Lebanon’s city judge and died from a stroke at his home in July 2013.

From 1970 to 2005, Ahles actively served the city court as judge and juvenile court judge, and he also served as a juvenile referee for the county.

As a member of Cumberland University’s Board of Trust, Ahles served on the board’s executive committee as secretary-treasurer for 20 years. He was active throughout the Wilson County community, holding leadership positions in several other organizations, including the Lebanon Lions Club, Lebanon Civitan Club, the Wilson County Historical Commission and the Lebanon Rotary Club.

Ahles was a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona before moving to Lebanon, where he earned a second bachelor’s degree in law from Cumberland University.

He later earned his law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama before entering private practice in Lebanon in 1967.

While still working in private practice, Ahles drafted legislation for the Tennessee Legislative Council, in both the House and the Senate, for five sessions of the General Assembly.

From 1972 to 2003, he served on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

Parker Estate Services will hold the estate sale on location at 204 Blair Lane in Lebanon.

According to Larry Parker, owner of Parker Estate Services, the sale will feature many vintage items, as well as historical items from both the city and Cumberland University.

One feature will be the collection of 20-30 Cumberland University yearbooks that date as far back as 1902.

There will be several other unique items for sale, including Ahles’s gavels, a robe he wore while working, a large collection of law books, a 1963 Louis Vuitton purse that was never opened and more.

“These items are in really nice condition,” said Parker. “A lot of people knew Judge Ahles, and it could be special to them to have a part of the history.”

The estate sale will be held Friday and Saturday at 204 Blair Lane in Lebanon from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

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