Commonwealth Journal

November 15, 2013

Obituaries for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Virginia Broyles

Virginia Irene Broyles, age 91 of Somerset, Ky. passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at the Jean Waddle Care Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.  

She was born in the Walnut Grove community of Pulaski County on March 8, 1922 a daughter of the late J. Harrison and Ida Rose Hall Pennington. Irene was united in marriage to the late Glenn Boone Broyles on Sept.23, 1944.  

She is survived by her sister, Frances P. Garren of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law, Marshall Broyles; nephews, Keith Broyles, and Matt Kearney; and nieces, Sandra Burton, Jennifer Flynn, Elizabeth K. Broyles, and Janie Scruggs.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Everett, Corvis, R. Fairbanks, and Jay H. Pennington; and a sister, Penny Moore.

She was a member of Somerset First Methodist Church.

Irene served as librarian for Somerset High School for 32 years and taught in several one-room schools throughout Pulaski County, including Pisgah School. She launched the Folk Dancing Club at Somerset High School. She was a staunch liberal Democrat, a committed environmentalist, a skilled needlework artist, and an avid gardener. Irene was also an expert pistol marksman and was dubbed as the “Annie  

Oakley” of Pulaski County.    

As well as her family, she leaves to mourn her numerous friends including special friends Edith Leach,  

Charlotte Frey, Kathy Padgett and Peggy Morrison. She touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom became lifelong friends.

Visitation for Virginia Irene Broyles will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  

A service celebrating her life will be immediately following, with Rev. Steve Spitzer and Rev. Donald McKinney officiating.

Burial will be in the Burnett Chapel Cemetery.  

A reception will be held in the fellowship hall of the Burnett Chapel United Methodist Church after services.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Burnett Chapel Cemetery Fund c/o Rev. Donald McKinney, 504 Silver Star Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503.

Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.



James Gadberry

James (Jim) L. Gadberry, 82, of Nancy, Ky. passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Pulaski County, Ky. on Feb. 7, 1931, to the late Otha and Flona New Gadberry. He was a journeyman operator for the McCall’s Corporation for many years in Dayton, Ohio. He then became a cabinet maker in Pulaski County and retired from Cumberland Wood and Chair in 2003. He was a member of Sardis Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with his family and friends.

His wife of 64 years, Ruby Blankenship Gadberry, survives.

Other survivors include a son, Wayne (Penny) Gadberry; daughter, Shirley (Dale) Henderson; son, Jerry (Pauletta) Gadberry; and son, Joey (Whitney) Gadberry.

He is also survived by grandchildren, Scott (Lisa) Gadberry, Tara Gadberry, Lucas Gadberry, Lindsey Gadberry, Michael (Kim) Henderson, Cori (Chris) Smallwood, Megan (Tim) Miller, Paige Gadberry, Tanner Gadberry, Taylor Ruby, Raegan Ruby and Chaney Ruby. 10 great-grandchildren also survive him.  

Also surviving are a sister, Geneva (John) Bloomer; sister, Maxine Crawford; and brother, Glen (Wanzie) Gadberry.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Lou Gadberry; and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Gadberry.

Visitation for James L. Gadberry will be Sunday at 6 p.m. at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home.

His funeral will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. with Mike Coppersmith and Chris Jasper officiating.

Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.  

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. James Gadberry.

Beatrice Powell

Beatrice “Bea” F. Powell, 91, of Somerset, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at the Jean Waddle Care Center of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Nancy, Ky. on May 23, 1922 to the late Luther Marion Flynn and Ada Stacey Flynn. She was married to George Thomas Powell, who preceded her in death.    

Beatrice was a 1943 graduate of Somerset High School, was a seamstress for United Department  Store and Oakwood Training Center, and she had been a member of the High Street Baptist Church since 1948. She was a Sunday School Teacher, taught The Sunbeams, Girls Auxiliary, and she was a member of The Women's Missionary Union (WMU). Beatrice also enjoyed crafts, cooking, sewing and Somerset football.

Beatrice is survived by one son, Gary Powell (Angela); two daughters, Beth Boyle and Patty Burns (Bobby); and two grandchildren, Tanya Boyle and Thomas Boyle, all of Somerset.

She is also survived by one brother, Luther Flynn, Jr. (Carol) of Fairfield, Calif.; one sister, Helen Thomas of Monticello, Ill.; and four sisters-in-law, Garnett Flynn of Somerset; Gladys Flynn of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mary Flynn of Jonesboro, Ark.; and Jessie Hines of Somerset.

In addition to her parents and husband, Beatrice was preceded in death by four brothers, Hollis Flynn, Wildon Flynn, Leland “Bud” Flynn, and Donald Flynn; and one sister, Maudina Bomarito.

Visitation for Beatrice will be Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.     

A celebration honoring the life of Beatrice Powell will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Rev. Ed Amundson and Rev. Steve Hall officiating.

Interment will follow at Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the High Street Baptist Church Building Fund, 102 Bourne Avenue, Somerset, Ky., 42501, or the Department for the Blind, 650 N. Main Street, Somerset, Ky., 42501.

You may sign the online register book and leave private condolences at somersetundertaking.com.