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Obituaries

December 27, 2013

Obituaries for Saturday, December 28, 2013

Robert Johnson
Robert E. Lee Johnson, 91, of Nancy, Ky. died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. 
He was born on Sept. 21, 1922 in Russell County to the late Marcillus and Rebecca Stacy Johnson. He was a farmer, a Veteran of US Army and a member of Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by wife, Grace Irene Johnson; a son, Marshall Johnson; seven brothers, Otha, Tommy, Jack, Alfred, Woodrow, Zolllie, and Albin Johnson; two sisters, Retta Hatfield and Lecta Winchester; and four infant brothers.
Survivors include a son, Barry Johnson, Nancy, Ky.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Grace Jennings, Berea, Ky. and Merle Decker, Somerset.
Funeral services for Robert E. Lee Johnson will be at 10 a.m. CST Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at the Bernard Funeral Home chapel in Russell Springs, Ky. with Bro. Murrell Crockett officiating. 
Friends may call after 4 p.m. CST on Sunday.
Burial will be in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Somerset.
Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs in charge of arrangements.
 
Odena Meece
Mrs. Odena Meece, age 81 of Somerset, Ky., daughter of the late George Alfred and Ida Jane (Tomlinson) Ping, was born in Somerset, Ky. on March 29, 1932 and departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
Other than her parents, Odena was preceded in death by her husband, Jermiah Robert Meece, who passed away on March 31, 2013; two brothers, Dewey Ping, Wanda Lee Ping; and one sister, Geneva (Ping) Snow.
She is survived by one son, Jerry (and Martha) Meece of White Lily, Ky.; two brothers, Bob (and Wanda) Ping of Science Hill, Ky. and Lawrence Ping of Ohio; and two grandchildren, Cierra and Jacob Meece.  
Odena also leaves behind a very special niece, Joyce Slover; and several family and friends who all mourn her passing.
Odena was a homemaker and a member of White Lily Baptist Church, she loved cooking and sewing.

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  • Viola Nichols

    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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