Commonwealth Journal


January 10, 2014

Obituaries for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Somerset — Jamie Helton

James Millard “Jamie” Helton, 43, Jonesborough, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn. after a brief illness.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in Somerset, Ky. and then moved to Jonesborough where he had lived for a number of years. He was employed as an LPN at the Life Care Center of Gray. He served in the United States Navy. He loved to ride his motorcycle, he had compassion for his patients, and he was an avid outdoorsman.

Jamie was preceded in death by his father, Millard Helton.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Jimmy Deese, Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy Dalton Helton; three daughters, Jaelindsey Kaye Gentry and husband Ryan, Somerset, Ky., and Chelsea Rae Banks and Demi Brianna Helton, both of Jonesborough; four grandchildren, Blakley Garland, Bristol Jones, London Bishop and Avery Broyles; his mother, Patsy Boyatt Deese, Somerset, Ky.; his stepbrother, Jimmy Deese, Bryson City, N.C.; two stepsisters, Cindy Fowler and husband Mike, and Pam Dickerson and husband Steve, both of Charlotte, N.C.; and his father and mother-in-law, William Terrel and Aileen Dalton, Somerset, Ky.

There will be a Celebration of Life service for Jamie on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the banquet hall of the Best Western Hotel, 2406 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, Tenn.

The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to his friends and co-workers of Life Care, Gray, Mandy Rocker, Doug and JoAnn Ramsey, and Alanna Snodgrass .

Condolences may be emailed to

Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, Tenn., is assisting the Helton family.

Danny Patterson

Danny T. Patterson, age 59 of Somerset, Ky. passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

He was born on May 14, 1954 in Lexington, Ky. to the late Hubert Sr. and Ada Marie Johnson Gilmore.

Danny was a self-employed mechanic and he enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Danny T. Patterson, Jr.; and two brothers, Lawrence Patterson and Johnny Gilmore.

He is survived by one daughter, Sarah (Timothy Jr.) Lynch of Monticello, Ky.; three brothers, Hubert Gilmore of Somerset, Ky., Fred (Marsha) Gilmore of Somerset, Ky. and George “Buddy” Gilmore" (Kristie Johnson) of Somerset, Ky.; three sisters, Patricia “Lucille” (James) Hay of Somerset, Ky., Rose (Donald) Slaughter of Somerset, Ky., and Minnie Peyton of Knoxville, Tenn.; one grandson, Timothy Lynch III.

He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 after 6 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. James Bartleston officiating.

Burial will follow in the Southern Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Danny T. Patterson Funeral Fund, c/o Southern Oaks Funeral Home, 2110 W. Hwy. 914, Somerset, Ky. 42503.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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    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.  
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    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.
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    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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