Commonwealth Journal


August 29, 2013

Carolyn Whitis

Carolyn Marie Godbey Whitis, age 67, of Somerset, Ky., went to rest in the arms of God on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center surrounded by her family.
Carolyn was born on Dec. 14, 1945 to the late Wallace and Nancy Spears Godbey. She loved watching her grandson, D.J., bowl, and her granddaughter, Amanda, play ball. She also enjoyed shopping at Goodwill, going to flea markets and yard sales. She loved to attent gospel singings, and going to Denham Street Baptist Church where she has been a member since 1999. Carolyn retired from the Oakwood Training Center in 2001.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. Edwin “Ed” Whitis, whom she married on Oct. 12, 1968. Two children blessed this union. They are Lorna (and Don) Haynes and Rodney (and Sherri) Whitis. 
She is also survived by her two grandchildren, D.J. and Amanda Haynes, and a granddog, Derby, all of Somerset, Ky; two brothers, Floyd (and Ruby) Godbey of Dayton, Ohio, and Ben (and Ina) Godbey of Somerset, Ky.; two sisters, Gladys Lesch of Louisville, Ky. and Norma Wilhoite of Westfield, Ind.; brothers and sisters-in-law, James (and Ernestine) Whitis, Viola Pike, Margaret Poindexter, Harold Whitis, Bob (and Betty) Whitis, Paulette (and Morris) Murphy all of Somerset, Ky., Edna Floyd of Lexington, Ky. and Mary Lee (and Dan) Mink of Mt. Vernon, Ky.; her best lifetime friend, Opal Roy of Science Hill, Ky.; and a host of other family and friends.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Gyrstal Godbey; father and mother-in-law, James and Mary Bell (Goff) Whitis; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond Lesch, Buddy Wilhoite, Carl Whitis, Maxine and Bud Johnson, Pearl and John Hall, Lena and James McQueen, Herbert Whitis, Gene Floyd, and Bobby Poindexter; and two granddogs, Zaya and Casey.

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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.  
    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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