Commonwealth Journal


September 12, 2013

Thelma Sowder

Thelma Opal Thomas Sowder, 101, passed away Monday September 9, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
She was born on May 25, 1912 in Faubush, Ky. to the late Joseph and Lucy Rainwater Thomas.  She was an active member of Somerset First Baptist Church and retired from General Electric. A graduate of Somerset High School Class of 1934 and  taught Sunday School to five year olds for over 30 years. Thelma always put the needs of others above her own and was always an avid prayer warrior. 
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ballard Lewis Sowder, whom she married on
November 25, 1947; one son, Ronald Sowder; one daughter, Louise Sowder; three brothers, Edwin Thomas, Ralph Thomas and Joseph Thomas Jr. Six sisters, Dorothy Thomas Breading, Ruby Foster, Alma Stermer, Vivian Thomas, Pauline Thomas and Betsy Thomas; and two sons-in-law, Harvey Swim and R. Dean Burkett. 
She is survived by one son, Lynn (and Joyce) Sowder of Somerset, Ky.; two daughters, Kara Bradley Burkett of Sevierville, Tenn. and Betty Swim of Corbin, Ky.; two sisters, Ovalene Morgan of Loveland, Ohio and Aldena Palmer of Dale, Arkansas. She was also survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great -grandchildren. 
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. today in the Serenity Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral Services will be held Friday September 13, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Serenity Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Troy McGahan and Bro. David Pendley officiating. 
Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.  
Pallbearers will be Jack Chesser, Alex Smith, Austin Smith, Bradley D. Burkett, John R. Mounce, Mike Velez, Pierce Foster and Kenny Palmer. Honorary Pallbearers, Junior Thomas, Jimmy Foster, Donny Thomas and Jeff Breading. 
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.  
    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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