Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

January 23, 2014

Obituaries for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Somerset — Ralph Bryant

Ralph O. Bryant was born and on March 11, 1934 in Burnside, Ky. and raised there.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Bryant; daughters, Pam (Bill) May and Sonja (Tal) Plumlee; grandchildren, Bryant Plumlee (20), Morgan Plumlee (17) and Garret Plumlee (15).

He was one of six children born to the late Carl and Mary Walden Bryant.

Surviving are a sister, Brenda Roaden; and a brother, Raymond Bryant, both of Somerset, Ky.

He was preceded in death by sister, Ann Warpool of Nashville, Tenn.; and brothers, Eddie Bryant of Bronston, Ky., and Harold Bryant of Somerset, Ky.

Ralph loved sports and he played basketball at Burnside High School in Burnside, Ky., where he graduated in 1953. He served in the Air Force where he played basketball with a travel team across the United States. He then earned an athletic scholarship to MTSU where he played basketball all four years and earned a bachelor's degree. He then coached basketball at Red Boiling Springs for two years before going to Curt-Salmon Associates to learn the garment industry.  

He worked for Osh Kosh for several years as well as other companies before starting his own garment factory in Celina, Tenn., from which he retired in 1983.  

After retiring, Ralph joined a governmental agency to help establish industry in foreign countries. In that capacity, he traveled to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico and Jamaica. Ralph was a people person and loved spending time with friends new and old. He loved different cultures and enjoyed interacting with people from all walks of life.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them to fish and watching them play sports. He was ordained a deacon at Celina First Baptist and served in many roles while there. While still able to enjoy activities, Ralph participated as a Shriner in the Celina chapter. He helped to transport children to the burn hospital in Cincinnati. He was also an avid golfer for many years.

He moved to Lafayette to be closer to his grandkids and medical facilities. He served as a deacon at Lafayette First Baptist. He was elected to the Tennessee Baptist Convention Board as well as the Baptist Hospital Board, including four hospitals. He was forced to resign from these positions due to failing health.

He was an avid UK basketball fan as well as UT football fan!

Memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, Tenn., 37024 or through the funeral home.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Lafayette First Baptist Church with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.

Obituary is courtesy of Pulaski Funeral Home.

Blanche Haynes

Mrs. Blanche Faye Haynes, age 90, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Eubank Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Blanche Faye Haynes will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until time for services Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Pulaski Funeral Home.

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements.

Lena Haynes

Lena Edna Haynes, age 88 of Parkers Lake, Ky., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1925 in Dixie Bend, Ky. to the late Abb and Elsie Lawery Hill. Lena was a former cook for the Goodie Shack Restaurant in Burnside, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bernard C. Haynes; and two sons, Otis Haynes and Stanley Edward Haynes.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry (Karen) Haynes and Billy (Wanda) Haynes, all of Parkers Lake, Ky.; six daughters, Catherine Haynes of Monticello, Ky., Magdalena (Joseph) Ballou of Burnside, Ky., Lois (Roy) Beaty of Eubank, Ky., Louise New of Parkers Lake, Ky., Marie (Rex) Gregory of Monticello, Ky. and Tenna Canada of Bronston, Ky.; one brother, Roy Hill of Tateville, Ky.; and one sister, Bertha Phillips of Somerset, Ky.

She is also survived by a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 after 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. David Vaughn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sloans Valley Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.

Julia Heath

Julia Marie Heath 83, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Julia was born on Nov. 3, 1930 in Somerset, Ky. to the late John William and Delpha Phelps Hargis. She graduated from Shopville High School then completed nursing school. Julia was a nurse for 43 years for both the Somerset Hospital and Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital before retiring. She received many commendations for her service in the emergency room. Julia was a wonderful cook and worked hard to provide for her five children. She was of the Baptist faith and attended church when able.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Allen Heath of Ocala, Fla.; two daughters, Janice Louise McAdams, of Ocala, Fla., and Robyn F. Heath, of Somerset, Ky.; a brother, Charles Hargis (Fay) of Martinsville, Ind.; a sister, Velma Price (Eulis) of Somerset, Ky.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Harold Muse; a daughter, Jeanie Lynn Blevins; a granddaughter, Clorisa Muse Norton; two sisters, Edith Hargis and Alberta Dyke; a half-sister, Josephine Bray; and a niece, Lynda Hargis Clay.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Hospice of Lake Cumberland and the staff of Lake Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation.

The family of Julia Marie Heath will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 after 10 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m., also at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company with Bro. Ernie Wyatt officiating.

Interment will follow at the White Lily Cemetery.

Somerset Undertaking Company is in charge of all arrangements.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the White Lily Cemetery  Fund.

Ernie Huff

Ernie Charles Huff, 67, of Somerset, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

He was born in Pippa Passes, Ky. on July 20, 1946 to the late Varsh Huff and Cynthia Slone Huff. Ernie was a loving brother and father. He was a kind-hearted, gentle soul who was very honest and willing to help everyone. He had a special love for dogs.

Ernie is survived by son, Kevin Huff (Sonya) of Somerset; daughter, Jenny Huff Collier of Somerset; sisters, Mavis Johnson (Earnest) of London, Gladys Cornett (Ralph) of Roxana, Helen Sumler (Jim) of Lexington and Nancy Burchett (Jeff) of London; and three grandchildren, Ryan and Baley Huff and Jill Collier.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jeff Collier; and three brothers, Freddie , Carlos and Donald Huff.

Visitation for Ernie Charles Huff will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory.

The family of Ernie Charles Huff will hold a graveside service on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Cornett Cemetery in Roxana, Ky.

The family of Ernie Charles Huff requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to St.Judes Children's Research Hospital/PO Box 1000 Dept. 142/Memphis, Tenn., 38101-9908.

Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

You may sign the online register book and leave condolences for the family at www.somersetundertaking.com.

Eddie Nicholas

Eddie Dean Nicholas, age 58 of Burnside, Ky., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1955 in Amhurst, Ohio to Ganzie Lee and Anna Mae Paris Nicholas. Eddie was a disabled vet from the United States Army where he was a Sergeant of the 101st Airborne. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the American Legion and the DAV.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ganzie Lee Nicholas, Jr. and Jerry Nicholas; and two nephews, Mikey Nicholas and Randall Toney.

He is survived by his parents, Ganzie and Anna Nicholas of Burnside, Ky.; his wife, Patricia Campbell Nicholas of Burnside, Ky.; one son, Rodney Allen (Melissa) Nicholas of Burnside, Ky.; three daughters, Amanda Rae (Steven) Edens of Raleigh, N.C., Khrysten Jonel (Michael) Campbell of Burnside, Ky., and Kaley Montana (Chris) Nicholas of Burnside, Ky.; five brothers, Buddy Nicholas, of Burnside, Ky., Johnny Nicholas of Somerset, Ky., Mike Nicholas of Burnside, Ky., Terry Nicholas of Richmond, Ky. and Rick “Puck” Troxell of Liberty, Ky.; four sisters, Anna Toney of Burnside, Ky., Gina Mae Langdon of Somerset, Ky., Linda Sullivan of Burnside, Ky. and Sharon Nicholas of Somerset, Ky.

He is also survived by six grandchildren and one on the way.

There will be a visitation on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eddie Nicholas Memorial Fund, C/O Southern Oaks Funeral Home, 2110 West Highway 914, Somerset, Ky., 42503.

Wendel Norfleet

Mr. Wendel Eugene Norfleet, son of the late Hulen and Hattie Adams Norfleet, was born in Nancy, Ky. on Monday, July 21, 1930 and he departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Somerset, Ky. having attained the age of 83 years, 6 months and 1 day.

He was united in marriage to Bernell “Nell” Brown Norfleet on May 27, 1960 at Saint Mildred’s Catholic Church, and they were blessed to spend 53 years together before his passing.  

Other than his wife, he is also survived by three daughters, Vicky (and Steve) Bumgardner and Lisa (and Jackie) McKinney, both of Somerset, Ky., and Donna Norfleet (and Lenny Bridgers) of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Eric Bumgardner, Sean Bumgardner, Jon McKinney, Kelli (and Chris) Fain, Ashley McKinney, Thomas McKinney, Andrew McKinney and Mindy Phelps; one brother, Dale Norfleet of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Louise (and Ed) Jones and Maxine Nelson, both of Somerset, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives who mourn his passing.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leon, Harold, Linville, and Hersel Norfleet; and two sisters, Ruth Frye and Evelyn Norfleet.

Wendel was the owner & operator of Norfleet Service Station for more than 50 years until he retired in 2009. He was a member of Saint Mildred’s Catholic Church and was an avid U.K. sports fan and a Cincinnati Reds Fan. He loved gardening and was well known for his homemade candy. He was also a talented guitar player and loved listening to country and gospel music.

A Christian Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mildred’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2014 with Father Jeffery Estacio officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

The family of Mr. Wendel Eugene Norfleet will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 and at St. Mildred’s from 10 a.m Saturday until time for services.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, contribution take the form of contributions to Saint Mildred’s Outreach Center.

Kassidy Pitman

Kassidy Angela Kay Pitman, the infant daughter of Larry and Valerie King Pitman, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Angela King; and a host of other great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her parents; a sister, Khloe Pitman; and a brother, Brandon Pitman; paternal grandparents, Delmer and Glenda Pitman of Somerset, Ky.; maternal grandparent, Dennis King of Knott County, Ky.; and several aunts and uncles, James and Kris Pitman of Somerset, Ky., Misty Cundiff and Jeff Wilson of Eubank, Ky. and Dennis King of Kite, Ky.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Southern Oaks Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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