Commonwealth Journal


December 2, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Somerset — John Brooks

John E. Brooks, 85, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Friday November 29, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born on February 19, 1928 in Ingram, Ky., to the late Gillus and Abbie Green Brooks.

John was a retired electrician and a member of the Centennial Baptist Church in Ingram, Ky. He enjoyed raising his cattle and farming and enjoyed his time with his family and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gary Brooks; one brother, Jack Brooks; one sister, Georgia Slugher; and one grandchild.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Verla Fuson Brooks, whom he married on June 10, 1946 in Ingram, Ky.; five sons, James Estil (and Treva) Brooks of Barboursville, Ky., John Larry (and Phyllis) Brooks of Pineville, Ky., Tony (and Charlotte) Brooks of Science Hill, Ky., Timothy (and Robin) Brooks of the Oak Hill Community, Somerset, Ky., and Bro. Teddy (and Regina) Brooks of Somerset, Ky.; one daughter, Saundra Mays of Somerset, Ky.; two sisters, Jewell (and Billy Ray) Carroll of Harrogate, Tenn., and Billie Owens of Harrogate, Tenn. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 3, 2013 after 12 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Teddy Brooks officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Campbell

William Albert "Bill" Campbell, 78, of Eubank, Ky., departed this life on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his residence.

Bill was born on November 19, 1935 in Hargis, Ky., to the late Oscar and Marie Blankanship Campbell. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He married Carol Ann Deluca on June 13, 1968 in McHenry, Ill. Bill was owner operator of his own exterminator business. He was a member of St. Mildred's Catholic Church, in Somerset.

Bill is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Deluca Campbell; his sons, William Scott (and Cathy) Campbell, of Pulaski County, Ky., and James Glen (and Laura) Campbell, of the United Kingdom; his daughters, Genella (and Joe) Ihrig, of

Madison County, Ky., and Michelle Roy, of Pulaski County, Ky.; two brothers, Johnny Ray Campbell and Kenneth Campbell, both of Pulaski County, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Mindy Roy, Wade (and Samantha) Gover, William (and Megan) Gover, Mikki Roy, Catie (and Wayne) Phelps, Heather Campbell, Elizabeth

Campbell, Savana Campbell and Finnian Campbell; and four great-grandchildren, Alyssa Phelps, Taylor Phelps, Andrew Phelps and Danella Gover.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Campbell and Marie Blanchette; and three brothers, Henry Campbell, Charles Campbell and Archie Campbell.

A memorial service for William Albert "Bill" Campbell will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. Mildred's Catholic Church, 203 South Central Avenue, Somerset, with Father Jeffrey Estacio officiating.

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website:

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for William Albert "Bill" Campbell.


Pamela Hardwick

Pamela Jean Hardwick, 54, of Somerset, Ky., departed this life on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY.

Visitation for Pamela will be on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with her funeral service to follow at

12 p.m.

Interment will be in the Tuttle Chapel Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, December 4, 2013 edition.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Pamela Jean Hardwick.

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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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