Commonwealth Journal


December 2, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013


Somerset — Gerald Newkirk

Gerald Newkirk, 82, of Somerset, Ky., passed away November 30, 2013 at

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Gerald Newkirk.

C. Stuart Thompson

C. Stuart Thompson passed away November 24, 2013, at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation in Somerset. He had suffered the effects of Alzheimer's disease for over ten years. He is survived by his wife, Vickie R. Thompson; son, Dr. David S. Thompson (and Marsha), of Tucson, Ariz., and sister-in-law Kay Stephens (and Gerald), Snead, Fla.

Predeceasing him were his first wife, Irenee and his parents, Clifford and Mildred Thompson.

Stuart retired from the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1986 and moved to Somerset.

A memorial service will be held December 6 at Somerset Undertaking Company, at 2 p.m., with visitation one-half hour prior to the service.

Fr. Bruce Swinehart, Boulder, Colorado and Rev. Marcia Hunter, Lexington, will officiate.  

A reception will follow at Somerset Undertaking Company.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a remembrance to the Pulaski County Alzheimer's Center or Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Condolences may be expressed to the Thompson family online at

Bernice Wesley

Bernice Haste Wesley, 80, of Highway 635, Science Hill, Ky., passed away Sunday

December 1, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on November 26, 1923 in Science Hill, KY to the late Harlan and Ada Sweet Haste.

Bernice was a homemaker and a member of the West Science Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting and loved her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Wesley; a step-son,

Johnny Edward Wesley; and a grand-daughter, Lisa Wesley.

She is survived by her son, Robin (and Kristie) Wesley of Science Hill, Ky., and step-son, Chester (and Sandy) Lee Wesley of Paulding, Ohio; her grandchildren, Brandon Wesley, Beth Wesley, Johnny (and Bing) Wesley, Tedda Wesley, William Wesley, Chester Wesley and Angie Wesley; also survived by several great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 after 5 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Ron Meece officiating.

Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery in Casey County.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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