Commonwealth Journal


December 26, 2012

Naomi Darnell


Naomi Dae New Darnell, 84, of Somerset, Ky., died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Naomi was born Aug. 20, 1928 in McVeigh, Pike County, Ky., the daughter of the late Cornelius Levi New and Lola Jane Miller New Adams. She married Paul Marion Darnell on May 12, 1948 and he preceded her in death. She was a faithful member for over 50 years at Burnside Christian Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and treasurer. Naomi was a member of a special group of ladies, the "Mama Mia's” and was retired from Oakwood Training Center (presently known as the Communities of Oakwood).
Naomi was preceded in death by her brothers, Forrest, who died as an infant, and Max E. New; and sister-in-law, Anna Lois New. 
She is survived by one brother, Hugh F. New (husband of Anna Lois) of Somerset; and sister-in-law, Freda New (wife of Max) of Barbourville, Ky.; five children, William Lewis (and Barbara Sue) Darnell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Faye Darnell of Somerset; Barbara Jane (and Sam) Napier of Tiltonsville, Ohio, Alice Ruth Darnell (and Joan Norvell) of Fredericksburg, Va., and Paula Marie (and James) Embree of Louisville, Ky.
Naomi also leaves eight grandchildren, Robert Lewis Darnell, Samuel Perry (and Adrienne) Napier, James Clark (and Michelle) Embree, Lola Jane (and Luke) Embree Davidson, Matthew William Darnell, Peter Levi Embree, Jonathan Darnell Napier, Christopher JohnMark Embree; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Katie, Adam, and Spencer Darnell (children of Robert), and Rylie Napier; a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a very special friend, Oreida Freeman.
Arrangements were handled by Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. 
The funeral service was conducted by Bro. Harlan Ogle and James Embree on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. 
The burial took place at Miller Cemetery in Greenwood, McCreary County, Ky. on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.

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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.
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    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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