Commonwealth Journal


January 23, 2013

Jean Prather


Jean Moore Prather, 92, died at home on Jan. 21, 2013.  
Marie Jeanette (Jean) Moore Prather was born April 27, 1920, in Dunbar, W.Va., the daughter of Albert K. Moore and Anna Cooper Moore.
She was predeceased by her husband, John G. Prather, Sr., and by her younger son, Jerome Prather.  
She is survived by her son, John G. Prather, Jr. and daughter-in-law Hilma Skonberg Prather; by daughter-in-law Joelyn Herndon Prather; by grandsons Jerome (Jay) Park Prather, Joel Moore Prather, and John Hunt Prather (and wife Mandy); by granddaughter Anna Russell Prather; and a host of cousins and friends.
She grew up in Salyersville, Ky., where her father was the editor and publisher of the Salyersville Independent. After graduating as class valedictorian of Magoffin Baptist Institute, she graduated from Transylvania University in 1940. While at Transylvania, she served as president of Phi Mu Sorority.
She taught commerce at Somerset High School for two years, at Mt. Sterling High School for one year, and then, during World War II, entered the United States Navy as a WAVE and was commissioned as an officer. She served in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Cedar Falls, Washington, D.C., and Oakland until being discharged as a Lieutenant junior grade. She and her husband John returned to Kentucky where she made her home until her passing.
She was extremely active in her community. She was a member of First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School for 20 years; served as a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years; and was a staunch supporter of the Boy Scouts. She served as PTA president assisting in obtaining approval of the bond issue to build Hopkins Elementary School. She served as Chair of the Advisory Board of Somerset Community College; Chair of the Pulaski County Library Board during the period of relocation to the old Pulaski County Post Office Building; and was a founding member and president of the Somerset Garden Club. She was a member of the State Board of Democratic Women’s Club of Kentucky; a member of the Kentucky Heritage Commission; and a member of the Transylvania University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jean also served as the Chair of the Hospice Board of Directors when the hospice program was initiated in Pulaski County.

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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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