Commonwealth Journal


July 5, 2014

Obituaries for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Somerset —

Lowell Blankenship
Lowell Kenton Blankenship, 79, of Eubank, Ky., passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born in Woodstock, Ky., on July 24, 1934, son of the late Lucien Isaac Blankenship and Clyde Beatrice Brown Blankenship.  He worked at Southern Belle Dairy his whole life and was a member of Union Church of Christ.
Kenton is survived by one son, Johnny Blankenship; two sisters, Betty Lou (and Vernon) Reynolds and Shelby Jean Thompson; two grandchildren, Chris (and Jenny) Blankenship and Jennifer (and Kenneth) Ashley; three great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Will and Brady Blankenship and their grandmother, Marsha Mounce.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Agnes Albright Blankenship, whom he married on May 28, 1955; his parents; one brother, Frankie Blankenship; and one great-grandchild, Dalton Ashley.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Ferlin Price officiating.
Burial will be in Woodstock Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.
Nannie Burdine
Nannie Burdine, 93, of Somerset passed away on Saturday, July 5. 2014 in Somerset.
Funeral Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Pulaski Funeral Home.
William Louis Gooch
William (Bill) Louis Gooch, age 83, passed away on July 4, 2014 in Joplin, MO.
Bill was born in Whitley City, Ky.,  on April 21, 1931 (also recorded as April 4, 1931) to the late Lura Opal Stephens Gooch and Charles B. Gooch. He married Ida Adams Holladay Gooch on November 28, 1963 in Somerset, Ky. Besides his parents, Bill was also preceded in death by two siblings, Sarah Jane Gooch Muse and Charles Joseph Gooch, a niece, Susan Muse Brown Northern, and a grandson, Kirk Elliot Holladay.
Bill served in the U. S. Army, the National Guard, and was a former announcer for Radio Station WTLO. He attended college at Cumberland College, Eastern Kentucky State, Dominican College, Carson-Newman College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in preparation for the ministry, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he obtained his Master's Degree in Education. A teacher and avid reader, Bill taught at Pulaski County High School and Eubank High School in Kentucky and Pleasant Prairie Elementary and Lance Junior High in Wisconsin. He spent his retirement years in Joplin, Missouri — surviving the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed much of the city. He saved the life of his wife when the storm destroyed their house during the disaster.

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