Commonwealth Journal


February 4, 2014

Obituaries for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Norma Leveridge
Norma Jean Leveridge, 83 years and 2 days, of Somerset, Ky., retired manager for the Show Place Cinemas, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Somerset, Ky. 
Burial to follow in the Methodist Cemetery in Whitley City. 
The family will receive friends Thursday after 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. 
She was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Somerset, Ky. to Vela (Leveridge) Spradlin. Norma was of the Methodist faith. She worked many years as the manager of Virginia Cinemas and later as the manager for Show Place Cinemas in the mall. 
Preceding her in death is her mother. 
She is survived by her cousins, Don Stricklin and wife, Sybil, Becky Davis and husband, Larry, and Nancy Leveridge; and special friends, Joan and Larry Garner, and Jit and Sue Stogsdill.
Condolences may be left for the family at
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Miss Norma Jean Leveridge.
Buddy Meece
Buddy Gene Meece, age 81, of Hamilton, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at Hospice of Hamilton. 
He was born April 22, 1932 in Somerset, Ky., the son of the late James W. and Lucinda Meece. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and married Janis Lou Bedford in 1954. Buddy was employed as a truck driver for Henke's Express, retiring after 30 years. He was a member of the Gospel Assembly, and was a devoted Christian who served the Lord for over 50 years. He loved the Cincinnati Reds and was always joking with people. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.   
He is survived by his wife, Janis; three daughters, Kimberly (Allen) Blundell of Trenton, Ohio, Jennifer Slaven of Hamilton, Ohio, and Rachael (William) Whitt of Hamilton, Ohio; a sister, Betty Harris of Somerset, Ky.; grandchildren, Matthew Blundell, Sarah Blundell, Adam (Emily) Blundell, Joshua Slaven, Jacob Slaven, Gabrielle Whitt and Noah Whitt, and Aimee Morley, who he always thought of as his granddaughter; and great-grandchildren, Kylee Blundell, Ava Blundell, Christian Blundell and Aaron Blundell.  

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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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