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Obituaries

February 5, 2014

Obituaries for Thursday, February 6, 2014

Eloise Drake
Eloise Helton Drake, age 85, of Somerset, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.
Visitation for Mrs. Drake will be on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Somerset from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at the church. Bro. French Harmon and Dr. William Drake will officiate the funeral service.
Interment will be on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mill Springs National Cemetery.
The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to the Kinningham Cemetery Fund, in Knox County, Ky.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Eloise Helton Drake.
 
William Schlake
William Joseph Schlake, age 67, of Somerset, Ky., departed this life on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset.
Bill was born on March 25, 1946, in East St. Louis, Ill. to the late Elmer and Marie Donze Schlake. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill married Donna Jean Wright in Freeburg, Ill. on Sept. 20, 1969. They have two children from their union. 
He was a communications and signal supervisor for Norfolk Southern Railroad. Bill was an active member of St. Mildred's Catholic Church of Somerset and a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his leisure time, he loved hunting and fishing. Bill loved working in his garden and traveling. He was loved by so many, and he will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit. Bill was a man who loved life and he was known for his willingness to help anyone at anytime.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; their son, Troy William (and Michele) Schlake, of Richmond, Ky.; their daughter, Andra Kay Dalton, of Somerset, Ky.; his brother, Robert E. Schlake, of Doniphan, Mo.; three sisters, Virginia Eller, of St. Louis, Mo., Jackie Brennan, of Collinsville, Ill., and Kathryn Geiger, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Dakotah Dalton and Devlynn Dalton.

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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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