Commonwealth Journal

February 6, 2014

Obituaries for Friday, February 7, 2014


Commonwealth Journal

Irene Boyer
Irene Boyer, 85, of Somerset, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Jean Waddle Care Center. 
She was born in the Faubush community of Pulaski County on March 29, 1928 to the late Henry Burkett and Lillie Bland Burkett. Irene was married to Dan L. Boyer, whom preceded her in death.
Irene was a member of the West Somerset Baptist Church. Some of her hobbies included collecting dolls, painting, sewing and going to the beach. She had been employed as a server at the Hampton Inn.
Irene is survived by brother, William A “Bill” Burkett; sisters-in-law, Patsy Burkett and Ada Burkett; and several nieces and nephews, all of Somerset. 
Also preceding Irene in death were brothers, Jerry, James “Jimmy,” and Eyvind and his wife Lillian Burkett; sisters, Alodine Bland and her husband Delrue, Genice Mink and her husband Wilson, Onieda Whitaker and her husband Don, and Jean Burkett; and two nieces and two nephews.  
Visitation for Irene Boyer will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.
A service celebrating the life of Irene Boyer will follow at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Bro. Danny Pace officiating.  
Interment will be at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Ky.
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of all arrangements.
You may sign the online guest register book and leave condolences for the family at www.somersetundertaking.com.
 
Billy Daniels
Billy E. Daniels, age 80, of Nancy, Ky., departed this life on Feb. 4, 2014 at his residence.
Billy was born on March 26, 1933 in Happy, Ky., to the late Kenneth and Cynthia Combs Daniels. He married Christine Eversole in Hazard, Ky. on Dec. 5, 1951. They have seven children from their union.  
Billy attended Vicco High School (when not shooting pool!) in Perry County, Ky., where he met his lifetime sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Christine Eversole. He was a second generation coal miner and a farmer. Billy was a Master Mason and, for nearly 59 years, a member of the Vicco Masonic Lodge in Perry County, Ky. 
Beginning his mining career in eastern Kentucky as a teenager, he also worked in the western Kentucky and southeastern Ohio coal fields. Billy moved his family to southeastern Ohio in late 1968, where he worked for more than 20 years at Peabody Coal Company, as a chief electrical and maintenance foreman. In 1970, he bought a small farm in Morgan County, Ohio, where he began a “second job” as a famer for himself and others in the community. 
Billy had a strong work ethic and commitment to family. A family man, he provided unconditionally and unceasingly for both his immediate and extended family. He often worked 8-10 hours in the mines followed by another 4-6 hours on the farm. Billy's love for the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, led him to Cambridge, Ohio in the mid 1980s, where he, Christine, family, and numerous friends spent hours camping, fishing, and boating. He and Christine moved to Jabez, Ky. (Pulaski County) in the early 1990s, where they enjoyed fishing on Lake Cumberland. 
Billy's legacy is his love for family, friends, people in general, and most of all Jesus Christ. Billy tremendously enjoyed worshipping at Mount Eden Baptist Church (Russell County, Ky.) and Smith Grove Baptist Church (Pulaski County, Ky.). Kindhearted, he generously gave to those in need and loved the companionship of family and friends. He strived to teach his children, grandchildren, and others his values, setting an example to help others sacrificially, and teaching the value of family along with the importance of pulling together as a family in crisis. While his life sometimes was hard, his life was principled and one that benefited all who knew him.  
He is survived by his wife, Christine; their son, William K. (and Saadia) Daniels of Nancy, Ky.; their six daughters, Vivian Sue (and Bill) Hickman of New Lexington, Ohio, Linda A. (and Kerry) Locke, of New Lexington, Ohio, Glenda Locke, of Roseville, Ohio, Sandra K. (and Charles) Clark, of Roseville, Ohio, Candy R. (and Jeffery) Waite, of Marietta, Ohio, and Billie D. (and Arthur) Hardin, of Georgetown, Ky.; two sisters, Mary E. Mullins and Judith G. Shell; 14 grandchildren, Kent Daniels, Christy Daniels, Dan Hickman, Jon Locke, Adam Locke, David Locke, Rob Locke, April Lawson, Michelle Bowling, Ben Locke, Billie Jane Senig, Charlie Clark, Scott Waite and Deidra Lagasse; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of special friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Daniels; his sisters, Joyce A. Sumner, Joan P. Mullins and Peggy S. Mayhew; and his grandson, Ben Locke.
Visitation for Billy Daniels will be Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. 
Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.
Billy's grandsons and Mark Lawson and Peyton Bowling will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy's granddaughters.
The family requests donations may be made to Gideons International for Bible placements.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website:  www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Billy E. Daniels.
 
Eloise Drake
Eloise Helton Drake, of 408 Rosewood Ave., Somerset, died on Feb. 5, 2014. 
She was born July 10, 1928. Eloise was the wife of the late Robert G. Drake, Sr. and daughter of Frances Kinningham and Sheriff James S. Helton of Pineville. She was affectionately know as “Lovey” by her husband.  
Eloise was a graduate of Pineville High School and the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority at UK. She moved to Somerset and was the Chief Medical Technologist at Somerset City Hospital.
Eloise was a member of the Somerset Junior Woman's Club, Somerset Duplicate Bridge Club, President of the Hopkins PTA and Somerset Band Booster Club, Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, and Associate Professor of Somerset Community College in the Medical Laboratory program.
An active member of the First Christian Church, Eloise served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the church choir. In more recent years she joined the First Baptist Church and was also active there as a Sunday School teacher and choir member. All who knew Eloise knew her to be a woman of conviction and strong will, and devoted to her church, family, home and many friends.  
She loved cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats and enjoyed vacationing at Pawley's Island, S.C. annually with her family. She liked to walk on the beach and be with her siblings, children, and 11 grandchildren.
She and her husband were most proud of their children and grandchildren.
Eloise is survived by four children, Dr. Robert Drake, and Jim and Lee Ann Drake of Somerset, John and Libbie Drake of Frankfort, and Nancy and Doug Starcher of Atlanta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary Margaret, Jimmy Jr., and Ben Drake, all of Somerset, Hannah, Megan and Palmer Drake of Frankfort, and Andrew, Allison, and Katherine Starcher of Atlanta.
She is survived by one brother, James Carter and Mary Cathern (Dink) Helton of Pineville; one sister, Frances (Cinder) and Sonny Parsons of Knoxville; one brother-in-law, Gene and Estelle Drake of Henderson; and two sisters-in-law, Margie Drake of Lexington and Gay Drake of Chattanooga.
Eloise was preceded in death by one sister, Marietta Lewis Webster; and her brothers-in-law, Milton Lewis, Charles Webster, William B. Drake, Sr., and James Drake. 
Visitation for Mrs. Drake will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Main Street, Somerset. 
A celebration of Eloise's life will follow visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Somerset. Bro. French Harmon and Dr. William B. Drake, Jr. will officiate the funeral service.  Interment will be in Mill Springs National Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. 
Eloise's grandchildren will serve as her pallbearers.
The family has requested donations to the Kinningham Cemetary Fund in Knox
County, Ky. in lieu of flowers. 
Memorials may be sent to Lake Cumberland Funeral Home in Somerset, in care of Nancy Starcher, or mailed to Nancy Starcher, 4110 Wild Sonnet Trail, Norcross, Ga., 30092.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Eloise Helton Drake.
 
Georgia Gilliland
Georgia Louise Gilliland, daughter of the late William Anderson and Madeline Phelps Sewell, was born Monday, Sept. 27, 1926 and she departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 having attained the age of 87 years.
She was united in marriage to Mr. Curtis Gilliland, he preceded her in death. 
Survivors include two sons, Curtis L. Gilliland, Jr. and his wife, Louise, and Ernest P. Gilliland, all of Somerset, Ky.; three grandchildren, Nicole (and Stephen) McNeill of LaVernia, Texas, Ernest P. Gilliland, Jr. of Somerset, Ky., and Crystal (and Parker) Tucker of Parkers Lake, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Erin and Zane McNeill; nine brothers and sisters, Richard (and Jewell) Sewell, Phyllis Whitis, Betty (and Dave) Bingham, Gerald (and Barbara) Sewell, Donald (and Judy) Sewell, James (and Joyce) Sewell, Wanda (and Jack) Meece, Merrlyn (and Bobby) Crow, and Doris (and Bill) Hensley; one aunt, Geneva Phelps Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Bobbi Jo Holt and Lois Gilliland; and one brother-in-law, Paul Horton. 
She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces and other relatives and friends who mourn her passing.
She was preceded in death her husband, Curtis Gilliland; her parents, William Anderson, and Lloyd and Madeline Phelps Sewell; a daughter who died in infancy; a daughter-in-law, LaDonna Bridges Gilliland; four sisters-in-law, Ruby Speaks Sewell, Lucille Horton, Dean Wells, and Maxine Hinkle; and four brothers-in-law, Verel Whitis, Linville Gilliland, Lawrence Hinkle and Wenzel Wells.
Georgia was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church and she worked at Palm Beach Manufacturing for more than 50 years before retiring. She was a kind lady who will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home, with Bro. Don Branscum, and Bro. Steve Meece officiating. 
Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family of Mrs. Georgia Louise Gilliland will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 until time for services.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Georgia Louise Gilliland.
 
Lovie Gossett
Lovie Gossett, age 87 of Somerset, Ky. passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Somerset. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Pitman Creek Cemetery.  
The family of Mrs. Lovie Gossett will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Lovie Gossett.
 
Kimberlee Rose
Kimberlee Marie Rose, age 49, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 29, 2014 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born March 22, 1964 in St. Paul, Mo., daughter of the late Avery and Ruth Wisner. 
She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Everett “Wayne” Rose, whom she married on Nov. 18, 1988; and one sister, Kathy Sampson.
Survivors include one son, Travis (and Tasha) Rose of Somerset, Ky; one daughter, Codey (and Roy) Rose of Somerset, Ky; one grandson, Hunter Everett Gene Glover, and two granddaughters, Rilee Elizabeth Starr Glover and Rhian Jayden Leigh Rose, all of Somerset, Ky.; one special niece, Paulina Arnsdorff of Somerset, Ky.; two brothers, Tedd (and Lizz) Wisner and Jim (and Rose) Wisner, all of Mo.; one sister, Dorthy (and Geoff) Wilson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and a host of other nieces, nephews and close friends who were as close as family.
Funeral services for Kimberlee Marie Rose will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2015 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home.
The family of Kimberlee Marie Rose will receive friends from 2 p.m. Friday until time for services.
Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements for Kimberlee Marie Rose.
 
Margaret Simpson
Margaret G. Simpson, age 83, of Jefferson City, Tenn., formerly of Somerset, Ky., departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in Jefferson City.
Visitation for Ms. Simpson will be on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. 
Her funeral service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Morris officiating.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Margaret Simpson.
 
Therese Smith
Therese Rose Smith, age 58 of Nancy, Ky., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
She was born on Nov. 28, 1955 in Kettering, Ohio to the late Peter and Bonita Steinmetz VanSchaik. Therese was a member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church where she was currently a third grade Sunday School teacher. Therese was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord and spent her days spreading His light. She was also a Registered Nurse for Lake Cumberland Surgical Associates. She worked with and was an organizer for the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society and enjoyed spending time with her grandson. 
She was preceded in death by her parents. 
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Smith, whom she married on July 24, 1976 in Huber Heights, Ohio; two sons, Jeremy (Jenny) Smith of Cave City, Ky. and Brandon Smith of Nancy, Ky.; one stepdaughter, Brandy (Shane) Creech of Alexandria, Ky.; two brothers, Peter (Cheryl) VanSchaik of Deltona, Fla. and Bro. Vic (Angela) VanSchaik of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Valerie VanSchaik of Huber Heights, Ohio; two stepbrothers, Mark Shackford of Huber Heights, Ohio and Michael (Julie) of Alpharetta, Ga.; one stepsister, Chris (Leslie) Davidson of Huber Heights, Ohio; one grandson, Jonah Smith; four step-grandchildren, Justin, Kayla, Gracie and James; and her stepmother, Faith VanSchaik of Huber Heights, Ohio. 
She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 after 4 p.m. in the Memory Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Memory Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Donavon Burton officiating. 
Burial will follow in the Southern Oaks Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.