Commonwealth Journal


February 21, 2014

Obituaries for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Somerset — Jeffrey Bates

Jeffrey David Scott Bates, age 30, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Somerset, Ky.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1983 in El Paso, Texas to Lester Bates, Jr. and Sharlon Scott Bates.

Jeff was a self-employed carpenter and was of the Protestant faith. He moved to Somerset, Ky. 13 years ago from Centre, Ala. and played high school basketball and football.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Junior Scott.

He is survived by his father, Lester Bates, Jr. of Pikeville, Ky., and his mother, Sharlon Scott Bates of Martin, Ky.; one son, Dylan Grider, and one daughter, Alexis Grider, both of Russell Springs, Ky.; his fiance, Connie Grider; grandparents, Lester and Joyce Bates of the Slate Branch community and Vinetta Scott of Somerset, Ky.; two aunts, Kathy (Bobby) Scott of Somerset, Ky. and Bonita (Butch) Scott of Ala.; two uncles, Donald Scott of Bypro, Ky. and Frankie (Lisa) Scott of Weeksbury, Ky.; one brother, Kevin Hall of Somerset, Ky.; and one sister, Leslie Bates of Somerset, Ky.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Griffith and Bro. Steve Mullins officiating.

Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phillip KIng, Todd Dean, Kevin Hall, Butch Scott, Bobby Scott, Donald Scott, Zane Hall, Frank Scott and Jeremy Landrum.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the church of your choice.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Terry Phelps

Terry Ray Phelps, age 51, of Somerset, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at his residence.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Terry's funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel.  Bro. Gary New will officiate the funeral service.  

Interment will be in Pulaski Baptist Church Cemetery.  

A complete obituary will be published in the Sunday, Feb. 23 edition.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Terry Ray Phelps.

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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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