Commonwealth Journal


January 8, 2014

Obituaries for Thursday. January 9, 2014

Jerry Adkins
Jerry H. Adkins, 80, of Somerset, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.  
He was born in Huntington, W.Va. on Dec. 17, 1933 to the late Clyde Adkins and Sylvia Mae King Allen. He was united in marriage to Alice Baker on Sept. 20, 1952 in Cattlettsburg, Ky. 
Jerry served in the U.S. Navy during the 1950's and was a member of the I.O.O.F. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Press Association, and he was President of the Interstate Circulation Association. From 1965-1974, he was Circulation Manager for the Commonwealth Journal. From 1974-1979, he was circulation manager in Wheeling, W.Va. 
He owned and operated, along with his wife, Cabell Record Newspaper in Milton, W.Va. for 10 years. In 1989, he was general manager for three weekly newspapers in Yadkinville, N.C. He returned to Kentucky in 1992 and then retired from the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky. in 1995.  
Jerry is survived by his wife Alice; four children, Chris Adkins (Joyce) of Somerset, Sherrie Durham (Paul) of Maysville, Ky., Beverly Adkins Hart (Steven) of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Jerald Adkins (Holly) of Frankfort, Ky.
He is also survived by his brother, Donald Adkins (Barbara) of Chesapeake, Ohio; grandchildren, Brandy Adkins of Nicholasville, Ky., Christa Absher (Kris) of Science Hill, Ky., Summer Rae Jones (Chance) of Lexington, Ky., Elizabeth Kickert (Ben) of Swaziland, Africa, Megan Durham (Jason Abshire) of Maysville, Ky., Matthew Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., Christopher Adkins, Jr. (Sarah) of Boston, Mass., Lacey Campbell (Brad) of Maysville, Ky., and Tara and Nicholas Hart of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; and step-grandchildren, Kristen and Samantha Waits of Frankfort, Ky; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lonald R. Adkins.
Visitation for Jerry Adkins will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Somerset, Ky.

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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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