Commonwealth Journal

January 8, 2014

Obituaries for Thursday. January 9, 2014


Commonwealth Journal

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.
Services for Jerry Adkins will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Steve Spitzer officiating.
Interment will follow at Somerset Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Pulaski County Alzheimer's Disease Respite Center or Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
The family of Jerry Adkins would like to take this opportunity to express their heartfelt thanks for the excellent care he received by the staff of Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pulaski County Alzheimer's Disease Respite Center and to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
You may sign the online register book and leave condolences for the family at www.somersetundertaking.com.
 
Edmund Baker
Edmund Baker, age 82, of Somerset, Ky. passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. 
He was born at Hail, Ky. on Sept. 26, 1931, the son of the late Thomas R. and Elva Barber Baker.  
He was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Baker, who died in infancy.
Mr. Baker was united in marriage to the late Dorothy J. Hunt Baker on May 13, 1955. They were constant companions until her passing on Feb. 13, 2012. “Dot” was the ultimate love of his life and the person for whom he lived.
Mr. Baker is survived by two daughters, Melissa (and Kevin) Bradley of Atlanta, Ga., and Kathy (and Jeff) Bishop of Eubank, Ky.; two grandchildren, Erika (and Don) Johnson, and Ashley Bishop Kerr of Somerset, Ky.; and one great-grandchild, Mason K. Kerr.
Mr. Baker was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He spent his tour of duty in various cities in Germany.
Mr. Baker retired from Hinkle Contracting after 35 years of service. He was an excellent diesel mechanic and supervised the shop and truck drivers. He was a self-taught musician and he enjoyed playing the guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle for many years.
Graveside services for Mr. Edmund Baker will be held at the Mausoleum Chapel of the Lakeside Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. 
The family of Mr. Baker will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. Edmund Baker.
 
Linda Gibson
Linda Ann Randolph Gibson, 56, of Somerset, Ky., passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at her residence.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Dec. 3, 1957, daughter of Dwain and Martha McMullin Randolph.  
She is survived by her parents, Dwain and Martha Randolph of Casey County, Ky.; one son, Patrick (and Apryl Daulton) Gooch; two daughters, Candy Lynn Sears and Karen Gooch, all of Somerset; and one brother, Daniel Randolph, and one sister, Darlene Randolph Floyd (and Wilbur), both of the Mt. Olive community.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Chelsie Rae Lynn Sears, Jasmine Brooke Sears, Chloe Jade Sears, Soraya Lyn-Ellen Chandler, Izayah Dwayne Chandler, Katelyn Renee Gooch and Patrick Gunner Wayne Gooch.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Sutton officiating.
Burial will be in Bethelridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.
 
Doris Gill
Doris Ann Shell Gill, having attained the age of 73, of Bronston, Ky., passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
She was born in St. Albans, W.Va. on Aug. 10, 1940, daughter of the late Lawrence Dallas and Annette Hess Shell. Doris was a member and Elder of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, the Material Girls Quilt Guild and Better Way Homemakers Club. A long-time genealogist, she was Registrar of the Somerset Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and life member of Tiskelwah Chapter of Eastern Star. Other interests and talents included knitting, tatting, cross stitch, crewel embroidery and sewing.
She is survived by her husband, William E. “Bill” Gill of Bronston; one son, David Heath Gill (and Christine) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one daughter, Cynthia Jo Gill of Houston, Texas; one brother, Dallas Lee Shell (and Beverley) of Nitro, W.Va.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at Pisgah Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rusty Butler officiating.
Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at Pisgah Presbyterian Church.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, God's Helping Hands or the Salvation Army.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.
Dolphus Price
Dolphus Price, 82, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation. 
He was born in the Sinking Valley community of Pulaski County, Ky. on Aug. 27, 1931 to the late Jesse Price and Thelma Mize Price. He was united in marriage to Betty Sue Dykes on Dec. 24, 1964 who preceded him in death.
Dolphus was employed by the ASCS Cooperative Extension Program of University of Kentucky where he was in charge of determining tobacco bases in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was custodian for the Pulaski County High School gymnasium from 1978 to 1988. Dolphus also enjoyed farming, reading, hunting and fishing. He was an avid UK sports fan and a jack of all trades, including wiring and carpentry.
Dolphus is survived by his sons, Mark Wayne Price and Aaron Dolphus Price; daughter, Paula K. Price Burkhart (Michael); grandchildren, Amanda Burkhart Jones (Rodney), Samuel Burkhart (Taylor) and Jesse Burkhart; and great-grandchildren, Dexter Jones and Weston Burkhart, all of Somerset.
Also surviving are one brother, Paul Douglas Price (Helen) of Shopville, Ky.; one sister, Charlotte Dykes (Donald); and a sister-in-law, Charlene McAlister Price.
In addition to his parents and wife, Dolphus was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Lee Price.
Visitation for Dolphus Price will be Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at the Sinking Valley Baptist Church
Services for Dolphus will be Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Sinking Valley Baptist Church with Bros. Bill Miller and Bradley Goforth officiating.
Interment will follow at Renfro Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Renfro Cemetery c/o Barney Niceley, Jr., 6511 Public Road, Somerset, Ky. 42501.
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
You may sign the online register book and leave condolences for the family at www.somersetundertaking.com.
 
Jeffrey Price
Jeffrey Price, 50, of Taylorsville, Ky., husband of Debbie Girdler Price, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 after 11 a.m. at the Slate Branch Baptist Church. 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Slate Branch Baptist Church. 
Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Barbara Walters
Barbara Minton Walters, age 73 of Nancy, Ky. passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 after 6 p.m. at the Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Roy officiating. 
Burial will be in the Carter Ridge Cemetery. 
A complete obituary will follow in the Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Journal. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.