Commonwealth Journal


February 20, 2013

Lydia Rice


Lydia Lucretia McKeehan Rice, 95, entered her Heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C.  
She was born in Lily, Ky., on July 9, 1917 and grew up in Corbin and London, Ky. She was a member of the Tenth Street Baptist Church in Palmetto, Fla., and she also had attended Slate Branch Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., and Bible Baptist Church in Hilton Head, S.C. Lydia was a retired certified nursing assistant at the Hamilton County Nursing Home in Hamilton, Ohio.
Lydia loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and soul, witnessing daily, even to her doctors and nurses this past week. She always lived what she believed. She loved people. While setting a Christ-like example before them, Lydia understood and had a heart for the youth groups with whom she worked in the churches. For over 60 years she was a gracious, compassionate and devoted minister's wife, working by her late husband's side, Rev. Orden Rice, in the churches where he was pastor.
No daughter could have been blessed with a more loving, nurturing, Christian mother who taught all the virtues of life in Christ and Biblical truths. Lydia was a saintly, loyal and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, daughter-in-law, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend.
Lydia often welcomed her own family members and the family members of her late husband into her home, caring for them as long as they wanted or needed to stay. Lydia touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her and they were never the same. All who were privileged to know Lydia Rice loved her, felt that they had been blessed, and "touched by an Angel.”
Lydia is survived by her beloved family: Daughter and only child, Gladys Faye Rice (and Donald Franklin) Knorr of Bluffton, S.C.; granddaughters, Andrea Lucretia Knorr (and Thomas Joseph) Anton and great-grandchildren, Megan Leigh, Theodore Thomas III, Tyler Michael, Kristopher Joseph and Kasey Donald of Manitowoc, Wisc., and Lydia Marlene Knorr (and Owen Keith) Smith and great-grandchildren Jeremy Owen, Nathan Robert and Sophia Rose of Bluffton, S.C.; grandson Orden Wilhelm (and Jennifer Mae) Knorr and great-grandchildren, Cameron Scott and Emma Annalise of Silverdale, Wash., Kyla Elizabeth, US Navy, Travis Walker of Highland City, Fla., and Codi Alexander of Manitowoc, Wisc.; sister Carol Jean Timpe of Loveland, Ohio; brother Adam Benjamin (and Geneva) McKeehan of Mason, Ohio; niece, June Elliott Haverly of Corbin, Ky., and great-niece Terri Haverly (and Gary) Barth of Sebastian, Fla., the only two surviving links to her mother's family; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law Linda McKeehan of Lexington, Ky., Gladys Ruth Rice Lay of Science Hill and Jewell Rice Sanders of Morgantown, Ind.; and brothers-in-law Rev. Olive (and Geneva) Rice of Neptune Beach, Fla., James Harry (and Lena) Rice of Milford, Ohio, and Johnny Ward of Science Hill.

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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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