Commonwealth Journal


February 16, 2013

Dessie Broyles


Dessie Bea (Nicely) Broyles, 84, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 2013, of natural causes, from prolonged illness with renal failure. She is now with our Lord Savior, Jesus in heaven and is not suffering. 
She was born April 13, 1928 in Pulaski County, Ky. to John and Audrey (Poynter) Nicely that had 13 children. Her passion and time was to numerous friends, neighbors and all the local kids. 
In addition to many good friends and young kids, she is survived by her husband, Marshall Epson Broyles, whom she married on April 15, 1949. 
She leaves behind the following loved ones: Keith (and Tina) Broyles of Shalimar, Fla., Paul (and Mary) Nicely and Joy Randolph, both of Somerset, Ky., Junior Nicely of Mount Vernon, Ky., Jean Nicely of Indianapolis, Ind. and Nadine Watson of Tenn.
Dessie was a member of General Baptist Church, of Fairborn Ohio for over 30 years. Dessie and Marshall lived in Dayton, Ohio for 48 years and they returned to their home in Somerset in 2001 to be closer to their respective brothers and sisters.
Visitation was held at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory on
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 .pm.
A celebration honoring the life of Dessie was held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory with the Rev. Donald McKinney officiating.
Interment was in Burnett Chapel Cemetery.
Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Burnett Chapel Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Rev. Donald R. McKinney, Burnett Chapel UMC, 504 Silver Star Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503. 
Condolences can be expressed to the Broyles family at

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    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.  
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    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.
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    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.
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