Commonwealth Journal

October 28, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — David Bell

David Linville Bell, 65, of Somerset, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Hospital due to illness.

He was born Sept. 16, 1948 in Pulaski County to Charley and Margery (Wesley) Bell. He grew up in the Nancy community on the “Bell Farm” with his nine brothers and sisters. He graduated from Somerset High School. David worked in a variety of occupations throughout his life: farming, woodworking, and manufacturing. He was an avid reader, and he enjoyed gardening, painting, and had a soft spot for animals. He was a talented roller skater, quite the dancer, and loved to cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats.

He was a beloved father, brother, and uncle.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea (and Phillip) Keeney of Somerset; a sister, Darlene Hall of Somerset; and five brothers, Preston, Roy, and Sam Bell of Ind., Gary Bell of Ohio, and Morris Bell of Somerset.

He was an uncle to a host of nieces and nephews, including three very special great-nieces and great-nephew, Ashley, Steven, and Destiny Hall of Somerset.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers John, Charley Junior, and Darrell Bell; and a son, David Arnold Bell.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pulaski Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held that evening at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer’s Disease Respite Center of Somerset.

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Michael Spears

Michael Darrin Spears, 47, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mercy Health Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at:

William Stephens

William Earl Stephens, 85, of Somerset, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born in the Walnut Grove community of Pulaski County on Dec. 22, 1927 to the late Hubert Stephens and Ida Pearl Sowder Stephens.  

William was a 1946 graduate of Eubank High School and attended Sue Bennett College. He faithfully served his country during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. William was retired from District 8 Ky. Department of Transportation. William was of the Methodist Faith.

William is survived by one sister, Wilma Burton (James Albert) of Somerset, Ky.; and one nephew, Stephen Burton of Somerset.

In addition to his parents, William was also preceded in death by a sister, who died in infancy, and sister Selma Pearl Stephens.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.

A celebration honoring the life of William Stephens will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Rev. Don McKinney officiating.

Interment will follow at Burnett's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Burnett's Chapel Cemetery Fund in care of Rev. Don McKinney, 504 Silver Star Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503.

You may sign the online register book and leave private condolences at

Goldie Stringer

Goldie B. Stringer, age 76, was born on Dec. 13, 1936 to the late George and Sylvia McLin Stringer of the Ringgold community in Pulaski County, Ky. He departed this life on Oct. 26, 2013 Saturday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. at the Jean Waddle Hospice Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset surrounded by his family.

On July 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Susie Kaye Hammond, who survives. This union lasted 56 years and 3 months.

He leaves behind his loving wife; one sister, Irene Dagley of Golden Years Nursing Home in Monticello, Ky.; a special niece, Donna Foster of the Ringgold community; special friend, Cy Waddle and family; sisters-in-law, Gloria (Ron) Mardis of Bronston, Ky., Alma Smith of Monticello, Ky., Nancy (Jim) Brown of Monticello, Ky., Eleanor (Bob) Gregory of Monticello, Ky., Faye Silvers of Monticello, Ky., Sue Smith of Monticello, Ky., and Shirley Simpson of Frazier community; and brothers-in-law, Marvin Lee Hammond of Shopville, Ky. and James Hammond of Frazier, Ky.

Preceding him in death wee three sisters, Jenniav (Vertrees) Girdler, Anna (Wendell)Thompson and Faye (Henry) Lester; and one brother-in-law, Charles Hammond.

Goldie retired from working at Somerset Oil after 45 years of faithful service on Aug. 23, 1999. He was a supervisor of Somerset Oil service stations in Eastern Kentucky. He accepted Christ as a young man and always talked about growing up in a Christian home and attending the Ringgold Methodist Church as a youth. Goldie had a strong faith in God.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Remembrance Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Keith McKim officiating.

Burial will be in the Elk Springs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Jean Waddle Cancer Center c/o Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Vito, Jr.

Paul Harding Vito, Jr., age 71, of Nancy, Ky. departed this life on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Paul was born on May 29, 1942 in Nancy, Ky. to the late Paul Harding Vito Sr. and Lois Imogene (Wood) Vito. He was a member of Chesterview Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Nancy High School's Class of 1961, Sue Bennet Junior College and the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the 1960 and 1961 Kentucky High School All State Basketball squad, a member of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, and he was a Count of Pulaski County. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post #38, Nancy, Ky., and Honorable Order of the Masons, Nancy Ky. Chapter. He served on the Board of Somerset YMCA, served on the Board of Adanta, LCRMH, and he was a registered Basketball Official, KHSAA 1980-1988. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars, past member of the U.S. Army Reserve Pistol/Rifle Team, and past member of the U.S. Air Force Pistol/Rifle Team.

Paul was in the U.S. Air Force 09/1962 -09-1968 (6 yrs): Combat Defense Squadron, Commandos/Air Force Green Beret, Air Police/Sentry Dog Command (Staff SGT E5) Vietnam War; U.S. Army Reserves 10/1974 - 05/2002 (17yrs): Army Drill Sergeant Instructor, (SGT 1st Class E7) Operation Desert Storm, Tecumseh Products Company; Somerset Ky. Division 02/03/1977 - 07/01/1995 (18 yrs): Vendor Buyer, Retirement from the United States Armed Forces 05/29/2002, Retirement from Civilian Service: Tecumseh Products Company.

Paul received the following Honors/Medals from 23 years of Military Service: Air Force Commendation Medal: Airman 1st Class, for Meritorious Service 02/02/1967; Air Force Commendation Medal: Airman 2nd Class, for Outstanding Achievement 12/01/1965; Army Achievement Medal: Platoon SGT 11/28/1984; Army Certificate of Achievement: Staff SGT 03/13/1991; Army Certificate of Achievement: Platoon SGT 08/05/1989; Army Meritorious Service Medal: SGT 1st Class, for Training Troops during Operation Desert Storm 11/23/1992.

He is survived by his wife, Saundra Kay (Dugger) Vito, whom he married on July 10, 1981; one son, Frank Scott Vito and his wife Cynthia Vito; one daughter, Amy Ruth (Vito) Epperson and her husband Roy Epperson; grandchildren, Ashley (Vito) LaPorte and her husband Mike LaPorte, Logan Vito, Nathan Epperson and his wife Chassidy (Mosley) Epperson, and Matthew Epperson; stepchildren, Vonda (Wilson) Eldridge and her husband Rick Eldridge, and Kevin W. Wilson and his wife Jodie Wilson; step-grandchildren, Olivia Eldridge, Julia Wilson, and Jake Wilson; great-grandchildren, Dylan LaPorte and Adelynn Epperson; one brother, Terry Douglas Vito; one first-cousin, Ronald C. Johnson; several nieces and nephews; and other family members.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Harding Vito Sr. and Lois Imogene (Wood) Vito; his grandparents, Frank Harrison and Myrtie Wood and Dolly and Leonard Rego; and one brother, Dewayne Roger Vito.

Visitation for Mr. Paul Vito, Jr. will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with his funeral service to follow at 12 p.m. Bro. Norman Harper, of Chesterview Baptist Church, will officiate.  

Burial will be in the Mill Springs National Cemetery with full Military Honors by American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard.  

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Chesterview Baptist Church Youth Program.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Paul Harding Vito, Jr.