Commonwealth Journal

March 4, 2014

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Anna Marie Abbott

Anna Marie Abbott of West Science Hill, Ky., departed this earth at Batesville, Ind., on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

She was born at Mt. Zion on November 10, 1927, the third child of Fred Oscar and Flossie Doreen Hines Dick. Marie married Chester Ray Abbott on July 4, 1959 and they celebrated their 50th anniversary shortly before his death in 2009.

Marie was a long-time member of West Science Hill Baptist Church and was active as secretary for many years. She graduated from Eubank High School. After graduation, she was employed at Palm Beach Somerset for 42 years where she received their very first Employee of the Month award.

 Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; three brothers, Royal, Ellis, and Larry Dick; and one sister, Violet Brooks.

She is survived by one brother, Hollis Dick of Hamilton, Ohio; and three sisters, Lena (and Donald) Wesley of West Chester, Ohio, Margaret (and Ralph) Hall of Lockland, Ohio, and Jean (and Billie) Baugh of Batesville, Ind. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces.

Being our oldest sister, she was admired and loved by all of her family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at West

Science Hill Baptist Church with Bro. TJ Godbey officiating.

Burial will be in West Science Hill Cemetery.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.



John Baxter

John Lowell Baxter, 67, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home on Willow Brook Farm in Somerset.

John and his wife, Alberta "Bertie" Wesley Baxter, would have been married 49 years on April 4. They have two children, David (and Caroline) Baxter and Emily (and David) Duryea.

He was born in Keavy, Ky., on March 29, 1946, son of the late James Scott and Celia Elizabeth Williams Baxter. John was the brother to 10 siblings: the late Orpha (and Warren) Anders, Nylene & (the late Raymond) Reeves, Nell (and the late Charles) Nelson, Norma (and Atwood) Sizemore, Betty (and John) Gill, and Susie (and Vernon) Carr, the late Ira (and Ima) Baxter, Ermon (and Angela) Baxter, Kenneth (and Lee) Baxter, and Jim (and Zoe) Baxter. He was also a brother-in-law to Bill (and Sharon) Wesley, the late Joe Wesley, and the late Mike LaRue.

Known by countless students as Mr. Baxter, John retired from teaching at Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky.. He was a passionate teacher of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, who encouraged and inspired his students.

John was a faithful servant of God, living his daily life to bring glory to The Father. Additionally, he was a preacher of the gospel for 40 years. He was a member of the Science Hill Church of Christ.

John loved being outdoors, whether it be gardening or working his cattle. He found joy in the simple pleasures of God's creation.

He is a man of many roles and accomplishments, none of which brought him more pride than being a devoted Papaw to his five grandchildren: William Baxter, Ella Duryea, Jonathan Duryea, James David Baxter, and Jenna Duryea.

John's eight surviving brothers and sisters, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, join his wife, Bertie, his children, and grandchildren in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with David Baxter, Jonathan Brinson, Scott Eubank, Randy Reynolds and Phil Morgan officiating.

Burial will be in Science Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky., 42503.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.

 

Ruth Hood

Ruth Hood, 95 Danville, passed away March 3, 2014.  

Born on September 17, 1918 in Ocala, Ky., she was the daughter of Chester A. and Mary Alice Goff Harris.  

She married William Carlos Hood on August 9, 1941 in Dayton, Ohio and he preceded her in death in 1997. Ruth was a homemaker on the farmand a member of the Sunnyside Baptist Church in Kentucky and Harmony Baptist Church in Avon.  

Survivors include her son, Carlos L. Hood and wife Mary Kay of Danville; sister Sally Ann Paul of South Carolina; grandchildren Cindy Hood of Federal Way, Wash., Lisa Malicoat of Danville, Debbie Spurlock of Pittsboro; great-grandchildren Alyssa Hitch, Justin Malicoat, Morgan Spurlock, Hailey Spurlock, Jase Spurlock and a great greatgrandson, Mason Hitch.  

Services will be at 11 am on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Baker Funeral Home, Danville, with burial to follow in Danville South Cemetery.  

Calling will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the funeral home.  

Contributions may be made to The Gathering Together 147 North Center Street Plainfield, Ind., 46168.  Online condolences may be made at www.bakerfuneralservice.com







Nell Kennedy

Nell Cooper Kennedy, 91, of Somerset, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Neighborhood in Somerset.  

She was born in Monticello, Ky., on July 29, 1922 to the late James Marion Cooper and Mary Edna Burnett Cooper. Nell was married on March 19, 1944 to Harry Russell Kennedy, Sr., whom preceded her in death.

Nell was a member of the First Christian Church for over 60 years. She served as secretary for the Kentucky Department of Highways. She was involved in the Moonbeam Homemaker's Club and was a secretary for Adam's Sunday School class of the First Christian Church.  She loved to travel and participate in Sr. friends and Jr. Women's Clubs.  She loved her family and friends. She also loved Sharon Reynolds and the staff at The Neighborhood.

Nell is survived by sons, Harry Russell Kennedy, MD (and Janice) and Robert "Bob" Kennedy (and Wanda); eight grandchildren, Kathryn Kennedy, Elizabeth Howard (and Brad), Vanessa Kennedy, Rhonda Fallis (and Doug), Genny Tesh (and Scott), Jonathan R. Kennedy, Laura Kennedy and Sarah K Kennedy Price (and Jacob) and 13 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding Nell in death were brothers, Glenn and Tom Cooper and sisters Betty Hays, Jean Colbert, Helen Cooper and Dora Mae Cooper.

Visitation for Nell Kennedy will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church and also on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A service celebrating the life of Nell Kennedy will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church with Bros. C. E. Jacobs and Dustin Phelps officiating.

Interment will be at the Elk Springs Cemetery in Monticello, Ky.

Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of all arrangements.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Memorial Fund of the First Christian Church.

You may leave private condolences and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com.



Vauda McWilliams

Vauda Mae Hubble McWilliams, 82, of Franklin, Ind., passed away Monday,

March 3, 2014.

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: www.morrisandhislope.com.



Carl Mounce

Mr. Carl Everett Mounce age 81 of Somerset, KY passed away on Monday, March

3, 2014 at Celina Nursing and Rehabilitation in Celina, Tenn.  

He was one of four children born to the late Luther and Ora Carlton Mounce. Carl was born in the Drum community of Pulaski County on October 25, 1925. He was united in marriage to the late Luretha Woodall Mounce on April 1, 1945 in the Bent Community of Pulaski County.  To this marriage was born four children: Louie C. Mounce (and Ann) of Eubank, Ky., Anna Lou Suttle of Somerset, Johnny Aaron Mounce, deceased; and Carol June Mounce who died in infancy. Also surviving are two sisters, Juanita Gilliland and Willadean Winningham, both of Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren, Angelia Suttle Wallen (and Mark), Greg Suttle (and Cathy), Joe Mounce (and Cassie Tucker Mounce), Tonya Absher, John Christopher Mounce, Emily Mounce Merrick (and Jason); and great-grandchildren; Savanah Mounce, Mckenna, Oliva, Lincoln and Sadie Merrick, Karissa Franklin, Lucas Tucker Haley Hadley; several cousins and friends and his beloved dog "Hot Shot.”

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; two children; one brother Harold J. Mounce; and a great granddaughter Gabby Merrick.  

He was a member of the Nelson Valley Baptist Church. Former owner of Mounce

Coal and Lumber and was a farmer.  Carl enjoyed working and fishing.

Visitation for Carl Mounce will be Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.

 A service honoring the life of Carl Everett Mounce will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. and Crematory with the Rev. Grant Hardwick officiating.  

Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Gideon Bibles. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.somersetundertaking.com



Kimberly Muse

Kimberly Marjorie Clark Muse, 48, of Somerset, Ky. passed away on Monday March 3, 2014 at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness.

Visitation will be held on Thursday March 6, 2014 after 1 p.m. in the chapel of

Southern Oaks.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday  March 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Harrell officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published in Thursday March 6, 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Lisa New

Lisa Joyce Hudson New, born on November 9, 1957, went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 2, 2014 after a bout with brain cancer. She had a strong and real faith with the Lord Jesus Christ.

She was the second daughter of six children of Mary Hudson, Berea, Ky., and the late Alvin Husdon, Somerset, Ky. She was the daughter in law of Jim and Faye McIntosh of LaGrange, Ky. Carolyn New was Lisa's step mother in law and the late J. S. New was her father in law. Lisa has one son, Brian Paul Evans, Somerset, Ky.

Before her disability, Lisa worked for Fresenius Medical Care as a patient services

specialist and marketer in Louisville, Ky. She had been with the company since 1996, working in Somerset and transferred to Louisville in 1997. Lisa enjoyed her job and meeting people. She previously worked for Burger Queen, Wester Steer and Lake Cumberland Medical Associates, all in Somerset, Ky. She was a Kentucky Colonel and recieved an award from Fresenius for going above and beyond the call of duty as an admissions supervisor.

When Lisa met Delane New in 1996, she knew he was her soulmate. She moved to LaGrange, Ky., in 1997. They were married on February 14, 2002.

Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Lewis Hudson, Somerset, Ky. paternal grandparents, Hector and Lona Hudson, Ferguson, Ky., and maternal grandparents, Delbert and Kate Hill, Ferguson, KY.

Lisa is survived by her loving husband and ever faithful caregiver, Delane New; her son, Brian Evans, Bronston, Ky.; granddaughter Kayce Jane Evans, Shelbyville, Ky.; grandson, Taylor Price, Shelbyville, Ky.; mother Mary Hudson (and Ron Saylor) Berea, Ky.; caregiver and mother-in-law Faye McIntosh (and Jim), LaGrange, Ky.; step-mother-in-law Carolyn New, Somerset, Ky.; sisters Donna (and Bob) Hollis, Plymouth, Mass., Delana "Janie" Hudson, Lexington, Ky., and Kendra Hudson, Berea, Ky.; brothers, David Hudson, New Orleans, La., and John (and Carla) Hudson of Lexington, Ky.; special ex-daughter-in-law, Jamielyn Price and her family; granddaughter Kayce Evans, Brian Price and Taylor Price of Shelbyville, Ky.

Lisa has numerous cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews scattered throughout the country. Numerous friends scattered throughtout the country as well as at home in LaGrange, Louisville and Somerset.

She was baptized by Bro. Bradshaw at Calvary Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. She was a member of LaGrange Christian Church of the Deciples of Christ Faith. She was on the Missions Committee at the time of her illness. She enjoyed Sunday School class and volunteered at Wayside Christian Missions in Louisville, Ky. She enjoyed being a part of Touched Twice United Missions. She also enjoyed Oldham County Days activities.

Lisa hosted and attended events in her capacity of patient service specialist and marketing such as health fair booths, festivals and social worker/dr. office staff appreciation luncheons.

She had two ex-spouses, Paul Evans and Gene Whitter. Paul Evans is the father of her only child, Brian Paul Evans, who was born on February 14, 1976.

Lisa loved to play the piano, sing, sew and quilt. She and her husband enjoyed going to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, baseball games and car races, especially the Indy 500. They enjoyed traveling and going to the flea markets. She loved listening to old time rock and roll, especially the Beatles. Lisa and Kayce Jane played games on the computer and loved playing board games. Lisa was a devout Christian having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 9.

At the time of her illness she was attending Ashford University. She was working on her Bachelors of Arts in Health Care Administration. She had a 4.0 GPA and made the Deans List each quarter. She was also in the Golden Key Scholarship Club. She enjoyed going back to school.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 after 5 p.m. in the Memory Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Memory Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Don Naftz officiating.

Burial will follow in the Southern Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center, 315 E. Broadway, Louisville, Ky.. 40205

Southern Oaks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Richard D. New and Joshua D. New, Directors.



Albert Saylor

Albert "Popeye" Saylor, 72, of Eubank, Kentucky, passed away Monday, March

3, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Harlan, Ky., on April 19, 1941, son of the late Walter and Verna Hopkins Saylor. He was a farmer and carpenter. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Payne Saylor; a son, Doug (and Melissa) Saylor of Eubank; three daughters, Tammy (and Junior) Ison, Pamela Meece (and her finance`Paul) and Patricia (and Phillip) Witt, all of Eubank; eight brothers, J.W. Saylor of Indiana, Fred Saylor of Ohio, Orbin Saylor of Ohio, Paul Saylor of Ohio, Glen Saylor of Florida, Clarence Saylor of Corbin, Ky., Larry Saylor of Somerset and Billy Joe Saylor of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Doris Jean Owens of Brodhead, Ky.; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Allen Saylor and Michael

David Saylor, two daughters, Vernie Susan Saylor and Geneva Ann Saylor, two

brothers, Bob Saylor and Charlie Saylor and one sister, Goldie Pittman.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Bullock and Bro. Bradley Goforth officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Thursday 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.



Burniece Scott

Burniece Scott, daughter of the late Robert and Hattie Hodge Owens, was born on Friday, March 25, 1922 in Lancing, Tenn., and she departed this life on Saturday, March 1, 2014 having attained the age of 91 years, 11 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to Mr. John C. Scott on August 26, 1949. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Brenda (and Dana) Watkins of Somerset, Ky., Robert (and Larissa Thomas) Scott of Washington, Ind., Barbara (and Dan) Gibson of Bronston, Ky., Laura Hardwick of Somerset, Ky., and Clifford (and Charlene) Owens of Lebanon, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and a special friend, Ed James of Somerset, Ky.

Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, J. B. Owens; one sister, Emma Cecil Berry; and one son-in-law, Ronnie Hardwick.

Burniece taught school in Lancing Tennessee and in Sunbright, Tenn. She also worked for the Pulaski County Library doing Oral history interviews. She loved her church and her family very much and served as the Director of Clothing Ministry for the Pulaski Baptist Association for more than 30 years. She also enjoyed traveling with the Senior Group of the Buena Vista Baptist Church where she was a member.

She was a shining example of the love of God and was a woman who walked the walk and shared her time and energy with friends, family and strangers alike, humbly giving of herself to all who were in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and she leaves a host of relatives, friends and church family who mourn her passing.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home.  

Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

The family of Mrs. Burniece E. Scott will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Burniece Scott.





Melba Songer

Melba June Songer, 81, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Somerset, Ky., passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

She was born on December 4, 1932 to the late Archie and Mollie Morris Poe.

Melba is survived by her beloved husband John Songer of 60 years; dear

children, John W. Songer, Jack S. Songer, Joseph E. Songer and Jill A. VanDeventer; cherished grandmother of four and great grandmother of one. She

will be loved and cherished by a host of other relatives and friends.

Melba was an active member of Montana Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 2559 Montana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. In loving memory of Melba, contributions may be made to Montana Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 2559 Montana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Montana Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 2559 Montana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

This obituary is courtesy of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.



Opal Sweet

Opal Irene Sweet, 80, of Waynesburg, Ky., passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Kings Mountain, Ky., on May 1, 1933, daughter of the late Vonnie and Gladys Marie Pittman Pullum. She was a farmer.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Shelley and Alice (and Carlos) Howell, both of Waynesburg, Ky.; three grandchildren, Reva York, Jeffrey York and Melinda Shelley; two great-grandchildren, Zayden York and Lilly Osborne; Phillip Witt, whom she thought of like a son, of Waynesburg, Ky.; two half-brothers and four half-sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira B. Sweet; her parents; two daughters, Gladys Marie Sweet, who died in infancy, and Brenda Sweet; and one brother, Earl Pullum.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Ron Shepherd officiating.

Burial will be in Jacob's Hill Cemetery.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.

 



Dolores Wilkerson

Dolores E. "Miss D" Garrett Wilkerson, 67, of Harrisburg, died Monday, February 17, 2014 in her home. She was a retired Food Service Supervisor for the Harrisburg School District, a member of the Wesley Union AME Zion Church at Harrisburg, Pa., and was involved in many civic activities.

Miss D is survived by one daughter, Monique (and husband LeVan) Wilkerson-White of Philadelphia; one son, Charles (and wife Felicia) Wilkerson of Harrisburg, Pa.; one adopted daughter, Paula J. Baumgartner; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Arminta Z. Cunningham of Harrisburg, Pa., Vickie A. (and husband Dennis) Alexander, of Somerset, Ky. and Shirley M. Stevenson, of Harrisburg, Pa.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Wesley Chapel AME Zion Church with Rev. Willie L. Dickson, Pastor, officiating.

Burial followed in the William Howard Day Cemetery.  

The family received friends from 10 a.m. until time for services at the church.  

Wiedeman Funeral Home, Steelton, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to her church, 2219 North Fifth Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110.

This obituary is courtesy of the Pulaski Funeral Home.