Commonwealth Journal

August 31, 2013

Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

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Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Rebecca Ables

Rebecca Lynn Ables, 56, of Paron, Ark., passed away Aug. 30, 2013.

Born in Somerset, Ky. to the late Joe and Barbara Elaine Scoville Harper, she was a veteran of the United States Marines. Becky was a caregiver of special needs children.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Ables; children, Gabe Slade (Jessica) of Johnson City, Tenn., Salina Smith (Blake) and Amanda Ables, both of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Jason Ables (Jamie) and Jeremy Ables (Sarah), both of North Little Rock, Ark.; brother, Joe Harper, Jr. (Becky) of Somerset, Ky.; sister, Letitia Ducas (Chris) of Lexington, Ky.; grandchildren, Carter Ables, Margo Ables, Trey Ables, Hudson Ables and Ella Ables; nephews, Wells Ducas, Ike Ducas, Pierce Ducas and Robby Burgin (Heather); great-nephew, Leif Burgin; and a host of other relatives and friends.  

She was well-loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Services will be private.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, (501)224-2200.

Rebecca’s online guestbook may be signed at

Quinta Keith

Quinta Yaste Keith 79, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Aug. 29, 2013 at Somerwoods Nursing & Rehabilitation.

She was born on May 20, 1934 to the late Gobel and Dolora Phillips Yaste in Gravel Switch, Ky. She graduated from St. Charles High School in St. Mary's, Ky. Then on Sept. 20, 1959, she was joined in marriage to Richard Keith at the First Baptist Church parsonage by Eldread M. Taylor.  

Quinta was a graduate of Durham Beauty School in Danville, Ky. and worked as a beautician. She was  the owner and business manager of Keith's Dairy Queen. A faithful member of First Baptist  

Church since July of 1958, Quinta was a Sunday school teacher in the nursery for many years  

and was a member of the Young at Hearts group of First Baptist church as well as the  

Gideon Southwestern Camp Ladies Auxiliary. Quinta loved exercising and walking. She was also a  beautiful seamstress, even winning the 4H state competition for sewing. Quinta also enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

Quinta was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Bill Yaste; and two sisters, Juanita Railey and Sadie Lee Yaste.

She is survived by her husband; her daughters, Patrice Keith Vaughn (Morris) of Somerset, Charlotte Keith Mauk (Kelvin) of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Kerrie Keith Garner (Jeff) of Nancy, Ky.; three brothers, Gobel Yaste Jr. (Faye) of Loretta, Ky., James Thomas Yaste of Wilmore, Ky., and Vernon Yaste (Jackie) of Avon, Ky.; two sisters, Lacheta Jarbo of Lebanon, Ky. and Patricia Morton of St Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Cayla Vaughn, Electronic Tech Petty Officer Third Class Sam Hamilton, Tesa Gabrielle Hamilton, and Logan and Levi Mauk.

The family will receive friends at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 from 5 p.m.  to 8 p.m.

A ceremony celebrating the life of Quinta Keith will be held on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. with Dr. French Harmon and Bro. David Pendley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Somerset Cemetery.

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

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to either Gideon Bibles, Alzheimer's Research, or First Baptist Church 20-20 Building Program.

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

William Smith

William J. Smith, 84, of Waynesburg, Ky., passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Monroe, Mich.

He was born in Anderson, Ind. on Aug. 2, 1929, son of the late Clellie and Faye Smith. He was retired from AT&T.  He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Flossie Godbey Smith; two sons, Mitchell Smith of College Station, Texas and William Smith Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one daughter, Jacqueline Haddix of Monroe, Mich.; one brother, Herbert Rowsey of Conn.; six grandchildren, Donovan Haddix, Sean Haddix, Cory Smith, Jennifer Smith, Kristin Smith and Jason Whitfield; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bob Rowsey; and one sister, Bernadine Myers.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Zandell Hasty officiating.

Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Crab Orchard, Ky.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home and after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

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

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