Commonwealth Journal


October 31, 2013

Obituaries for Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Somerset — Georgi Large

Georgi A. Walthers Large, 69, of Somerset, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1944 in Valdosta, Ga. to the late George Francis Walthers and Aileene Ruth Alexander Walthers.

Georgi was a retired office assistant for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. She enjoyed shopping, making jewelry, horseback riding and traveling. She was an avid reader and loved her pets.

Georgi is survived by one son, Michael Large (Lora Gale) of Chalybeate, Ky.; one daughter, Sherry Martin of Somerset, Ky.; one grandson, Andrew Martin of Somerset, Ky. and one brother, R. Allan Walthers of Danville, Ky.

Visitation for Georgi will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Oak Hill Baptist Church.

A celebration honoring the life of Georgi A Large will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Phelps officiating.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to God's Food Pantry, 119 S. Central Ave. Somerset, Ky., 42501, or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 305 Langdon St., Somerset, Ky., 42501.

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

Daphene Lockard

Daphene “Barb” Lockard, age 63 of Bronston, Ky. passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on April 3, 1950 in Trimble Community of Pulaski County to the late Clarence “Tankie” Burton and Ina Pearl Dalton Burton.

She was a member of Bronston Baptist Tabernacle Church and enjoyed yard sales, flowers, and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed life in general and loved gospel singings, WLJC and The Waltons.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Ina Pearl Burton of Trimble, Ky.; her husband, Jesse Edgar Lockard, whom she married on Oct. 21, 1967 in Somerset, Ky.; two sons, Bro. Jeffery (Sherlene) Lockard of Science Hill, Ky. and Jason (Chandra Marcum) Lockard of Eubank, Ky.; one daughter, Glenda (JR Philpot) Elder of Somerset, Ky.; four brothers, Darrell (Pamela) Burton of Trimble, Ky., Dale (Birtha) Burton of Trimble, Ky., Lawrence Burton of Trimble, Ky. and David (Candi) Burton of Trimble, Ky.; four sisters, Freda (Russell) Gibson of Bronston, Ky., Christine (Jerry) Pyles of Somerset, Ky., Clarine (Danny) Stephens of Trimble, Ky. and Lisa (Ronnie) Hall of Somerset, Ky.; six grandchildren, Jared Lockard, Jacob Lockard, Marissa (C.J.) Keith, Brannon Elder, Jordan (Stasi) Gragg and Makayla Lockard; four great-grandchildren, Blake Gragg, Lexia Johnson, Coda Keith and Noah Keith; one uncle, Roy (Ina) Epperson of Trimble, Ky.; two aunts, Della Dalton of Trimble, Ky. and Ruby Hardwick of Ill.; and two special friends, Judy Powell of Colo. and Lora Goodman of Bronston, Ky.

She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 after 11 a.m. in the Remembrance Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Remembrance Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Butte, Bro. James Mills, Bro. Jordan Gragg and Bro. Jeffery Lockard officiating.

Burial will be in the Bronston Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jared Lockard, Jacob Lockard, Brannon Elder, CJ Keith, Nigel Burton and Sammy Smith.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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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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