Commonwealth Journal


October 23, 2012

Harlan Avera

Somerset —  

Brother Harlan J. "Hootie" Avera, Sr., age 79 of Somerset went Home to be with His Lord, peacefully surrounded by his family, on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Harlan was born on January 26, 1933 in Ludlow, Ky., to the late Harold G. "Bud" Avera and Jewell Hatter Avera. Bro. Avera was a bi-vocational pastor for 42 years, retiring in January 1997 and also retired as office manager for Southern Tire Distributors after 39 years. Bro. Avera pastored at the Burnside Mission, Chesterview Baptist Church, and New Hope Baptist Church, Nancy, Ky. He was saved, ordained, and a member at the Langdon Street Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. He enjoyed family history, genealogy, scrapbooking and his family. 
Bro. Avera married Revetta R. "Betty" Helton on December 10, 1951 in Sloans Valley, Ky., and she survives him.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harlan J. Avera Jr. (and wife, Marilyn) of London, Ky., and Johnny G. Avera (and wife, Tara) of Somerset; a daughter, Marnella McWilliams (and husband, Michael) of Somerset; seven grandchildren, Christopher (and Shannon) McWilliams of Somerset, Telena (and Alton) Goff of London, Ky., Shawna Campbell of Sloans Valley, KY, Monica (and Glenn) Benge of London, Ky., Shasta Avera and Tiffany Avera of Tenn.; and Logan Phillips of Lexington, KY; eight great-grandchildren, Wesley Benge of London, Ky., Shelby Benge of London, Ky., Brayden McWilliams of Somerset, Brycen McWilliams of Somerset, Kelsey Campbell of Sloans Valley, Ky., Kendall Benge of London, Ky., Trey Campbell of Sloans Valley, Ky., and Connor Goff of London, Ky.; a brother, Leonard Avera (and wife, Janice) of Somerset; a sister, Margie Wilson of Somerset; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Avera of Lubbock, Texas.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold "Junie" Avera Jr. and a brother-in-law, Virgil Wilson.

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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.  
    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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