Commonwealth Journal

November 16, 2013

Obituaries for Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Virginia Broyles

Virginia Irene Broyles, 91, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Jean Waddle Care Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in the Walnut Grove Community of Pulaski County on March 8, 1922, a daughter of the late J. Harrison and Ida Rose Hall Pennington. Irene was united in marriage to the late Glenn Boone Broyles, on September 23, 1944.  

She is survived by her sister Frances Garren of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law Marshall Broyles; nephews Keith Broyles and Matt Kearney; nieces Sandra Burton,  

Jennifer Flynn, Elizabeth K. Broyles, and Janie Scruggs.    

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Everett,  Corvis, R. Fairbanks, and Jay H. Pennington; and a sister Penny Moore.  

She was a member of Somerset First Methodist Church.

Irene served as librarian for Somerset High School for 32 yrs and taught in several one-room schools throughout Pulaski County, including Pisgah School. She launched the Folk Dancing Club at Somerset High School.  She was a staunch liberal Democrat, a committed environmentalist, a skilled needlework artist, and an avid gardener. Irene was also an expert pistol marksman and was dubbed as the “Annie Oakley” of Pulaski County.    

As well as her family, she leaves to mourn her numerous friends including special friends Edith Leach, Charlotte Frei, Kathy Padgett and Peggy Morrison. She touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom became lifelong friends.

Visitation for Virginia Irene Broyles will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  

A service celebrating her life will be immediately following, with Rev. Steve Spitzer and Rev. Donald McKinney officiating.  

Burial will be in the Burnett Chapel Cemetery.  

A reception will be held in the fellowship hall of the Burnett Chapel  

United Methodist Church after services.  

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Hospice of  Lake Cumberland or Burnett Chapel Cemetery Fund c/o Rev. Donald McKinney 504 Silver Star Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503.  

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



Viola DeBord

Viola Emogene Price DeBord of Somerset, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation attaining the age of 84 years and one week.

She was born November 8, 1929 in the Elrod Community of Pulaski County to  the late Paul and Nannie Sutton Price. She was united in marriage to Denver DeBord Dec. 11, 1948 in Somerset, Ky.

Viola was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, gardening, her flowers and her family. She was a great cook, known for her apple pies. She was a member of Hazeldell Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband; five children, Diane (and David) Martin of   Somerset, Doris Poynter of Somerset, Clinton (and Kathy)DeBord of Somerset, Denton (and Sandy) DeBord of Somerset, Carola (and Doug) Blevins of Somerset; grandchildren Judith (and Jimmy) Dyehouse, Bobby Dean Poynter, Brian Poynter, Stephen DeBord, Stephanie Easterly, Lucas DeBord and Jacob (and Haley) Blevins all of Somerset; four great-grandchildren, Amelia and Zavian Smith, Chase Easterly, and Sidney DeBord;  a brother, Vernon (and Jean) Price of Somerset and sister-in-law, Violet Price of Somerset.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son, Carlos Roy DeBord; great grandson, Bentley William Easterly; and her brother, Freeman Price.

Visitation for Viola will be held Monday, November 18 at 5 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. & Crematory.

A celebration honoring the life of Viola will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company, with Bro. Ferlin Price officiating.

Interment will be in Bobbitt Cemetery.

Somerset Undertaking Co. & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.somersetundertaking.com



Curtis Mae Dykes

Curtis Mae Phelps Dykes, 83, of Ky. 1781 in Waynesburg, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 at her residence.

Born Friday, November 7, 1930 in Norwood, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Derill & Martha Ellen Hargis. She was the widow of the late Ancil Junior “Punk” Dykes, who preceded her in death on May 31, 2006.

Curtis was a member of Parlor Grove Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern

Star no. 501. In her spare time, she enjoyed attended gospel singings, quilting,

reading, and working puzzles.

Curtis leaves behind five sons, Gary Dale Dykes (and Ann) of Nicholasville, Ancil Clemon Dykes of Stanford, Ricky Oliver Dykes (and Jamie) of Eubank, William Derill Dykes (and Gloria) of Waynesburg, and Donald Wayne Dykes (and Beverly) of Eubank; nine daughters, Clara June Rector (and James) of Waynesburg, Ginger Carol Greer (and Delbert) of Waynesburg, Mary Sue Foster (and Jerry) of Somerset, Beverly Mae Haitt (and Jimmy) of Crab Orchard, Kathy Tucker (and Charles) of Eubank, Mimie Lou Latham (and Henry) of St. Louis, Missouri, Paula Lynn Denny of Waynesburg, Gena Christine Reed (and Jim) of Somerset, and Patricia Lynn Kilby (and Jason) of Waynesburg; one brother, Robert Phelps of Somerset; one sister, Jaunita Chapman of Jackson, Mo.; 35 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Rose Dykes; one grandson, Jeffrey Allen Latham; one granddaughter, Martha Ellen Latham; and her siblings, Glenn Phelps, Carroll Phelps, William D. Phelps, Emma Woodall, Irene Chapman, Vera Jean Woodall, Eunice Phelps, and Newman L. Phelps.

A Funeral Service will be held 12 noon Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home with Bro. Lonnie Sewell and Bro. Greg Lockard officiating the service.

Burial will follow in Goodwater Cemetery in Pulaski County.

Robert Rector, Lee Hiatt, Danny Dykes, Matthew Dykes, Travis Dykes, Vincent

Denny, and Jerome Phelps will serve as active pallbearers.

The visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the funeral home with an Order of the Eastern Star Service beginning at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to be made to Heritage Hospice (c/o The Team of Curtis Mae Dykes) P.O. Box 1213, Danville, Ky., 40423.

Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home, Waynesburg, is entrusted with Curtis’ arrangements.



James Gadberry

James “Jim” L. Gadberry, 82, of Nancy, Ky., passed away on Wednesday, November  13, 2013 at his residence.  

He was born in Pulaski County, Ky., on February 7, 1931, to the late Otha and Flona New Gadberry. He

was a journeyman operator for the McCall’s Corporation for many years in Dayton, Ohio. He then became a cabinet maker in Pulaski County and retired from Cumberland Wood and Chair in 2003. He was a member of Sardis Methodist Church.  He enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with his family and friends.

His wife of 64 years, Ruby Blankenship Gadberry survives. Other survivors include son Wayne (and Penny) Gadberry; daughter Shirley (and Dale) Henderson; son Jerry (and Pauletta) Gadberry; and son Joey (and Whitney) Gadberry. He is also survived by grandchildren, Scott (and Lisa) Gadberry, Tara Gadberry, Lucas Gadberry, Lindsey Gadberry, Michael (and Kim) Henderson, Cori (and Chris) Smallwood, Megan (and Tim) Miller, Paige Gadberry, Tanner Gadberry, Taylor Ruby, Raegan Ruby and Chaney Ruby.   Ten great-grandchildren also survive him. Also surviving is sister Geneva (and John) Bloomer, sister Maxine Crawford, and brother Glen (Wanzie) Gadberry.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Lou Gadberry, and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Gadberry.

Visitation for James L. Gadberry will be Sunday at 6 p.m. at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home. His funeral will be held on Monday, November 18 at 10 a.m. with Mike Coppersmith and Chris Jasper officiating.  

Burial will be Lakeside Memorial Gardens.  

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr.  James Gadberry.



Ronnie Hardwick

Ronnie Hardwick, 64, passed away on Friday November 15, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Hardwick was born on October 1, 1949 in Kidder, Ky., to the late Cecil and Darvel Mitchell Hardwick.  

Mr. Hardwick retired from Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio where he worked for 30 years. He was a member and former “Man of the Year” for the South Shore Wildlife Club. He enjoyed woodworking, watching the Kentucky Wildcats, NASCAR, and the Kentucky Derby. He enjoyed making things for his grandchildren, whom he was extremely proud of.

Ronnie leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Laura Hardwick; son, Tony (and Stephanie) Hardwick; daughter, Deanna Griffith; brother, Howard Hardwick; sisters, Pearl Gearhart and Regina Baker; and grandchildren, Taylor Hardwick, Cally Hardwick, Colton Griffith, and Avarie Griffith.

Mr. Hardwick is preceded in death by his parents, along with his sister, Mary Tucker; brother, Howard Hardwick; and infant brother.

There will be a private memorial service held at a later date.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home Entrusted with the Arrangements.           



Darrell Perkins

Darrell Perkins, age 68 of Monticello, Ky., passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 29, 1945 in Ross, Ohio, to the late Troy and Cora Shepherd Perkins.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Darrell was baptised when he was a young boy and was a woderful father, loving man, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Denver Perkins, Virgil Perkins, Dave Perkins and Donald Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, D. Joanna Brinson Perkins, whom he married on July 3, 1973 in Johnson County, Ind.; one son, Trent (Cara) Perkins of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two stepsons, Tracy (Pam) Mounce of Mt. Victory, Ky. and Troy Vandiver of Monticello, Ky.; two daughters, Telisa (Gary) Kinnett of Bronston, Ky. and Teranda (JR Reed) Perkins of Campbellsville, Ky.; one stepdaughter, Tammy (Damon) Vandiver White of Campbellsville, Ky.; two brothers, Paul (Carol) Perkins of Greesburg, Ind. and Dale (Joy) Perkins of Greensburg, Ind.; one sister, Darlene Perkins of Greesburg, Ind.; three grandchildren, Tisha Jones, Destiny Foust and Jayden Dennis; and two great-grandchildren, Raegan Jones and Adynn Dewit.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date by the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine Wooten

Geraldine Cox Wooten, 83, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.  

Visitation for Mrs. Wooten will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wooten will be conducted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11 a.m.

A complete obituary for Mrs. Wooten will be in Tuesday November 19, 2013 edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements.