Commonwealth Journal


June 13, 2013

Earnest Weddle

Mr. Earnest "Bucky" Weddle, 94, of Nancy, Ky., was reunited with his wife in heaven on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  
Earnest was the fourth son of 12children.  He was born on January 3rd, 1919.  Earnest was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Thelma Rice Weddle, whom he married on May 31, 1947; also preceding him in death were his parents, Andrew Virgil Weddle and Vona Pyles Weddle, and all of his 11 brothers and sisters, Arnold, Albert, Leonard, Virl, Earl, Jim, Gordon, Opal and Olive Weddle, Ruby Weddle Bombaci and Gladys Weddle Daulton. Also preceding him in death were nieces and nephews, Evelyn Weddle Ard, Louise Weddle Chapman and Lewis Weddle. 
He is survived by a daughter, Lisa; three sons, Dale (and Bereda), Joey Craig (and Jessica) and Terry Michael; and five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Seth, Jared, Joey and Rachel Weddle, all of Nancy. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 
While still in his teens, he followed his brother Leonard into the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at Camp F128 in Naples, Idaho. There, as Leonard had before him, he earned money through CCC to send home and help his parents and family. 
On June 5, 1941, Earnest volunteered to serve his country in the military. He eventually became part of the 301st Service Group of the Army Air Corp and was stationed in Burma during WWII.  He rode several missions over the "Hump" into China during the fighting. After the war, he was honorably discharged on November 6, 1945 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Stars for his actions. 
He returned from the war and, like many Southern Kentuckians of the day, left home for a few years to work at a job in Dayton, Ohio. He eventually came back to Nancy, married Thelma and started a small business. "Bucky's Gulf" was a Nancy Institution for three decades. He always prided himself in providing a place where neighborhood boys could hang out, play music or Rook and stay out of trouble.  Earnest also farmed for many years, raising tobacco, hay and cattle on farms at Jabez, Piney Grove and Shepola. 

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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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