Commonwealth Journal


December 18, 2013

Obituaries for Thursday, December 19, 2013

John Beach
John Beach, 34, of Somerset, Ky., passed away in April 2013. 
He was born on Jan. 4, 1979 in Somerset, Ky. to Leland Beach and Joyce Burdine Watkins. John was of the old fashion Pentecostal faith and enjoyed swimming, the outdoors and camping. 
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sheila Dalton. 
He is survived by his father, Leland Beach of Somerset, Ky.; and his mother, Joyce Burdine Watkins of Ferguson, Ky.; a daughter, Katie Ellison of Somerset, Ky.; two brothers, Robert Beach and Brandon Watkins, both of Somerset, Ky.; and two sisters, Margaret Polly of Ferguson, Ky. and Stephanie Griffin of Somerset, Ky. 
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 after 10 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bishop Cornelius Duncan officiating. 
Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery in Mt. Victory, Ky. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Orville Cook
Mr. Orville Lee Cook, 97, of Somerset, Ky. departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at the McCreary Health & Rehab.
Mr. Cook is survived by five grandchildren, Stoney Lee (and Robin) Cook, Sandy Vaughn, Billy (and Jessica) Cook, Gary Cook, and Bonnie (and Rob) Rankin; eight great-grandchildren, Tracey (and Josh) Wilson, Amanda (and Chris) Espinoza, Jared Vaughn, Bethany Cook, Aaron Sawyer, Joseph Cook, Katelyn Cook and Emily Cook; two great-great-grandchildren, Allison Wilson and Clifford Levi Spradlin; and a host of relatives and friends who mourn his passing.
Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Wheeler; one son, Gerald Lee Cook; one daughter, Joy Yvonne Cook; one great-grandchild, Macayla Cook; and several brothers and sisters.
Mr. Cook was a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver for H.T. Hackney.

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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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