Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

February 19, 2013

Ronald Whitaker

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Ronald Whitaker, age 76 of Burdine Valley passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 24, 1936 to the late Walter and Pearl Burdine Whitaker in Burdine Valley. Mr. Whitaker enjoyed gardening, traveling, outdoors, visiting with friends, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was of the pentecostal faith.
Mr. Whitaker leaves behind to cherish his memory a step-son, Artman Ballou of Lorian, Ohio; daughter, Melena (Roger) Adkins of Burdine Valley; step-daughter, Theressa Howard; brothers, Jerry (Wanda) Whitaker of Burdine Valley; sister, Norma Carlton of Ind.; grandchildren, Amber, Joseph, Summer, Savanna, Kayla and Shelby; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Katleyn, Taylynn, Jace, and Wanda Ballou; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, many many friends and one special cousin, Gene Whitaker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Carlos Whitaker; brothers, Marlin and Scoble Whitaker; sister, Orpha Adkins; and fianceé, Janet Whitaker.
Visitation for Mr. Whitaker will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Bro. Kevin Bullock officiating. 
Interment will follow in the Whitaker Cemetery. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the 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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