Commonwealth Journal


July 24, 2013

Ben Moody

Ben Stuart Moody, age 88, of Somerset, Ky., passed from this life on July 21, 2013 at his home.
Ben was born in Burnside, Ky. on Jan. 26, 1925. In Burnside, his family owned a grocery store. He attended Burnside High School and then was drafted into the U.S. Air Force during World War II. When the war ended, Ben returned home where he worked as a butcher before he became a truck driver. He hauled gas for several years before joining Cumberland Lake Shell in 1963 where he worked for 25 years. 
Ben married Lucille Rice of Somerset, Ky. in 1961. He then had one daughter, Martha Ellen Moody (Pierce). Ben enjoyed his daughter and worked very hard to provide for his family. Martha had one daughter, Melissa Hope Pierce (Henderson). In 1988, Ben retired from Cumberland Lake Shell so  that he and Lucille could babysit Melissa while Martha worked. In 2011 Melissa married Jayson Henderson of Somerset, Ky. At their wedding, Ben was able to give Melissa away.
Ben enjoyed gardening and cooking. Many summers he grew cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans. He prepared family dinners every evening and Sunday lunch after church. He was famous among his family for his delicious homemade pimento cheese.
Ben also enjoyed the companionship of several dogs throughout his life. One pet stands out: a shih tzu, Bo. Ben and Bo ran many daily errands together for 17 years.
Ben's extended family was very important to him. Ben was known for making conversation and friends where ever he went. He never met a stranger. His biggest pleasure came from getting to know others and making them smile. Ben will be greatly missed by all those who had the opportunity to know and spend time with him.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Rice Moody of Somerset; his daughter, Martha Ellen Pierce of Somerset; a granddaughter, Melissa Hope (and Jayson) Henderson of Nancy, Ky.; and one brother, Tom (and the late Midge) Moody of Tateville, Ky. 

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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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