Commonwealth Journal

December 7, 2013

Obituaries for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Arthur Bolze

Arthur John Bolze, 82, of  Boat Dock Road, Somerset passed away on Saturday,

December 7, 2013 at  The Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, Ky.

Funeral arrangements are pending by Southern Oaks Funeral Home.  



Shelby Brock

Mr. Shelby Brock, 74, of Mt. Vernon, Ky., passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at his residence.

Born in Crab Orchard, Ky., on April 6, 1939, he retired as a truck driver after 33 years with The American Freight System, and was a United States Army Veteran. He was a member of New Heart Baptist Church, where he sang solos and performed with The Southern Gospel Quartet and was a former Sunday school teacher whom helped build New Heart Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid vegetable gardener.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Brock and Shirley Shelton Brock; two brothers, Silas Brock and Bobby Ray Brock; and a sister, Dorothy Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Lee-Etta Blevins Brock, whom he married on August 13, 1960 in Lincoln County, Ky.; four sons; Leslie Shawn (and Rebekah) Brock, Shelby Lee (and Marianne) Brock, both of Cincinnati, OH, Jason Kyle Brock, of Austin, Texas, and Morgan Hodge, of Mt. Vernon, Ky.; four daughters, Constance Elaine (Kenneth) Quigley, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Shelley Rae (and William) Phelps, of Somerset, Ky., Melanie Joy (and Jeff) Whitney, of Sparks, Nevada and Madison Hodge of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers, Morris Wayne (and Beth) Brock of Greensboro, NC, and Lonnie Dale (and Diana) Brock of Mt. Orab, Ohio; sister, Brenda Lilly of West Chester, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Nicholas and Jonathan Brock, Lauribeth, Aaron, Hannah and Sarah Quigley, Caleb Freeman, Savannah Phelps, C.J. Bray, Maverick Hodge, Noah and Clara Brock, Sommer and Klinton Atchley; two great-grandchildren, Karmin Jade and Jasmine Freeman; and special friend and brother-in-law, Bro. Melvin and Mary Sisson of Somerset, Ky.

Visitation will be Monday, December 9 after 5 p.m. in the Memory Chapel of

Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Lawson, Bro. Gary Whitaker, and Bro. Melvin Sisson officiating.

Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Lillian Mounce Burgin

Mrs. Lillian Mounce Burgin died at her home in Somerset on Dec. 1, 2013 after a long battle with kidney disease. She was 95 years old.  

Lillian was born in Somerset on March 6, 1918. She attended elementary and middle school there and graduated from Somerset High School. In 1938 she married Lester Burgin. Lillian and Lester had three children, David, Bonnie and Patricia.

Lester served in the Navy during World War II from 1943-1946.  While her husband was in the war, Lillian also served her country by working in a gun factory in Dayton, Ohio. Following that, she had a long and successful career as an accountant at Donenfelds department store in Dayton, where she worked until her retirement.

In Dayton, Lillian was an active and well-known member of the Fairview Baptist Church. In addition to serving as the church historian and clerk, where she still gets praise for her intellect and excellent writing skills, Lillian also worked in the church nursery and volunteered her cooking and sewing skills anytime there was a need at church or at the local nursing home.

Lillian was an avid newspaper reader and her son, David, inherited that love of newspapers. After graduating from Miami of Ohio and serving in the U.S. Army, David became the editor-in-chief of the Paterson (C.Q.) Daily News, the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., The Orlando Sentinel, the San Francisco Examiner, the Dallas Times Herald, The Houston Post, The Oakland Tribune and five related small dailies in the Bay Area. In addition, he was sports editor and city editor of The Washington Star in Washington, D.C.

Patricia shared a part of her childhood with Zella and Sherman Jenkins, her father’s sister and husband in Somerset.

In Lillian’s spare time quilting was a hobby she loved. She made many beautiful quilts for family and friends and generously taught many others to do the same. In 2000, Lillian moved back home to Somerset to be closer to her siblings, the late Lois Molen Tucker and the late Andrew Mounce. It was then that she became an active member of the Newcomers Club where she made lasting and treasured friendships.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Mounce and Clara Phillips of Oneida, Tenn.; her husband, Lester Burgin; her sisters, Lois Molen Tucker of Somerset, Louise Botner of Fla., and Helen Cecil of Somerset; her brothers, Andrew Mounce of Somerset, Leonard Cecil of Washington, D.C and LaFon Mounce, who was killed at Okinawa in WWII.

Lillian is survived by her children, C. David Burgin and his wife, Judy, of Houston, Texas, Bonnie Prather of Denver, Colo., and Patricia Farmer and her husband Bob, of Columbus, Ohio; her grandchildren, David Prather of Denver, Colo., Christina Schwandt of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mark Farmer of Columbus, Ohio, and Terri Farmer of Long Island, N.Y.; and her great-grandchildren, Kolin Prather and Preston Schwandt.

Lillian’s keen mind, love of life and great sense of humor will be missed, but long remembered by all who knew her.

Burial will be in the Somerset Cemetery at a later date.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



William Maynard

William Bill Maynard, Age 91, of the Boat Dock Road Community, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Arrangements are pending by Southern Oaks Funeral Home.                                                



Edward Meece

Edward O. Meece, 86, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Services are pending at this time.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Edward O. Meece.



Georgia Toney

Georgia Juanita Toney, 92, of Burnside, Ky., passed away Thursday December 5, 2013 at her residence.

 She was born on January 7, 1921 in Sloans Valley, Ky., to the late Mose and Anna Lee Burton Godsey.

Georgia was a retired nurse from Oakwood and a member of Tateville Church of God. She enjoyed music and was a people person.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore Paul Toney; four sons, Jerry Wendell Toney, Hershel H. Henderson, Theodore Paul Toney Jr. and Madison Lee Toney; one daughter, Debra Kay Nunemaker; one brother, Albert Godsey; three sisters, Christine Hartley, Maxine Godsey and Louise Turner; and two grandchildren, Randall Toney and Heath Toney.

She was survived by one daughter, Anita Toney Troxtell; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her special friends and caregivers at Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Visitationwill be held on Saturday December 7, 2013 after 5 p.m. at the Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday December 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Dykes officiating.  

Pallbearers will be Joshua Toney, Joshua Gleason, Darren Toney, Tracey Toney, Daniel Toney, Casey Toney, Juanita Toney and Rhonda Anderson.

Burial will be in the Tateville Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.