Commonwealth Journal


March 27, 2013

Brooks Barleston


Brooks R. Barleston, age 30,of the Oak Hill community, entered into rest on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
He was born on May 4, 1982 in Danville, Ky. to Pastor James and Wanda Miller Barleston. Mr. Barleston served as a police officer with the Somerset Police Department. He was an active member of South Maple Street First Baptist Church in Somerset. He enjoyed being involved in church activities and spending time with the children in the church. He was an avid basketball enthusiast and enjoyed playing golf. He enjoyed hanging out with his colleagues and police officer buddies.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his parents, Pastor James and Wanda Miller Barleston; daughter, Aniyah Buster of Lexington, Ky.; brother, Bro. James S. (Barbara) Barleston, Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister, Latoya (Shelton) Ellis of Rock Hill, S.C.; grandmother, Oline Miller of Stanford, Ky.; aunts ,Danette Miller, Beverly Miller, Oliva Coffman, Minnie (Gene) Walker, Betty (Charles) Jones, and Sarah (Elijah) Adams; uncles, Oliver Jr. (Barbara) Miller, Homer L. Barleston, Jr., and George Miller; nieces, Raven, Zoe, Peyton, and La Christian; nephews, Eden, Christian, and Anthony; and a special friend, Becca.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Oliver Miller Sr., and Homer and Gertrude Barleston. He was also preceded in death by his aunt, Esther Miller and his uncle, Gary Miller.
Visitation for Mr. Barleston will be Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5 p.m. and after 8 a.m. on Saturday, at the Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11 a.m., also at the Denham Street Baptist Church. Pastor Moses Radford and Dr. Phillip A. Yates will officiate the service. 
Interment will follow at the Southern Oaks Cemetery in Somerset, Ky.
Police Honors will be conducted by the Somerset Police Honor Guard.
Expressions of love in the form of contributions may be made to South Maple Street First Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 774, Somerset, Ky., 42502, and the American Cancer Society.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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    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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