Commonwealth Journal


November 27, 2013

Obituaries for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

James Burkett
James C. "Jimmy" Burkett, 68, a lifelong resident of Somerset passed away on Monday November 25, 2013 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital following a brief illness.  
He was born in Somerset, Ky., on September 22, 1945 to the late Henry T. and Lillie M. Bland Burkett.  He was united in marriage to Patsy Blevins on November 18, 1967 in Somerset, Ky. To this union was born two daughters, Melissa Phelps (and Dusty), Somerset, Ky., and Jennifer Campbell (and David) London, Ky. He was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Noah A.,  Jacob, Samuel Phelps and Gracie Campbell.  
Jimmy is survived by a brother, William "Bill" Burkett, and one sister Irene Boyer, both of Somerset.  Jimmy is also survived by a special niece April Meece and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Eyvind and his wife Lillian; sisters Alodine and her husband
Delrue Bland, Genice and her husband Wilson Mink, and Onieda and her husband Don Whitaker and Jean Burkett. Two nieces and nephews also preceded him in death.  
Jimmy was a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a former Sunday School teacher and Church bus driver. In his leisure he could be found studying his bible. He enjoyed life was always happy, an optimist and had a great spirit. He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, brother and an outstanding Papaw. He was loved by all who knew him.  He also enjoyed hunting, caring for his animals,  besides being a talented  and meticulous masonry contractor he enjoyed carpentry. Jimmy was an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan.  
Visitation for Jimmy will be held Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.
A service celebrating the life of James C. "Jimmy" Burkett will be held on Saturday November 30, 2013 in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. and Crematory at 11 a.m. with brothers Danny Pace and Don Jones officiating.

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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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