Commonwealth Journal


November 1, 2012

Cliff Parke


SSG (Ret.) Cliff Parke of Campbellsville, son of James Shelby Parke and Runell Boston Parke, was born in Sulphur Well, Ky. on July 8, 1954. He died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Campbellsville. He was 58.
He professed faith in Christ and was of the Baptist Faith.
He served his country honorably in the United States Army for over 21 years primarily as a Telecommunications Specialist and Recruiter. He retired as a staff sergeant and was awarded many medals and citations including: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Driver and Mechanic Badge, US Army Gold Recruiter Badge with three Sapphire Achievement Stars, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge, M-16 Rifle and M-9MM Pistol.
He served during the Vietnam Era and Desert Storm Era, having retired on Sept. 30, 1995.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Sumner Strunk on April 9, 1988. 
Besides his wife, Joyce Strunk Parke, he is survived by two step-sons, Eddie Strunk and fiancée, Jennifer Nicholas and Tim Strunk and wife, Karen; two grandsons, Cody Strunk and wife, Bobbi Jo and Keagan Strunk; three great-grandchildren, Anisia Strunk, Caitlin Strunk, and Keagan Edward Strunk, Jr.; all of Somerset; his parents, James Shelby and Runell Parke of Campbellsville; two sisters and their husbands, Jenene and Clark Bledsoe of Floyds Knobs, Ind. and Pattie and Ray Doyle of Marietta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. 
Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy with full military honors.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville.

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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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