Commonwealth Journal


September 30, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

Somerset — Rose Russell

Jesus called Rose Russell, 89, to Heaven Friday evening, Sept. 27, 2013 in the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

She was the daughter of Edward and Mabel Sagiom Gallagher. She was born July 28, 1924 in Greensburg, Pa. She married William Julian Russell in Somerset, Ky. on Jan. 25, 1946.

She is survived by a son, Mitchell Paul Russell of Cincinnati; daughter, Linda Russell Barker of Lexington; and son, Thomas William Russell of Somerset; six grandchildren, Mitchell Paul Russell, Jr., Joy Linn Barker Cheek, Lesley Erin Russell Carroll, Morgan Leigh Russell Hughes, Shelby Linn Russell, and William Seth Russell; and great-grandchildren, Megan Nicole Russell, Jacob Aaron Russell, Emma Rose Hughes, Blake Elliott Carroll and Julian Isaiah Carroll.

Rose retired from Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and was a faithful long time member of East Somerset Baptist Church. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, and she was an amazing Christian example. Her life was devoted to her Lord, her church and her family.

Visitation is at East Somerset Baptist Church Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the funeral service following at 2 p.m.

Burial will immediately follow in the Sears Cemetery on East Ky. 80. Officiants will be Brother Darvie Fenison and Brother Danny Pace.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Matt Secen Sr.

Matt Secen Sr., age 89 of Somerset, Ky. and formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at his home.

He was born on Sept. 26, 1924 in Cary, Bell County, Ky. to the late Vincent and Dora Belle Patterson Secen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting grass and traveling. He proudly served his country in

the Navy during World War II. He was of the Church of God faith.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Anna Marie Lefevers Secen, whom he married on Oct. 28, 1950 in Arjay, Ky.; three sons, Arnold V. (Barabara) Secen, Ronnie (Debbie) Secen and Danny R. (Loretta) Secen, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; and five daughters, Maureen Hughes of Somerset, Ky., Deborah S. Secen of Somerset, Ky., Sandra S. (Kim) Gadberry of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sharon D. Secen of Cincinnati, Ohio and Alisia J. (Roger) Reese of Utah.

Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Clell Secen and Matt Secen Jr.; four brothers, Caleb Smallwood, Lloyd Smallwood, Elbert Secen and George Secen; and one sister, Martha Smallwood.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Dawson officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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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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