Commonwealth Journal


October 1, 2013

Obituaries for Wednesday, Oct.2, 2013

Somerset — Donald Goforth

Donald Reuben Goforth, 79, of Highland, Ill., passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland, Ill.

He was born on April 8, 1934 in Somerset, Ky., to the late Oscar Goforth and Mary (nee McDonald) Goforth.

Donald retired from the Federal Railroad Administration. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW and served his country faithfully in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Donald is survived by sons Rick (and Tina) Goforth of Highland, Ill., Tony (and Karen) Goforth of Collinsville, Ill., and Scott (and Jane) Goforth of Collinsville, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Madge Hamilton of Somerset, Ky.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Clarence, Harry and Eugene Goforth, and two sisters, Sophia Lewis and Christine Snyder and his beloved pup Mitzi.

Visitation for Donald will be held Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Richeson Funeral Home in Troy, Ill., and Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the chapel of  Somerset Undertaking & Crematory.

A celebration honoring the life of Donald will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking & Crematory.

Interment will be at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Ky.

Memorials may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, No.1 Jefferson Barracks Road, St. Louis, Mo.,  63125, in Memory of Donald R. Goforth.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Glenn Roy

Glenn Roy, 77, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013.

He is survived by a brother, Lewis Roy; a sister, Imogene Ashley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy and Edgar Roy; siblings, Pauline Perkins, Lawrence Roy, Clarence Roy, and James Roy; and four infant brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Bethelridge United Methodist Church.

Burial will be in Bethelridge Cemetery.

A visitation will be held after 11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Bethelridge United Methodist Church.

The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Takoda Trails, 350 Kolb Dr. Fairfield, Ohio, 45014

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at:

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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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