Commonwealth Journal


November 29, 2013

Obituaries for Saturday, November 30

Paula Embree
Paula Marie Darnell Embree, 51, of Louisville, Ky., passed away peacefully at her home under Hosparus (hospice) of Louisville care. 
Paula is survived by her husband, James R. Embree, whom she married on July 7, 1984 in Burnside, Ky. 
She was born Jan. 23, 1962 in Somerset, Ky. to her parents, Paul M. Darnell and Naomi New Darnell. She was preceded in death by both parents and her father-in-law, James Thomas (Jim) Embree. 
Paula is survived by four children, Clark (and Michelle) of Hazard, Ky., Lola (and Luke) Davidson of Lexington, Ky., Peter Embree and Christopher Embree of Louisville, Ky. One brother and three sisters also survive Paula, William (and Barbara Sue) Darnell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Darnell of Somerset, Ky., Barbara Jane (and Sam) Napier of Tiltonsville, Ohio, and Ruth Darnell (and Joan Norvell) of Fredericksburg, Va. Paula is also survived by her mother-in-law, Martha Embree, an uncle, Hugh New, an aunt, Freda New, and many other relatives. 
Paula will also be remembered by church members and many special friends. She was a member of the Portland Avenue Church of Christ. She was a graduate of Burnside High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College. She worked at Bank of America Merchant Services and then for Jefferson County Public Schools as a Clerk at Gheens for over 5 years. She was a fan of NASCAR racing, college basketball, and she loved reading.
Memorial gifts may be given to Portland Christian School and/or Hosparus of Louisville. 
Visitation for Paula Darnell Embree will be held at the Portland Avenue Church of Christ in Louisville on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service beginning at 5 p.m. 
Another visitation for Burnside is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. with the Celebration of Life service beginning at 1 p.m. at Burnside United Methodist Church.

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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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