Commonwealth Journal


February 16, 2013

Ben Carmack


Ben R. Carmack, age 73, formerly of Peoria, Ill., who resided in Somerset, Ky. since 1976, took the hand of Jesus to be led home Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Born July 3, 1939 in Blandinsville, Ill., he was the youngest of five children and only son to Morris and Nellie Bennett Carmack. He married Merilea Curtis Carmack on Dec. 4, 1960.
Surviving are his wife; son, Jeffrey Carmack; two daug-hters, Jackie (Mark) Meeks and Jana (Jeff) Litton, all of Science Hill, Ky.; five grandchildren, Tony (Ashley) Meeks of Nancy, Ky., Benjamin (Jessica) Meeks of Somerset, Mariah Meeks, and MaKailyn and Micheal Hines of Science Hill, Ky.; three great-grandchildren, Weston, Elijah, and Gracelyn Meeks; sister, and Lois Kreps of Los Angeles, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Robert; daughter, Kathleen Marie; and three sisters.
Ben was a banker for 25 years. He was the owner of Carmack Ford in Wyoming, Ill. for several years, and he was a car dealer in Somerset, Ky. He was self-employed in the furniture business until his retirement.
He accepted Jesus as his personal savior and was baptized at the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. 
Ben truly believed that his wife and family were his greatest blessings. 
A memorial service will be held to honor his life at Southern Oaks Funeral Home on
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Family and friends will come together from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The
services will be at 7 p.m. and will be officiated by our friend and Pastor Joey Simmons.  
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the 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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