Commonwealth Journal


February 20, 2013

Auda Jones


Auda Mae Jones, 85 of Somerset, Ky., passed to her heavenly home on Feb. 18, 2013 at Somerwoods Rehab Center. 
Auda Mae was born in Caryville, Tenn., on Jan. 26, 1928. She was the second child born to Kelly and Nancy Agnes Jones. She married Rufus E. Jones in Rossville, Ga., on July 15, 1944 to a union of 68-and-a-half years. To this marriage were born three children: Rufus II, Sheila Adams, and Tommy (and Barbara) Jones. She was a proud and loving wife and mother.   
In addition to her children being the pride of her life, she enjoyed the role of grandmother to Jennifer (and Jeff) Pierce and Thomas Jones II. As she told many, "There's only one thing better than being a grandmother and that is to be a great-grandmother." Jake Pierce, Jensen Pierce, Bristol Jones and Blakley Garland brought delight during their visits. She created memories that will last forever. Auda Mae and Rufus are best known as managers of the "old" 7 Gables Hotel and Restaraunt in "old" Burnside, the "new" 7 Gables Restaraunt, and finally of Somerset Lodge. She had to take early retirement due to health issues. 
She was a member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church. The members of her Sunday School class were loving and supportive during her years of illness and recovery from the numerous falls. Betty Neely and her weekly cards were especially dear to her heart.
Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers, Arlen Jones, Clarence Jones, and Herman Jones; and firstborn son, Rufus. 
In addition to her immediate family she is survived by brothers Kelly Jones of Knoxville, Tenn., and Thurman (and Stella) Jones of Denver, Colo.; sister Virginia Ingraham of Salt Lake City, Utah; and sister-in-law Cloa Jones of Oneida, Tenn. 
There are numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States.  
Her visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service following at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Interment will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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    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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