Commonwealth Journal


September 24, 2013

Obituaries for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Somerset — Dorwin Hargis

Dorwin M. Hargis, 81, of Somerset passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after battling a long illness.

He was born May 6, 1932 at Ula, Ky. and was the son of Mitchell and Mary Woodall Hargis.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Wyatt Hargis. They were married on March 17, 1955.

Other survivors include two sons, Joey (Chloe) Hargis and David (Beth) Hargis, both of Somerset, Ky.; and one daughter in law, Ann Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.

Also surviving are two brothers, Don (Martha) Hargis of Lexington, Ky. and William (Bill) Hargis, of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; and three sisters, Ruby Rose Barnes, Faye Vaught, and Louise (Marvin) Phillips, all of Somerset.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Sara (Brian) Foos of Columbia, Ky., Lindsey (Steven) Lashley, Kristi (Chad) Shipp, and Logan and Zachary Hargis, all of Somerset, and Erin (Jonathan) Huff and Nathan (Stephanie) Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.; along with seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by one son, Timothy D. Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.

He served with the 4th Infantry, 8th Regiment during the Korean War from 1950-52, and he was stationed in Germany. He led music at several area churches for many years, and instilled his love for music in his children and grandchildren. He sang for years for in a gospel quartet with two of his sons. He loved to go fishing. His greatest pride was when his whole family was around him, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Langdon Street Baptist Church.

Visitation will be after 9. a.m. today at Langdon Street Baptist Church until time for funeral services at 11 a.m. with Bro. Jerry Chandler and Bro. Darry Hatfield officiating.   

Burial will follow in the Mill Springs National Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post # 38.

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Pulaski Funeral Home.

Dale Kennedy

Dale Adrian Kennedy was born on April 18, 1960 to the late Emily A. Wilson and Charles C. Kennedy of Shelbyville, Ky. He was a graduate of the Shelby County High School and a member of the 1978 State Championship basketball team his senior year. His championship heart was something that he cherished throughout his life. After high school he attended Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky.

Dale was an avid sports and “die-heart” U of L fan. His other passions were to watch western TV shows, “shop ‘til you drop,” and his Friday night poker games, as well as his pride in his grilling skills. Dale was known throughout our community for his generosity to his family and friends as well as his love for his children. He often expressed his love and desire for his children to succeed in life and inspired them to achieve their life goals.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his oldest brother, Tyrone Wilson; and his grandmother, Evelyn Wilson, who made a lasting impact on his life; along with his aunts Lacy Wilson and Iona Wilson; and his uncle, Rev. Elmore Wilson.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Jennifer Kennedy; his children, Adrian Robinson, Jordan Clark, and Jessica Kennedy, all of Shelbyville, Ky., and Remy Kennedy of Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky.; three grandchildren, T.J., Jay and Montell, all of Shelbyville, Ky.; siblings, Canidy Y. (Thomas) Barnett, James “Jamie” M. Wilson, Shauna I. Wilson, George L. Wilson and Christopher (Christy) Wilson, all of Shelbyville, Ky.; aunt and personal mentor, Brenda Wilson, of Frankfort, Ky.; aunts, Barbara Wilson and Mary (Leon) Benson of Louisville, Ky., and Evangelist Bernice (Elder Eric) Barnes of Somerset, Ky.; uncles, Sherman Wilson, Greg (Marla) Hunter and Lucien (Kimberly) Hunter, Jr., all of Shelbyville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clay Street Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Ky.

Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Clay Street Baptist Church with Rev. Justin Barnes, Bishop Eric Barnes and Rev. Robert Marshall officiating.

Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville, Ky.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Stanley

Joan Stanley, age 76 of the Grundy Road community in Somerset, Ky., passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at her home.

She was born on March 15, 1937 in Stone, Ky. to the late Jack and Velma Hunt Fields.

She is survived by her son, Keith (Brenda) Stanley of Somerset, Ky.

There will be a private memorial service held by the family at a later date.

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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