Commonwealth Journal


October 8, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

— Shirley Helton

Mrs. Shirley J. Helton, 76, of Tateville, Ky., daughter of the late Samuel and Bertha Wilson New was born in McCreary County, Ky., on June 9, 1936 and departed this life on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital due to a longtime illness.
She was united in marriage to Jesse T. Helton on August 5, 1955; he preceded her in death.
Shirley is survived by one son, Richard (and Diana) Helton of Somerset, Ky.; two daughters, Denise Hardwick of Tateville, Ky., and Mary Taylor of Alabama; five grandsons, Eric, Aaron and Nathan Hardwick, Kyle and Greg Taylor; five great-grandchildren, Jailynn R. Hardwick, Jacob Adams, Kayla Cain Hall, Kelsey Smith and Lynda “Lynnie Beth” Smith; and one great-great-grandson, Aiden. She also leaves behind four sisters, Leoda Hughes, Roberta Swan, Jewell Taylor, Freda Calhoun, all of Ohio and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will dearly miss Shirley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Helton, who died at infancy; two brothers, Lawrence New and Earl New; one niece, one nephew; and one special friend, Howard Eichelbrenner.
Shirley was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker and caretaker to all. She will be greatly missed by all whom she loved.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Pulaski Funeral Home with Chaplain Greg Ryan officiating.  
Burial will follow in the Sloans Valley Cemetery.
The family of Mrs. Shirley J. Helton will receive friends after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 until time for services at Pulaski Funeral Home.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be handling all arrangements for Mrs. Shirley J. Helton.
Linville Gilliland Jr.
Linville E. Gilliland, Jr., 88, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at his residence.
He was born in Pulaski County on June 17, 1925, to the late Ethel McKenzie and Linville Emmett Gilliland, Sr. He was self-employed as a carpenter and building contractor of beautiful homes in the area and a faithful and dedicated member of the New Enterprise Baptist Church of Alcalde.

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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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