Commonwealth Journal

October 8, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

— 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.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lois Edwards Gilliland, as well as one sister Bobbie Jo Holt; a special niece, Suzanne Kidd; and a host of nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by one brother, Curtis Gilliland, Sr., and three sisters, Dean Wells, Lucille Horton and Maxine Hinkle.
He served with the 419th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II in the European Theater, where he was awarded three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of Masonic Order 111. 
Visitation for friends and family will be on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with his funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Jim McKinney officiating.
Burial will be in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors by the American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard.  
Pallbearers will be his nephews Curtis Gilliland, Jr., Richard Wells, Ernie Gilliland, Jack New, Jed Mounce, and Chris Conley.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or the American Legion Honor Guard.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Linville E. Gilliland, Jr.  
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.
 
Roy Girdler
Roy Arvis Franklin Girdler, age 82, son of the late Henry Jackson and Coatney Wilson Girdler, departed this life on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Roy was born on October 29, 1930 in the Pleasant Hill Community of Pulaski County, Somerset, Ky.
He was united in marriage to the late Minnie Katherine Dick on February 3, 1951. They were married for more than 62 years.
Roy leaves behind three sons, Frankie (and Sherry) Girdler, Rick (and Sara) Girdler and Jeff Girdler; 5 grandchildren: Brandon (and Lindsey) Girdler, Chris (and Courtney) Girdler, Kelly Girdler (and Levi) Barnes, Francesca Girdler (and Tim) Micek, and Megan Girdler (and Jason) Weatherford; 5 great-grandchildren, Charleston Girdler, Brady, Sophie and Kate Barnes and Farrah Linlee Micek. Also surviving is a sister, Nina (and Hoy) Blevins of Somerset, and a brother, Brent (and Joyce) Girdler of Yorktown, Ind.; sisters-in-law Mildred Girdler and Marie Girdler, Lula Dick, and a brother-in-law, Algar Beasley; as well as a host of nieces and nephews who all mourn his passing.
Other than his parents and wife, Roy was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry (and Mildred) Girdler and Ed (and Marie) Girdler; and his sisters, Lena (and Lawrence) McPheron, Nora (and Bill) Neikirk and Oma (and Henry) Pence.
Roy was a life-long and faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he served as a Church Treasurer for many years.
Roy was a NAPA Auto Parts sales clerk, where he was known by many as an avid baseball fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers-now the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a huge supporter of Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt.
The family of Roy Girdler will receive friends and family for visitation on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. 
The funeral will be on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. all being held at Pulaski Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be handling all arrangements for Mr. Roy Girdler.
 
Dorothy Kemper
Dorothy Kemper, 96, of Somerset, Ky. and formerly of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at her home. 
She was born on April 28, 1917 in St. Louis, Mo. to the late Zivko and Vidosava Bolanovich Adzick. Dorothy was a member of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Bridgeton, Mo. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross and Missouri Veterans Home, an election judge official, member of the local garden club, Rainbow Widows Group and the Goldtimers at her church. She enjoyed her activities with her friends at Helping Hands, The Neighborhood and the Alzheimers Center of Somerset. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Merle E. Kemper Jr., whom she married on Sept. 14, 1941 in St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Pamela Jane Kemper. Also deceased are three brothers, Michael, Nick and John, and two sisters, Betty and Mileva. 
She is survived by two daughters, Debra (Dr. John R.) Smart of Somerset, Ky. and Barbara Kemper (Douglas C.) Stiles of Alexandria, Va.; and one sister, Georgia Glogovac, of St. Louis, Mo. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kevin (April) Smart of Knoxville, Tenn., Ryan (Kelsey) Smart of Kansas City, Mo., Kimberly Smart of Somerset, Ky. and Andrew Stiles of Alexandria, Va. 
Graveside services were held on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel in St. Louis, Mo. with Rev. Dr. John R. Shear officiating. 
Burial isin the Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John Calvin Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Speaker Fund or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home of Somerset, Ky. is in charge of the arrangements.