Commonwealth Journal


August 19, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Somerset — Flonnie Shepherd Farmer, 85, of Tipp City, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, August 16, 2013.

 Flonnie was born to John Marion and Susie Evaline Inman Shepherd on October 3, 1927 in Science Hill, Ky.  She was the ninth child of 10 children and the only girl.  She was baptized at the age of 15 and became a member of the Mountain Assembly Church of God. Flonnie was a graduate of Science Hill High School where, after graduating, she taught school for a short period.  She married Delmar Ray Farmer on May 24, 1947.  Later after moving to Ohio she attended the Fellowship Tabernacle for 20 years and the Hartwell Church of God where she had a river baptism May 5, 1974.  She also attended Wyoming Baptist Church and after moving to Tipp City attended Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church.  Flonnie retired from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989 after 20 years of service as a Technical Nursing Aid.  After retirement, she worked as a sub Bus Aid for Vandalia Butler Schools and part-time at the airport security for 3 years, but then retired from both in 2005. Flonnie was a faithful volunteer at the Clothesline of Tipp City and a member of the Ohio Hackney Association and the Western Ohio Pony Breeders Association. She was a special prayer warrior for all those who knew her and lived all her life serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was currently a member of the Tipp City United Methodist Church.

Flonnie was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Delmar Ray, and a granddaughter Jordan Elizabeth Glawe, her parents, and brothers, Lester, Roscoe, Matthew, Willard, Millard, Silas, Dewey, and William Theodore Shepherd.  

She is survived by her three daughters, Jean (and Bob) Taylor, Judy (and David) Lindsay, Jacqueline (and Jeff) Glawe and four grandchildren, Malane (and Keith) Bottles, Bob (and Carrie) Taylor, Brittany (and Shasha) Tefft, Katelyn Lindsay; nine great-grandchildren, Hallie, Braydon, Trey, Alex, Peyton, Samuel, Rachel, Alexandra and Sophia. She is also survived by her brother, Ancil Sheperd, and many special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, 139 S. Dixie Dr., Vandalia, Ohio, 45377.  

Burial will follow at Royal Oak Cemetery.  

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, August 23 from 5-8 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the Clothesline of Tipp City in Flonnie’s memory.

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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.
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    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.
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    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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