Commonwealth Journal


January 23, 2013

Haskel Brake


Mr. Haskel Brake, son of the late Porter Brake Sr. and Elsie Cole Brake, was born on Feb. 19, 1931 and he departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at the V. A. Hospital in Lexington, Ky. having attained the age of 81 years.
He was united in marriage to Mrs. Emma Guffey Brake, she survives. 
Other survivors include three sons, Gerald (and Betsy) Brake of Burnside, Ky., Billy (and Vicki) Brake of Eubank, Ky. and Donnie Brake of Burnside, Ky.; one brother, Bobby (and Anita) Brake of Monticello, Ky.; and six grandchildren, Matthew Brake, Jeremiah Brake, Justin Brake, Jason Brake, Kaylee Brake and Kaydence Hatfield.
Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Ann Brake; five brothers, Elza, Ellis, Howard, Harold, and Junior Brake; and six sisters, Zelma Brake, Effie Brake, Alice Abbott, Vela Upchurch, Dorothy Neal and Ruth Morris.
Haskel was a member of the Grave Hill Baptist Church, a 40-year member of the Burnside Masonic Lodge #634 F & AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason through the Valley of Lexington, a charter member of the Lake Cumberland Scottish Rite Club, a charter member of Point Isabel Eastern Star Chapter #582, a life member of the Monticello D.A.V., the former fire chief of Burnside Fire Department, and one of the founders  and first fire chief of the Tateville Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, a Pulaski County Colonel, a Somerset Colonel and a Pulaski County “Good Ole Boy.”
Haskel was a kind person who will be missed. He leaves a host of relatives and friends who mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Dick officiating.
Burial will follow in the Burnside Cemetery.
Military honors for Mr. Brake will be conducted by the American Legion Post #38.
The family of Mr. Haskel Brake will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home after 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. 
Masonic services will  be observed at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Pulaski Funeral Home by Burnside Lodge #634 F & AM.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. Haskel Brake.

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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.
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