Obituaries for April 2020

Frankston Area Obituaries — 1999-Present

Here are the obituaries posted for the current month from information provided courtesy of local and area funeral homes and published on their websites or those submitted by families. If an obituary is overlooked and it is desired that it be posted, please inform us at . Families may request changes or additions, if required. If you have an obituary for a person who has connections with someone or some family in the Frankston-Poynor-LaRue or Lake Palestine area that you want posted to this month or to the archives, and is not currently posted, please let us know at . Obituaries selected or submitted should follow a format which is essentially consistent with other obituaries posted here or by funeral homes and follow standard grammatical style. Through arrangements with funeral homes and/or the families, we will publish pictures with current obituaries. We will add pictures to archived obituaries from the print version of The Citizen newspaper prior to September 2019 when available. Pictures with archived obituaries posted after that will be added in cooperation with funeral homes or on requests from families.  As was the tradition of the Citizen newspaper, obituaries are published at no charge.

(Obituaries listed chronologically by date of death or funeral service.)

Evelyn Posey Derossett

Evelyn Posey Derossett, born Jan. 20, 1928 to John Lee and Jessie Mae (Magness) Posey, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 in Tyler. She was 92 years old.

A private graveside service will be held at Derossett Family Cemetery in Frankston. Rev. George Folmar will officiate.

Mrs. Derossett was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Murphy Derossett; sons, Roger Aills, Murphy Lee Derossett; sisters, Judy Posey, Dorothy Henderson, Lavonne Baca; and brother, J.W. Posey.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nelda McDonald, Dianne Burgamy, Tonya Harrison and husband Hursel all of Frankston; sister, Betty Mewbourn of Tyler; and brother, Calvin Posey of Overton.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Jess Johnson, Rebecca Woods, Cindy Bettes, Jay Boykin, Douglas Boykin, Paula Moore, Laura Griffith, Jason Burgamy, Jesseca McDonald, Shelby Goines, Bethany Harrison; 21 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

James “Jimmy” Delton Beddingfield, Jr.

James “Jimmy” Delton Beddingfield, Jr. was born March 31, 1941 in Jewett, Texas and passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. He was 79 years old. He was the first born to the marriage of James Delton, Sr. and Ruth Davidson Beddingfield.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Frankston City Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Wiley officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mr. Beddingfield was a Baptist and a believer in Christ. He worked in numerous positions for Hunt Oil Company for over 43 years before his retirement. James was a member of the Frankston Riding Club. He loved horses, cows, burning brush piles, feeding his catfish, and hanging out in his workshop; but most of all, he loved his home “on FM 837” and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Ann Beddingfield of Frankston; sons, Ray Beddingfield and wife Suzanne of Frankston, and Casey Beddingfield and wife Mandy of Kilgore; grandsons, Brady Beddingfield and wife Kristen, Mason Beddingfield, Griffin Beddingfield, and Ryan Beddingfield; and his great granddaughters, Reagan and Hadley Beddingfield. He is also survived by his brothers, Don Beddingfield and wife Jayne, and Ron Beddingfield and wife Julie, all of Frankston; sisters-in-law, Glenda Douglas and husband Charles of Brownwood, and Gayle Whiddon and husband Rodney of Payne Springs. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Because of their guidance in this Alzheimer’s journey, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County at; or the Frankston Riding Club at P.O. Box 715, Frankston, Texas 75763, for their fun times and lifelong friends they made.

Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson, age 85, of Kingwood formerly of Frankston, entered eternal life on Sunday, April 19, 2020. She was born October 9, 1934 to Tinker and Helen Weeks.

A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Hooker Ridge Cemetery in Lone Oak, TX. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Jean was lovingly known as “Mama Jean” in the Frankston area. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was a life-long nurse.

She was preceded in death by parents; son, Danny Ranford; daughter, Tracey Reed; and sister, Helen Klar.

Left to cherish Jean’s memory are her husband, William “Bill” Johnson of Kingwood; daughter, Deborah Livingston and husband Billy of Tennessee; grandchildren Megan and husband Ryan, Brenna and Austin; and great-grandchildren, J.T., Michael, Annabelle and Ewan. She is also survived by her daughter-in-love, Amy Elrod and husband Michael of Kingwood and their children: Taylor and wife Abby, Gage and Hayden; and Amy’s mother, Kathy Knight.

Roy Dwain Sims

Roy Dwain Sims, of Frankston, entered eternal life on April 20, 2020 just 2 days after celebrating his 72nd birthday.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Garden Oaks Memorial Park with Wayne Livingston officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Roy was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville. He worked for Texas Department of Corrections for 38 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jestin Sims and his brother-in-law, Charlie Streetman.

Left to cherish Roy’s memory are his mother, Lois Sims of Gatesville; wife of 13 years, Julie Sims of Frankston; son, Michael Dwain Sims and wife Celeste of Palestine and sisters, Sharon Streetman of Gatesville and Brenda Withers and husband Jimmy of Aurora, TX. He is also survived by one granddaughter.

Rev. William Edwin McDaniel

Rev. William Edwin McDaniel completed his work on earth on April 22, 2020 in LaRue, Texas.

In his almost 91 years of living, he was a man that served his family, community, country, and most importantly his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It does not go unnoticed that he left us during a time that we are unable to gather closely in large groups. Could it be because the Lord knows that there is not a building capable of holding all the people whose lives have been touched by this kind, gentle, and loving man that many called Bro. Edwin.

He was born on May 7, 1929, to John Marion and Mae Louise (Hoskins) McDaniel in LaRue, Texas. His brothers, John Douglas and Walter Raymond, were his playmates and work buddies on the family farm while they attended LaPoynor School. Following school, Edwin had to be like his big brother Douglas and join the WWII efforts. He served his county proudly in the US Navy on Guam guarding Japanese POW’s.

At the early ages of 19, Edwin accepted his calling to become a Methodist Preacher. He had attended church in LaRue since birth, so it was fitting that he received the call from his home. He enrolled in the Perkins Theological Seminary and received his license to preach.

His first appointment of 12 was close to home at the Union Methodist Church in Anderson County, Texas.

His second appointment at age 21 in Klondike, Texas changed his life forever. He met a beautiful young lady named Maurine Rhodes at MYF. It was LOVE at first sight for both. He has told the story so many times that he knew instantly they would be together forever. They were married on August 7, 1951 and they were lovebirds just over 65 years. He kissed his sweetheart for the last time on October 6, 2016 and told her he would join her soon. We are happy they are reunited at last.

Rev Edwin McDaniel served as a Methodist Minister from 1948 to 1994 before retiring. Jesus once said, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) This servant of the Lord took this message to heart.

Edwin and Maurine made many special lifelong friends whom they had Bible studies with and even traveled together. They were blessed to travel to the Holy Lands in Jerusalem and were baptized in the Jordan river. Edwin brought back water from the Jordan River to use for baptisms since.

One of his favorite parts of the church was his kids. He always loved teaching “his” children about Jesus whether in children’s time, VBS, Lakeview UMC Camp, confirmation classes, or just a greeting on Sunday mornings.

After retirement Bro. Edwin continued to serve the church and his East Texas Community. He was always happy to fill in on Sunday for pastors in time of need. He even accepted a few local short time appointments for the UMC. He continued to speak at revivals and officiated over countless baptisms, weddings, and funerals. With his last sermon behind the pulpit just a month ago at his home church of LaRue UMC, his service to the Lord was spread just at 72 years. What a gift to the world he was.

Edwin and Maurine raised two sons. William Jr and Phillip. As a father, Edwin taught them about love, respect, and most of all Faith in Jesus. They enjoyed traveling and camping during the summer all around the United States. He took his boys out and showed them the beauty of God’s creation. He made sure they learned there was more than just pine trees of East Texas.

After retirement, Edwin and Maurine RV traveled months at a time. They loved being together and witnessing God’s handiwork firsthand. Some favorites included watching the leaves change in Vermont and New Mexico, along with many trips to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM. They were blessed to celebrate Edwin’s 80th birthday in Alaska and enjoy a White Christmas in Angel Fire, NM with Phillip and Wendy. Along with attending Gaither Fest in Myrtle Beach, NC and Rock Hunting, these were some of his most loved adventures. He loved telling everyone about those trips and what cherished memories they made together.

Rev. Edwin McDaniel could be described as the hands and feet of Jesus.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, and his loving Maurine. He leaves behind so very many that loved him.

Survivors include his sons, William E McDaniel Jr. and wife Janice of Crosby, Texas, Phillip W and wife Wendy of LaRue, formerly of Nacogdoches, Texas, Sister in Law Loretta McDaniel of LaRue, and many nieces and nephews. He was Paw Paw to Grandchildren Dana W. (Dana D), Nick(Erika), and Sarah; Great-Grandchildren Aidan, Sean, Oliver and Zoey; and Bonus Grand girls that brought him much joy Chloe, Callie, and Chelsea. Also surviving is his fur baby, Peggy.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 from 10:00-5:00 PM at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. There will be a private celebration of life held in Edwins honor.

Memorials may be made to LaRue United Methodist Church PO Box 52 LaRue Texas 75770, Traditions Health Tyler 1820 Shiloh Road, Suite 1105 Tyler, Texas 75703.

Shirley Herrington McLane

Shirley Herrington McLane, born December 6, 1935 in the Sand Flat/Brushy Creek area, was called from this life at home, April 27, 2020, surrounded by her loving family in Frankston, TX. She was 84 years old. Graveside services will be held April 29, 2020 at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston.

Mrs. McLane attended Frankston schools as well many class reunions and homecomings throughout the years. She was married to Richard “Sparky” McLane for 59 years, during which time they were both faithful members of the Frankston Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her mother Corine Herrington, father Bruce Herrington, husband Richard McLane, daughter Ramona Gail McLane, and her brother Curtis Herrington.

She is survived and deeply loved by her children Ricky McLane of Frankston, TX , Mary Poulsen and husband John of Benbrook, TX, and Joe McLane and wife Vicky of Liberty City, TX, as well as her grandchildren Frank Poulsen, Elizabeth Poulsen, Heather McLane, Randy McLane, Kolton Norton and Haylie Norton.

As a homemaker, she most enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and was not happy until everyone had their favorite dish. Hunters in the family always knew they would come home to enjoy a big breakfast, and her chicken fried steak was the best. She was an excellent baker, and be it for a benefit, baby or wedding shower everyone knew who to call for an amazing Italian Cream cake, East Texas’ best peach cobbler, or her signature punch. She could often be found participating in the local nursing home’s birthday parties, and church get togethers.

Susie Elizabeth Owens

Susie Elizabeth Owens born in Frankston, TX on December 6, 1925 to M.B. and Alene (Fowler) Jones, entered eternal life on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. She was 94 years old.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020at Frankston City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Susie worked as a secretary to the Colonel who was in charge of the hospital at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana. She and her husband Dorsey had the opportunity to travel the world with the Army and often reflected on these times as some of her best memories. In her retirement, she volunteered weekly for many years at the Chandler Public Library. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Susie was member of Lake Palestine United Methodist Church in Chandler, and was also a proud part of the Southern Angel’s women’s group where she was able to give back to the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dorsey Owens; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Sterling Cotlow; brothers, Billy Jones, Leland Jones and Roberts Jones; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Jones and Edith Quinn.

Left to cherish Susie’s memory are her niece, Karen Walters and husband Tom of Jersey Village; and great niece, Jennifer Walters of Austin. She will be greatly missed by all that had the opportunity to know her.

Agnes Ireland

Mrs.Agnes Ireland, 91, of Athens passed away April 28, 2020 in Athens.

No services were scheduled. Interment  was in Oak Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Athens.

Agnes Lucille (Brewer) Ireland was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Chandler, the daughter of Clint David Brewer and Myrtle (Nowlin) Brewer.

She was a long-time member of the West Athens Baptist Church and served as board president of the Women’s Missionary Union. For many years, Agnes worked as an educator within the Child Development Center when Trinity Valley Community College was Henderson County Junior College. She enjoyed fishing with her husband and planting flowers, especially iris.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles William Ireland and nine brothers and sisters, including Ruth (Brewer) Tindel of Frankston.

Survivors include son, Kelly Ireland of Athens; brother, George Brewer of Shreveport, Louisiana; Shari Odom of Troup and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family of Athens.

Roland Allen (Al) Cobb

Roland Allen (Al) Cobb, of Frankston, was born January 8, 1932 and passed away peacefully April 30, 2020 in Rockwall, TX. He was 88.

Funeral services were held May 5, 2020.

He was proceeded in death by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Evelyn Cobb; his parents and two brothers, most notably his twin brother Joe Alvin Cobb.

He is survived by his three children, Donald Cobb, Anna Yeakley, (Mark Yeakley) Dan Cobb, (Dana Cobb) five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and served in the 187th Army Airborne infantry during the Korean conflict.

After the service he worked for Douglas Aircraft as an electronics lab technician, later as a sales technician for an X-ray equipment company and as an electrician, retiring from work altogether in the late 80’s.

Al, as he was known, was a gentle soul, very likable, lighthearted man of few words. He was always on the move piddling around his lake property near Frankston, or volunteering his time helping a neighbor, or local charity food bank, Meals on Wheels, and just about anything he could be of service with.

He enjoyed nature, animals, boating, and he was very much into physical fitness. He ran every day, logging three to seven miles a day when he could. Even in his older age he made a point of taking daily walks.

Al was a committed Christian, and an active church member of theUnited Methodist Church of Frankston. He was involved in the Methodist Men’s group, taught Sunday school classes; volunteered his time, money and efforts to many worthy causes and ministries.

He was an eager “doer” and a helper of others, often recognizing something you needed even before you knew it yourself. He was the type of man you could count on to help you with anything, and he took the time to concern himself with the welfare of others.

(Obituaries posted contain information posted by funeral homes and/or families. Families may request changes or additions, if appropriate or required.)

Evelyn Posey Derossett


James “Jimmy” Beddingfield  


Jean Johnson


Roy Dwain Sims


Rev. William Edwin McDaniel


Shirley Herrington McLane


Susie Elizabeth Owens


Agnes  (Brewer)  Ireland


Richard Allen (Al) Cobb



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