Obituaries for August 2013

Frankston Area Obituaries — 1999-Present

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

Evie Vonceil Sumerlin Kolb

Evie Vonceil Sumerlin Kolb was born to Nora and Al Sumerlin in Rotan, Texas, on October 29, 1927, and died on July 25, 2013, at age 85.

She graduated from Rotan High School and on January 17, 1946, she married the love of her life, Alva Kolb Jr.

That marriage was an exemplary romance that showed everyone how true love endures and grows. They had 64 beautiful years together.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents as well as her brothers Billie Sumerlin and Al Dee Sumerlin and sisters Norene Carter and Alvis Dorsey.

She is survived by daughters Sue Mitchell and husband Dean of Leaky, Stacey Pierce and husband Carlton of Conroe; granddaughters Cherri Mitchell Robbins and husband Tim of Kerrville, Karma Mitchell and husband Ric Hubbard of San Marcos; grandson Mitch Mitchell and wife Audrey of Kerrville; granddaughters Jenna Pierce and husband Brian Nacol of Spring, Cassie House and husband Steve of Conroe, Meghan Pierce and fiancé Allen Walters of Spring; 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews for whom she was an important role model and support; and many friends.

Evie moved to Pasadena in 1955 where she and Al raised their daughters and she retired from Champion-International Paper.

After retirement, they moved to Frankston where they had 25 happy years prior to moving to Kerrville in 2003.

The family requests donations to Hill Country Youth Ranch and Peterson Hospice.

Memorial services at Kerrville Funeral Home will be announced at a later date.

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Arrangements are under direction of Kerrville Funeral Home.

Nelda Dickerson

A memorial service for Nelda Dickerson, 80, of Poynor was held Wednesday, July 31, in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Wagoner officiating.

Mrs. Dickerson died July 26, 2013, in Athens.

She was born July 14, 1933, in LaRue to the late Tom Murphy and Mamie Elizabeth Crossley Richardson.

Nelda lived in Dallas for many years raising her family. She returned to the East Texas area in 1979 and resided here until her death. She was a member of Poynor Baptist Church. Nelda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Lewis Dickerson and son Joe Don Dickerson.

Survivors include sons James Dickerson of Poynor, Jeff Alan Dickerson and wife Kimberly of LaRue; grandchildren Jennifer, Jaime, Josh, Courtney and Tasha and five great grandchildren.

If desired memorials may be made to Poynor Community Cemetery, P.O. Box 140, Poynor, Texas 75782.

Special thanks to Beverly Crow and the staff of Mabank Nursing Center for their care.

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Charlene Eubanks

Funeral services for Charlene Eubanks, 85, of Frankston were held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Rev. Scott Wiley officiating.

Burial followed at Providence Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Eubanks passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Frankston.

Charlene was born July 15, 1928, in Graham to Charlie J. Porter and Opal Pendley Porter.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Ray Overall.

Survivors include her sons Donnie Ray Overall of Lake Palestine, Rickie Overall and wife Tammy of Frankston; sister Brodie Doyle of Irving; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Tyler Crawford, Eric White, Rickie Overall Jr., Rusty Warrington, and Donnie J. Overall.

Scott Mullins

Funeral services for Scott Mullins, 27, of Frankston were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Brother Ron Ivy officiating. Burial was at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mr. Mullins passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Palestine.

He was born Feb. 5, 1986, in Austin.

Mr. Mullins attended Carpenters Cross Baptist Church in Flint and worked as a hydraulic mechanic.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Don Mullins.

Survivors include his mother Emily Fontenot and husband Bob of Frankston; father Monty Mullins and wife Elizabeth of Houston; daughters Emma and Camryn Mullins both of Grand Prairie; brother Jacob Mullins of Houston; sister Sara Mullins of Houston; grandparents Richard Officer of Frankston, J. Tom and Kathryn Graham of Frankston, and Jan Mullins of Rockaway Beach, Mo.

Pallbearers were Dylan Beasley, Joshua Mullins, Brandon Redfern, Ian Metcalf, Luke Fontenot, Jacob Mullins, Charles Klibert and Christopher Mullins. Dakota Elliott was an honorary pallbearer.

Valcris O. Ewell

Valcris O. Ewell Jr., the second son of Valcris O. Ewell Sr. and Marjorie Morris Ewell (both deceased) of Frankston, died in Logan, Utah, on July 11, 2013.

Valcris Ewell graduated from Carver School of Frankston in the spring of 1947. He went on to graduate from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree.

Coming from a family of educators, “Val Jr.” looked forward to a career as a teacher with his wife, Armeta Marvell Lee of East Saint Louis, Illinois. Their first teaching experience took them to a Navaho Indian reservation in Kayenta, Arizona.

Following the Arizona experience, Valcris was employed with the U.S. Government as a logistician and served in the Saint Louis area where he contracted for Army helicopters for the Aviation Systems Command. His logistic experience then brought him to Washington, D.C., where he continued up the ladder with the Army Materiel Command. His success as a logistician resulted in his being selected as the first black civilian to attend the prestigious U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While there, Valcris also earned a master’s degree from Shippensburg College of Pennsylvania.

Upon returning to Washington, Valcris attained a position in the Federal Senior Executive Service and was later appointed as Assistant Secretary for the Army for Logistics and Installations at the Pentagon. These positions demanded travel through the U.S. and abroad.

Upon his retirement, Valcris and Armeta enjoyed traveling and spending time with their three children while locating in Maryland, Texas and Utah. He also engaged in community and political activities. He served as a dispute mediator and in business adventures.

Valcris Ewell leaves behind a sister, Jenelle A. Ewell Barrens and husband, Col. (Ret.) Clarence G. Barrens. The Barrens operate the farm at the corner of Hwy. 175 and Hwy. 1892 and have a vacation home on County Road 4117 on Lake Palestine in the Berryville area.

Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Ewell Foster; a son, Valcris O. Ewell III and wife, Diane Ewell, and a second son, Newton H. Ewell; a stepson, Larry Robinson; and a number of beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of friends around the country and beyond.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, 178 W. Center Street, in Logan, Utah, with the Rev. Paul Hunt, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at the Providence Cemetery in Logan, Utah.

Dennis Rayford Carrington

Services for Dennis Rayford Carrington, 70, of Brownsboro were held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Summy officiating. Burial followed in Edom Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Carrington died July 24, 2013, in Tyler. He was born July 26, 1942, in Frankston. He retired from Texas Instruments after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Milton Carrington.

Survivors include wife Judy Carrington of Brownsboro; mother Rosemary Carrington of Palestine; son Gary Carrington of Roanoke; sisters Marilyn Benton and husband Tom of Jacksonville, Jemmy Fields and husband Gene of Big Canoe, Ga., and Beverly Goff and husband Randy of Terrell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bobby Dailey

Funeral services for Bobby Dailey, 84, of Poynor were held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. George Fomar officiating. Burial was at Poynor Cemetery.

Mr. Dailey passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home in Poynor.

He was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Vivian, La. to Virgil Dailey and Lilly Hartzo Dailey.

Mr. Dailey worked for 43 years for Hunt Oil Company, served as an Alderman for the City of Poynor and was member Poynor Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Jimmie Dailey; brother Andrew Lee Dailey; grandson Travis Lee Dailey; and son-in-law Bobby Frausto.

Survivors include his sons Mike Dailey and wife Darlene of New London, Patrick Dailey and wife Michelle of Overton; daughters Vickie Greer and husband Roy of Ben Wheeler, Cindy Frausto of Berryville; daughter-in-law Julia Dailey of New London; sister Nadyne Freeman of Selman City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carl Edward Saxon

Carl Edward Saxon, beloved husband, father, friend and educator, died suddenly on Thursday, Aug. 15, during surgery at the Heart Hospital of Austin.

He was born in Dallas on Feb. 8, 1949, to Robert and Mildred Saxon.

Carl was an educator for 43 years in East Texas and Del Valle and touched many young lives through his basketball coaching and teaching careers. He had served as an assistant coach in Frankston.

His sincere concern and care for his students was evident through his mentoring and discipline.

Carl always ended his class instruction by asking his students to go home and tell their parents they love them.

Carl is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Mary Catherine, his children; Brent Saxon and wife Dana of the Woodlands, Ashley Saxon of Smithville, and Trey Saxon of Austin.

He is also survived by his four grandchildren; Jermie Perales, MacKenzie Saxon, Reese Saxon, and Finely Saxon.

Carl will be missed by many friends, students, co-workers, relatives, and by his sister, Pat Saxon of Richardson.

Visitation was held Monday, Aug. 19, at All Faiths Funeral Home in Smithville.

The service was Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the First United Methodist Church of Smithville.  Interment followed the service at the Oak Hills Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by All Faiths of The Pines Funeral Home, 110 American Legion Road, Smithville, Texas 78957.

Martha Kardash

Funeral services for Martha Kardash, 58, of Plano were held Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Bro Roy Thoene officiating.

Burial was at Olive Branch Cemetery in Brushy Creek.

Mrs. Kardash passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Frisco.

She was born October 1, 1954, in Garland to Woodrow and Emogene Sharp.

Survivors include her husband Alan Kardash of Plano; son Matt Kardash of Plano; sister Mary Blake and husband Frank of Bullard; sister-in-law Karen Couch and husband Bobby of Mesquite.

Doris Franncis Pagitt Perry

Doris Francis Pagitt Perry, 84, of Temple, passed away July 28, 2013.

Services for Mrs. Perry were held July 31 at the First United Methodist Church of Lovelady, Texas with burial following at Evergreen- Lovelady Cemetery.

Doris was born June 13, 1929, in Poynor to Pleasant Alonzo Pagitt and Betty Beatrice Lacy Pagitt.

She was raised on a farm with three brothers and three sisters, attended LaPoynor High School and graduated at 16 years old. After graduating, she worked at a dime store in Athens while attending Henderson County Junior College. She moved from there to Dallas and attended business school and worked for W. A. McKinley Mortgage Loan Company. She met and later married Charles Ray Perry on March 14, 1953, at Bryan, Texas at the First Methodist Church.

They lived in Dallas and a year later, they had Linda Lou Perry. A few months later, they moved to Houston where they lived for 26 years. In Houston, Doris was a housewife, mother, and a seamstress. She briefly worked at a pharmacy, a bank, and at John R. Harris Elementary. She attended Garden Villas Methodist Church for many years where she facilitated the flowers for the church sanctuary on Sunday and volunteered at the Methodist Hospital, as well as sewing operating instrument bags for the doctors.

She and Charles moved to Temple in 1980 and lived there the rest of her life. She was also involved with First United Methodist Church of Temple, preparing communion for eighteen years, was a member of the Dawson Sunday School Class, and enjoyed visiting nursing homes which she did for 25 years. She was involved with Methodist Women at the local and district level. She was hostess to many Methodist Women's Circle and Book Review Club Meetings. She became a Stephen Minister and sewed stoles for the Stephen Ministry.

Doris was an avid walker for at least 30 years. She volunteered every summer to help Linda prepare her classroom for the next school year and made many treats for all her classes. She painted some and liked working with her hands doing arts and crafts. She loved to bake oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies and then deliver them to many church events and the local nursing homes. One of her joys was gardening. She had a green thumb and she grew and canned vegetables for many years. Doris also volunteered at the Temple Civic Theater and the CTLC.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and one grandson, Larren Lee Forshage.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years Charles; a daughter Linda Perry Forshage and husband Larry Louis Forshage of San Angelo; two grandchildren Laurie Forshage-Hanus and husband Darryl of Bayou Vista, Texas; Landon Louis Forshage of College Station; and her sister Betty Jean Pagitt Townley of Lafayette, Louisana.

Donations may be made to Temple First United Methodist Church, Scott and White Hospice of Temple, Lovelady Methodist Church of Lovelady, Texas, Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery of Lovelady, Texas, or the Poynor Cemetery.

Marshall William Campbell

Marshall William Campbell of Marshall died Saturday, Aug. 24, at the age of 94.

He was the oldest child of Jesse and Dorothy Drew Campbell, born at home on January 4, 1919, in Fincastle, Texas.

He attended schools in Poynor, New Baden, and Frankston.

He married Gwendolyn Ford of Marshall on October 28, 1944, in Mineral Wells before he left for the war.

He served in U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-45 at Camp Walters, Ft. Hood, and Ft. Bening, Georgia.

One of his proudest moments during the war was driving the jeep for General Omar Bradley.

Mr. Campbell worked in production for Borden Company and retired in 1981 after 38 years of service.  He won several awards for his buttermilk.  After retirement, he and Gwendolyn enjoyed traveling and attending bluegrass festivals.

He played the bass fiddle and guitar with several groups in the area.

He enjoyed carpentry and hunting.  He was a 25-year member of BB&D hunting club.  He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.

Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years Gwendolyn Ford Campbell; his sister and brother-in-law Myrtle and Maxie McAlister; baby brother Edward; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Maurice and Goldman Chatham, Marion (Toby) and Margie Ford, Henry and Elsie Ford and Lamar Ford.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Wilburn and Tillie Campbell of Frankston; sister-in-law Jean Ford; his children Wanda and Herschel Miller of Lorena, Texas, Kenneth and Sherri Campbell, Pamela and Roger Shipwash and Angela Carter, all of Marshall; his 10 grandchildren are Tricia Campbell Muse, Ken Campbell, Christina Perry, Jeanne Pyle, Craig Shipwash, Jesse Campbell, Billie Gibbons, Michelle Porterfield, Herschel Ray Miller, and Deborah Anderson; 20 great-grandchildren, Brittany and  Dustin Lyles, Samantha Perry, Haley, McKenzie, and Brycen Pyle, Makayla and Lucas Campbell, Alise, Kyla, and Layla Shipwash, Kevin Gibson, Justan, Philip, and Morgan Campbell, Ryan Porterfield, Clifford and Jeremy Miller, Leslie Siegel, and Erin Miller; one great-great grandchild, Tripp Siegel.                              

Pallbearers were Kenneth Campbell, Ken Campbell, Jesse Campbell, Michael Chatham, Roger Shipwash and Craig Shipwash.

The family requests for donations to be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund at 2408 W. Pinecrest Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670.

Funeral services were held at Downs Funeral Home in Marshall on Aug. 28, 2013, with Bro. Carlton Burris officiating. Interment was in Algoma North Cemetery.

Louie 'Champ' Champion

Graveside services for Louie “Champ” Champion, 83, of Chandler, formerly of Frankston, were held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston. Services were under direction of Autry Funeral Home.

Mr. Champion passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Jacksonville.

He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Pert to Carl and Verdie Lee Champion.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and worked in industrial sales.

He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Verdie Lee Champion.

Survivors include his wife Loudella Majors Heeth Champion of Chandler; stepdaughters Carol Ann Corley and Judy Blackwood both of Frankston; four grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

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


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