Obituaries for December 2001

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.)

Mary Lue Brooks

Funeral services for Mary Lue Brooks, 82, of Frankston were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Rev. Eddie Hilburn and Rev. J.A. Griffin officiating.

Burial was at the Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Brooks died Tuesday, Dec. 4, in a Frankston nursing home.

She was born May 28, 1919 in Frankston and was a homemaker. Mrs. Brooks was a member of Dean Baptist Church of Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juliad Dury Brooks; and a son, Raymond Dury Brooks.

Survivors include two sons, Henry W. Brooks and Eugene E. Brooks, both of Frankston; four daughters, Martha Baugh of Alto, Mary Beard, Dora Graham and Bertha Newman, all of Frankston; a sister, Gertrude James of Frankston; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dennis Newman, Garnett Beard, Cliff Evans, Raymond Brooks, Kevin McDonald and Ronnie Moore.

Judy Hodges Tornatore

Funeral services for Judy Hodges Tornatore, 54, of Frankston were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the HillTop Baptist Church in Berryville with Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery. under direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Tornatore died Wednesday, Nov. 28, in a Tyler hospital.

She was born March 9, 1947 in Houston.

Mrs. Tornatore worked at Nan Travis Hospital in Jacksonville, and worked at the nursery at HillTop Baptist Church for many years. She was a member of HillTop Baptist Church in Berryville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Hodges and a sister, Wanda Hodges.

Survivors include sons and daughter, Ricky Williams of Frankston, Michael Tornatore of Houston, and Larry and Debra Williams of Quitman; her mother, Ann Hodges of Frankston; sisters and brother-in-law, Donna Thomas of Houston, and Norma and Terry Nichols of Kingwood; grandchildren, Haley and Holly Williams; and nephews, Kris Thomas and Justin Nichols.

Pallbearers were Robert Fabian, Wilburn Smith, Richard Kennedy, L.D. Burris, Bill Harden and Ron Moore

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2929 Carlisle, Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75206.

Louie Hatchet Buffalo

Funeral services for Louie Hatchet Buffalo, 88, of Jacksonville were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rondal Slatter and John Berry officiating.

Burial was at the Jacksonville City Cemetery.

Mr. Buffalo died Thursday, Nov. 27, in a Jacksonville hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1913 in Toney, Ala.

Mr. Buffalo was retired from Kroger’s in Dallas and was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Buffalo of Jacksonville; sons, A.L. Buffalo of Waller, Gerald Buffalo of Jacksonville, L.H. Buffalo Jr. of Troup, Carroll Buffalo of Haughton, La., and Harold Buffalo of Denton; daughters, Mary Mullican of Waxahachie, Sara Jones, Jeannie Oakley and Billie Webb, all of Jacksonville, and Bobbie Paul of Frankston; step-sons, Douglas Allen and Charles McDaniel, both of Jacksonville; a step-daughter, Susie Berry of Maydelle; and a sister, Marie Nash of Lufkin; 30 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were B.J. Harris, James Paul George, Michael George, Ray Cantu, Bobby Morgan and Aram George.

Ross Riggs

Funeral services for Ross Edward Riggs, 77, of Frankston were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Renfro Memorial Chapel of Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Jacksonville, with the Rev. Lester Foreman officiating.

Graveside services with full military honors were held at 3 p.m. at Restland Cemetery, Dallas.

Mr. Riggs died Thursday, Dec. 29, in a Tyler hospital.

He was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Kosse. He lived in Dallas 30 years prior to moving to the Frankston area 10 years ago.

Mr. Riggs served in the Marine Corps during World War II in Okinawa. He worked for Dallas Water Department for 26 years, for Seagoville Water Department for six years and was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Parish Riggs, Frankston; a son, Clinton E. Riggs, Mesquite; a stepson, Michael Webb, Jacksonville; a daughter, Roxanne Flum, Denison; a step-daughter, Debra Davis, Quinlan; a brother, Arnold Riggs, Conroe; a sister, Reba O’Neal, Thornton; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Patsy Janet Warrington

Graveside services for Patsy Janet Warrington, 58, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Frankston, were held at Frankston City Cemetery at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 with Oles Pinson officiating, under direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mrs. Warrington died Thursday, Dec. 6 at her residence in Fredericksburg.

She was born Feb. 28, 1943 in Jacksonville to the late Carl and Lucille Cook. Mrs. Warrington was an accountant for Fredericksburg Enterprises and a member of Frankston Church of Christ.

Survivors include sons, Brandon Warrington of Fredericksburg and Steven Warrington of New York, NY; a brother, Barry Cook of Frankston; and two grandchildren, Madison Warrington and Mackensie Warrington.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Cook, David Coker, Steve Mascorro, Allen Warrington, James Keith Warrington, Jeffrey Warrington, David Warrington, Bobby Johnson, Mike Reece, Chuck Reece and Randy Reece.

Memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 835, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Mrs. Lloyd B. Crow

Graveside services for Mrs. Lloyd B. Crow, 88, of Frankston were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Tyler Memorial Park with Rev. Patti M. Fryman officiating.

Services were under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.

Mrs. Crow died Friday, Dec. 14 in a Tyler hospital.

She was born Oct. 11, 1913 and was a long time resident of Tyler.

Mrs. Crow was a member of the First Christian Church. She was an accountant for Holley Motor Co., Wadel-Connely Hardware and Coats and Brown Clinic. She retired in 1983.

Mrs. Crow was a past president of Business and Professional Women in Tyler.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Proctor and Sue Crow of Lawrence, KS; grandchildren, Kendra E. Sandusky of Lawrence, KS and Thomas G. Crow of Jacksonville, FL; great-grandchildren, Nicholas James Sandusky and Kayla Elizabeth Sandusky, both of Lawrence, KS.

Memorials may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church, music fund, 300 W. Erwin, Tyler, TX 75702, or the charity of ones choice.

Fenton “Shap” Shapley

Graveside services for Fenton “Shap” Shapley, 81, of Lake Palestine were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Cathedral in The Pines in Tyler with Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Services were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Mr. Shapley died Friday, Dec. 14, in a Jacksonville hospital.

He was born March 31, 1920 in Birmington, NY.

Mr. Shapley was with road maintenance, TxDOT, Tyler District and was formerly employed by Neil-Simpson Drug Stores in Tyler where he operated drink fountains. He was a Baptist and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Polly and Gary Kite of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Brande Bruce, Amber Kite and Tena Argenbright; and several nieces and nephews.

(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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