Obituaries for December 2012

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.)

Bobbie Ruth House

Bobbie Ruth House, 70, passed away on Nov. 30, 2012, after a valiant fight with cancer.  She was a devout Christian, a loving mother, a caring grandmother, a sweet sister and a true friend to many.  

She was a loyal and dedicated employee of Austin Bank for 25 years.  As a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Frankston, Bobbie showed her love by teaching class for many years and always helping out as needed.  

She is survived by her three children: Jimmy Carl House and wife Crystal of Frankston; Cynthia Lynn Sabulsky and husband Chris of Frankston; Sherri Annette Caraway and husband Bruce of Magnolia.

“Granny,” was loved by her six grandchildren: Todd House and wife Jodie of Jacksonville; Nathan Sabulsky, Dustin House, Erin Sabulsky all of Frankston; and Avery Caraway and Lauren Caraway both of Magnolia.

Surviving brothers and sisters include: sister, Joyce Christine Laughlin and husband Don of Nederland; brother, Elton Ray Clakley, and wife Katherine of Kirbyville; sister, Lois Mozzell King of Tennessee Colony; sister, Maude Elaine Jones and husband Dallas of Frankston; brother, Johney Richey Clakley of Athens; sister, Velma Kay Rowe and husband Scott of Silsbee; brother, Thomas Andrew Clakley and wife Stephanie of Kirbyville; sister, Mary Elizabeth Davis and husband Bill of Beaumont; brother, Calvin Levi (Clakley) Spurlock and wife Snookie; sister, Grace Fay Miklos and husband Steve of Silsbee; sister, Gloria Gay Miller and husband Bobby of Beaumont.

She was adored by numerous nieces and nephews.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her mother, Vaudine “Dean” Clakley Dansby; father, Andrew Clakley; step-father, Johnny H. Clakley; and half-brother, Alvin Spurlock.  

She lived her life by one of her favorite verses:  Phil. 4: 4-5 “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Bobbie requested that donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Research or the Church of Christ, Frankston.  

Visitation with the family was held at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The memorial service was at the Church of Christ in Frankston on Monday, Dec. 3.

James W. McLane Jr.

Graveside services for James W. McLane Jr.., 89, of Tyler, were held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Frankston City Cemetery with the Rev. M. L. Agnew Jr. officiating.

Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mr. McLane passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Tyler.

He was born July 25, 1923, in Frankston.  Mr. McLane was a Navy veteran of WWII serving as a Petty Officer.  

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler.  

He attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas in Austin before enlisting in the Navy in 1941.  

After working 37 years as an accountant for EBASCO Services in New York City and Houston, Mr. McLane retired to the Frankston area.  

He is preceded in death by his parents James Walter McLane Sr. and Cora Ellen Beard McLane and sister Janice McLane Phillips.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Jean Matthews McLane of Tyler; son James T. McLane and wife Evelyn of Tyler; daughters Nancy Jean McLane Kaim and husband Solomon of Fort Lauderdale Fla. and Naomi Ellen McLane Perkins and husband Tom of

Tyler; grandchildren James McLane and wife Dana, John McLane, Shaina Kaim, Max Kaim, and Madeline Perkins; nephew Johnny Hardman; nieces Janisue Hardman Beard and Jeannie Hardman Malone.

Memorial may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

June Warrington Williams

June Warrington Williams of University Park died peacefully at home on Nov. 12, 2012.

The last of nine children, she was born on the family farm in Anderson County, Texas, June 1, 1934, to Edward Elijah Warrington and Jewell Amanda Russell Warrington.

In 1952, along with future journalist Bill Moyers, she graduated high school in Marshall, Texas with the second-highest senior class GPA.

That summer, she moved to the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas.

She married Oklahoman Jack Edward Williams in 1954 at University Park Methodist Church, and they had a daughter, Jill, and a son, Jackson.

The marriage ended in divorce in 1975.

June worked in downtown Dallas from the early 1950s. First for the head of GM’s corporate Southwest office (Oldsmobile Division), and later for the Chief Financial Officer of University Computing Company.

By the 1990s, she’d spent two decades as administrative assistant to real estate developer Mark Pogue, founder of Lincoln Property Company.

The Warrington residential high-rise bears her maiden name, and she also named the restaurant “Dakota’s.”

Above all, she loved time spent with family and friends, including close companion Robert German, and in recent years the women of the Birthday Group.

An avid reader, novels and newspapers were constant, along with a taste for good food and a close ball game.

Fashion-forward since youth, this Dallas woman shopped Neiman’s and small boutiques for more than 60 years.

Raised a Democrat, she became a mid-life Republican and then returned to her roots, ever gracious yet direct. She was a current member of University Park United Methodist Church; Daughters of the American Revolution, Michael Stoner Chapter; Dallas Museum of Art League; Dallas Opera Women’s Board; Dallas Symphony Orchestra League; Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum; Mary K. Craig Class; Armstrong Review Club; and Rave Reviews Club.

June attended Frankston schools from the first grade through the eleventh grade transferring her senior year to Marshall Senior High School.

Among classmates at Frankston schools through the eleventh grade were James Gouger, Jerry Burks, the late Evelyn Whitesides and the late Jean Halbert.

June often spoke fondly of her years at Frankston schools, her classmates and Mr. J. C. Hicks, superintendent.

She is survived by her children, Jill Ward and husband Randall of Austin and Jackson Williams of Austin; a sister, Martha Hopper and husband Jim of San Antonio; two brothers Ray Warrington of Odessa and Dudley Warrington of Goodsonville Community; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Locally, June is survived by nephew Rusty Warrington and wife Cherrie and Dudley Elijah Warrington; great nephews Craig Dansby and wife Javette; great great nephew Andrew Dansby; great great niece Meghan Dansby; and cousin Frances Beard.

A service was held at University Park United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 17 under direction of Sparkman-Hillcrest.

Frank Graham

Frank Graham, 56, brother of J. Tom and Kathryn Graham of Frankston, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Scott and White Hospital in Round Rock.

Graham, a native of Knox City in West Texas, was editor of the Llano Journal, a weekly newspaper in the Texas Hill Country.

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 29 at the ranch of his sister and brother-in-law, Samantha and David Anderson, in Oglesby near Waco.

Graham spent the fall of 2011 in Frankston while he recovered from illness before taking the newspaper job in Llano. Prior to that, he worked for a weekly newspaper he founded in North Platte, Nebraska.

He was born Oct. 6, 1956, in Knox City, Texas.

He is survived by three children, Sarah Lee of Navasota; Luke Graham of Bryan; and Katy Graham of Tennessee;  one brother, J. Tom Graham of Frankston; and two sisters, Samantha Anderson of Oglesby and Timi Latham of Apopka, Florida.

Holly Lynn Baldwin

Services for Holly Lynn Baldwin, 45, LaRue, were held Thursday, Dec. 6, in New York Baptist Church with the Rev. Olin Bowles and the Rev. Joshua Wilken officiating.

Burial followed in New York Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Holly passed away Dec. 3, 2012, in Tyler after a valiant fight with cancer.

She was born April 29, 1967, in Athens and resided in the New York Community most of her life. She attended LaRue Baptist Church.Following graduation from Brownsboro High School, Holly earned her associate degree at Trinity Valley Community College, and a bachelor’s degree at University of Texas at Tyler.

She was a loyal and dedicated teacher for 22 years at LaPoynor Independent School District, and loved all of her second and third grade students and fellow teachers.

Holly loved spending time with her family and anything outdoors, such as hunting and fishing, as well as vacationing, shopping and going out with her friends.

She was preceded in death by grandparents J. N. and Fay Cockerham of Canton, and Clark and Opal Howeth of LaRue.

Holly is survived by her husband Heath Baldwin of LaRue; children Tanner Burch and Cade Baldwin of LaRue; parents Larry and Judy Howeth of LaRue; brother Tandy Howeth and wife Jill of Palmer; and nephews Cole and Lane Howeth of Palmer.

Pallbearers were Darrell Allen, Marvin Miller, Neill Gray, Derek Cockerham, Mike Baldwin and Jake Foster.

Honorary pallbearers were Cole Howeth, Lane Howeth, Bill Mayes, Kenneth Gauntt, John Brindley, Jared Cockerham, Mark Baldwin and John Ellison.If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.A message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family may be left at .

Travis Brown

Funeral services for Travis Brown, 68, of Frankston, were held Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Church of Christ in Frankston with Brother Chris White and Brother Don Canter officiating.

Burial was held at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mr. Brown passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Frankston.

He was born Aug. 5, 1944, in Jacksonville.

Mr. Brown was a dairy farmer and rancher in the Kickapoo Community for 42 years, past vice president of Elkhart Farmers Co-op, past president of Anderson County Farm Service Agency, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in vocational agriculture, taught at Little Cypress ISD, and attended the Frankston Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marshall Howard and Lonnie Rolison Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, June Brown of Frankston; sons Dr. James Travis and Nancy Brown of Frankston and Dr. Seth Howard and Dr. Kelly Brown of Corsicana; brothers-in-law Jimmie McLane and Morris McLane; sisters-in-law Martha Hicks, Joyce McLane, Emma McLane, Dorris Houston, Mary Phillips, and Jackie Forester; grandchildren Casey James Brown, Laura Ashlie Brown, Cade Howard Brown, and Ryan Marshall Brown; and eighteen nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Eugene Ethredge, Gerald Hall, Mike Cook, John Houston Bragg, Nathan Williamson, Joe Hicks, Dr. Steve Hicks, and Johnny Burks.

Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Riley, Hector Hernandez, G.V. Ousley, J.C. Hicks, Eddie Moore, and the Frankston High School Class B State Championship Team of 1961.

Machelle Magee Welch

Funeral services for Machelle Magee Welch, 42, of Poynor, were held Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with Pastor Jimmy Davis and Bro. Michael Foster officiating.

Burial was held at Poynor Cemetery.

Machelle passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born Aug. 17, 1970, in Texas City.

Machelle was a member of Country Chapel in LaRue.

Survivors include her parents Robert “Fibber” and Irene Magee; sons Hunter Blaine Welch of Frankston and Connor Reed Welch of Poynor; brother Ricky Reynolds and wife Cindy of Quitman, La.; sisters Tammie Walker and husband Shayne of LaRue, Misty Wheeler and husband Don of Poynor; grandmother Genevieve Perry of Frankston; several nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers were Tate Welch, Lee Dickerson, Jay Boles, Danny Perry, Ryan Phillips and Steven Phillips.

Chris Johnson

Funeral services for Chris Johnson, 23, of Frankston, were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Gresham, with the Rev. Roy Thoene officiating.

Burial was held at Olive Branch Cemetery, Frankston.

Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mr. Johnson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Henderson.

He was born July 26, 1989, in Tyler.

Mr. Johnson was a welder in pipeline construction.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather Phillip Johnson.

Survivors include his parents Randy and Lisa Johnson of Frankston; sisters Brandi Roberts and husband Isaac of Coppell and Staci Arthur and husband Bodi of Frankston; grandparents Frank and Mary Blake of Bullard and Ruth Johnson of Flint; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Pallbearers were Todd House, Shawn Hanks, Jamie Hanks, Levi Johnson, Drew Johnson, Brandon Blake, Jared Blake and Erik Gentry.

Nora Beth Parsley Sellars

Graveside services for Nora Beth Parsley Sellars, 55, of Frankston, were held Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Olive Branch Cemetery in Frankston with Pastor Debra Dean officiating.

Ms. Sellars passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born January 20, 1957, in Houston.

Ms. Sellars was a member of Grace Family Bible Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son Michael Sellars of College Station; daughter Sherrina Sellars Pierce of Dallas; mother Ruth Parsley of Frankston; brothers Robert Parsley of Livingston and Don Parsley of Houston; sister Vicki White of Houston; granddaughter Malaya Sellars; 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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