Obituaries for December 2022

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 Belle Donahue

A funeral service for Mary Belle Donahue, 95, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Eulogy being presented by Pastor Patsy Milam. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mary was born on April 18, 1927, in Cherokee County. She entered eternal life on Dec. 16, 2022. She was a homemaker, caregiver, and the glue that kept her family together. Her little phrase she lived by was “We have to do the best we can with what we got” was demonstrated over and over again as she raised her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Murphy and Sadie Elizabeth McCurdy; and her husband of 65 years James H. Donahue.

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her daughters, Elaine and husband Charles Adams, Juanita Davenport and husband JD, Brenda Henderson, Sandra Sotelo, Deborah Donahue, and Sons, Roger McIntyre, Thomas McIntyre and wife Stephanie, Jimmy Donahue and wife Debbie. She is also survived by 33 grandchildren, and three generations of great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jason Donahue, Justin Donahue, Jonathan Donahue, Joseph Davenport, Wayne Purkey, and Chris Henderson. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons.

Melvin R. Pool

Funeral services for Melvin R. Pool, 77 of LaRue have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with Rev. Olin Boles and Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Leagueville Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Melvin was born Nov. 5, 1945 in Athens to the late Leslie Lawrence and Doris Lorene Wilson Pool. He was a lifelong resident of the New York Community and was attending LaRue Baptist Church. He owned his own construction company for the last 30 years. He loved to go fishing and hunting and a good game of 42.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Deborah Jackson.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Brenda Pool; son Arlon Pool and wife Brynda, daughter; Daniena Seale and husband Mark, grandchildren; Casey Seale and wife Sachia, Lucas Seale; great-grandson Bruce Seale; sisters Lana Adair and husband Gordan, Loretta Knowles and husband Gene, Zettie Robinson and husband Dale June Richardson.

Pallbearers will be John Mark Reynolds, Mark England, Neil Ludwig, Gary Kreig, Brandon Cannady, Danny Johnson, Tracy Holder and Kevin Adair.

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

Mary Belle Donahue


Melvin R. Pool



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