Obituaries for January 2010

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.)

Mildred Dickerson

Funeral services for Mildred Dickerson, 86, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at LaPoynor Church of Christ, with Bro. Steve Handley and Bro. Dan Gannon officiating.

Burial followed at Poynor Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Dickerson passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 in Tyler.

She was born October 26, 1923 in Frankston, to Joe P. Welch and Nina Mae Beard Welch.

Mrs. Dickerson was a member of LaPoynor Church of Christ, in Poynor, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Taylor Dickerson and an infant son.

Survivors include her son, Joe Dale Dickerson and wife Karen of Frankston; daughters, Lynn Standley and husband John of Crockett and Brenda Lawson of Poynor; brother, Phillip Welch of Frankston; sisters, Charlene Wilson and husband Snooky of Frankston and Genova Christien of Longview; eleven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Westbrook, Johnny Wofford, Johnny Taylor, Roger McDonald, Jesse Hickman, and Mike Cook.

Merine Reynolds

Funeral services for Merine Reynolds, 85 of Frankston, were held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar and the Rev. Jim Boyte officiating.

Burial followed in the Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Reynolds died Jan. 2, 2010 in Tyler. She was born March 28, 1924 in Henderson County and was a homemaker.

Survivors are husband “Jimmy” Reynolds of Frankston; sons, Jim Reynolds and wife, Charlcie of Corsicana, Bill Reynolds and wife Sharon of Frankston; daughter, Kathy Palafox and husband, Gerald of Frankston; brother, Leland Thompson and wife Lafayette of Jacksonville, five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.

Pallbearers were David Westbrook, Mike Cook, Don Fitzgerald, Jimmy Westbrook, Larry Lummus, and John Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were Jon Dansby, Brad Reynolds, Heath Reynolds, Michael Reynolds and Amy Alaniz.

Helen Martin

Funeral services for Helen Martin, 69, of Bullard, were held Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Burial followed at Old Bethel Cemetery near Frankston.

Mrs. Martin passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 in Bullard.

She was born December 1, 1940 in Houston.

Mrs. Martin was a Pentecostal.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Martin of Bullard; sons, Leonard Newman of Tyler and Robert Newman of Delores, Co.; step sons, Curt Martin of Mishwaka, Ind. and Steve Martin, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; daughters, Deborah Haynes and Cheryl Newman, both of Bullard; step daughters, April Chisholm of W. Memphis, Ark. and Monica Martin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Monty Stuart of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister, Berniece Trammell of Burkeville, Texas; twenty three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Trevor Skrobinski, Dennis Newman, Scott Newman, Mark Stuart, Trey Thomas, Charles Gillenwater and Dustin Burgess.

Daro Steverson

Funeral services for Daro Steverson, 82, of Frankston were held Jan. 6, 2010 at Hemphill Cemetery with the Rev. Aaron Pardue officiating.

Services were under the direction of Starr Funeral in Hemphill and the Hemphill VFW Honor Guard.

Mr. Steverson passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 in Palestine.

He was born May 5, 1927 in Laurel, Miss. He was a lifetime member of the Frankston VFW Post 5073.

Survivors include his daughters, Brenda Cult and Edith Johns and husband Ronald Johns; sons, Howard and Steve Steverson all of Houston; brother, Hosie Steverson and sister, Lena Thomas, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and special friend Joan Conner of Frankston.

Charles R. Watkins

Charles R. Watkins, 87, of Anderson, South Carolina and formerly of Frankston and Flint, passed away on Dec. 21, 2009 at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 9, 1922; he was the son of the late George Dawson and Annie Grace Watkins.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and served in the South Pacific when he was stationed on LST 830.

He was a charter member of Frank Owens DAV Post 125 and was their first commander.

He transferred to the DAV Post 40 of Anderson, South Carolina three years ago.

He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5073 of Frankston.

He is survived by his wife Harriet to whom he would have been married 66 years on Jan. 15, 2010.

They were married in Duluth, Minn. in 1944.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by son, Leon Ray and wife Janice of Westminster, South Carolina; a son-in-law, Vincent Rinchiuso of Frankston; brother, Kenneth and wife Mary of Crossville, Tenn.; sister, Mary Jeanne Hopper of Chula Vista, Calif; aunt, Iola Watkins Pace and Melvin Pace of Greenville, South Carolina; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a daughter, Charlene of Frankston.

Memorial services will be held at MJ ‘Dolly’ Cooper Veterans Cemetery on Friday Jan. 15, 2010 at 1 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Gordon Taylor of Temple Baptist Church.

Woodlawn Sosebee Funeral Home and Cremation Services will be assisting the family with the arrangements.

Guffey W. Tuttle

Guffey W. Tuttle passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the age of 78.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of 55 years and three daughters, Laurie McBride (Tommy) of El Paso, Julie Camp (Richard) of Houston, and Valerie Baxter of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren, Tate and Wade McBride, Callie and Cara Camp, and Martha Baxter; one sister, Dolores Kilchenstein of Lubbock.

Guffey and Sarah lived in Paradise Acres, La Veta, Colorado for the last 14 years.

Guffey was a graduate of Kilgore, Texas High School, Kilgore College, and Texas A & M University, class of 1958, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He retired in 2002 after many years as a Petroleum Engineer consultant.

He also served in the U. S. Army Paratroopers and in the Korean conflict where he was awarded a commendation for heroism.

Memorial service is tentatively planned for early summer in Texas.

Lucille Taylor

Funeral services for Lucille Taylor, 82, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. J. A. Griffin and the Rev. Michael Griffin officiating.

Burial will follow at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Taylor passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, in Frankston.

She was born April 30, 1927 in Poynor to Farris Charlie Dickerson and Bessie Kitchens Dickerson.

Mrs. Taylor was a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston and was formerly a physician’s assistant.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Doyle Taylor and brother, Preston Dickerson.

Survivors include her sons, Johnny Taylor of Frankston and Michael Taylor of Leavenworth, Kan.; brothers, Eugene Dickerson and wife Mary Ann of Frankston and Jimmy Lewis Dickerson and wife Nelda of Poynor; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Moore, Joe Dale Dickerson, James Eddie Dickerson, Jamie Hyde, Jimmy Westbrook and Don Williams.

(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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