Obituaries for January 2011

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.)

Louise Metcalf

Louise Metcalf of Berryville passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Frankston Health Care Center in Frankston.

She was born Jan. 21, 1912 in Abbott, Arkansas.

She is survived by two sons, Jim Lenardson of Berryville and Harley Lenardson of Seguin, Texas, and several grandchildren in Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Texas.

Robert J. Rousseau, Sr.

Robert J. “Bob” Rousseau, Sr., 71, went home to God on Christmas evening. Bob lived his life filled with love, learning and adventure. Born in Los Angeles, he had an early love of water and was a sailing man all of his life. He had boats in Newport Harbor, Calif., Lake Perry, KS and Grapevine Lake in Texas. He was an accomplished “captain” on the water and off.

Guided by his mother, Dorothy Spencer Rousseau, Bob also found a lifelong interest in learning. At an early age he was involved in extensive music instruction and played a variety of sports.

Bob’s higher education began with a baseball scholarship at UCLA where he worked on a BS in biology. He moved to Arizona State where he changed his major to chemistry and the magic began. His mind was perfectly suited to chemistry, and while in Arizona he solved the 3DAs of G, one of his many patents.

Bob received his bachelor and master’s degrees in chemistry at Arizona State and his PhD in chemistry at the University of Utah. He thrived on learning and later in life attended Rockhurst College and received a Master’s of Business Administration.

In his career, Bob was an executive with the companies ICN Pharmaceuticals, Analytical Systems, Curtis Nuclear, Marion Laboratories, and his own company Rondeau Medical Associates. In his work he was involved in the licensing of new pharmaceutical products.

Bob’s pride and joy was his family whom he loved thoroughly and completely. Married to Jana Laney Rousseau, they lived in the Frankston area where he enjoyed the outdoors, his family and retirement. Bob is survived by his wife, Jana, and his children, Robert Rousseau Jr., Tamara Sanderson and her husband Mark and their daughter Taylor, John Rousseau and his wife Melissa and their son Sam, Nicole Ma and her husband Leon, and Clint Rousseau and his wife Paige and their son Ronin.

Bob was blessed with a kidney transplant, and the family said they were are all thankful to the family who shared their priceless gift and restored Bob’s health.

Private services were held in Dallas.

Melvin ‘Heavy’ Scott

Funeral services for Melvin “Heavy” Scott, 103, of Frankston, were held Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. J. A. Griffin officiating.

Burial followed at Poynor Cemetery.

Mr. Scott passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Frankston.

He was born February 21, 1907 in Poynor.

Mr. Scott was an independent trucker for many years. He later went to work at Lake Palestine and worked there until he retired in 1989 at the age of 82.

His uncle, Arthur Warren gave him his nickname “Heavy” when he was a boy and it stayed with him for the rest of his life.

He is preceded in death by his wife Minnie Lou Scott; brother Lee Scott and parents George W. and Lena Scott.

Survivors include his son, James Scott of Hearst; three grandchildren Cindy Zalesky and husband Tom of Flower Mound, Jim Scott and wife Georgi of Frankston and Stephen Scott and wife Zandra of Pearl, MS; four great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and niece Debra Rodgers and husband Ron.

Pallbearers will be Scotty Rodgers, Jason Zalesky, Dustin Zalesky, Ron Rodgers, David Evans and Stephen Scott.

Walter Miles

Funeral services for Walter Miles, 89, of Tyler, were held Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Frankston with the Rev. Scott Wiley officiating.

Graveside services were held at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery and included a three man Army Honor Guard.

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

Mr. Miles passed away Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 in Tyler.

He was born August 23, 1921 in Shelbyville.

Mr. Miles and his wife Owena were recently welcomed into the family of First Baptist Church of Frankston. Over the years he served as deacon on various committees in his local church, served in the United States Army during World War II, and was founder and owner of Porter Ready Mix in Porter, Texas.

Mr. Miles retired in the mid 1980’s to a life of gardening and fishing. He moved to Tyler in 1993.

He is preceded in death by his parents Melton Harvey Miles and Alice Lenora Brown Miles and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Owena Miles of Tyler; daughter, Ruth Price of Frankston; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott Price and Jennifer Lyn Rhodes; many nieces and nephews; and numerous very dear friends.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Miles, Dick Ross, Bobby Allbright, Ronnie Frields, A. J. McGraw and Charlie Rhodes.

Contributions may be to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Alva Kolb, Jr.

Alva Kolb, Jr, 87, of Kerrville, passed from this life at his home on January 2, 2011.

Born in Grapeland, on October 27, 1923, he was the son of Alva Kolb Sr. and Ruth Helm Kolb.

Al was a dedicated family man who enjoyed his last 8 years in Kerrville after spending many happy years in Frankston.

He enjoyed hard work, serving his family, his friends, his community and his Lord. A gifted man, he was a farmer, gardener, electrician, musician and a grand story teller.

Al was dedicated to serving his country proudly and loved to tell stories of his service during WWII, where he flew 47 combat missions with the 38th Bomb Group in Mitchell B-25 Bombers in the Pacific from the Phillippines, New Guinea and finally on bombing raids over Japan.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, and a brother, Adolph Kolb.

A gentle man, he was a devoted husband, marrying Vonceil Sumerlin on January 17, 1947.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Vonceil Kolb of Kerrville; his daughters and son-in-laws, Sue and Dean Mitchell of Leakey, Texas and Stacey and Carlton Pierce of Conroe; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Reeves Kolb of Crockett.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Peterson Hospice, Dr. Rebecca Barrington, Dr. Michael Grocki, as well as the loving care provided by Eva Mirelez and Vera Ramirez.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Kerrville Funeral Home Main Chapel with full military honors.

The family suggests that donations in his name be made to Peterson Hospice, 1211 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028

or Hill Country Youth Ranch, 3522 Junction Highway, Ingram, TX 78025 or to the American Cancer Society.

A message or memory may be posted at by selecting Obituaries. Select “Sign Guestbook” at the bottom of the individual memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111.

Geneva Jane Morris

Funeral services for Geneva Jane “Auntie” Morris, 87, of Reese were held Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. J. A. Griffin officiating.

Burial was held at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston.

Mrs. Morris passed away Monday, Dec. 20, in Tyler.

She was born April 27, 1923, in Frankston.

Mrs. Morris was a member of Lake Palestine Area Church in Frankston and was a nursing home dietician manager.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Garvis Ray “Uncle Cotton” Morris; and brothers, Winford Smith, Dean Smith, Lewis Smith and Dwight Smith.

Survivors include her sister Lois Terry and husband James of Reese; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jess Martin, Seth Martin, Dustin Cole Ramsey, Danny Paul Ramsey and Chris Bearden.

Charlotte Richardson Cain

Services for Charlotte Richardson Cain, 53 of Tyler, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2011 in the chapel at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with the Rev. Norman Ferguson. Burial will be at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Cain was born March 21, 1957 in Lake Charles, La. and passed away on Monday January 3, 2011. She has lived in Tyler for the past 50 years and retired with Trane.

Charlotte is survived by her sons, Johnny Dale Crocker, Wesly Kyle Crocker and Billy Shane McCrary all of Tyler; parents W. D. and Lola Richardson of Tyler; grandchildren Tessa Crocker, Azalea Crocker and Trinity Crocker; sister Gloria Gay Knight of Gladewater; and grandmother Opal Bragg of Frankston.

Pallbearers will be Bob Wimpee, Brandon Wimpee, Johnathon Rogers, Jay Henry, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Troquille.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday January 6, 2011.

Lillian Ruth Jones

Lillian Ruth Jones went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Frankston Assembly of God Church with the Rev. J. A. Griffin and Pastor Mike Griffin.

Visitation was to be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Burial will be in Wofford Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was born April 9, 1926 in Frankston. She was a lifelong resident of the Frankston area.

A member of the Frankston Assembly of God Church, she was a Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years.

Family described her as a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker who will be missed by family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Elton L. “Bud” Jones; her parents, Leslie and Bula McDonald; three brothers, John L. “Bud” McDonald, Troy L. McDonald, Joe O. McDonald; two sisters, Jackie Hartman and Isabell McMillan; and one nephew, Larry Joe McDonald.

She is survived by a daughter, Freida Bussey and husband Richard; one grandson, Brent Bussey; one granddaughter, Stacy Bussey; two sisters, Virginia Schirmer and Jeanette Clark; one sister-in-law, Opaline McDonald; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are William Walker, Billy Nelson Henderson, Billy Douglas, Milton Robison, Rex Terrell and Babby Lange.

Services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Shonna Lynn Grassi

Services for Shonna Lynn Grassi, 25, Hawkins, were held Saturday, Jan. 8, at Beaty Funeral Home in Hawkins.

Miss Grassi died Jan. 4, 2011, in Tyler. She was born Sept. 13, 1985, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Charles Cummings.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Vince and Misty Grassi; mother and stepfather, Cynthia and Damon Watkins of Flint; stepsisters, Leigha Hume and Katlynn Stokes; grandmothers, Brenda Cummings and Carol Vannatta.

Jessie Lightfoot Lee

Funeral services for Jessie Lightfoot Lee, 91, of Frankston, were held Saturday, Jan. 15, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with Davy Carter officiating.

Burial was held at Poynor Cemetery.

Mrs. Lee passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Frankston.

She was born February 17, 1919, in Concord, Texas.

Mrs. Lee was a member of LaPoynor Church of Christ, DAV Auxiliary and was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her husband John Quitman Lee and son John Carter Lee.

Survivors include her daughters Lana Sheets and Kathie Sides and husband Buzz, all of Poynor and Cindy Fink and husband Matt of Missouri City; granddaughters, Melissa Sheets Nygard and husband Jeremy of Ft. Drum, NY, Shannon Sides of Poynor and Madison Fink of Missouri City; grandson, Kelly Joe Sides and wife Kelly Leigh of Poynor; great-granddaughters Bailee Sides and Kaitlyn Sides, both of Poynor; great-grandson, Colton Eason of Poynor; brother, Adkins Lightfoot of Palestine; sister, Lucretia Andrews of Palestine; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bill Cramer, Joe Dale Dickerson, Brent Hoffman, Lloyd Hanks, Bruce Ballow, and Mack Hanna.

Ferrell G. Fletcher Lewis

Funeral services for Ferrell G. Fletcher Lewis, 81, of Trinity, formerly of Frankston, were held Sunday, Jan. 16, at Autry Funeral Home chapel, Frankston with the Rev. J. A. Griffin officiating.

Burial was held at the Lewis Family Cemetery in Reese.

Mrs. Lewis passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Conroe.

She was born August 21, 1929, in Henderson County.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of First Baptist Church, Frankston and was formerly an administrative assistant for TDCJ.

She is preceded in death by her parents Carl “Shorty” Fletcher and Myrtle Lamb Fletcher, husband Edgar Lewis, sisters Lavada Tarrant and Carolyn Merleau and brother Sonny Fletcher.

Survivors include sons Stephen Lewis of Houston and Eddie Lewis of Huntsville; daughter Mary Larson and husband Rick of Bastrop; sisters Marilynn Shaver and husband Harold of Palestine, Maureen Bragg of Frankston and Novis Weeks of Frankston; three grandchildren Seth Lewis of The Woodlands, Jenny Lewis of Katy and Emmily Lewis of Cedar Park; great-grandson Ryan Zamora of Cedar Park; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harold Shaver, Roger Tarrant, Ted Tucker, Michael Tillman, Kyle Johnson and Ricky Wilson.

Richard ‘Yankee’ Adkins

Funeral services for Richard “Yankee” Adkins, 78, of Berryville, were held Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston.

Burial followed at Garden Oaks Memorial Park in Berryville.

Mr. Adkins passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Elkhart.

He was born July 29, 1932 in Muncie, Indiana.

Mr. Adkins was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville and was a maintenance man for Cardinal Health.

He is preceded in death by his wife Wilma Adkins, and sons David Adkins and Anthony Adkins.

Survivors include his son, Mike Adkins and wife Rita of Bullard; daughters, Penny Joplin and husband DeWayne of Palestine, Becky Rindfleisch and husband Werner of Dallas and Pamela Hill and husband Ben of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Nina Jo Anne Adkins of Indiana; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tony Joplin, Scott Hamilton, Cory Crisp, Neil Adkins, Gary Hayles and DeWayne Joplin.

Jeanette C. (LeBaron) Spink

Jeanette C. (LeBaron) Spink, 87, died on January 23, 2011. She was born October 17, 1923 on 2nd Street in Kennedy, N.Y. to Arthur and Marguerite (Hitchcock) LeBaron.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Carl C. Spink, Jr.; grandson, Joshua Spink; two sisters, Beatrice McMillan and Anise Meabon; and two brothers, Melvin and Arthur LeBaron.

She graduated from Falconer High School, N.Y. in 1942 after attending at Ellington. Jeanette was an avid reader who lived within her means and loved playing cards and scrabble with family members.

She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as cooking, bird watching, camping, traveling, stargazing, flowers and just being in the woods. Daily, her radio filled her home with music for as long as anyone can remember.

She is survived by her sister, Esther Baker and husband, Don; brother-in-law, Harold Spink and wife Dee; sister-in-law, Agnes LeBaron; 3 children, Beverly Dowling of Dunnellon, Fla., Sheldon Spink of Clearwater, Fla., Jennifer Pickle and husband Bob of LaRue; 4 grandchildren, Danny Dowling, Travis Gibson and Ben O’Halloran of Florida and Sabrina Scott and husband Daniel of Texas and great grandson, Nathan Scott.

She also leaves behind a host of extended family members who affectionately call her “GG” and her faithful, life-long friend, Jeanette Langhans of Homer, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held on a yet to be determined date at the Florida National Cemetery.

Consider her thirst for knowledge and contribute to your local public library. Condolences may be sent to 10935 FM 2588, LaRue, Texas 75770.

(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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