Obituaries for January 2015

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.)

Frances Beard

Funeral services for Frances Warrington Beard, 85, of Frankston, were held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at United Methodist Church of Frankston with the Rev. J.A. Griffin, the Rev. George Folmar, and the Rev. David Urban officiating.

Interment was at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Beard passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Frankston.

She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Frankston.

Frances was a member and past secretary of United Methodist Church of Frankston. She was a member of the Frankston Garden Club and was a co-owner of Beard Grocery in Frankston. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 1130 in Frankston. She worked for many banks in her lifetime including First National Bank of Conroe, First National Bank of Houston, Lovington National Bank of Lovington, NM, Texas Bank and Trust of Jacksonville, and Texas National Bank in Palestine where she retired as operations officer.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Jack “Blue” Beard; daughters Tammy Beard and Lisa Martin; brothers John Warrington, Kenneth Warrington, and Keith Warrington; and sisters Margaret Walker and Jane Thompson.

Survivors include her grandsons Jody Martin and wife Shauna of Henderson, Michael Martin and wife Mindy, and Billy Martin and wife Courtney, all of Frankston; great-grandchildren Savannah Martin, Tyler Martin, Jaxon Martin, Jasper Martin, Jordan Hokit, and Hunter and Madison Hallmark.

Pallbearers were Don Williams, Mike Dennis, Spencer Beard, Steve Beard, James Beard, and Kent Billingsley.

Ruth Cowger

Funeral services for Ruth Cowger, 95, of Frankston, were held Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Interment followed at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston.

Services were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Cowger passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Jacksonville.

She was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Wimple, Louisiana, to Robert and Elizabeth Waldrum.

Ruth was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Cowger; daughter Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Benjamin; brothers James Waldrum and Everett Waldrum; sisters Rachel Lindsey and Helen Jo Guillott; a granddaughter Misty Dawn Benjamin (Williams); and a great-granddaughter Skylar Dawn Hawkins.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Helen Jean Hawkins of Frankston, Patsy Ruth Henderson of Houston, Sharon Lee Martin of Jacksonville; and brother John C. Waldrum of Piersol. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Clayton Guynes, Chad Guynes, Allan Hawkins, John Hawkins, Danny Guynes, and Cass Williams.

Zora Harrison

Funeral services for Zora Eliene Taylor Harrison, 97, of Frankston, were held Saturday, January 17, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with the Rev. Gary Dollarhide officiating.

Interment was at Poynor Cemetery in Poynor.

Mrs. Harrison passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Frankston.

She was born March 7, 1917, in the Myrtle Springs Community to Wallace and Marie Taylor. She married Tolbert Harrison in 1938.

They lived in Houston and Pasadena for 29 years. During this time they moved to Navarro. While living there Mr. Harrison passed away in 1980. Eliene moved to Murchison and later to Malvern, Ark., before moving back to Frankston in 1997.

Eliene was baptized at age eleven and became a member of Poynor Baptist Church. She joined Lake Side Baptist Church in 1989.

During her stay in Pasadena she taught Sunday school at Richey St. Baptist Church, and also gave devotionals there.

She was preceded in death by her husband Tolbert Harrison; daughter Waple Louise Posey; parents Wallace and Marie Taylor; brothers W. J. Taylor, Jenson Taylor, Bob Taylor and Wallace Taylor, Jr.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Among those are Marla Garber and Barbara Tucker who live in the Frankston, Poynor, Brownsboro and Chandler areas.

Pallbearers were Dan Taylor, Bobby Taylor, Preston Gamble, Robert Garber, Michael Garber and James Garber.

Honorary Pallbearers were Frank Tucker, Doug Garber and James McCauley.

(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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