Obituaries for January 2019

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.)

Sue Selman

A funeral service for Sue Selman, 89, of Frankston, was held Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston.

Gerald Hall officiated. Mrs. Selman was laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

She passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in Frankston.

Sue was born April 18, 1929, in Crossroads, Texas, to James “Jim” and Iva Whitman.

Sue and her husband, Bobby, founded Save-More Foods in 1968 in Frankston and resided in Frankston for over 50 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles, Forest, Franklin and J.T. Selman; and sisters, Frances Arthus and Gladys Rainwater.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 70 years, Bobby Selman of Frankston; son, Larry Selman and wife Gigi of Frankston; daughter, Kay Williamson and husband Charles of Carthage; sister, Martha Cannon of Irving and special caregiver, Ruby Henderson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Clint Selman, Adam Selman, Chuck Williamson and Scott Williamson; great-grandchildren, Callie Selman, Riley Selman, Nick Williamson and Danni Williamson; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Clint Selman, Adam Selman, Chuck Williamson, Scott Williamson, Nick Williamson and Riley Selman.

Honorary pallbearers were Callie Selman and Danni Williamson.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.

Al Oliver

Allie L. “Al” Oliver, 66, of Flint, Texas, passed away at home on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, after a long battle with IdiopathicPulmonary Fibrosis.

Al was born July 23, 1952, in Beaumont to his late parents, George Nathan Oliver and Sibyl (Mosby) Oliver, although he spent the majority of his life in the Tyler area.

He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1970, where his athletic talent led to a scholarship playing basketball for Jacksonville Baptist College.

Upon graduating from JBC, Al went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree from Texas Eastern University (which later became the University of Texas at Tyler).

Al, or “Coach Oliver” as he was more often called, coached numerous middle school and high school sports teams throughout his career, including football, basketball, track and field, cross country and tennis.

He was also a special education teacher and worked for various school districts in East Texas: Maydelle, John Tyler High School, Frankston ISD, Hawkins ISD, Jacksonville ISD and Bullard ISD. Although Al loved coaching, his life’s passion was growing the hundreds of fruit and nut trees that he left behind at his lakefront home that he shared with his wife of 38 years, Nancy (Newnham) Oliver.

Al is preceded in death by parents George and Sibyl Oliver and father-in-law Morris L. Newnham.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, mother-in-law Roberta Newnham, sister Jimmie Lee Morrow, son and daughter-in-law Cash and Joy McElroy, daughter and son-in-law Allison and Peter Haertling, and his beloved dog, Missy. He left behind many nephews and nieces, as well as his loving grandchildren Jackson McElroy, Ryan McElroy, Mackenzie McElroy, Vivienne Haertling and Georgia Haertling.

Memorial services were held on Jan. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, Texas, as well as a date to be determined in Spring 2019 in Flint. If desired, memorials may be made to the SPCA of East Texas, P.O. Box 132899, Tyler, TX 75713, or online at

Paul Morris

Paul Amburn Morris was born April 14, 1934, in Galax, Virginia, to the late Porter Gleaves Morris and Vivian Loretta Amburn Morris.

He had been a resident of Frankston for 27 years, formerly living in Monterey, California.

He was a devout Christian and worked as a plumber. Paul enjoyed reading and oil painting.

He served in the US Air Force during the 50’s.

Mr. Morris passed away at the age of 84 on December 15, 2018, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Barbara J. Morris.

Survivors include his three sons, Michael, Stephen and Eric; six siblings, Dale, Helen, Carrie, Ruth, Nancy and Linda; five grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Eureka Springs, AR at a later date.

Krista Brook Newman

A memorial service for Krista Brook Newman, 25, of Frankston was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at the First Baptist Church of Frankston.

Krista was born in Tyler on May 16, 1993, to Dennis and Karen Scott- Newman.

She passed away on Dec. 27, 2018, in Tyler.

Left to cherish her memory is Dennis Newman of Frankston, Karen Scott of Chandler and brother Jesse Newman of Frankston.

She is also survived by her grandparents, James and Bertha Newman of Frankston, Brenda Scott of Athens and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her beloved dog, Whiskey.

She graduated Athens High School with honors and had been employed at Brookshire’s Grocery for six years. She was the store trainer in Bullard.

Brother Scott Wiley officiated the memorial service with arrangements under direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Jean Boudreau

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, Linda Jean (Atkins) Boudreau, loving wife and mother of two, passed away at the age of 78 in Tyler, Texas.

Linda was born on Oct. 30, 1940, in Tyler, Texas, to Bervil Joe Atkins and Frances Lillian (Hill) Atkins.

She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1959 and attended Tyler Junior College. She worked for Brookshire Grocery Company for 40 years.

On July 16, 1966, she married Thomas Leroy Boudreau in Tyler, Texas. They raised a daughter, Teri Michelle Landrum and a son, David Michael Boudreau.

Linda loved animals, especially stray cats. Linda also loved to cook and collect ceramic keepsakes. She also had a collection of Thomas Kinkade photographs.

Linda was known to help people, even to the point of sacrificing her own needs. She will be greatly missed, especially for her natural ability to make people laugh at her funny outbursts.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Thomas of 52 years, her children, Teri and David, her grandchildren, Britany (Russel) Smith and Kiera Landrum, and her beloved niece Margaret (Silvey) Mars.

Services for Linda were held at Tyler Memorial Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, with graveside services following.

L.D. Burris

A funeral service for L.D. Burris, 96, of Frankston, was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Mr. Burris was laid to rest at Garden Oaks Memorial Park in Berryville.

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

He passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

L.D. was born January 19, 1922, in Kingsbury, Texas, to the late Marshall and Maudie (Gates) Burris.

He owned and operated L.D. Burris Construction Company and donated property for the construction of Hilltop Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Burris; brothers, C.L., Oris and Marshall Burris; sister, Margie Sanders and son-in-law, Stanley Sanborn.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jean Burris of Tyler; son, Dan Burris and wife Patsy of Kilgore; daughters Sandra Sanborn of Needville and Gerry Schroeder of Cypress. His sister is Annie Caaps and sister-in-law, Catherine Burris of Jacksonville.

He is also survived by six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his grandsons and great-grandsons.

Billie Nelson Thornton

Billie Nelson Thornton of Lubbock went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

He was bon Nov. 30, 1940, at Washington on the Brazos, Texas, to William (Bill) T. and Levada Hand Thornton.

He was a 1959 graduate of Frankston High School and a member of Coach Bo Ousley’s high school basketball team where he acquired the nickname “Cotton.”

He obtained a scholarship to play at Lubbock Christian College.

He is survived by his wife Joy Ann of 59 years and his younger sister, Kathy Johnson and husband Joel of Frankston.

Billie had four children, Brad and Kendra Thornton of Lubbock, Jackie and Betty Thornton of Alvin, Tommy and Amy Thornton of Alvin and Charyce Nicholson and husband Mark of Katy. He is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren.

Billie’s passion was following what his kids and grandchildren in whatever they participated in.

He loved being a part in the grandchildren’s sports, education and activities.

He also was an active storyteller and writer.

He wrote many short stories over the decades of the life experiences growing up in the Pineywoods of East Texas.

The family wishes to express their eternal gratitude for the support and encouragement from Lubbock Children’s Home and the diligent and gentle work of Interim Hospice nurses.

If you would like to honor Billie through a monetary donation, the family suggests Lubbock Children’s Home or Interim Hospice.

Jimmy Howell

A funeral service for Jimmy Howell, 83, of Frankston, was held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston.

The Rev. George Folmar officiated. Mr. Howell was laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston.

Mr. Howell passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Frankston.

Jimmy was born July 20, 1935, in Sand Flat, Texas, to Hilliard Oustin Howell, Sr. and Ruby (Cook) Howell.

Mr. Howell served in the U.S. Army and was a retired concrete contractor in the construction business.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hilliard Oustin Howell, Jr., Grady Howell, Roy Howell, Floyd Howell; and sisters, JoAnn Ferguson, and Sharon Sue Rhodes.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Deloris Howell of Frankston; a daughter, Krystal Medlin of Frankston; brother, Wilburn Howell and wife Marye-Ann of Palestine, brother-in-law, Charles Rhodes and wife Martha of Frankston; and four grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jordan, Abby, and Michael. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, enjoying a special relationship with niece Michelle Barnes and husband Justin, great-nephew, Bo Walker and wife Brandi, and great great niece, Londyn Walker.

Pallbearers were Charlie Rhodes, Daryl Rhodes, Johnny Howell, Jerald Howell, Scott Howell, Justin Barnes, and Bo Walker.

Al Mann

Al Mann, 72, of Tyler and former Mayor of the City of Frankston, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, in Tyler.

Al was born July 14, 1946. He served in the U.S. Army and was a proud member of First Calvary Division.

He was a corrections officer at the Hutchins State Jail near Dallas as well as a police officer in Terrell, Kemp and surrounding areas.

Al was well liked, made friends easily and known as a gentleman. Al loved his family very much and they will miss him greatly.

A funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. Mr. Mann will be laid to rest at Garden Oaks Memorial Park in Berryville.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and friends are cordially invited to visit with Al’s family from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Colleen Harrison Herrington

Funeral services for Colleen Harrison Herrington, 94, of Frankston, Texas, were held Monday, January 21, 2019, at United Methodist Church of Frankston with Pastor Michael Fraley officiating and Ann Maxwell playing music.

Pallbearers were Bobby, John, Lance, and Jim Walker, Christopher Mabe, Tom McClendon, and Bill and Bob Whitehurst.

She was laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

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

Colleen left this earth on January 16, 2019, to be in heaven with her beloved husband, John William Herrington and join the Lord her Savior.

Colleen was born in Temple, Texas, on March 17, 1924, as the only child of L. B. and Thea Harrison.

She grew up in Beaumont, Texas where she played the violin in the school orchestra and graduated from Beaumont High School in 1942.

She attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and biology in 1946.

She joined the oil Industry as a chemist for Shell Oil Company in Odessa, Texas, where she met the love of her life, John William Herrington of Brushy Creek.

On December 2, 1950, they married in Odessa and lived together for 66 years. They raised three daughters on their cattle ranch in Brushy Creek. Colleen was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church and for many years enjoyed quilting with the church ladies on the quilt auctioned annually at the Lord’s Acre.

She loved being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and cooking meals for her family. She took up oil painting when her daughters left for college. During her final years she crocheted scarves for her closest friends and family. She was an avid reader, sports fanatic, animal lover and did crossword puzzles every day. The family is blessed to be loved and cherished by such a strong woman who built a Christian home filled with love. She is now able to play 84 dominos with John and some of her closest friends in heaven.

She was preceded in death by her parents L. B. and Thea Harrison and husband John William Herrington.

She is survived by daughter and special caregiver Janice and husband Bobby Walker of Frankston, daughter Joan and husband Tom McClendon of Austin, daughter Kathleen Herrington Mabe of Bellaire, Texas, three grandsons, John and his wife Ashley Walker, Lance Walker, Christopher Mabe, and great granddaughter Zoey Walker.

The family would like to thank the staff of Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas and The Heights of Tyler Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation for their amazing care of their mother and family during this difficult time.

If desired, memorials can be made to United Methodist Church of Frankston, 110 S Weldon St, Frankston, TX, 75763. Flowers can be sent or brought to the church for the service.

Ronald J. Fisk

Ronald J. Fisk, Jr., 48, of Frankston, passed away Jan. 21, 2019, in Jacksonville.

Ronnie was born July 29, 1970, in Colorado City, Texas.

He was employed as an electrician with A-1 Electric.

Left to cherish his memory are his father and mother, Ronald Gene Fisk, Sr. and Caroline Young, both of Snyder; son, Brandon Fisk and wife Brittany of Frankston; siblings, Bobby Burton of PA, Peggy Murdock of Conroe, Sandy Watson of Ira, Rebecca Fisk and Duncan Fisk, both of Garland, Jenny Flynn of AR, Dewy Fisk, Dewayne Fisk, Jason Fisk, and Amanda Martin all of Snyder, and Randy Fisk of Ira.

He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brooklynn and Branson.

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

Sue Selman


L. D. Burris



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