Obituaries for January 2023

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.)

Catherine Burris

A funeral service for Catherine Burris “Memaw”, 91, is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville with Rev. George Folmar, Paul Diepenbruck, and Bro. Randall Jinkins officiating.

Visitation will begin on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Catherine will be laid to rest in Garden Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery in Berryville.

Catherine passed away on Jan. 1, 2023. She was born on Feb. 21, 1931, in Bulverde, Texas, to Richard Voelcker and Agnes (Haeberle) Voelcker. She enjoyed crocheting, working with her flowers and feeding and watching birds, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, C.L. Burris; son, Louis Burris; brothers, Henry, George, Alfred, James, Bruno, Max, Alvin, Chester, and Walter; sisters, Irene, Thelka, Lillie (Ruth), and Vivian; son-in-law, Rick Hefelfinger; brother-in-law, L.D. Burris; sisters in-law, Ruby Burris and Annie Capps.

Left to cherish Catherine’s memory are her children, Lelon Burris of Frankston, Marion Burris and wife Janet of Huffman, Kenneth Burris and wife Shena of Frankston, Pat McCollister and husband Randy of Hornback, LA, Brenda McMichael of Jacksonville and special friend John Floyd, Linda Hefelfinger of Frankston; and daughter-in-law Peggy Burris. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was loved and will be missed dearly by many.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Burris, Scott Burris, Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Burris, Dwayne Hinds, J.K. Floyd, Brandon Burris, and Roy Burris. Honorary pallbearers are Lelon Burris, Marion Burris, Randy McCollister and John Floyd.

Carol Jean McCauley

A Celebration of Life for Carol Jean McCauley of Frankston will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Frankston.

Mrs. McCauley passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 and was born on April 27, 1942 to Willie Mae and Freeland Murry.

She was the first born  and only daughter, followed by three brothers, “the boys”, who she dearly loved.

Carol worked her whole life in retail. She worked for Sav-Mor Foods in Frankston for more than 30 years, where she loved all her customers, making them feel special.

Carol loved taking care of her family and loved her church. She enjoyed keeping her property in the woods mowed and “weed-whacked” and looked forward to “coffee-thirty” and “supper-club” daily with Toni, Brian and Bri every day.

Carol’s love for God was undeniable. She read her Bible faithfully every night and prayed for her children and friends daily. She loved people and had a way that made you feel special and loved. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, James T. McCauley; brothers Jerry Murry and John Cason; and her parents, Willie Mae Autry and Freeland Murry.

Survivors include three daughters Terry McCauley, Michelle Gosson and Sharon McDonald; beloved extended family Toni, Brian, Miranda and Brianna Looney; a brother Bud Cason; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Tracy Elrod

Tracy Elrod, 63, of Chandler, passed away on Jan. 3, 2023. Tracy was born to Melvin and Mary Jo Elrod on Sept. 22, 1959 in Pasadena.

He grew up in Pasadena where he played baseball and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 1978.

Tracy was an avid outdoorsman and spent many seasons hunting and fishing on his parents' farm in Brushy Creek.

He was NASCAR's No. 1 fan and never missed a race on Sunday afternoon. Tracy loved the Lord, and sang at many church occasions, homecomings and other events. He was a loving son to his parents.

Tracy was preceded in death by his father Melvin Elrod and nephew Joshua Wilcox.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Elrod of Tyler, his son Travis Elrod of Whitehouse and grandson Jacob Elrod; his daughter Traci Ann Elrod of Houston, and granddaughter, Grace Banuelos; his sister, Melanie Elrod Canant of Winona and husband Ross Canant; and his brother Wyman Elrod of Flint.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel in Palestine, with burial following at Olive Branch Cemetery in Brushy Creek.

Velma Hyde

A funeral service for Velma Hyde, 91, is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Frankston with Rev. Scott Wylie and Dr. Charles Dodson officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Cathedral in the Pines Memorial Garden Cemetery in Tyler.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

She was born on January 17, 1931 and passed away on January 7, 2023. Velma was a past member of the Frankston Garden club and had worked as a legal secretary. She volunteered for Hospice of East Texas for many years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Frankston where she enjoyed singing in the choir up until she was 90 years old. Velma and her husband, Bill, loved to travel and partake in western swing dancing up until Covid-19 restrictions made it no longer possible. She and her husband both agreed that God has been the cement of their married life together and faith the corner stone.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, E.V. Clark and Birdie (Graham) Clark; first husband, Cliff Calley; sons, Dell McKeever and Jim Collum Jr.; two sisters, Thelma Batson and Ardeena Wood; and brother, E.V. Clark Jr.

Left to cherish Velma’s memory are her husband of 18 years, Bill Hyde of Frankston; daughter, Patti Dagnel and husband Bobby of Lubbock; and son, David McKeever of Bartlett; grandchildren, Courtney Dagnel of Lubbock and Hunter Dagnel and wife Abby of Frisco; and one great-grandson, Wyatt Dagnel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Blake Stowe, Harold Richardson, Bobby Dagnel, Roy Starr, Mike Griffith, and Jerry Robinson. Honorary pallbearers are her loving stepchildren and their spouses: Jamey and and wife Judy Hyde, Jeff and wife Jill Hyde, Ray and Suzanne Hyde Beddingfield.

Please make memorial donations to Hospice of East Texas, (903) 266-3400.

Tommie LouDella Heeth Champion

A graveside service for Tommie LouDella Heeth Champion, 92, is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Daugherty Cemetery in Emory.

Visitation will begin on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

She was born to Walter and Adna Majors on Jan. 7, 1931 and passed on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.

As she was lovingly known as “Ms Lou”; she loved taking care of her family and being a mother and housewife. She worked in Houston at Stern Dental Lab and eventually retired and relocated to Frankston. When her husband became a resident at the Frankston Nursing Center, Ms Lou began working in the dining hall and she then obtained her dietician certification and became the manager.

In her free time, she made porcelain dolls, enjoyed crafting, and was an excellent cook. Ms Lou loved her friends, family, and church family at First Baptist Church in Frankston where she was a member. She encouraged her daughters to carry on a way of life to sustain their family the way she was taught best.

Loudella was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William S. Heeth; second husband, Louie “Champ” Champion; sister Jennv Majors; brother, A.A. “Tim” Majors; and granddaughter-in-law, Dena Corley.

Left to cherish Loudella’s memory are her daughters, Carol Ann Corley and husband Johnny and Judy Blackwood all of Frankston. She is also survived by six grandchildren William Corley, Kirk Corley and wife Sara, Tommy Gilbert and wife Leah, Eric Gilbert and wife Shamicka, Tiara Gibson and husband Justin, and Tiana West and husband Andrew; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made in LouDella’s honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation at  or the Alzheimer’s Society at .

Bob Watson Maupin

Bob Watson Maupin, 90, formerly of Frankston, was called home by his Lord on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. He was a generous and kind husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend.

Services for Bob will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. A brief graveside service will follow his memorial service at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler.

Bob was born at home on Dec. 7, 1932 to Temple and Ester Maupin in Nacogdoches. He spent his early days riding bikes, swimming, playing cowboys and Indians, and finding mischief with neighborhood friends. In junior high, he began what became a lifelong passion, playing the clarinet. He also loved to tinker and designed, built, and fixed whatever could be repaired or redesigned.

After graduating from high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin University until a few buddies talked him into transferring to Rice University where he earned a degree in Physics.

After graduation, he was hired as a Junior Engineer at Temco Aircraft Co. in Dallas where he worked on optical, radar, and guidance systems. It was a perfect career choice for someone who loved airplanes, had an understanding of electronics, and a knack for solving problems. He took graduate classes at SMU in Electrical Engineering.

While at Temco, he met the love of his life, Barbara Ash. They married on Dec. 1, 1956.

After Temco, Bob worked at two other defense contractors and in 1968 left to help start UTL (United Technology Laboratories). He spent 24 years there building his career and earning the position of Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Special Projects.

Bob and Barbara enjoyed 64 years of a marriage, filled with travel, friends, sports cars, raising two daughters, serving as a deacon and later an elder, dinners out, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, camping and fishing trips, and annual family reunion July 4th celebrations.

In 1993, Bob retired from UTL and they moved to Lake Palestine where he then had time to devote to an active church life at the Frankston Methodist Church. He taught Sunday School, played the clarinet, sang in the choir, maintained the electronic church chimes and marquee, and multiple other building projects. He found a circle of friends at the church who just celebrated his 90th birthday with him in December. Bob was a man of deep faith and trust in God. He was a grateful man who so often referred to how blessed he was or his daily Bible reading. His sincerity was evident in his emotions when he prayed out loud.

Bob is survived by his two daughters Nancy Bates (son-in-law Michael), Patricia Riggs (son-in-law Robert) and, five grandsons: Ian (wife Heather), Aaron (wife Beth), Ben, Brian, and Peter; his sister Mary Duncan (brother-in-law Sammy), his niece Dina, nephew Clint (wife Evelyn), great niece and nephew, Fiona and Oliver.

The family invites a memorial donation in Bob's name to: Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone NC 28607 or your favorite charity.

More information is available at the website of the Stewart Family Funeral Home .

Billie Davis

Billie Davis was born on April 6, 1946, in Frankston and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

A visitation and funeral service celebrating her life were held at Cypress Baptist Church, 4701 Palmetto Rd., Benton, LA on Monday, Jan. 16, beginning at 1 p.m.

Billie grew up in the East Texas community of Frankston where she met her husband, Joe C. Davis. When their three children were young, they moved to Shreveport, and later to Benton, LA.

Billie had a 30-year career in the banking business, where she held various leadership positions. She was also a self-driven entrepreneur who used her creative spirit in various ways. She was very generous with her time and many talents.

Billie, also known to many as Gran, loved traveling, gardening, collecting dishes, camping, and spending time on the lake with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Louise Walding and her infant brother.

She is survived by her husband, Joe C. Davis; sons, Jeff Davis (Kristen) and John Davis (Andy); daughter, Jeanne Hine (Brent); grandchildren, Carly Davis, Travis Davis, Will Hine, Avery Hine, and Abby Hine; and a host of close family friends.

(This obituary was posted on the website for Autry Funeral Home)

Elvin Frazier

A funeral service for Elvin Frazier, 77, is scheduled Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Gregg Porter and Waylon Sexton officiating. He will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

He was born in Palestine, Texas, on February 8, 1946, and passed away on January 14, 2023. Elvin was a hardworking family man. Before retirement he worked in the oilfield and in the automobile tire industry where he worked as a foreman. Elvin loved the outdoors and was a casual fisherman but an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed his TV time, specially watching wrestling, but most of all he enjoyed being Papaw to his grandchildren.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Frazier and Mae (Starkey) Frazier; two sisters, Bernice Dickson and Margaret Conway; brother, Robert Frazier; brother-in-law, David Henry; and sister-in-law, Susan Tobias.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Frazier of Frankston; a son, Troy Frazier and wife Gina of Frankston; sisters-in-law, Pawnee Oldham and husband Donnie, Jackie Quick and husband Dean, Peggy Dowling; and brothers-in-law Dudley Henry and wife Bobbie, and Sanual Henry and wife Nelda. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Courtney Frazier and Seciele Wisdom and husband Mike; and seven great-grandchildren, Adley, Kullen, Axston, Sterling, Troice, Matisyn, and Makenzy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William Earl (Bill) Yeager

William Earl Yeager, better known as Bill, formerly of Frankston, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 14, 2023. He was born to Howard Bryant Yeager and Hatti Neeley Yeager on July 13, 1937.

As a young boy, Bill spent his days exploring the countryside outside of Bryan, where his parents owned a dairy farm. He developed a deep love of fishing and hunting, and passed this knowledge on to his own boys later in life.

Bill graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960 with a degree in pharmacy. His career began in Dallas and later continued in Frankston when he opened Frankston Pharmacy. Bill raised his four children, Bryant, Leigh, Gayle, and Paul, in Frankston where he was very active in the community. Bill was truly a jack of all trades. For instance, he served as a Deputy Constable for Anderson County, owned and operated a 30-acre crawfish farm named Caddo Creek Crawfish, ran an apiary of 100 hives of honey bees, and owned 80 head of Brangus cattle. He did all of this while simultaneously running the Frankston Pharmacy. Bill was also proud to serve in the Army National Guard of Texas.

In 1988, Bill married Patricia Yeager. They were married for 34 wonderful years and went on many adventures together. After retiring, Bill and Pat moved to Palacios, Texas so Bill could spend the rest of his days doing what he loved the most…fishing.

Bill loved the Lord and went on mission trips all over the world to spread the Gospel. He was a proud member of the men’s singing group The Coastalaires and, more recently, the Singing Men of Southeast Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed singing for the Lord and this brought him tremendous joy and pride.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Hatti Yeager, his brother, Robert Yeager, and his beloved grandson, Luke Yeager.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Yeager, and his children, William Booth, Bryant Yeager, Gayle Hubbard (Jeremy), Leigh Tenhet, Zachary Paul Yeager (Linsey), and Chris Skoglund (Mindy). He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along with his ever-faithful companion, a chocolate Labrador named Queenie.

The Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios.

The family is asking for memorial donations to be made to First Baptist Church, Palacios, Building Fund.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX. (361) 972-2012 . (Information for this obituary submitted by Taylor Bros. Palacios Funeral Home, Palacios, TX)

James “Turk” Monday

James “Turk” Monday, who had worked and retired from Frankston ISD, passed away Jan. 24, 2023, at the age of 81.

He was born on April 1, 1941, to the late Morris and Oma Monday.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish Turk’s memory are his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Monday; daughters, Meredith Smith and husband Bobby, and Shelly Sarver; grandchildren, Matthew and Kayla Sarver; and great-grandchildren, Samantha Sarver and Kalen Barksdale.

He was loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A visitation for Turk will be on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, and friends and family are invited to visit with his family from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Herbert Warren

The Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Herbert Warren, 80, of Frankston was held at Faith Temple Church of Deliverance, Frankston, with Pastor Richard McCowin serving as the officiant and Pastor Lonnie Ross delivering the eulogy.

Interment followed in Pine Springs Cemetery under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler.

Mr. Warren transitioned Jan. 30, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Herbert was born Nov. 2, 1942, in Frankston to the late Isaiah and Beulah (Stubblefield) Warren. He received his education through Pleasant Ridge and Neches Schools. He was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and served as Chairman of the Deacon board at Pine Springs Baptist Church under pastoral leadership of Rev. Lonnie Ross.

In his spare time, Herbert worked in carpentry, specializing in cabinetry. He loved gardening. During early adulthood he gave back to the community by coaching baseball. Being the provider he was, Herbert worked for Curtis Mathis Industries for 30 years, retired, and began working with Jacksonville Independent School District an additional 20 years until he resigned. He was a hard worker.

Fifty-six years ago, Herbert united in matrimony to Susie M. (Davis) Warren and this union bore three sons: Michael, Lee, and Calvin; and one daughter: Geneva.

Awaiting his Heavenly arrival are his parents; one brother: Isaiah Warren, Jr.; three sisters: Marnada Blanton, Margie Nell McCowan, and Loretta Unwind.

Left to cherish his precious memories are wife, Susie M. Warren, Frankston; children, Michael (Rose) Warren and Geneva Bagley both of Frankston, Lee (Daphne) Warren, LaRue, and Calvin Warren, Frankston; nine grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; sister: Betty Davis, Flint; sisters-in-law, Rosie Warren, Tyler and Jo Guthrie Davis, Frankston; brothers-in-law, Welton (Minnie) Davis, Dallas, Jimmie (Mary) Davis, Tyler, Wilmon (Annie) Davis, Frankston; a former son-in-love whom he adored, Raymond Bagley, Frankston; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

Catherine Burris


Carol Jean McCauley


Tracy Elrod


Velma Hyde


Tommie LouDella Heeth Champion


Bob Watson Maupin


Elvin Frazier


William Earl (Bill) Yeager


James “Turk” Monday


Herbert Warren



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