Obituaries for July 2009

Frankston Area Obituaries — 1999-Present

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(Obituaries listed chronologically by date of death or funeral service.)

Helen Jo Guillott

Funeral services for Helen Jo Guillott, 83, of Frankston, were held Monday, June 29, 2009 at Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville.

Burial followed at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston.

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

Mrs. Guillott passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, in Tyler.

She was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Hainesville, La., to James Robert Waldrum and Elizabeth Amelia Autry Waldrum.

Mrs. Guillott was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church, Berryville, member of Order of Eastern Star for 25 years, Frankston V.F.W. and was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her husband Willis Adrian Guillott and grandson Lee Thomas Green IV in 1980.

Survivors include her son, Richard C. Guillott and wife Corina of Frankston; daughter, Sheila C. Green of Frankston; son-in-law, Lee Green of Frankston; brothers, Everett Waldrum of Frankston and John C. Waldrum of Pearsall; sister, Ruth Cowger of Frankston; three grandsons, Joshua Green and Seth Green of Frankston and Adrian “Snapper” Guillott and wife Kristina of Houston; four great-granddaughters, Taylor, Reagan, Kennedy and Maddison.

Pallbearers were Lee Green, Joshua Green, Adrian “Snapper” Guillott, Randy Waldrum, Fred Matus and Seth Green.

Honorary pallbearers were The Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge in Frankston.

Kenneth ‘Keno’ Fitzgerald

Kenneth “Keno” Cook Fitzgerald, born December 6, 1973, went home to fish with the Lord on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. He was celebrated and laid to rest in the Frankston City Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

He graduated from Frankston High School in 1992 where he was Mr. FHS., Jeff Austin Award winner, and an All-State baseball player. After high school, he played baseball at Tyler Junior College for two years and went on to graduate in 2000 with a degree in Aquatic Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. At SFA, he was president of the Bass Club and honorary member of at least one fraternity.

He was a gifted athlete and spent many of his years playing sports especially baseball, and later softball not only in Frankston, but also in LaGrange, his second hometown. Keno had many good times there with his cousins and their friends who quickly became his friends.

Throughout his life, Keno was an avid outdoorsman. Fishing and hunting were his first love. He had many “awesome” hunting and fishing trips with his family and buddies. Whether fishing saltwater or fresh and whether hunting deer, duck, dove or squirrel, he loved these times with those closest to him.

After college, traveling to Alaska and Europe, and living in Austin, Keno settled near his parents at Lake Palestine and worked in construction with his Dad. He was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in William Foster Lodge No. 312 on May 19, 2009.

He loved his family and loved his friends. He leaves a legacy of life we should all strive to achieve. He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Edwin and Kathleen Fitzgerald of Frankston, Edmund and Adeline Harbers of LaGrange, and Willie Melcher of LaGrange, and by his best dog, Jazz.

He is survived by his parents and next best dog, Don and Audrey Fitzgerald and Cassie; brother and sister-in-law, Drew and Jayne Fitzgerald; sister and brother-in-law, Tish and Justin Powell; adored by his nephew and niece, Ryan Fitzgerald and Ayden Powell; very special friend, Shelley Vaughn and her son, Josh, all of Frankston; Uncle “Soup” James Freudenberg and Uncle (and godfather) Monroe Dunk, both of LaGrange. Numerous family from Frankston, Tyler, and LaGrange and many good friends.

Friends and Keno’s baseball coach from TJC, Coach Groth, have memorial pages online at, search Keno, and . Memorials in honor of Keno may be made to The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Frankston, 75763 or to the Frankston Depot Library, P.O. Box 639, Frankston, 75763.

Elva Clakley Saxon

Funeral services for Elva Clakley Saxon, 91 of Tyler, were held Friday, July 10, 2009, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Frank Battles and the Rev. Donald Britton officiating.

Burial followed at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston.

Mrs. Saxon passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Tyler.

She was born July 10, 1917, in Frankston, to Solomon Levi Clakley and Elizabeth Holsomback Clakley.

Mrs. Saxon was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Tyler and was described by her family as a homemaker, seamstress and loving wife.

She is preceded in death by her husband, M. D. “Hop” Saxon; son and daughter-in-law Delton Wayne and Ola Mae Saxon; brothers, Andrew, Rufus, Edmond, Willie and Fred Clakley; and sisters, Mollie Hensley, Dicie Shugart and Sarah Jane London.

Survivors include son, Cecil Saxon and wife June of Elkhart; daughter, Shirley Hughes and husband Bill of Tyler; brothers, Arnie Clakley and wife Lenora of Frankston, Levi Clakley and wife June of Tyler, George Clakley and wife Bonnie of Carthage and Ernest Clakley and wife Shirley of Tyler; six grandchildren and spouses, Terry and Danica Saxon, Connie and Jake Jacobson, Tammy and Richard Gray, Wayland and Becky Saxon, Janet and Fred Stanley and Vicky and Marion Osborn; sixteen great-grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons Steven Stanley, Hayden Stanley, Blake Gray, Chad Berryhill, Brandon Saxon, Michael Saxon, Jason Craft, Michael Jacobson and Seth Saxon.

Lois Elaine Wier

Lois Elaine Wier passed away on June 26 2009 in Tyler.

Her service was held June 30, at the Day Funeral Home in Madisionville.

The service was officiated by Dr. Darin M. Wood and the Rev. Troy Brooks.

She was laid to rest in Madisionville. Lois was born July 12, 1959 in Bryan, Texas to Nelson Wier and Clarice (Gayle) Caldwell of Madisonville.

Her grandparents were Carl V. Gayle and Ola Mae (Crow) Gayle and Bill and Lucille (McCain) Wier, all of Madisonville.

She was preceded in death: by her father, Nelson Wier, step-father, Bobby Caldwell and sister, Janie Ruth Wier.

Elaine graduated from Bryan High School in 1978.

She lived in Connecticut for almost 20 years and moved back to Texas when she fell ill.

Elaine was a writer, poet and artist and loved to make crafts, especially for children. She wrote and illustrated children’s books. She was a member of Women’s Aglow.

She is survived by her mother, Clarice Caldwell of Frankston; daughter, Melissa Ann Wier of Frankston; brother, George Wier and wife, Sallie of Austin; sister, Rebecca Ann Wawzyniak and husband, Marcus and their children, of Rochester Hills, MI; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Joyce McAfee

Joyce A. McAfee of Seagoville passed away peacefully on her 82nd birthday, Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

She was born July 15, 1927 in Frankston, the first of 11 children.

Joyce’s interests and loves included her husband, children, and grandchildren and any event that brought them all together.

She was thrilled to show her yard, particularly the flowers which were her pride and joy; her birdhouses – 52 at last count and the fish pond.

She enjoyed drinking coffee (anything but Starbucks), talking on the phone, watching the news and weather and it was certain that friends would find her in the cellar when a storm was approaching.

Our precious “Joy” ~ Mama ~ Mamaw ~ Mimi ~ Sis was compassionate, concerned and always tending to the needs of others. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she has touched and brought such joy to, said family members.

Joyce will be lovingly remembered by Alvin, her husband of 36 years; son, Ronny Tarrant (Connie) of Red Oak; daughters, Sandi Collins (Bob) of Midlothian and Barbara Dudley (Basel) of Nevada; 12 grandchildren: Ricky Tarrant, Randy Tarrant (LaDonna), Teresa Gray (Edward), Kim Potter (Clay), Kevin Dudley (Teresa), Tracie Norman (Richard), Cynthia Waymier, Candice Sue Strouss, Danny Wayne Tarrant Jr. (Regina), Terry Tarrant (Lori), Angie Waldbusser (Jakob), Christy Conkle (Tim); 33 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren.

She will also be lovingly remembered by her beloved aunt, Rena Jones and family; sisters, Christine Lambright, Betty Womack, Nancy Lamb (John), Wanda Bourne (Joe), Brenda Skaggs (Dee); brothers, Jimmie Anderson (Margaret), James Anderson (Sandra), Duane Anderson (Kathy); sister in law, Martha Anderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by son, Danny Tarrant; parents, Joseph and Ollie Belle Anderson; grandparents, John and Flora Bizzell; brother, Charles Anderson; sister, Billie Campbell; brothers-in-law, Louie Lambright and Jimmy Womack.

Services were held Monday, July 20, under the direction of Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville, Texas.

Memorials in Joyce McAfee’s name may be made to the Mike Jones Scholarship Fund, c/o First State Bank, 169 S. Frankston Hwy., Frankston TX 75763.

Jewel Hines

Graveside services for Jewel Hines, 95, of Frankston were held Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Frankston City Cemetery with Dan Manuel officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hines passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 in Jacksonville.

She was born on June 18, 1914, in Frankston to the late George and Mary Ophelia Stewart Henry. She was a homemaker and a member of Frankston Church of Christ.

She lived in Frankston all of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Hines.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and special friends, Jim and Bobbie Paul of Frankston.

The family received friends on Tuesday at the Pauls’ residence in Frankston.

Bobby Richards

Bobby Richards, 81, of Lake Jackson passed away Thursday, July 9, 2009.

He was born March 2, 1928, to Claude and Jewel Richards in Frankston.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Bobby worked for Dow Chemical Company for 35 years and was a member of Wesley First United Methodist Church in Clute, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Billye Richards of Lake Jackson; two children, Gail Spell and husband, Louis, of Boling, Texas, and Annette Le Boeuf and husband, Wayne, of New Braunfels; two sisters, Adeline Johnson and husband, Roland, of Nacogdoches and Sue Robison and husband, Milton, of Frankston; one brother, James Richards and wife, Jo, of Nederland; and several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn Wiley

Funeral services for Carolyn Wiley, 74, of Frankston, were held Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Donald L. Britton and Bro. Bill Wright officiating.

Burial followed at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Wiley passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 in Tyler.

She was born February 13, 1935 in Limestone County, to Aubrey Briggs and Ira Mae Daugherty Briggs.

Mrs. Wiley was a member of University Baptist Church, Tyler and was former owner of a fabric store.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Aubrey Briggs, Jr.; and sister, Eunice Mae Stone.

Survivors include her husband, John Wiley of Frankston; sons, Jimmy Slaughter and wife Debbie of Brownsboro and Joe Slaughter and wife Ann of Flint; daughter, Dana Bratcher and husband Tim of Lott; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her grandsons John Slaughter, Joe Slaughter, Jr., Steve Slaughter, Zach Bratcher, Seth Bratcher, Brad Schmidt and Chris Chambless.

Henry ‘Pete’ Keeton

Services for Henry “Pete” Keeton, 85, of Tyler, will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Mayfield officiating.

Burial will follow in Bullard City Cemetery in Bullard under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Keeton passed away, Monday, July 27, at ETMC in Tyler.

He was born November 15, 1923 in Cherokee County to William “Pop” Floyd and Cora “Mama” Jackson Keeton.

Mr. Keeton served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Shangri-La during WWII. He was retired from Carrier and later spent many hours playing with his pet cats and squirrel.

He also spent many hours as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Keeton was also a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Maureen Keeton.

Mr. Keeton is survived by his loving family including his wife of 63 years, Maxine Jo Langley Keeton of Tyler; children, Peggy Chandler of Tyler, Carol Harris and husband Jimmy of Tyler, Linda Ellis and husband Joe of Frankston and Diana McMillan and husband Pat of Tyler; grandchildren, Kevin Chandler of Tyler, Karen and Joe Becker of Oklahoma, Kristen and Chris Kotz of California, Brad Harris and Shanti of Tyler, Julianne Harris of Farmers Branch, Taryn and Cliff Evans of Frankston, Kay and David Diaz of Pleasanton, Jill and Aaron Key of Tyler, and Mary McMillan of Tyler; sisters, Dorothy Ivy and husband Connie of Whitehouse, Martha Ray and husband Jimmy of Waco; sisters-in-law, Anna Barnett and husband Earl of Tyler and Wilda Langley of McKinney; and great-grandchildren, Collin, Aiden, Gabi, Alexis, Jaxon, Dylan, Xander, Brandt, Zoei, Blaise, Keeton and Caden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Harris, Joe Ellis, Pat McMillan, Bradley Harris, Kevin Chandler, David Diaz, Cliff Evans, Aaron Key and Joseph Becker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Kotz, and fellow service men from the USS Shangri-La.

Visitation was scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, Texas 75703.

Memorials in honor of Henry “Pete” Keeton may be made to Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Arthur Williams

Memorial services for Arthur Elbert Williams, 82, of Pert, were held Saturday, July 25, at First Baptist Church in Neches with the Rev. Nathan McBride officiating.

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

Mr. Williams passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in Pert.

He was born January 13, 1927 in Marshall, to John Robert Williams and Bennie Blanche Pace Williams.

Mr. Williams was a member of First Baptist Church, Neches, served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, was a pressman for 27 years for Dallas Times Herald, postal clerk for the U. S. Postal Service for 10 years, TDC employee for 10 years and worked part time at Windom School.

He is preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Survivors include wife, Iola Mae Williams of Pert; ex-wife, Aurelia Wagenhauser of Gun Barrell City; son, John Arthur Williams and wife Loretta of Dallas; daughter, Nancy Lynn Covington of Tyler; sisters, Delilah Spears of Carthage and Sammie Lee Turner of Bossier City, La; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arnie N. Clakley

Funeral Services for Arnie N. Clakley, 87, of Frankston were held Sunday, July 26, 2009, in the chapel at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston, with the Rev. Pope and the Rev. J. A Griffin officiating.

Burial followed at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston.

Mr. Clakley died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Tyler. He was born February 25, 1922, in Henderson County to Levi and Nancy Clakley.

Mr. Clakeley was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Frankston.

He worked as a maintenance superintendent in the petroleum industry.

He is preceded in death by a son, Arnie Newton Clakley; brothers Fred, Rufus, Andrew, Willie, and Edmond; sisters, Mollie, Elvie, Dicie, and Sarah Jane.

Survivors include his wife, Lenora Clakley of Frankston; daughter, Barbara Bell of Frankston; brothers, Ernest Clakley and wife Shirley of Tyler, George Clakley and wife Bonnie Jean of Carthage, and Levi Clakley and wife June of Noonday; grandchildren, Angie Lucas, Amy Martin, Lorie Lewis; great-grandchildren Ashley Lucas, Brittany Lucas, Matthew Martin, Josh Martin, Makenna Lewis, Hannah Lewis, and Kip Lewis; great-great-granddaughter, Alissa Balodh; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chris Martin, Bradley Lewis, Thomas Clakley, and David Mewbourn.

(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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