Obituaries for July 2012

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.)

Naomi Ruth Hand Mitchell

Funeral services for Naomi Ruth Hand Mitchell, 88, of Frankston, were held Monday, June 25, 2012, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. George C. Folmar officiating.

Burial was at Old Bethel Cemetery in Frankston.

Mrs. Mitchell passed away Friday, June 22, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born March 26, 1924, in Ft. Bend County, Texas.

Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her sisters Levada Thornton, Edna Kendell, Mable Thornton and Madaline Sturdevant; and son Roger Bryan Mitchell.

Survivors include her husband Knox Mitchell; daughter Barbara Lang and husband Earl of Frankston; brother Ervin Dayton Hand of Berryville, AR; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Lang, Russell Lang, Ernie Varias, Robert Genuradi, Lee Yarman, Bryan Mitchell.

Honorary pallbearers were Justin Mitchell and Chris Flowers.

Carter Ansel Eggen

Graveside services for Carter Ansel Eggen, 88, of Frankston, were held Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

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

Mr. Eggen passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Athens.

Carter Ansel Eggen was born in Girard, KS, December 27, 1923, to Collie Ancil Eggen and Ollie Florence Carter Eggen.

Mr. Eggen moved to farm near Mulberry, KS at a young age. He attended grade school at Pleasant Valley (Titus Dist.) for eight years, finished three years high school at Arcadia, Kan., received G.E.D. diploma while in military service, served 23 months in U. S. Army Ground Forces, 3 months in the European Theater during   aWorld War II, Army ser. No. 377-56-707, and received a private pilots’ license for small planes on August 6, 1947.

He moved to Wichita, KS in 1947, married and divorced Wanda Morris after 17 years, married Betty Jo Berryhill November 30, 1974, in Haysville, KS, moved to Dallas in 1976, retired from Vulcan Materials Co. in 1979 and moved to Frankston, in January of 1980.

Mr. Eggen was past member of Moose Lodge, Wichita, past member of Lions Club, Haysville, past member of Shrine Temple, Tyler, past member of 32nd Degree Mason, Austin, current member of William Foster Masonic Lodge No. 312 in Frankston, life member of Disabled Veterans of America, Frankston, now Palestine.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston.

He is preceded in death by loving wife Betty Jo on July 22, 1993.

Survivors include four daughters Carla Langdon of Washington State, Marlene Nieto of Washington State, Cheryl Lee Duncan of Washington State, and Suzette Gibbs of Lake Whitney; two sons Stanley M. Eggen of LaRue, and Curtis A. Eggen of Athens; two sisters Jessie Dunn of Pittsburg, KS, and Mary Lee Payne of Arcadia, KS; thirteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to Wofford Cemetery Association or the local food bank.

Peggy Ruth Cook

Funeral services for Peggy Ruth Cook, 75, of Grapeland, were held Friday, July 20, at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland, with Dr. Charles Allen officiating.  

Burial followed in Frankston City Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Mrs. Cook passed away Wednesday at Houston County Nursing Home.

She was born September 30, 1936, in Timpson to William Dottra Horton and Ruth East Horton Stanfield.  She was a teller for First State Bank Grapeland.  

Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Harold Stanfield and grandson Jonathan William Vickers.  

She is survived by her husband Walter Cook of Grapeland; mother-in-law Etheline Cook Neal of Grapeland; daughters Deborah Poirier and husband Leo of Latexo and Kristi Gail Vickers and husband Jack of Austonio; son Walter Kelly Cook of Grapeland; brother William Howard Horton of Nacogdoches; grandchildren Brandy Ray Bird and wife Danielle of Latexo, William Shawn Bird of Houston, Stormi Mahriah Cook of Palestine, James Kristopher Bird of Ardmore, Alabama; great grandchildren Braxton Ray Bird, William Jonathan (Briley) Bird and Mahria Caralee Cook; niece Jeannie Martin and husband Ron of Mt. Enterprise; and nephew Michael Horton and wife Debra of Nacogdoches.

Pallbearers were Brandy Bird, Shawn Bird, Kris Bird, Michael Horton, Hal Horton and Barry Horton.

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Betty Swain

Funeral services for Betty Swain, 64, of Richmond,  and formerly of Brownsboro, were held Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Burial was held at Fincastle Cemetery.

Mrs. Swain passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Wharton.

She was born October 21, 1947, in Athens.

Mrs. Swain was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is preceded in death by her parents T.J. and Margaret Allen; grandson Cason Swain, and brother Bud Williamson.

Survivors include her husband Richard R. Swain of Richmond; sons Ben Swain and wife Shelby of Flint and Richard C. Swain and wife Leilani of Richmond; daughter Lora Merworth and husband Joe, Jr. of Ravenna; sisters Teresa Harris of Dallas, Laura Bennett of New Orleans, LA, and Jeannie Brock of Vinton; and four grandchildren Hunter, Ashland, Taylor, and Savannah.

Pallbearers were Cotton Walker, Bobby Lance Walker, Kelly Walker, Joe Merworth, Kerry Walker, and Bill Walker.

Honorary pallbearers were Square Walker, Bob Walker, and Jim Walker.

(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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