Obituaries for July 2014

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.)

Ann Richardson

Ann Octavia Hudspeth Richardson, 89, of Fort Worth, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Granbury Care Center in Granbury.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

Interment was held at Old Sardis Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Ann was born in 1924 in San Augustine County to Bruce Hudspeth and Benina Lane Hudspeth.

As a young adult, she supported the World War II war effort by working as a Class A welder and inspector of torpedo hulls and rivets on the beams of the Great Liberty Ships in the Houston Ship Channel.

She was a receptionist for Rick and Jay’s Beauty Salon in Midland and a salesperson and trainer for Dillards and Stripling and Cox of Fort Worth.

Ann was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Midland First Baptist Church for many years.

Ann was also a member of Phi Sigma Alpha and the BPW USA National Federation of Professional Business Women’s Associations.

In her later life, she lived for a few years in Frankston.

She is survived by her daughters Exa Richardson Smith of Granbury and Cynthia Richardson Murray of Grassy Creek, North Carolina.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Will Bueck of Dallas, Colby Beuck of Austin, Adrienne Mears of Hurst and Ian Murray and Devan Murray of Grassy Creek, North Carolina; six great grandchildren; brother Jack (Lester V.) Hudspeth and wife, Jean, of Lufkin; dear friends Sedonia and Ray Sonnenburg of Fort Worth, Eula Holeman of Fort Worth and Sandra and Wayne Gideon of Frankston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dalier Maurice Richardson; parents; eight brothers and sisters and dear friend Rex Ross sr.

Pallbearers were Will Beuck, Colby Beuck, Jesse Hudspeth, Henry Hudspeth, Dal Ruggles and Tracy Ruggles.

Honorary pallbearer was Jack Hudspeth.

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Stephen Leroy Cunningham

Services for Stephen Leroy Cunningham, 70, of Channelview were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at LaPoynor Church of Christ.

He was  buried in Poynor Cemetery. Rev. Roland Alsobrook and Rev. Steve Handley will officiate the service.

Mr. Cunningham died Tuesday, July 14, in Channelview.

He was born March 11, 1944, in Knoxville Tenn. to Von Leroy Cunningham and Helen Ruth Taylor.

He was an operational engineer at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company chemical plant in Houston.

He served in the army in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and was an expert rifleman. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife Gayle Cunningham of Channelview; step mother Sue Keck of Knoxville, Tenn.; sisters Sandra Childers and husband Marshall of Knoxville, Linda McCoy and husband Johnny of Oakridge, Tenn., Shari Sacco and husband Nick of North Carolina and Lisa Cunningham of Knoxville; mother-in-law Lois Atchison of Poynor; sister-in-law Susanne Alsobrook and husband Ray of Poynor; brother-in-law Ken Holliman of Poynor and several loving nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

The services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

R. B. Sexton

Funeral services for R. B. Sexton, 85, of Jacksonville were held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with J. A. Griffin and Mike Griffin officiating. Interment was at Rocky Springs Cemetery in Dialville.

Mr. Sexton passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Jacksonville.

He was born May 7, 1929, in Troup.

Most of R. B.’s career was spent as a truck driver. Recently he was employed by the City of Jacksonville. His first job was at the Texas Basket Factory. He was an avid fisherman and attended Frankston Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents Silas and Beulah Sexton; wife Mary Louise Sexton; and two sons Kenny Ray and Royal Alan Sexton.

Survivors include his sons Larry Sexton and wife Debbie of Jacksonville, Randall Sexton and wife Karen of KS; daughter Sheena Pace and fiancé Bob Schotte of Longview; brother Robert Sexton and wife Helen; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved pet dog Anna.

(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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