Obituaries for June 2011

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.)

Andrew J. Green

Andrew J. Green, 45, award winning author, investor, minister, father and grandfather (Tasty), was taken home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

He suffered a tragic tree trimming accident at his lake home in Tyler, and died in the arms of his wife and soul mate of 23 years, Kristine Mary Green.

Andrew was born and raised in New York Mills, New York. He graduated New York Mills High Class of ’84, served in the U. S. armed forces, and went to attend Herkimer Community College, and The Berean University for biblical studies.

He had retired at 38, and moved to Texas to be close to his grandchildren. Andy will be remembered to those who knew him best by his energetic, inquisitive, and ceaseless personality, his boundless conversations, his perpetual joking, and his love of hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors.

He will never be forgotten by those he touched through his years of ministering, and by all those he encountered with his ability to strike up a conversation with any complete stranger, and walk away as a friend.

He was survived by his wife Krisi, his two children Joseph Green and Angela Armstrong, his beloved grandchildren Aidon, Kaidance, and Justin Armstrong, his mother Irene Green, his older brother Robert Green, his sisters Joanie Cardin, Karen Lim, Mary Rupert, and Diane Reilly, many nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of close friends. He will always live on in our hearts as a loving faithful husband, protective father, fun-loving Tasty, son, brother, favorite uncle, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Services for Green will be held at a later date.

Martha Lou Ellis Mayo

Graveside services for Martha Lou Ellis Mayo, 93, of DeRidder, Louisiana were held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Mitchell Cemetery in Anacoco, La., with Bro. Ken Dickerson officiating. Services were under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.

Martha Lou Ellis Mayo was born September 24, 1917, near Bullard. She was the daughter of John and Hattie Ivey Ellis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack H. Mayo, grandson John W. Cook and great-granddaughter Valarie Cook.

She is survived by her son, Frank Cook Jr. and wife Bonnie of Anacoco, La.; grandson Frank Cook III and wife Virginia of Hephzibah, Georgia; granddaughter-in-law Kaleta Cook of Anacoco, La., five great-grandsons: John, Matthew, James, Quint, and Kevin; three great-great grandchildren: Tristan, Belle, and Brevin; one brother John M. Ellis and wife Sondra of Pleasant Grove, Utah; and several nieces and nephews Words of comfort may be expressed to the Mayo family at

Sue Hulsey Gatewood

Sue Hulsey Gatewood, 78, formerly of Owensboro, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Tyler.

Born in Henderson County Kentucky on July 15, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Helen Hulsey.

She was a homemaker; and of the Baptist Faith.

She had been a member of the Daviess County Fish and Game Association.

She moved to Frankston in 1997.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Gatewood; a son Wayne Corley; daughter Maxine Lesniak and a sister Claudia Beals.

Surviving is a daughter Cindy Travelstead (Marc Hughes) of Frankston; five grandchildren: Brandy Jenkins (Jeremy) of Montalba, Nicki Derrick (Mat) of Richardson, Stan Lesniak (Jess) of Indiana, Stacey Frey (Philip) of Kentucky, Sandy Smith (Maury) of Arizonia, 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Hulsey.

Services were held Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Christ Chapel, Owensboro Memorial Gardens, Owensboro, Ky.

Online condolences may be left at .

Delores Hamilton-McLane

Delores K. Hamilton-McLane, 61, of Frankston, passed from this life June 12, 2011.

Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, presided by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Strickland, JCL, with Holy Rosary being held on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Both were held at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Flint.

Delores was born December 12, 1949, in Crockett.

She was the daughter of the late Odie A. Hamilton and Ruth Whitehead. She was raised in Houston, and graduated from the Sacred Heart Dominican College in 1973 with a BSRN. Shortly thereafter she joined the United States Army, where she was a First Lieutenant, fulfilled her duties and was discharged with honorable discharge.

Delores pursued a lifetime in the field of nursing, finding her greatest joy to be in the operating room.

She worked in many aspects of the field including: house supervisor in hospitals, home health, nursing homes, public health and travel nursing in Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Gulfport.

In recent times she volunteered her skills as a nurse at the Salvation Army, and the Bethesda health clinic. She was also a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, of which she was also a member.

She is preceded in death by her father Odie Hamilton and special friend John Taff.

Survivors include husband Joe McLane of Frankston; mother Ruth Butler of Grapeland; son Randy McLane of Longview; daughter Heather McLane of Frankston; and brothers Terry Hamilton of Grapeland and Hank Hamilton of Cecil, WI; father and mother-in-law Richard and Shirley McLane of Frankston; brother-in-law Ricky McLane of Dallas; and sister-in-law Mary Poulsen of Benbrook.

Special thanks would like to be extended to Sister Susan Seitz, Sister Rose, Deacon Bill Necessary, Rev. Tim Kelly and Rev. Msgr. Joseph Strickland, JCL.

Donations can be made to the Bethesda health clinic in Tyler, or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Josephine Rose Bruchmiller

Funeral services for Josephine Rose Bruchmiller, 94, of the Pert Community will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Charles Grasty and G.C. Folmar officiating. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

Josephine Rose Cordray (Bruchmiller) was born June 12, 1917, in Drumright, Creek County, Oklahoma and passed away at Odyssey Hospice Health in San Antonio, Texas at 7:25 p.m. on June 26, 2011.

As a girl growing up, she moved to Arkansas on a farm on the White River close to where it empties into the Mississippi, then to Rosedale, Louisiana, then to High Island, Texas.

Josephine Rose Cordray Bruchmiller was a member of the Methodist Church. She also owned several businesses at different times and worked at different locations.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gerhard Felix Bruchmiller born January 24, 1905, in Mission Valley, died on December 24, 1996, in Anderson County in the Pert Community.

They were married December 26, 1935, at the Harris County Courthouse in Houston.

They later moved to North East Texas on a farm about 10 miles south of Frankston.

She is also preceded in death by her parents Albert Rose Cordray and Victoria Dakota Pogue. She had 8 brothers and sisters, which she is preceded in death by: John William Cordray, Alice K. Cordray, Twins Unnamed, Travis Cordray, Mary Ellen Elizabeth Cordray, Ada Louis Cordray and Otto Cordray.

She is survived by a daughter Joan Bruchmiller (Johnston) born October 21, 1936, in Houston, preceded in death by husband Robert Johnston, two granddaughters, Sharon Ann Allison born February 28, 1957, spouse Don Inselmann and child Troy Inselmann, Terry Louise Allison born January 3, 1959, and spouse Don Edwards; children Dustin Edwards, Aaron Cole Edwards, Ashleigh Edwards; son Leon Frederic Bruchmiller born June 17, 1950, in Palestine, and wife Velma Jean (Berryhill) Bruchmiller; two grandsons Marion Fritz Bruchmiller born July 23, 1981, and Clint Dakota Bruchmiller born September 22, 1988.

Pallbearers will be Marion Fritz Bruchmiller, Clint Dakota Bruchmiller, Wayne Berryhill and Frutoso Moreno.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster in Palestine.

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Eva Colvin

Funeral services for Eva Colvin, 94, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, June 29, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Jim Boyte officiating.

Burial was held at Garden Oaks Cemetery in Berryville.

Mrs. Colvin passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Frankston

She was born November 21, 1916, in Cherokee County

Mrs. Colvin was a member at First Baptist Church of Poynor, she moved from Grand Prairie to Frankston in 1984.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Colvin; parents, Fred and Addie Mae Keel; three sisters, Maxine Davis, Mozelle Whitesides, and La Nell Whitesides; and two brothers, J.W. Keel and Warren Keel.

Survivors include sons, Walter Colvin and wife Karen of Berryville, James Colvin and wife Nancy of Poynor and Dwight Colvin and wife Becky of North Fort Worth; brother, Sam Keel of Whitehouse; sister, Dorothy Miller of San Augustine; 10 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren and Numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Erma Jane Baskin

Funeral services for Erma Jane Baskin, 98, of Palestine, were held Monday, June 27, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with Paul Jones officiating.

Burial was held at Poynor Cemetery.

Mrs. Baskin passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Palestine

She was born June 25, 1913, in Poynor

Mrs. Baskin was a member of the Church of Christ La Poynor. She was also a home maker and a bookkeeper at Horace Rogers Texaco from 1963 - 1978.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Baskin; grandson, Brad Miller; parents, Charlie F. and Mary Milner; six sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include daughters, Janet Pirtle and husband Mel, Paula Montgomery and husband John; sister, Mary Lyles; grandchildren, Jan LaStrapes, Melissa Hollingsworth, Jason Pirtle, Nathan Miller, Bobbie Brown and John Montgomery III and 16 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Griffith, Gary Griffith, Jason Pirtle, Nathan Miller, Kevin LaStrapes and John Montgomery.

The family would like memorials made to Palestine community food pantry.

Paul Foster

In loving memory of Paul Foster, 37, of Neches.

Paul came to us on Sept. 8, 1973, and departed this Earth on June 19, 2011.

Paul was a cowboy at heart and a very skilled worker.

He was always at home on his old horse, Keyrock. He was always the entertainer and lived life with no fear, always laughing and joking.

Often, there was a slight smirk, sometimes you knew it was mischief, sometimes it was the next joke he was planning.

He leaves behind the love of his life, daughter, Lacey Lynn Foster; wife, Michelle Foster of Neches; parents, Russell and Caroline Foster of Bastrop; brother, Robert Foster of Austin; and best friend, Scott Thurman of Frankston.

Pallbearers were Lacey Foster, Scott Thurman, Kennith Dickson, Robert Isbell, Jody Beck, Robert Cavaness and Henry Rushing. Honorary pallbearers were Alvin McGill, Berry Swinney, Joe Whitfield and Joe Ellis.

Services were held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel. Scott Thurman gave the eulogy.

Burial followed at Neches Cemetery.

(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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