Obituaries for June 2013

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.)

Riley Vaught

A memorial service will be held for Riley Vaught, 68, at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 5073 in Frankston at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.

He was born April 21, 1945, in Waco to the late Marvin and Mamie Vaught.

He died May 15, 2013, in a Tyler hospital.

Vaught was a truck driver and a member of the VFW Post 5073 and also served as an assistant scout master of Boy Scout Troop 328 of Frankston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Eugenia Vaught; and brother Randy Vaught.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Vaught; daughters Crystal Vaught, Trinia Noll and Tara Pugh; sister Janis Seals and husband Jessie Seals and grandchildren.

Johnny Mack Caveness

Masonic graveside services for Johnny Mack Caveness were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville.

The service will be officiated by Bro. David Moore and is under direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Caveness was born in Jacksonville, Texas, on March 28, 1948.

He retired from U.N.R.M.W.A. of Lake Palestine.

He was a member of William Foster Lodge No. 312 and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 1113 of Frankston.

He died at his residence in Frankston on June 10, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Buster and Kathryn Caveness and an infant sister, Linda Caveness.

Survivors include his wife Margaret Joy Caveness; son Robert M. Caveness and wife Stacie Caveness of Frankston; daughter Alisha Tarrant and husband James Michael Tarrant of Jacksonville; grandchildren Caitlyn Matejka, Westin Matejka, Maggie Caveness, Klara Caveness, Michael Jack Tarrant and Makayla and husband Justin Hamman; a sister Donna Blankenship and husband Larry Blankenship of Navasota; and one nephew John W. Wren of Anderson, Texas.

Donations may be made to Hospice Integra Care, 1750 Enterprise St., Suite 100, Athens, Texas 75751.

Honorary pallbearers for his services will be all Masons of William Foster Lodge No. 312 and Eastern Stars of O.E.S. Frankston Chapter 1113 and family and friends too numerous to name.

Gary Allen Gardner

Graveside services for Gary Allen Gardner, 63, of Flint were held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Frankston City Cemetery with ordained minister, John Gardner officiating.

Arrangements were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mr. Gardner passed away Friday, June 7, 2013, in Tyler.

He was born May 23, 1950, in Wichita, Kansas.

Mr. Gardner worked for the Ford Motor Company as a warehouseman and was a member of local union UAW #870. He had also earned a black belt in Karate.

He is preceded in death by his parents James and Jane Carolee Gardner.

Survivors include his wife Teresa Gardner of Flint; daughters Carrie Quail and husband James of San Antonio, Kristin Miller and husband Jason of Little Elm; brothers John Gardner and wife Sharon of Carrolton, Roger Gardner and wife Amber of Morgan; grandchildren Hope, James, Julia and Mallory; and several nieces and nephews.

Kathleen Lois Kessler

Kathleen Lois Kessler, 87, of Frankston, passed away on May 30, 2013, in Jacksonville.

She was born in Hoffman, Minnesota, on Sept. 22, 1925, to Charles McClaskey and Ethel Musgrove.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth Kessler of Frankston; brother Charles McClaskey of Nampa, Idaho; sister Virginia Richard of Nampa, Idaho; and daughter-in-law Beverly Marsh of California.

Margaret Stafford

Funeral services for Margaret Stafford, 98, of Tomball, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 13, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Frankston with Monsignor Zach Kunnakkattuthara officiating.

Burial will follow in Broyles Chapel Cemetery in Palestine under direction of Autry Funeral Home of Frankston.

Mrs. Stafford passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Tomball, Texas.

She was born May 3, 1915, in Palestine to Edward H. and Lydia Lewis Bassett.

She is preceded in death by her husband Raymond Stafford, and son Tommy Stafford.

Survivors include her daughter Janis Collins and husband Terry; grandson Johnny Wagner and wife Tammy; great-granddaughter Margaret Wagner, all of Tomball; and sister Francis Thompson of Spring.

Memorials may be made to: Lighthouse Hospice 715 E. Main Ste. 100 Tomball, Texas 77375.

Judy Kingsley McNatt

Funeral services for Judy Kingsley McNatt, 67, of Frankston, formally of Lake Livingston, were held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Frankston. Interment was at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Mrs. McNatt was born on August 6, 1945, in Camp Creek, Robertson County, Texas.

She attended Franklin High School and moved to Frankston three years ago. Mrs. McNatt attended Hilltop Baptist Church. She passed away Thursday, June 12, 2013, in Tyler.

She is preceded in death by her husband James McNatt; parents David Kingsley and Vesta Harris; and brother Arlan Favors.

Survivors include her sons Roy Westbrook and wife Nonnie, Danny Westbrook and wife Joyce all of Frankston, and Alan Westbrook of Arp; daughters Brenda Morris and husband Donnie of Frankston, Tammie Morris and husband Steven of Victoria; sister Peggy Langdon and husband Charles of Bryan; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Maggie P. Fields

Graveside services for Maggie P. Fields, 96, of Frankston were held Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston under direction of Autry Funeral Home with the Rev. J.A. Griffin officiating and special words by Robert Aghamalian and Mike Fields.

She was born Maggie Pearl Liles on October 28, 1916, in Athens. She married Harry Fields on March 30, 1939, and lived in Frankston the remainder of her life. She passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

Maggie was a wonderful mother and friend to many people. She was a renowned artist, and developed a special skill for painting birds in their natural East Texas settings. She received numerous awards for her art work, and was a member of several art leagues in Texas. Her art is now displayed throughout the U.S. as well as several countries in Europe and Asia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, and three brothers.

She is survived by her sons Vic Fields and wife Sherry of Austin, Gene Fields and wife Jemmy of Big Canoe, Georgia; grandsons Tim Fields of Vancouver, Canada, Mike Fields of Austin; granddaughters Lauren Fields of Austin, Robin Fields of Tyler, Alison Fields of Cincinnati, OH; great grandson Grayson Fields; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jeff Helm, Mike Fields, Bob Liles, Rob Aghamalian, Will Fields and Mack Costlow.

Leon ‘Moe” Scott

Funeral for Maurice Leon “Moe” Scott was held Sunday, June 23, at Corinth Baptist Church in Bullard with the Rev. Reginald Scott officiating.

Mr. Scott, a life-long resident of Neches and former employee of Frankston Box Company, died June 20, 2013, in Frankston.

Burial was in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery in Bullard under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Homes.

Mr. Scott was born on July 11, 1954, in Anderson County to Luther Sr. and Ruthie Mae “Sherman” Scott. He was the 10th of 14 children.

He attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church as a child and united with Evans Spring Baptist Church Church as an adult where he served on the Deacon Board.

Mr. Scott married Pamela Jean Hatton in October of 1975. This union was blessed with twin boys, one of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Scott worked for the Frankston Box Company, dresser Industries, Murrays Corporation, and later he was a rancher.

He was preceded in death by his parents Luther Sr. and Ruthie Sherman Scott; son, Tyrome Scott; sister, Mary Ethel Scott; and special friend, Brenda Allen.

Survivors include two sons, Jerome Scott and Caleb McKenzie, both of Frankston; daughter Kassie Montalvo of Falcon, Co.; brothers Leroy Scott of Hutchins and Robert Lee Scott, James Scott, W. C. Scott, all of Dallas, Luther Jr. Scott of Neches, La’Trelle Scott of Cedar Hill; sisters Carrie Thompson of DeSoto, Frances Payne, Melba Scott, Worthy Harvest, all of Dallas, Debra Lucas of Neches, Sharon Hatton and Linda Scott of Palestine; eight grandchildren; six aunts; two uncles; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

At the service, a solo was sung by La’Shunda Scott with a prayer by Pastor Ray Baker.

Active pallbearers were Charles Martin, Anthony Johnson, Justin Scott, Glenn Brown, Patrick Hatton and Calvin Hatton.

Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Scott, James Scott, W. C. Scott, Jerome Scott Jr., Robert Scott, Luther Scott Jr., La’Trelle Scott and Caleb McKenzie.

Reagan B. Wofford

Funeral services for Mr. Reagan B. Wofford, 88, of Henderson, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with Dr. David Higgs and the Rev. Bill Tisdale officiating.

Interment will follow in Frankston City Cemetery under direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

Mr. Wofford passed from this life on June 25, 2013, at ETMC Henderson. He was born November 15, 1924, in Frankston to the late Henry and Minnie Woodard Wofford and has lived in Henderson for over 50 years.

Mr. Wofford served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He later drove a truck for Halliburton and East Texas Motor Freight, and he also worked in maintenance with H.I.S.D. for ten years.

Mr. Wofford was a member of First Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: son Reagan Bruce Wofford Jr.; and great-grandson Boston Porter.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Wofford of Henderson; daughters Judy Bunn and husband Ted of Jacksonville, and Rhonda Porter and husband Robert of Henderson; sons Bruce Wofford and wife Sharra of White Oak, and John Wofford and wife Julie of Crowley; grandchildren Jeremy Bunn and wife Julie, Amy Gardner and husband Ryan, Jami Watson and husband Trent, Angie Porter, Melissa Moore and husband Nathan, Jim Bob Porter, Matthew and Steven Wofford, Brett, Bryan, and Emma Wofford, and Hayley Vincent; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Bunn, Jim Bob Porter, Matthew Wofford, Steven Wofford, Brett Wofford, Ryan Gardner, Trent Watson, and Nathan Moore.

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(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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