Obituaries for March 2009

Frankston Area Obituaries — 1999-Present

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

Ivory Couch

Funeral services for Ivory “Grandpa” Couch, 90, were held Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Poynor First Baptist Church. Interment was to follow in Poynor Community Cemetery.

Mr. Couch of Kerrville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 in a San Antonio hospital.

He was born Sept. 23, 1918 in Cherokee County to William F. Couch and Velma Clardy Couch.

He was a retired self-employed cabinet maker and was a lifetime member of the Oddfellows.

He had been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Poynor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy Lucille Hilton Couch.

He is survived by two daughters, Patsy Moore of Kerville and Colleen Britton and husband, David, of Ingram; two sisters, Molly Dixon of Kerrville and Cyn­thia Voight of Lockhart; four grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 2, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville.

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Mrs. Era Luther

Graveside services for Mrs. Era Luther, 100, of Athens were held Saturday, March 7, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Garden of Memories Memorial Park on Sylvania Avenue in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Funeral arrangements were under direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Athens.

Mrs. Luther was born August 17, 1908 in Tarrant County and went to be with her Lord on March 4, 2009. She was a long time resident of Henderson County.

Survivors include daughter, Beverly Beck of Athens; four grandchildren, Larry & Lori Beck of Florida, Raye Lynn Johnson of Athens, Tina Beck & Andrew Fordham of California, Dana and Buster Hudson of Athens; eight great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; sister, Jinks Morton of Poynor; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Luther was preceded in death by her husband O.V. Luther in 1968, her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Edith Harrell

Edith “Mema” Harrell, 95, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Services were held Friday, March 6, in Mount Olivet Chapel and interment followed in Mount Olivet Cem­etery.

Edith was born Oct. 7, 1913 in Dallas to Frances and William Bennett. She was a longtime resident of the Fort Worth area.

She worked for Stripling and Cox for 40 years in the credit/ layaway department.

She owned and operated Harrell’s Food Store with her late husband, O.D. Harrell.

Edith was a 50-year member o St. John’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church and active in C.P. Women’s Ministry.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother, a daughter, Nona Vowell and sons-in-law, James Lenox and Bill Vowell.

Survivors are her sons; Richard Harrell and wife, Barbara, of Arlington and David Harrell and wife, Debbie of Frankston; daugh­ter, Mary Ann Lenox of Burleson; grandchildren, Patsy Peck, Roger, Ricky and Danny Vowell, Jeff and Danyl Harrell, Rodney and Tammy Harrell, Eddie and Tina Harrell, David, Rene, Melony and Tanya Harrell, Chuck and Cindy Lenox and LeAnne Sutton; and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

John F. Couch Sr.

Mr. John F. Couch Sr. passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at his home in La Marque.

Born Feb. 28, 1935, in Poynor, Mr. Couch had been a resident of La Marque for 23 years, and was previ­ously of Santa Fe.

He had been employed as an operation supervisor with Monsanto and Sterling Chemical for 40 years and had served in the United States Air Force.

Mr Couch had coached youth basketball and baseball, served as president of the Santa Fe Little League, was a founding board member of Santo Club Park and enjoyed ranching and playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Floyd and Velma (Clardy) Couch; sisters, Aline Harris, Elsie Little, Eloise Benedict and Clara Mae Couch.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Earline Couch of La Marque; sons, John F. Couch II and wife, Susan of Santa Fe, Forrest L. Couch and wife, Cheri of Katy; daughter, Carolyn Spencer and husband, Robert of Houston; brother, Ivory Couch of Kerrville; sisters, Mollie Dixon and husband, Bob of Kerrville, Cynthia Voight and husband, Leonard; grandchildren, William Roland Guyton, Amberly Hall and husband, Aaron, Forrest L. Couch II and wife, Megan, Jennifer Couch, John F. Couch III, Hayley Couch; great grandchildren, Aiden Hall and Ashton Hall.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 26, at Arcadia Christian Church with Pastor Tom Medlin officiating.

Interment followed at Hayes Grace Memorial Park under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

Casketbearers were grandsons, William Roland Guyton Jr., Jeremy P. Guyton, Aaron Hall, Forrest L. Couch II, John F. Couch III, and nephew, Ronny Harris.

Honorary pallbearers were nephews Jerry Paul Harris, Jerry Lynn Benedict, Mike McClian, Eddie Mathison, Roy Marshall, Guy Cook Jr., Charles Phillips and Kelly Phillips.

John Couch was a good Christian man, a dedicated and faithful husband and a supportive loving dad and grandfather.

Family was of the utmost importance to him. He exemplified the American spirit believing that with hard work, honesty and the grace of God, one could become or be anything they dreamed.

He will be missed greatly by his family, relatives and friends.

Isabell McMillan

Graveside services for Isabell McMillan, 93, of Oakwood, were held Monday, March 16, in Frankston City Cemetery with the Rev. J. A. Griffin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Palestine.

Mrs. McMillan died Saturday, March 14, in Palestine.

She was born June 25, 1915, in Henderson County, to Leslie and Bula Oliver McDonald. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker.

Mrs. McMillan was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jackie Hartmann; three brothers, J. L. (Bud) McDonald, Troy Lee McDonald and Joe Oliver McDonald.

She is survived by her husband, Joe A. McMillan of Oakwood; one son and daughter-in-law, Billy J. and Sue McMillan of Oakwood; three sisters, Ruth Jones of Frankston, Jeanette Clark of LaPorte and Virginia Schirmer of Ithaca, Neb; and one grandson, Michael Wayne McMillan of Oakwood.

Herman Traylor

Funeral services for Herman L. Traylor, 85, of Berryville were held Thursday, March 12, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Bishop Gary Murray, Dr. Scott Lloyd, and Gene Tannery officiating.

Burial followed at Garden Oaks Memorial Park in Berryville.

Mr. Traylor passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his residence.

He was born September 9, 1923, to Willie D. Traylor and Georgia Ann Benge Traylor.

Mr. Traylor was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Tyler.

He worked for AMACO for 20 years then was self employed for 10 years with T & H Metal Co. where he designed and manufactured stainless steel elbow joints for refineries.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene M. Traylor, and son Jimmy Traylor.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Kindle Tray­lor of Berryville; sons, Don and wife Ceci Kindle of California, Rick and wife Alana Kindle of Bullard; daughters, Sandra and husband Gene Tannery of Tyler, Kim and husband Tony Brookshire of Whitehouse; numerous grandchildren including granddaughter, Shelia Sheffer; brother, John Royce and wife Jean Traylor of Texas City; and greatly loved caretakers, Cindy Nolen, Phillis Mallard, Lisa Traylor, Shelia Chilton, Sharla Canady, and Miss Pat.

Pallbearers were Chris Tannery, Eric Tannery, Brandon Tannery, Jimi Sutton, Jonathon Kindle, and Richie Kindle.

George Cook

George Moss Cook departed this life to be with the Lord on March 11, 2009. Born on December 15, 1918, in Frankston, to Della and Madison Cook, he lived his early life in East Texas.

George served in the 416th Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force as an aerial gunner and flew 62 combat missions over France and Germany during World War II.

He achieved the rank of staff sergeant and received the Purple Heart three days before D-Day.

Upon returning from the war in 1945, he worked in the insurance business in Washington, D.C. as a claims adjuster and married Elizabeth Garrison in 1946. Together they had two children, Carolyn and Philip. The family lived in Falls Church, Virginia, until moving in 1961 to San Antonio, where George went to work for USAA.

George was an excellent father and model to his children, serving in various coaching and sponsoring capacities through their formative years.

He lost his beloved wife Elizabeth to cancer in 1971. However, he was fortunate to meet Toppy Glodt in the next few years, and they married in 1981. George and Toppy had many wonderful years together until her death in 2001.

George is remembered by his family as a positive individual who was infallibly cheerful and good-natured.

He loved music, played the piano by ear, and was a much-sought-after dance partner. An avid walker and gym enthusiast even into his 80s, he was able to walk circles around those who were much younger.

He enjoyed doing good things for others and was generous in his support of worthwhile causes. He wanted to be remembered as a good Christian and was active in his church, serving over the years as usher, Sunday school superintendent, and Emmaus community member.

George is survived by his son, Philip Garrison Cook and wife Margaret of San Antonio; his daughter, Carolyn Cook Wietzel and husband Armond of Austin; and two grandchildren, Emily Wietzel of San Diego and Grant Wietzel of Phoenix as well as relatives in East Texas and other parts of the state. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Alamo Heights Methodist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 16, in the Garden Chapel of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio with the Rev. Donna Strieb officiating.

Interment with military honors followed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Anyone wishing to sign the guest register online can log on to and click “sign guestbook” option.

Danielle Fite

Funeral services for Danielle Fite, 39, of Frankston, were scheduled for Monday, March 23, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Mr. Steve Handley officiating.

Burial was to follow at Poynor Cemetery.

Mrs. Fite passed away Wednesday, March 18, Jacksonville.

She was born May 11, 1969 in Fort Worth to Glenn Ross and Judy Russell Ross.

Mrs. Fite was secretary for ETMC Health First and former employee of DPS.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Fite of Frankston; mother, Judy Ross of Dallas; father, Glenn Ross of Austin; step daughters, Katherine Fite and Jessica Fite, both of Whitehouse; brother, Gregg Ross of Dallas; sister, Cindy Ross of Lewisville; grandmothers, Gracie Lawrence of Dallas and Vivian Lewis of Austin.

Pallbearers were Sgt. J. B. Thompson, Larry Reddick, Lee Long, Darrell McCartney, Jordon Hill and Paul Hickey.

Charlie ‘C.P’ Dickerson

Funeral services for Charlie Preston “C. P.” Dickerson, 84, of Frankston, were held Friday, March 20, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Frankston with Mr. Don Canter officiating.

Burial was held at Poynor Cemetery.

Mr. Dickerson passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Frankston.

He was born Aug. 9, 1924 in Poynor to Charlie Farris Dickerson and Bessie Elizabeth Kitchens Dickerson.

Mr. Dickerson was a member of Frankston Church of Christ and was a retired brick mason and rancher.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Fayrene Dickerson and daughter Sherry Ann Dickerson.

Survivors include a son, Robert P. Dickerson and wife Diana Lynn of Frankston; daughters, Alana M. Moore and husband Jimmy of Frankston and Deborah Renee’ Edmonson and husband Gary of Frankston; brothers, Eugene Dickerson of Frankston and Jimmy Lewis Dickerson of Poynor; sister, Lucille Taylor of Frankston; 5 grandchildren Dustin R. Dickerson, Aimee Lea Johnson, Misty Kay Dickerson, Ashlie Patterson, and Wade E. Dickerson; 7 great grandchildren Brianna, Cody, Alexa, Emma, Jonah, Noah and Claire.

Pallbearers were Dustin R. Dickerson, Charles Dickerson, Wade E. Dickerson, James Eddie Dickerson, Jeff A. Dickerson and Johnny Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were James “Jaime” Hyde and Mike Taylor.

(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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