Obituaries for March 2023

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.)

Michael “Mike” K. Little

A funeral service for Michael “Mike” K. Little, 75, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Rusty McLen officiating. Visitation will begin one hour before. He will be laid to rest at Reese Cemetery.

He was born on July 11, 1947, to Otis L. Little and Helen (Etheridge) Little and passed away on March 10, 2023.

Mike was a man of the land and a cattle raiser. He worked for Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn. for 25 years. Mike always looked forward to the next road trip with his niece and nephew, regardless of the destination. He was a loyal and genuine guy who had made many lifelong friends and was a joy to be around.

Mike was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Frankston and always helped in the communion and security ministry. He would never pass up some homemade huckleberry ice cream. He was truly an instrument of God’s righteousness and will be dearly missed by many.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Otis L. Little and Helen (Etheridge) Little.

Left to cherish Mike’s memory are his brother, Robert L. Little and wife Judith of Temple; niece, Sarah Little of Temple; and nephew, Anthony Little of San Antonio. He will be greatly missed by extended family and loving friends.

Belva Jean Glaspy

A funeral service for Belva Jean Glaspy, 78, is scheduled at 2 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2023 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Bro. Jason Charles officiating. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Belva passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Tyler. She was born in Frankston on Sept. 2, 1944, to the late Jack Alton Sr. and Hazel Belva (McMullan) Griffin.

Belva was a longtime member of Faith Fellowship church in Berryville. In her younger days she baby-sat children in her home. She was known as the family historian and enjoyed listening to bluegrass music.

Belva was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Ralph “Skip” Glaspy; sisters, Sudie Fowler and Doris Griffin; and sister in-law, Elaine Griffin.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Rev. J.A. Griffin of Frankston; sisters in-law, Carlotta Wilson of Athens, and Loretta Moon of New York, Tx; brother-in-law, Jim Glaspy of Branson, MO; and nieces and nephews, Keith Clakley of Whitehouse, Kevin Clakley of Frankston, Debbie Sexton and husband Larry of Jacksonville, Michael Griffin and wife Tammy of Frankston and Michele Williams of Frankston.

Pallbearers will be Michael Griffin, Larry Sexton, Kevin Clakley, Dakota Stringer, and Luke Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Keith Clakley, Jim Glaspy, and Don Shepherd.

Memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 194, Frankston, TX 75763.

Michael Clay Billingsley

A graveside service for Michael Clay Billingsley, of Frankston, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Frankston City Cemetery with Jason Taylor officiating.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

He was born on April 9, 1961 and passed away on March 26, 2023.

Clay was preceded in death by his parents, Granville Marsh “Red” and Jean (Westbrook) Billingsley; brother, Granville Mark “Bubba” Billingsley; grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Left to cherish Clay’s memory are his siblings, Marsha Billingsley, Joel Kent Billingsley and wife Cameron; niece, Caroline Billingsley; special cousin, Margaret Dansby and numerous other cousins.

Honorary pallbearers Randy Hurst, Bryan Forester, Chad Dingler, Judd Murray, Tim Garrett, Pete Stokes, Jerry Stokes, Ross Jaster, Lance Crisp, and Marc Hoffman.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Frankston City Cemetery in care of Janie Byrd P.O. Box 176, Frankston, Texas 75763 or a charity of your choice.

(Obituaries posted contain information posted by funeral homes and/or families. Families may request changes or additions or add obituaries, if appropriate or required.)

Michael “Mike” K. Little


Belva Jean Glaspy


Michael Clay Billingsley



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