Obituaries for May 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.)

Bruce “Skip”Herbertson

Bruce “Skip”Herbertson, 83, of the Brushy Creek community, succumbed to his fight with brain cancer on May 4, 2023. He is no longer suffering and is at peace.

Bruce was born on Dec. 13, 1939, in Jacksonville, Florida to Donald Robert Herbertson and Nell Francis Brown Spivey.

Bruce is preceded in death by both his parents, loving daughter Michelle Marie Herbetson Sharp and brother Donald F Herbertson.

Skip received the nickname from his grandmother and that is how everyone knew him.

Skip loved fishing with his younger brother Robert “Bob” Herbertson and “Crusin’ the Coast” every fall with his brothers Bob and Ted and nephew Robbie.

Skip was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard. His bravery, sacrifice and strength did not go unnoticed and we will always be indebted for all he gave for our country with his tours in Japan and service in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, Skip moved to Texas where he started his business of Herbertson Tire in Duncanville and continued to work until he was 82 years old. Skip was never one to just sit around.

Bruce is survived by his wife Eunice Sabedra Herbertson; daughters Pamela Ann Churak (Ron), Cynthia Leigh Fuller (James) and Leslie Lynn Tucker (Joe); stepson Isaac Humphreys (Marie); 10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

His brothers Robert Herbertson (Alicia), Ted Herbertson (Darleen) and sister Diane Herbertson also survive.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Word of Life Lake Area Church, Frankston.

(Information for this obituary was provided by Mrs. Eunice Herbertson and a daughter Leslie Tucker.)

Aaron Keith Henderson

A funeral service for Aaron Keith Henderson, 33, is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Methodist Life Center in Frankston with Bro. George Folmer officiating. He will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Friday, May 12, 2023, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1989 to Bill and Cindy Henderson in Palestine and passed away on May 5, 2023.

Aaron was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt; he was good at both. He was most comfortable in the woods or the hayfields with family. Aaron loved his truck and never passed an opportunity to just drive and enjoy music as he made his way down the road. He possessed a strong work ethic. Aaron never met a stranger and had a contagious smile that was easy to remember. He had lots of friends and invested much in his relationships. His friends were always a great priority. Even more important were his kids. Aaron was a great dad who loved taking his kids camping and caring for all their needs. He will be dearly missed.

Aaron was preceded in death by his grandpa, Billy Wayne Ford, and grandma, Geraldine Henderson.

Left to cherish Aaron’s memory are his wife, Tanya Henderson of Canton; parents, Bill and Cindy Henderson of Frankston; and his children: Tucker Henderson, Sawyer Henderson, River Henderson, Bryleigh Henderson, Trinity Henderson, and stepson, Tryston Mattingly. His siblings are Erika Hanna and husband Chris of Frankston and Zachary Henderson of Frankston. He is also survived by his grandfather, Robert Henderson; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and loving friends.

Pallbearers will be Michael Chandler, Orlando Coleman, Ryan Rodgers, Greg Ayers, Mason McDonald, and Todd House. Honorary pallbearers are Colton Faulk and Nick Vanmeter.

Rather than customary condolences, the family asks to please make donations to Austin Bank in Aaron’s memory for his children.

Jane Mills-McKinnon

Jane Mills-McKinnon, 77, was born on Oct. 5, 1945 in Dallas to Edgar and Agnes (Nixon) Mills, and passed away on May 5, 2023.

Mrs. McKinnon attended River Church in Berryville.

After receiving her barbers license she worked as a hairdresser and barber for over 40 years and belonged to The Hairdressers to the Stars Assn.

Jane was not known as an idle person. She always had her hands and mind busy. She enjoyed baking, especially if chocolate was in the recipe. Her main hobby was her grandchildren. Because of the sweet memory of the rare occasion that her father could afford a Hershey’s chocolate bar for everyone to share, she made sure she was the first to give every grandchild their first taste of a Hershey’s square.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Agnes Mills; son, Randy Jared; and siblings, Cecil Mills, Ruby Mills, Charles Mills, and James Mills.

Left to cherish Jane’s memory are her children: Rodney Jared and wife Brenda of Kaufman, and Alecia Williams and husband Chris of Berryville; her sister, Lois Raney of Dallas; and aunt, Hilda Mills of Richardson. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren: Casey Jared, Christopher Jared, Randi Hobbs and husband Richard, Christopher Williams and wife fiancé Loren, Brittany Dudley and husband Roberts, Jordan Jared, Baylee Jared, Elizabeth Williams, and Abbie Jared; seven great grandchildren, Jason, Noah, Elijah, Tessa, Charles, Callen, Adalynn, and one more on the way and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be set for a future date to be determined.

Information for this obituary was obtained from a posting by Autry Funeral Home .

Joe Coats

A funeral service for Joe Coats, 69, is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Frankston with Pastor Scott Wiley officiating. He will be laid to rest at Poynor Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Monday, May 15, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

He was born on June 22, 1953, to Joseph Weldon and Alma Jo (Wylie) Coats in Jacksonville and passed away on May 13, 2023.

He was a motorcycle riding enthusiast who spent his time riding in Germany, and he loved collecting firearms. Joe was a diesel motor and big machine mechanic who could fix anything and was known as “Joe Fix-it”.

He loved his dogs who were his constant companions. Joe had a green thumb and was also known for his large vegetable garden that could feed an army. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly Coats; and granddaughter, Chelby White.

Left to cherish Joe’s memory are his children, Jody Coats and wife Stephanie of Poynor, Josh Coats of Poynor, and Amelia Vandervort of Flint. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Nathan, Jacob, Courtney, Layla, Dakota, Autumn, Elizabeth, Trinity, Matthew, Brooke, and Liam; two great-grandchildren, Harmony and Travis.

The pallbearers will be Jimmy Donahue, Jasper Donahue, Remington Donahue, Jesse Donahue, Cody Donahue, and Jonathan Donahue.

Bill Hyde

A funeral service for Bill Hyde, 92, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Frankston with Pastor Scott Wiley officiating.

He will be laid to rest at Bosqueville Cemetery in McLennan County, Texas, with Bro. Pat Cummings officiating.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, in Frankston.

Bill was born on Aug. 21, 1930, to James Otto and Ida Mae (Ludwick) Hyde in Mart, Texas, and passed away on May 14, 2023.

Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Frankston for 58 years. He served on the Frankston School Board for over 20 years and worked at Frankston Paper Box for over 30 years.

He was very involved in the Frankston community by working to expand and grow the Frankston summer baseball program, was an election judge and a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a fixture at Frankston sporting events, running the clocks for both football and basketball games.

Bill was well known to give you a very “firm” handshake or a strong hug. He did all his community services while working two jobs and taking wonderful care of his family. No one was more excited to become a grandfather than “Papa” was. He loved his six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren more than anything.

Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Thelma Koch Hyde, of 47 years; second wife, Velma Hyde; parents, James and Ida Hyde; brothers, Lilborn, Roy, Dewey, and Harold Hyde; and sisters Maurine Key and Bernell Jurecka.

Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his sons, Jamey Hyde and wife Judy of Frankston and Jeff Hyde and wife Jill of Mansfield; and daughter, Suzanne Beddingfield and husband Ray of Frankston. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Lynzee Witherspoon and husband Ryan, Jarrod Hyde, Clint Hyde and wife Leah, Caten Hyde and wife Kelsey, Brady Beddingfield and wife Kristen, and Mason Beddingfield and wife Laura. His memory will also be cherished by his great grandchildren: Bryden Witherspoon, Case Witherspoon, Charleigh Hyde, Colten Hyde, Riley Cate Hyde, Reese Hyde, Leighton Hyde, Reagan Beddingfield, and Hadley Beddingfield.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Frankston First Baptist Church Hostess Committee.

Diane Phillips

A funeral service for Diane Phillips, 79, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Carpenters Cross Church in Flint with Bro. Ron Ivy officiating. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Monday, May 29, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Pallbearers will be Blake Phillips, Rustin Phillips, Cason Phillips, Carl Tapley, J.R. Newman, Lane Scarbrough, Mason Ellis and Payton W. Tidmore.

Diane was born on Aug. 30, 1943, and passed away on May 25, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Vivian Folmar; loving husband of 58 years, Roland Wayne Phillips; son, Shannon Wayne Phillips; and brothers-in-law, Robert Tidmore and Elmer Gene Birdwell.

Left to cherish Diane’s memory are her son, Rusty Phillips and wife Susan of Frankston; sisters, Linda Tidmore of Frankston, Judy Tidmore and husband James of Frankston, and Gail Birdwell of Frankston. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Paige Phillips, Blake Phillips and wife Randi, and Rustin Phillips and wife Samantha; and four great grandchildren, Cason, Riley, Jordyn, and Brooklyn Phillips; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and loving friends.

They’re supposed to live forever…….and that’s exactly what Diane is doing! She’s living a life now that she has dreamed of for quite some time.

“The Folmar Girls”…..Diane, Linda, Judy, and Gail! That’s what most people think when they see them together, or hear their names. They are a portrait of a loving, sisterly bond, that for the past 80 years, has grown to be one of the strongest, and most genuine! There’s not one thing that one would not do for the other. Each one has their own distinct personality! They are all different. However, two things they all share are their love for Jesus, and their love for family. They all have taught us that those two things are the most important.

Diane’s strong, Christian faith, was no secret to anyone with whom she crossed paths. She definitely walked the walk! Her faith in Jesus is a true example to all of us. She ALWAYS saw the good in EVERYONE. Never, ever, would you hear a negative thing come from her mouth. Her heart was full of love for everyone! We can only imagine the smile on her face when she saw Jesus, the Savior whose Word she lived by.

Someone else that made her smile “as big as Dallas”…….Wayne and Shannon. What a glorious reunion!!!!! She loved them both so much! One wouldn’t even know where to start, to explain the love that she and Wayne shared all these years! Actually, their love spoke for itself.

We will all miss you…..Until we see you again!

Bruce Wheat

A funeral service for Bruce Wheat, 64, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Bro. Olin Boles and Bro. Michael Foster officiating. He will be laid to rest at Poynor Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Friday, June 2, 2023. Friends are welcome to visit with family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1958 and passed away on May 30, 2023.

Bruce earned a living as a truck driver, and a plumber. He was known to be a jack of all trades. In his free time he enjoyed riding on his tractor, watching westerns, and tending to his pet cows.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward and Dorothy Faye Wheat; daughter, Amber Wheat; brother, John Edward Wheat, and sister, Patricia Ann McCurdy.

Left to cherish Bruce’s memory are his loving wife of 41 plus years, Rhonda Vick Wheat of Frankston; sons, Lawrence Paul Mitchell Jr. of Prosper, and Kennisyn Wheat of Frankston; daughters, Payton Calhoun of Frankston, and Braidyn Wheat of Frankston. His siblings are Jimmy Wheat of Dallas, and Nancy Huckabee of Dallas. He is also survived by his fur babies, Oscar Diego, and Kya, and one grandchild on the way.

Pallbearers will be Ivan Parnell, Justin Brown, Paul Young, Kevin Huckabee, James Barrete and Terry Smith. Honorary pallbearer is Kennisyn Wheat.

Opal Harrington

A funeral service for Opal Harrington, 101, is scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with Bro. George Folmar officiating. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Opal was born on June 14, 1921 to Arthur Reginal and Connie Mae Taylor and entered into eternal life on May 31, 2023.

She was a member of Hilltop Baptist church. She liked keeping her hands busy with quilting, sewing, crocheting, and gardening in her vegetable and flower garden.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Harrington; daughter, Abbie Gail Beasley; brothers, Arthur Ray Taylor, and C.J. Taylor; sisters, Sybil Sheesley, and Edna Combs.

Left to cherish Opal’s memory are her son, James B. Harrington Jr. and wife Katmini, and daughter, Marceil Guillott both of Frankston. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, DeeDee, Linda, James III, Teresa, Wendy, James M., Snapper, Scott, Christie, and Shawn; 25 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice in Opal’s honor.

Bettye Daphnese Posey-Mewbourn

A funeral service for Bettye Daphnese Posey-Mewbourn, 82, of Tyler, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2023 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Bro. George Folmar officiated. She was laid to rest at Derossett-Posey Family Cemetery in Frankston.

Visitation began on Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

She was born on March 2, 1941, and passed away on May 31, 2023.

One of Bettye’s passions was gardening. She enjoyed taking care of her roses and kept a beautiful yard. Bettye was an avid reader, but her favorite book was the Bible. She read it often and sought to live it out for those around her.

Bettye was admired by her peers and built relationships easily. Two words to describe Bettye are servant and sacrifice as she always placed the needs of others above her own. This was clearly evident in her service to Tyland Baptist Church where she taught Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir, and took care of the Ladies 1 class. The Lord gifted Bettye with a beautiful voice that she began using on the Frankston Square at a young age. Later, she sang with a gospel group called “Generations”.

Bettye absolutely adored her family and considered them her pride and joy. Bettye was an instrument of God’s righteousness used by him to reach into the lives of many. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jessie Mae Posey; husband, Morris “Moose” Mewbourn; son, Louie Dean Clark Jr.; brother, J.W. Posey; and sisters, Evelyn Derossett, Dorothy Henderson, Lavonne Baca, and Judy Kay Posey.

Left to cherish Bettye’s memory are her children, Eddie Lee Clark Sr. and Melinda Willmon, Debbie Hasting, and Deidere Clark all of Tyler; her brother, Calvin Posey and wife Linda of Overton, and “Special Daughter,” Sandra Duke of Tyler. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Eddie Lee Clark Jr., Marie Parham, Cadi Elizabeth Hasting, Matthew Todd Hasting, Sara Michelle Pegg, Morgan Hollowell, Dalton Clark Hasting, and “Special Granddaughter,” Victoria Layne Siegler; great grandchildren, Colton Austin, Ryan Austin, Hayli Elizabeth Haines, Alli Shea Belcher, Trey Clark, Hunter James Haines, Dallas Hollowell, Chase Hollowell, Roslyn Fay Pegg, Paislee Marie Hasting, and William Thomas Siegler; son, Steven Hall and family of Fort Wayne, IN and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and loving friends.

Pallbearers were Lee Clark, Matt Hasting, Dalton Hasting, James Hollowell, Tyler Pegg, Colton Austin, Ryan Austin, Trey Clark, and Hunter Haines. Honorary pallbearers are Marie Parham, Cadi Hasting, Sara Pegg, Victoria Siegler, Morgan Hollowell, Leanna Hasting, Brittany Hasting, Haley Clark, Michael Siegler, and William Siegler.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas in Bettye’s honor.

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

Bruce “Skip” Herbertson


Aaron Keith Henderson


Jane Mills-McKinnon


Joe Coats


Bill Hyde


Diane Phillips


Bruce Wheat


Opal Harrington


Bettye Posey-Mewbourn



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