Obituaries for October 2003

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.)

Velma Boles Yancy

TYLER — Funeral services for Velma Boles Yancy, 81, of Tyler, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Burks-Walker-Tippitt Funeral Directors chapel in Tyler with the Rev. Brian Adair and Olan Boles and Dr. Bob Mayfield officiating.

Burial was in Williams Cemetery.

Mrs. Yancy died Sunday, Sept. 28 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 2, 1921, in the New York Community in Henderson County and was a seamstress and homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, R.C. Yancy of Tyler; a son, Richard Yancy of Tyler; a daughter, Jana Yancy Jones of Tyler; a brother, Wayne Boles of LaRue; sisters, Alma Boles Dingler of LaRue, Janie Boles Meador of Burleson, Annie Imogene Boles Corbell of The Colony and Dorothy Boles Adair of Leagueville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Derl Adair, Mark Boles, Larry Hammer, Raymond Hill, Bobby McLean and Arvil Picket.

Honorary pallbearers were Roscoe Deatherage, Aldin Fleming, Bob Kiser and Percy Thedford.

If desired, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 604 W. Fourth St., Tyler, 75701; or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, 75701.

Dorothy Mae Fisher

Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Fisher, 74, of Frankston were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Rev. J.A. Griffin and Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Burial was at Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fisher died Friday, Oct. 3 in Tyler.

She was born Aug. 11, 1929 in Athens. Mrs. Fisher was a seamstress and homemaker. She was a Methodist.

Mrs. Fisher was preceded in death by her husband, William N. Fisher.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Norma Fisher, Johnny and Barbara Ann Fisher, Rayford Fisher, Stephen and Kay Fisher, all of Frankston; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Walter Wheeler, Ruth and Bobby Homan, all of Frankston; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

Pallbearers were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5073.

Honorary pallbearers were Mickey Boyd, Melvin “Shag” Bizzell and Mike Jones.

Ella Dee Lawson

Graveside services and interment for Ella Dee Lawson of Frankston were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home in Dallas.

Mrs. Lawson died in Frankston on Thursday, Oct. 2.

She was born Aug. 23, 1912 in Temple.

Survivors include a son, Earl Lawson; grandchildren Jevette Dansby, Randel Lawson and Colette Shelton; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Luke Lawson; sisters, Velma Rounsavall and Lorene Lambright.

Perry ‘Jim’ Mann

Memorial services for Perry “Jim” Mann, 80, of Frankston were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Frankston Church of Christ with John Thompson officiating.

Services were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Frankston.

Mr. Mann died Tuesday, Oct. 7, at a Frankston nursing home.

He was born Jan. 26, 1923 in St. Joseph, Mo. Mr. Mann was an automotive service manager and was a pilot for over 50 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy McDonald Bradbury of Frankston; a brother, Tom Mann of St. Joseph, Mo.; sisters, Mary Ellen Kaelin and Ethel Mae Sullivan, both of St. Joseph, Mo.; two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Fayrene McDonald

Funeral services for Fayrene McDonald, 78, of Frankston were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Assembly of God in Frankston with Rev. J.A. Griffin officiating.

Burial was in the Frankston City Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. McDonald died Monday, Oct. 6, in a Tyler hospital.

She was born Jan. 3, 1925 in Martin Springs, Texas.

Mrs. McDonald was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God, Frankston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe McDonald; and a son, Larry Joe McDonald.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Roger Dale and Kay McDonald of Frankston; a daughter-in-law, Pam McDonald of Frankston; brothers, Kenneth Weesner and wife, Jean of Tyler, Reagan Weesner of Tyler, Harold Weesner and wife, Donna of Whitehouse; a sister, Valena Junemann and husband, Raymon of LaMarque; six grandchildren, Joel Brent McDonald, Larry Grant McDonald, Laura Jill McDonald, Kimberly Dale Courtin, Keith David McDonald and Kevin Cook McDonald; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Keith McDonald, Grant McDonald, Kevin McDonald, Patrick Courtin, Joel McDonald and Mike Cook.

Honorary pallbearers were Brothers and Sisters of the Assembly of God.

Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God, Frankston.

Nell Sergent

POYNOR — Funeral services for Nell Sergent, 69, of Rosspoint, Ky, sister of Frankston and Poynor residents, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at LaPoynor Church of Christ with Brother Robert L. Burns officiating.

Burial was in Poynor Cemetery under direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Sergent died Saturday, Oct. 4, in Harlan, Ky.

She was born March 4, 1934, and was a member of the Church of Christ and a retired nurse.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Sergent of Rosspoint, Ky.; daughters, Kay Ray of Stephenville, Cathy Woudema, of Owensboro, Ky, and Candy Fannery of Nashville, Tenn; brothers, Charles Montrose of Frankston, Bob Montrose and Wayne Montrose, both of Poynor, Billy Montrose of Borger, Jimmy Montrose of Abilene; sisters, Margaret Riggins of Marshall, Jane Gibson of Lufkin, Ruby Costlow and Mary Ann Hammon, both of Abilene; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Deborah Olson

Deborah Louise Olson, 52, of Frankston, died Sunday, Oct. 12, in a Jacksonville hospital.

No services were scheduled at this time. Arrangements were with Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mrs. Olson was born Sept. 7, 1951, in Fort Worth. She was an inspector for Fiber Optic Cable and a member of Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5073, Frankston.

She attended North Texas State University four years.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Olson of Frankston; a daughter, Brooke Olson of Austin; mother, Louise Hummel of Hurst; and a brother, Tracy B. Hummel of Hurst.

Ruby Beard

Funeral services for Ruby Beard, 98, of Frankston were held at 3 p.m Friday, Oct. 17, in the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with John Thompson officiating.

Burial was in the Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Beard died Wednesday, Oct. 15, in a Palestine hospital.

She was born June 17, 1906 in Frankston. Mrs. Beard was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Frankston.

Mrs. Beard was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Beard.

Survivors include her daughter, Geline Dodd of Wylie; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Wilson, Rusty Droby, Ken Emmons, Spencer Beard, Johnny Hardman and Johnny Burks.

‘Jim’ Miller

LAKE PALESTINE — Graveside services for James R. “Jim” Miller, 87, of Lake Palestine, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 14, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler with Brother Eric Payton officiating under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home, Chandler.

Mr. Miller died Sunday, Oct. 12.

He was born May 26, 1916, in Durant, Okla. to Marguerite and James Miller.

Mr. Miller moved to Ponta as a child, graduated from Rusk High School and was a member of Ponta Baptist Church. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theatre.

He lived in Tyler for 33 years, where he was a locomotive engineer for Cotton Belt Railroad for 28 years, prior to moving to Lake Palestine.

Mr. Miller was a Ham radio operator and member of Quarter Century Wireless Assn. of Tyler. He was an FCC radio examiner for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jo Beth Miller; daughters, Dolores Bryson of Rusk, Donna Neumann of Houston and Linda Feltner of Hereford, Ariz.; a brother, Howard Miller of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Boliver Earl ‘Bob’ Allmon Sr.

A Celebration of Life for Boliver Earl “Bob”Allmon Sr. was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Hankamer, Texas under the direction of Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer, Winnie. Burial was in Abshire Cemetery.

Mr. Allmon died Friday, Oct. 24.

He was born March 22, 1935 in Lexie, Miss., son of Rev. Arthur Earl and Ozzie Mae Allmon, who preceded him in death.

He lived in Channelview for 32 years before moving to Hankamer eight years ago. Mr. Allmon spent most of his career working as an engineer for various companies. He served as deacon for Sweet Home Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher and a choir member.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta Allmon; a son, Rev. Boliver Earl Allmon Jr. and his wife, Karen Naomi Allmon, and their children, Boliver Earl Allmon III, Michael Allen Allmon, Samuel Ryan Allmon and Christina Marie Allmon of Hankamer; Karen Lynn Allmon, the wife of his son, Ricky Glenn “Rick” Allmon, who also preceded him in death, and their sons, Dallas Glenn Allmon and Tyler Lynn Allmon of Tyler; a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Thornton and her husband, Timothy Wayne Thornton and their daughters, Erin Ashley Thornton and Kaitlyn Brooke Thornton of Spring; sisters, Vivian Simmons of Frankston, Jo Ann Lott and husband, Homer Lott of Seminary, Miss.; brothers, John Almon and wife, Lidia Allmon of Seminary, Miss., Arthur Allmon Jr. and wife, Diane Allmon of Sumrall, Miss., David Allmon and wife, Virginia Allmon of Seminary, Miss., and a host of other family and friends.

Johnie Crawford

LARUE — Funeral services for Johnie W. Crawford, 93, of LaRue were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Foster & Brown Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Richard Palmer officiating.

Burial was in County Line Cemetery.

Mr. Crawford died Sunday, Oct. 26, in Athens.

He was born Oct. 10, 1910 in LaRue to John Henry and Sally Elizabeth Gilbert Crawford.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his wife, Rossie Lea Crawford; daughters, Dorothy L. Reid and Charity Elois Hilton; grandchildren, Darren Hilton and Donna Estes; and great-grandchildren, Joshua Henson and Mekela Crawford.

Survivors include his sons, John W. Crawford and Delbert G. Crawford, both of LaRue, Royce D. Crawford, Galveston, Randy M. Crawford, Bullard; a daughter, Jaquin M. Sims, LaRue; 33 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Ursula ‘Uschi’ Taylor

Ursula ‘Uschi’ Taylor, 58, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 23, in Hamburg, Germany, after a lengthy illness.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marie Paula Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, Michael D. Taylor, Leavenworth, Kan.; a daughter, Gisa M. Taylor, Wichita, Kan.; her father, Erich Klocke, and a brother, Ulrich Klocke, both of Hamburg, Germany; her mother-in-law, Lucille Taylor of Frankston; a brother-in-law, Johnny Taylor of Frankston; a nephew and niece, Jake and Jensine Taylor. Other local relatives include Preston and Fayrene Dickerson, Eugene and Mary Ann Dickerson of Frankston, Jimmy and Nelda Dickerson of Poynor, and several cousins.

Funeral services were held in Hamburg, Germany. A memorial service and burial will be at a later date in the Frankston City 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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