Obituaries for March 2012

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.)

Harold V. Dressendorfer

Lake Palestine, “Beacon Point” resident Harold V. Dressendorfer passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

The family were to have received friends on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 pm at Autry Funeral Home, 379 E. Pine St. (Hwy 175) Frankston.

Harold was born April 30, 1930, in Addicks, Texas. Harold lived in Addicks area his entire young adult life. He worked at Exxon for 23 years. In 1967 he opened a family run shrimping/fishing business and seafood house called H and T Seafood in Baytown, Texas. When he retired from the seafood business in 1982 he moved to Lake Palestine in the Berryville area to his property many know as “Beacon Point”.

He and his wife Betty married July 18, 1992. Together they managed “Beacon Point,” a property many loved and continue to enjoy. Harold and Betty were known for their beautiful relationship and dancing. They regularly attended the VFW. It was there that their relationship started and ended. Harold and Betty met at the VFW in Frankston and as fate would have it, Harold suffered a massive heart attack that ended his life while leaving the dance floor with Betty after dancing to their song “Today I started loving you again.”

Harold was a member of the American Legion. He loved to shrimp and fish. He greatly enjoyed the lake front. He was a wonderful dancer and spent most Friday nights dancing with Betty. He was loved by all that knew him. A more loving person could not be found.

He is preceded in death by his brother Lawrence “Dutch” Dressendorfer and grandson Eric Dressendorfer.

He is survived by his wife Betty Dressendorfer; his daughter April Siemer; sons Larry, Glenn, and Cecil Dressendorfer; brother Cecil B. Dressendorfer; 6 granddaughters; 1 grandson; 6 great-grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, cousins and more friends than imaginable. He will be greatly missed.

Steve Allen Carter

A memorial service celebrating the life of Steve Allen Carter, 47, of Frankston will be held Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at The Castle, 325 S. Broadway in Tyler.

Steve passed away Feb. 22, 2012, in Tyler.

He was born in Garland, Texas, July 30, 1963, to Joye and Horace Carter.

He graduated from Garland High School in 1982. He grew up in Garland and outside of Edom where his family enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

Steve enjoyed being with his family, fishing and karaoke. He was an avid video gamer, movie watcher and collector of vintage action figures.

He was very proud of his two sons. The elder, who was in the Army, served his country in Afghanistan. The younger is a techno-whiz and is in a band.

He was a professional painter, taught by his father, and employed with Carter Construction. He was also employed as a security guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his second wife, Margaret.

He is survived by his two sons, Jordan Carter and wife Daisy and Steve’s granddaughter Amy of Garland and Jeremiah Carter of Garland; and their mother Lavon Carter of Garland; two brothers Craig Carter of Tyler and Jeff Carter of Frankston; several nieces and nephews (who will really miss his enthusiasm over video games); his girlfriend Teresa of Tyler, his dog Lady; and many friends who will miss him.

Dan Blair

Funeral services for Dan Blair, 79, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Frankston with the Rev. Scott Wiley, Albert Taylor and Gilbert Wolfe officiating.

Burial was held at Frankston City Cemetery.

Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mr. Blair passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012  in Frankston.

He was born March 4, 1933 in Madill, OK.

Mr. Blair was a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston and worked in sales of pharmaceutical supplies.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Vera Louise Blair; parents Daniel Blair and Nice Erwin Blair; and brother Jim Blair.

Survivors include wife Suzanne Blair of Frankston; sons Scott Blair and wife Dianne of Cedar Hill, Gary Blair of Dallas, and Larry Blair and wife Janet of Plano; daughter Dani White and husband Kevin of Dallas; stepsons Bick Gibbs of Houston and Travis Gibbs of Vienna, VA; sister Kay Wilemon of Tulsa, OK; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bob Henderson, Joey Maxwell, Donnie Cechan, Albert Taylor, Gilbert Wolfe, and Jack Miller.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Smith and W.L. Green.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Frankston, P.O. Box 38, Frankston, 75763.

Alma Beard Wofford

Funeral services for Alma Beard Wofford, 98, of Frankston, were held Tuesday March 27, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Frankston with the Revs. Scott Wiley and J. A. Griffin officiating. Burial followed at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Wofford passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 in Frankston.

Mrs. Wofford was a homemaker and a lifelong resident in Frankston.  She was also a member at the First Baptist Church and chairman of the Frankston City Cemetery for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Rayford Wofford; parents, Joe and Lula Beard and a granddaughter, Shelley Burks White.

Survivors include sons, Rodney Wofford and wife Karen of Jacksonville and John Rayford “Johnny” Wofford Jr. and wife Gina of Frankston; daughters, Reba Wofford McGee and husband Kenneth of Athens, Judy Wofford Burks and husband Johnny of Frankston and Janie Wofford Bird and husband Mike of Frankston; sister, Lucile Goodman of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ken McGee, John Mikkelsen, Kevin Wofford, Gregg White, Kevin Beard, Jason Wofford, Mac Brink, Dustin Bird, Drew Bird, Clint Wofford, and Josh Cousin.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Frankston and Frankston City Cemetery.

Marjie Purswell Beasley

Graveside services for Marjie Purswell Beasley, 85, of Tyler and formerly of Frankston, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 at Harvey Cemetery in Broaddus, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Beasley passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born October 18, 1926, to Herlie and Sallie Purswell in Broaddus.

Mrs. Beasley was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her husband George Beasley; sister Hope Purswell; and brother Roddin Purswell.

Survivors include daughters Karen Powell and husband Russell of Tyler, Terri Chandler and husband Jim of Monmouth, IL, and Susan Cressey of Baycliff; stepsons Robert Beasley of Tyler, Andy Beasley of Tyler, and Johnny Beasley of Rusk; grandchildren Laurie Molina, Amy Webb, Corey Kitchin, April Kitchin and Cress Collins; and sister Donna Rose Luther and husband Charles of Katy.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

(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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