Obituaries for August 2016

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.)

Alvis Marvin Wilks

Arlis Marvin Wilks passed away Aug. 6, 2016, in Tyler.

He was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Bell County, Texas, to Aaron and Hallie (Woodell) Wilks.

Arlis worked for the City of Dallas as an abstractor for 30 years and was a member of the Church of Christ in Poynor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Evelyn Stevens; and two grandsons Aaron Mark and Brandt Ray Wilks.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Cornelia DeShazo Wilks; sons Stephen W. Wilks and wife Diana Wilks, Arlis Mark Wilks; a daughter Cathy Wilks Thomas and husband Chip Thomas; eight grandchildren Jason, Jennifer and Jordan Wilks, Jeremy Escamilla, Jamie Jenkins, Kyle and Kristie Wilks, and Joshua ‘Beau’ Ballard; five great-grandchildren Wyatt, Weston and Winsley Wilks, Aaron and Easton Jenkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children at 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Florida, 33607 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at .

Larry Morris Berry

Larry Morris Berry passed away at home in Frankston on August 9, 2016.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 27, 1944, to the union of Wilbur F. Berry and Mary Peachie Crose.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the United States Army.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Charles Gene Rogers.

He leaves to cherish his memories: one daughter, Megan Muniz; son-in-law, James Muniz; three grandchildren, Ashley Parker, Oliver Boatfield and Avery Muniz; former wife, Glenda Berry; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A military graveside service was held at Memorial Cemetery on August 12, 2016.

Varge Landy

A memorial service for Varge Landy, 75, of Frankston, is scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at Rusk Seventh Day Adventist Church 660 Euclid St. in Rusk, Texas with Pastor Richard Rose officiating.

Mr. Landy passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Varge was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Magrath, Alberta, Canada to Stephen and Mary Landy.

He retired as owner/operator of East Texas Trash Company in Frankston and was a member of Rusk Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stephen Landy and first wife, Sandra Marlene Landy.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Karen Landy of Frankston; son, Todd Landy of Frankston; daughter, Jodi Brauher and husband Ron of Frankston; brothers, Lawrence Landy and wife Donna of San Diego, Calif., Roy Landy and wife Florence of Leth Bridge, Alberta Canada; and a sister, Gladys Smetney and husband Steve, of Leth Bridge, Alberta Canada. He is also survived by four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 .

John William Herrington

John William Herrington, 93, of Frankston, passed away in Tyler Continued Care Hospital on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

He was born in Brushy Creek, Texas on Oct. 23, 1922, to parents John Burt and Emma Herrington.He graduated from Frankston High School in 1940. After serving in the US Navy in WWII, he graduated from Sam Houston University in Huntsville with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education.

He had retired from the federal government as a HUD real estate appraiser then devoted his time to his cattle ranch in Brushy Creek.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Colleen Herrington; three daughters, Janice and husband Bobby Walker of Frankston, Joan and husband Tom McClendon of Austin, Kathleen Herrington Mabe of Covington, Louisiana; three grandsons, John and his wife Ashley Walker, Lance Walker, Christopher William Mabe; and a great granddaughter, Zoey Walker. The family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Mother Francis and Tyler Continued Care Hospitals for their amazing care of their father and family during this difficult time. Graveside services, officiated by Pastor Michael Fraley of United Methodist Church of Frankston, were held at the Frankston City Cemetery on Monday, August 22. If desired, memorials can be made to United Methodist Church of Frankston.

Don Weldon Sanford

Funeral services were held for Don Weldon Sanford, 73, formerly of Frankston, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at Seven Oaks Baptist Church in Wills Point.

Interment to follow at Garden Oaks Memorial Cemetery in Frankston. Services are under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.

Don passed away on August 18, 2016.

Don Weldon Sanford was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Ft. Worth, to parents, Weldon Leon Sanford and Sarah Overa Clowers.

Don was raised in Ft. Worth, and graduated from North Side High School. After high school, Don served in the United States Army. He married Loretta Salmon on March 22, 2003, and they made their home in Wills Point. Don retired from Frito-Lay, where he was a salesman. He was a member of the Seven Oaks Baptist Church in Wills Point, a member of the Wills Point Masonic Lodge # 422 since 1972 and a member of Canton Eastern Star # 667.

Don is survived by his wife, Loretta Sanford of Wills Point; daughters, Tracy Spangenberg Campbell and husband, Guy R. of Ft. Worth and Laurie Scheu and husband, Barry of Sherman; step-son, Mark Robertson and wife, Cathy of Bullard; brother, Daniel L. Sanford; sister, Sondra Pointer and husband, Vance; grandchildren, Kyle Spangenberg, Taylor Wu and husband, Gang and Megan Russell and one great-grandchild, Catalina Wu.

Roger Hilton

A funeral service for Roger Hilton, of LaRue, was held Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Pastor Danny Smith officiating. He was laid to rest at Midway Cemetery.

Mr. Hilton passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, after a long illness. He was 64 years old.

Roger was born Dec. 20, 1951, in Athens, Texas, to M.G. and Marie Hilton.

He graduated from LaPoynor High School in 1970, graduated from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, and attended UT-Austin.

Roger married his high school sweetheart, Deborah Ann Henderson in 1972.

He worked as a correctional officer at Texas Department of Corrections Institutional Division and retired after 25 years. After he retired, he started taking care of his grandkids, fished and became a great cook.

He was preceded in death by his father, M.G. Hilton.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 44 years, Deborah Hilton; mother, Marie Hilton; daughter, Sarah More and husband Matthew; grandchildren, Sage, Hattie and Cooper; and a brother, Gary Hilton and wife Susan.

Christina White

A funeral service for Christina White, 55, of Berryville, was held Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville. The Rev. George Folmar officiated.

Service were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. She was laid to rest at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rusk.

Mrs. White passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Frankston.

Christina was born Aug. 9, 1961, in Denver, Colorado, to Robert and Glenda (Sparkman) White.

She worked as a landman and was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert James White.

Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Glenda Clark; sister, Vanessa Nunnelly and husband Scott; brother, Robert White and wife Angela; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Gerald Peterson, Gordon Folmar, Charlie Cain, David Harrell, Joe Thompson and Ed Braswell.

(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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