Obituaries for February 2017

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.)

Terry Rigsby

A funeral service for Terry Rigsby, 78, of Frankston, was held Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Frankston.

Pastors Scott Wiley and Joe Rigsby lead the service.

Terry was laid to rest at Jacksonville City Cemetery under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mr. Rigsby passed away peacefully at home on Monday evening, January 30, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Terry was born Dec. 18, 1938, in Dardy, Oklahoma.

He worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. He was a master mason, cattle rancher and world adventurer.

He was also a dedicated husband, father and family man, and a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston.

Mr. Rigsby was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys (Beason) Rigsby.

Left to cherish his memory are Terry's wife, Gem Rigsby of Frankston; daughters Lana Rigsby with husband John Powell of Houston, Valenda Rigsby-Smith with husband Larry of Capitola, California, Teresa Macoke of Houston; son Bill Rigsby with wife Angelica of Brenham, and daughter-in-law Terry Rigsby of Meridian; siblings, Robert E. Rigsby with wife Jeanne of Alabama, Suzanne Husband with husband Ernest of Odessa, and Joe Rigsby with wife Jane of Kemah.

Terry leaves nine beloved grandchildren: Jimmy, Tesha, Danielle, Kristofer, David, Christina, Michelle, Annie, Jonathan; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Mikey., J.R., T.J., Jameson; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has respectfully requested that no flowers be sent. For those who wish to commemorate Terry with a gift, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701, or to the building fund of First Baptist Church, Frankston.

Harold ‘Bubba’ Phillips

A funeral service for Harold Lee Phillips, 79, was held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston.

The Rev. Scott Wiley and Gerald Hall officiated. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. He was laid to rest at Dabbs Cemetery in Frankston.

Mr. Phillips passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Tyler.

He was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Carthage, Mississippi, to Herman and Marie (Alsup) Phillips.

He was a member of Teamsters Union #745, and loved ranching and cattle.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Neches.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, June Phillips, and sister, Betty Gonzalez.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Danielle Phillips and fiancé Lee Dickerson, Nicole Thomas and husband Justin, Shannon Hall and husband Gerald, Jr. all of Frankston; sisters, Dimple Ann Patrick and Debbie Neal of Humble; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Josh Thomas, Jordan Thomas, Jerod Thomas, Tiler Stanaland, Cody Hall and Steven Nitzsche.

Michael F. Smith

Michael F. Smith of the Fincastle Community passed away Jan. 31, 2017.

He was an avid fisherman and spent his retirement doing what he loved best.

He was born Aug. 8, 1945, to Billy and Edna Smith in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by daughter Leah Eldridge and husband Jody of Rogers, Arkansas; brother Dennis Smith and wife Mary of Tioga, Texas; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friend and soul-mate “D.A.” who will miss him greatly.

A celebration of life will be held in the future in his honor.

The world has lost some of its brightness with his passing and all those who knew him will remember his wit and generosity.

James Hood

A funeral service for James Hood, 71, of Conroe, is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 16, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Frankston.

The Rev. Scott Wiley and C.J. O’Neal will officiate. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.

Mr. Hood passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Conroe.

James was born April 21, 1945, in Denison to Lloyd and Hazel Hood.

He worked as a mechanic for Hunt Oil Company and was a member of the Conroe Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Hood.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Peggy Hood of Conroe; son, Bryan Hood of Hallsville; daughter, Janice Davis and husband Mark of Montgomery; mother, Hazel Hood; brother, Don Hood and wife Lynda of Conway, AR; and grandchildren, Logan, Reagan and Addison.

Pallbearers will be Logan Davis, Terry Lapic, Bill Walker, Jon Walker, Darrell Stibbins and Derrick Bruton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the 1963-64 HCJC Football Team.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with James’s family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Sandra Louise (Miller) Nichols

Sandra Louise (Miller) Nichols, 71, of Brownsville, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, with her family by her side.

She was born May 11, 1945, in Penncraft, PA, the daughter of Wallace W. and Frances E. (Illig) Miller.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Allan “Albo” Nichols and daughter Beth Ann Nichols.

Sandra was a loving and kind person who always had a smile on her face.

She liked to take care of those around her.

She was a wonderful, loving mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

She will be sadly missed by her two children, Lisa Provance and husband Jeffery of Brownsville, PA, and Curtis Nichols and wife Angela of Frankston; six grandchildren, Rori Beth Provance, Rhiannon Barry and husband Tom, Phillip Bruno, Troy Nichols and wife Justine, Justin Nichols and Jeremy Nichols; three great grandchildren, Brayton Barry, Briella Barry and Tatum Nichols; along with many more family and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in the Novak Funeral Home, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA, with the Rev. Michael Peton.

Memorial donations can be made in Sandra’s name to St. Jude’s, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Easter Seals, 41 Macek Dr # 117, Pittsburgh, PA 15227 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1113 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215.

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