Obituaries for November 2018

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.)

Lois Onita Milner Holliman Atchison

Lois Onita Milner Holliman Atchison was born in Poynor, Texas, on May 17, 1921, to Thomas Omer and Flora Milner.

She passed away at the age of 97 on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Tyler with family at her bedside.

Lois was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and current member of the LaPoynor Church of Christ.

A celebration of life service was held at the LaPoynor Church of Christ on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. with Bro. Steve Handley, former pastor of the LaPoynor Church of Christ and her grandson, Roland Alsobrook officiating.

Interment followed the service at the Poynor Cemetery. The services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Lois was a homemaker for most of her life. She worked as a clerk, store manager and finally co-owner of RuAnn’s, a children’s department store, in Pasadena, Texas, in 1971 for several years.

She was a very good seamstress and sewed for the public. She made and sold ceramic and porcelain dolls. She was an excellent oil painter and crafter until she no longer had good vision.

She was the kindest, most loving and gracious lady and was blessed to have had two wonderful husbands in her life.

She married Elzie Clark Holliman in 1941 and lost him in 1970. She married Brewer Atchison in 1971 and lost him 1989. Both were dearly loved by her big wonderful and loving family.

She opened her home up every 4th of July to the family beginning in the mid 70's for a three-day weekend.  

There were up to 120 people including family and a few of their friends on Saturday of the reunion where they enjoyed many activities including “Mimi Golf” a game played with croquet mallets and named after her mother, white elephant bingo, horseshoes, fishing, pea shelling contest, ping pong, a salsa contest, a raffle to raise money for our food for three days and a talent show.

Unless there was a burn ban, the family had a fireworks display out over her 3 acre lake which the family called “Lake Atchee.”

She was the last of her generation remaining and she will be greatly missed.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Omer and Flora Milner; her brother, J. Darrell Milner and wife, Iris; her brother Raymond A. Milner and wife, Adelaide; her sister Dorothy Jones and husband, Robert; her sister, Ruby Grayson and her husband, Lloyd; husbands, Elzie C Holliman and Brewer A. Atchison; son, Kenneth W. Holliman and son-in-law, Stephen L. Cunningham.

She is survived by her daughter, Susanne Alsobrook and husband, Ray of Poynor; daughter, Gayle Cunningham of Channelview; stepdaughters, Leita Rue Baten of Pearland, Texas and Dolores Walton of League City, Texas; sister-in-law, Gladys Holliman of Athens; Six grandchildren including: Curtis Alsobrook and wife, Linda of Athens; Roland Alsobrook and wife, Frieda of Martins Mill; Ryan Alsobrook and wife Bridget of Kingwood; Tracy McIntyre and husband, Wes of Brownsboro; Lana Dansby and husband, Jon of Poynor and Darla Tobin and husband Chris of Poynor; 15 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Curtis, Roland and Ryan Alsobrook, Wes McIntyre, Jon Dansby and Chris Tobin.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ray Alsobrook, Joe Milner, Tommy Grayson, Randy Parker, Nic Nicholson and Ronnie Meyer.

If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas Home Place at 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701; LaPoynor Church of Christ, 11353 CR 4345, Larue, TX 75770; Pathfinder Home Health, 311 S. Palestine St., Athens, TX 75751 or charity of your choice.

Billy Fletcher Dean

Billy Fletcher Dean passed away after a long battle with liver cancer on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1946, in Van Zandt County, Texas.

Billy was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Wheeler Singletary, step father Calvin Singletary and sister Joann Norman.

Billy is survived by his brother Larry Dean of Frankston, several cousins and ex-wife Bonnie Holsomback, who cared for Billy throughout his illness.

Billy worked most of his working  years as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor for the Texas Highway Department Smith County District.

He was a Master Mason.

In his later years, after he moved to Frankston, he became a member of the Frankston City Council.

Billy loved working with cattle and horses and enjoyed antique cars.

He was a friendly and godly man, loved his brother deeply and never met a stranger.

His heart was filled with love and kindness and his greatest desire was to continue to live and stay with his loved ones and serve God.

A service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery. He was buried at Tyler Memorial Cemetery.

Mike Glass

Mike Glass was born in Hill County, Texas.

He passed away in Jacksonville, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at home.

He was born to Luther Glass and Johnnie Glass on a farm where he helped raise cotton from the time he was a very small boy.

He often talked of driving the tractor all night before he went to school.

His family moved to a farm near Pert, Texas, when he was young.

Mike graduated from Frankston High School in 1967 and joined the United States Navy in 1968.

He served as an Airborne Radio Communications Operator based out of San Diego, California, on a reconnaissance plane over the Pacific.

He later attended Tyler Junior College. He worked in the construction field for Boone and Boone Construction for several years before forming his own commercial construction company, Tri-Phase Construction in Frankston.

He farmed cotton and raised cattle, hay and corn for many years of his life.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kaleen Glass Tackett and Kathy Glass Quigley.

He is survived by a brother, Luther N. Glass (Francis) of Tyler, daughter Tara McDonald of Tyler and son Quinn Glass of Austin and many cousins.

Arrangements are pending with Rhone Funeral Home in Palestine, Texas.

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Kevin H. Spears

Kevin H. Spears, 57, Bacliff, Texas, passed away Nov. 14, 2018, at Jeannie Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Madison Spears, Bullard, Texas, and his beloved boxer Boudreaux.

He is survived by his mother Martha Spears, Bullard; his three brothers and their spouses, Randy and Sandy, Longview; Eric and Pam, Frankston; and Tom and Becky, Palestine.

He also adored his six nieces and nephews and their spouses and his three great nephews.

Kevin received his political science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and went on to have a very successful career as a buyer in the oil and gas industry.

He lived in Venezuela, Russia and Canada before his early retirement.

He leaves behind his two best friends Ronnie and his precious kelpie Tibadeaux.

A viewing and visitation was held at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas, on Nov. 19.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the United Methodist Church in Frankston at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made in Kevin's name to Project Joy and Hope, P.O. Box 5111, Pasadena, Texas, 77508. .

(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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