May 2022 Obituaries


From May 2022

James Michael “Mike” Cook

James Michael Cook, known as Mike to his family, Pinky to his friends, and Poppy Mike to his grandchildren, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Born on March 31, 1943, in Jacksonville, he was 79 years old. 

Aside from completing his education and first job as a coach, he was a lifelong resident of Frankston. 

His Parents, James Marion (Gotch) Cook, and Gwendolyn (Gwen) Cook Boyette preceded him in death. 

James Michael “Mike” Cook


Surviving him are his wife of 57 years, Rilea Erwin Cook, their three children and seven grandchildren: Peter and Kristen Kuzckowski of Bullard, and children Kara, Kathryn, and William; Wade and Stacie Cook of LaRue, and children McKenna and Aaron; and Trent and Nicci Cook of Frankston, and children Emily and Jared. 

Also left to cherish his memory are his brother and sister, in-laws, and their families: Kay and Roger McDonald of Frankston, Pat and Roseanne Cook of Houston, and Lee and Pamela Erwin of Belton. In addition, Mike was woven into the lives of his Aunt Reba Hicks, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless others. 

Mike was described by all as a kind and gentle man. Known in his high school and college years as an athlete, he was part of the team that won the 1961 State High School basketball championship and completed his education while playing basketball at Lon Morris Junior College and Stephen F. Austin. 

As a working adult he was a high school coach and teacher, from which he retired in 2000, and, through this, he impacted the lives of countless Frankston youth.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, water sports, and sharing all with his friends and family. He looked forward to March Madness. 

He said that the closest he felt to God was in the middle of a calm lake. He believed that the world rotated around the intersection of Highways 155 and 175 in Frankston, and that everything in some way tied back to Frankston. 

A celebration of his life will occur at First Baptist Church in Frankston on Wednesday, May 11, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. and service at 4 p.m. 

Walking with Mike to his final resting place as pallbearers are Bill Erwin, Tom Erwin, Keith McDonald, Kevin McDonald, Wade Cook and Jared Cook. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren. He will be interred at Frankston City Cemetery. 

The family requests memorial donations to the Frankston City Cemetery, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

James R. Green

James R. Green died peacefully on May 4, 2022 at his home. He was born January 19, 1926 in Quanah, Texas to Randolph Green and Jewel (Richardson) Green.

He was married to Marilyn Reeves in 1948 in Denton, while both were students, he at North Texas State University (UNT) and she at Texas State College for Women (TWU).

James R. Green


James served in WWII and had a long career with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.  After living in several midwestern and eastern U.S. cities he and his family returned to their home state of Texas residing in Tool for 53 years.

James was Past Master of Cedar Creek Lake Lodge 1431, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of the Dale E. Miller Council #40, Past High Priest of Dale E. Miller Chapter #55, Past Commander Taylor Commandry #85, and received the prestigious Golden Trowel Award which is the Lodge’s formal recognition of a Brother for his devoted service to Masonic principles.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, golf, reading and crossword puzzles.  Family members remarked that Papaw knew a little something about everything and was often the source they turned to for advice and answers.  

James is preceded in death by his parents; wife Bobbie; daughters-in-law, Barbara Green and Sheri Green; son-in-law Johnny Hughes; and great granddaughter Lindsey Goen.  

He is survived by his children, Michael Green, Charlsey Holler (husband Jeff ), Preston Green and Meg Hughes; grandchildren Michael Kerns (husband Kris) Robin Goen (husband Joe), Stacy West (husband Ron), Jennifer Campbell (husband Alden), Paxton Green (wife Shree), Caleb Green (wife Kristin), Robert Hughes (wife Christy), and Richard Hughes; great grandchildren: Mackenzie Hughes, Brendan West, Kelsey West, Ella West, Walker West, Paige Campbell, Briley Green, Bryce Green, Brady Green, Bailey Hughes, Makayla Hughes, Allie Kerns, Kasey Kerns, Stevana Kerns, Sunny Goen, Randi Goen.

Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons and great grandsons.

The family extends their sincere gratitude for the love and care provided by Charter Hospice Care, especially his nurse, Rayne Barfield and his aide Patti B Boswell.

Services will be held on May 11, 2022, 11 a.m., Payne Springs United Methodist Church, 9667 TX-198, Mabank. Visitation will be on May 10, 2022, 6–8 p.m. at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home, 1226 S Elm St, Kemp TX.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Creek Lake Lodge #1431, P. O. Box 1023, Mabank, TX 75147.

(This obituary was submitted at the request of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home, Kemp, TX ) • © The frankston citizen 1999-2022