The Frankston Citizen Online —

Nov. 2012



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of August 2012. These obituaries will remain on this page until the first publication of the next month. They will then be transferred to the Obituary Archives where they can be viewed indefinitely.

Obituaries for Nov. 1, 2012

T. J. Weesner

T. J. Weesner, 89, of Dallas, passed away at his home on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

He was born in rural Henderson County near Frankston on January 2, 1923. His parents were George Douglas Weesner and Pearl Campbell Weesner Burks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Tennison Weesner, in 1988.

Weesner worked for Republic National Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the Elks Club and Northlake Baptist Church.

He was in the Army Air Corps during WWII.

Survivors include his daughter Judy W. Archilla and her husband Elliot; son Mark D. Weesner and
his wife Sherry; 4 grandchildren Evan Archilla and Erik Archilla, Amanda Bischoff and Michal Weesner; 4 great grandchildren; sister Elizabeth Sinks; brother Larry Weesner; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were under direction of Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Road, Dallas.

A graveside funeral service was held Tuesday, October 30, at McDonald Cemetery in New

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to VITAS Hospice or the Salvation Army.

Obituaries for Nov. 8, 2012

Roy Gene Traylor

Funeral services for Roy Gene Traylor, brother of Frankston resident Jo Anne Guthrie, were held on Oct. 27 at the United Church of God in Christ in DeKalb with Host Pastor and Elder M. Gray officiating.

Traylor was buried in Garland Cemetery in DeKalb under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Company of Tyler. The eulogy was delivered by Pastor Johnny Traylor.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1956, to the late Jackie Gene Traylor and Arlene Traylor in DeKalb and died on Oct. 18, 2012. He was a member of Heavenly Lighthouse Church Sanctuary. He married Robin Traylor and helped raise her three sons, Kristopher Gaffney, Amos Gaffney-Dockins and Chevin Dockins. He has two daughters, Shalena Traylor and Shaderia Traylor and two grandchildren, Emmaus Traylor and Peyton Dawson.

Among his family are Jo Anne Guthrie of Frankston; Ruby Nero of Elk Grove, Calif.; Mary Ann Lawson of Texarkana; Linda Traylor of Stockton, Calif; Herbert Bohannon of Mesquite; Bobby Traylor of Dallas; and Kenneth Traylor of DeKalb.

Obituaries for Nov. 15, 2012

Kim Montoya

Funeral services for Kim Montoya, 50, of Chandler, were held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston with Pastor Paul Zock officiating.

Burial was held at New Hope Cemetery near Brownsboro.

Mrs. Montoya passed away Nov. 6, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born Jan. 13, 1962, in Houston.

Mrs. Montoya was a member of Lone Pine Baptist Church in Palestine.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ronnie Montoya, father Robert “Bob” Underwood and step-father Ronald “Ronnie” Henderson.

Survivors include her mother Anneita Piediscalzi of Chandler; sisters Cindy Underwood of Chandler and Rhonda Hardin and husband Rodney of Frankston; brother Mike Henderson and wife Patti of Frankston; six nieces and nephews; and three great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Rodney Hardin, Mike Henderson, Lynn Jackson, Randy Jackson, Kenneth Ware, and Jerry Ware.

Grandville L. ‘Red’ Ballard

Grandville L. “Red” Ballard, a 1941 graduate of Frankston High School, died in Fort Worth on Nov. 2, 2012.

Graveside services were conducted at Laurel Land Memorial Park with full military honors.

Mr. Ballard was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Frankston to Albert William and Leila Ethel Luckett Ballard. He started his military career in the Navy Seabees during World War II and retired from the Air Force in 1974.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and loved gardening and supported many charities. He also enjoyed reminiscing about growing up in East Texas with his brother and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Chrys Ballard; son, David Ballard, and wife, Lynn Jones; daughter, Anna L. Ballard; son, Phillip Ballard and wife, Debbie; sister, Mary Joe and Melvin Elrod of Tyler; two brothers, Norris and Jean Ballard of Albuquerque and Ray Ballard of Whitehouse; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2012

Knox R. Mitchell

Funeral services for Knox R. Mitchell, 92, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Frankston.

Burial was at Old Bethel Cemetery, Frankston.

Mr. Mitchell passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Tyler.

He was born February 27, 1920, in Anderson County.

Mr. Mitchell was a rancher, served in the United States Army during World War II, and was a member of the Church of Christ in Frankston.

He is preceded in death by his wife Naomi Mitchell, son Roger Mitchell, brothers Dennis Mitchell and Fred Mitchell, and sister Sally Mitchell.

Survivors include his daughter Barbara Lang and husband Earl of Frankston; sister Velma L. Smith of Katy; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his grandsons and great grandsons.

Tommy Robison

Tommy Robison, 70, of Poynor died November 16, 2012, at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center in Athens.

Mr. Robison was born in Frankston on July 10, 1942. His parents were Mildred “Sis” Robison Kitchens and Claude “Bud” Robison.

A memorial will be held at a later date, and Mr. Robison will be laid to rest at the Poynor Cemetery next to his parents.

Mr. Robison was an educator, principal and teacher at Mendota High School in Mendota, California, for a decade in the 1970s prior to returning to his beloved Texas. There he re-married and began a career as a foreman for an off-shore oil company.

He retired in 1998 because of injury and remained in Poynor until he was transferred to Park Highland Nursing and Rehab in November of 2010.

Survivors include his children Kent and Mark Robison and John Rogers and his daughter Robin Robison; his sister, Janie Pierce Robison and her husband Carl Pierce; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Obituaries for Nov. 29, 2012

No obituaries for Nov. 29, 2012.