The Frankston Citizen Online —

April 2015



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of April 2015. 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.

Beginning Feb. 11, 2012


Obituaries for April 2, 2015

Sue McSpadden

Funeral services for Sue McSpadden, 75, of Frankston, were held Monday, March 30, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Dr. David Dykes and Mike Parks officiating. Interment was at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. McSpadden passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in Frankston.

She was born November 26, 1939, in Terrell to Roland and Natalie Richie. She was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. For 20 years, Sue enjoyed singing soprano in the Celebration Choir, Senior Adult Choir, and the Traveling Choir at Green Acres.

She was lead key-punch operator for Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. in the oil and gas industry. Sue was also employed by Arkansas Farm Bureau in Little Rock, Arkansas, for ten years prior to moving to Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara Richie.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, E. M. “Mac” McSpadden of Frankston; sons Jerry McSpadden and wife Linda of Houston, Tom McSpadden and wife Patti of Skitook, Oklahoma; granddaughters Michelle, Jillian, Victoria, Andee, and Camille; great grandchildren Nicole, Eloise, Blake, Olivia, Dahlia, Braden, Aubrelle, and Elias; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerry McSpadden, Tom McSpadden and members of her family.

Rather than customary condolences, memorials in memory of Sue can be made to Green Acres Baptist Church Choir, 1607 Troup Hwy. in Tyler.

Obituaries for April 9, 2015

Billy Wayne Ford

Funeral services for Billy Wayne Ford, 67, of Maydelle, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Paul Gates officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rusk.

Mr. Ford passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 16, 1948, in Rusk to Jack and Adelle Ford.

Billy worked for Bill Henderson Logging Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Billy Wayne Ford, Jr.; sisters Mildred Gray, Nellie Morgan, Barbara Gilmore, and Betty McAllister.

Survivors include his daughters Cindy and Bill Henderson of Frankston, Stephanie and Donnie Munsinger of Maydelle, Paula and Billy Stansberry of Killeen; brother Jerry Ford and wife Barbara of Dialville; grandchildren Aaron and wife Holli Henderson, Erika and Zac Henderson, Adrian and Kelsey King, Amanda and Coby Sword and Amber Munsinger; great-grandkids Tucker Henderson, Briley Henderson, Kloey Sword and Donavon Baker; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Chris Henderson, Kelly Saunders, Donnie Munsinger, Coby Sword, Harold (Homer) Glover and Shawn Crockett.

Honorary pallbearer will be Matthew McAllister.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, April 9, 2015, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Obituaries for April 16, 2015

Sue Whitesides

Graveside services for Sue Whitesides, 70, of Frankston, were held Friday, April 10, 2015, at Union Grove Cemetery near Troup with the Rev. Steve Edwards officiating. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Whitesides passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Tyler.

She was born May 27, 1944, in Houston to Billy and Mary Christensen.

Sue crocheted hats for homeless persons and for veterans who served in Afghanistan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years Lemoyne Whitesides of Frankston; sons Don Whitesides of Gunison, Colorado, and Fred Whitesides of Conroe; brother Don Christensen of Cotter, Arkansas; sister Peggy Atkinson of Dobbin, Texas; four grandchildren Wesley, Amanda, Emily and Raegan; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandchildren, nephews, and brothers-in-law. Honorary pallbearers were Raegan and Emily.

Ara Jane Brown

Services for Ara Jane Brown, 103, of Alba, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home chapel, Alba, with George Filpansick officiating.

Burial will be in Turner Cemetery, Emory.

Mrs. Brown passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, in a Quitman hospital.

She was born Jan. 1, 1912, in Rains County, to the late Edward Zachariah and Sadie Idelia Hall Hutchins. She married Horace David Brown, Sr. on Oct. 17, 1931, in Rains County.

She worked at M.L. Leddy in San Angelo where she made boots and as a seamstress at Fame Fashions in Dallas in the clothing industry. She lived most of her life in Dallas moving to the Alba area in 1977. She was a homemaker and member of Alba Church of Christ.

Survivors include 3 grandchildren, David Wayne Brown and wife Angela of Frankston, Bryan Christopher Brown and wife Robyn of Lumberton, Mississippi, and Debbie Allman and husband Rex of Victoria; 5 great-grandchildren, Brandi Harris, Dawn Michelle Bishop, Ashlee Mikesell, Amber Brown, and Emily Jane Brown; 3 great-great grandchildren, Jessica McManus, Jeremy McManus, and Ella Mikesell; brothers, Edward Denton Hutchins and wife Elizabeth of Emory, Mack Hutchins and Johnnie Hutchins both of Alba; sister, Ola Morgan of Crowley; special family friend, Mae Lindsey; numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mable Eads, Bonnie Eads, and Zora “Trixie” McKenzie; son, H.D. Brown, Jr.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday 6-8 p.m.