The Frankston Citizen Online —

June 2016



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of June 2016. 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 June 9, 2016

Lela Estelle Dixon Corder

Lela Estelle Dixon Corder of LaRue, passed away on May 31, 2016, at the age of 93.

Corder was born in 1923 south of LaRue to Stanley and May Thrasher Dixon, the second of five children.

She attended school at New York Public School and graduated from LaPoynor High School in 1941.

On August 29, 1942, she married Sgt. Claude A. Corder, also of Henderson County, in Reno, NV.

As a military wife, she lived in Sacramento, CA, Fort Worth, Puerto Rico, Mobile, AL, Midwest City, OK, and Abilene, TX, and after her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Athens, and finally LaRue.

In addition to being the busy mother of three children, Sandra, Stephen, and Janice, she was active in church work, most notably as a Sunday school teacher of three and four year olds.

In addition, she did teacher workshops for Sunday school teachers in Texas and Oklahoma, including several workshops at Abilene Christian College.

Returning to Henderson County, she became active in the Henderson County Historical Commission, serving as the chairperson for four years; the Henderson County Historical Society was formed during her first month as chairperson for the purpose of purchasing the Faulk-Gauntt store, which is now the Henderson County Historical Museum.

During her tenure as chairperson, the first book on the families of Henderson County was published, and she and her husband made records of several cemeteries, sharing that information with the commission and society.

She became an expert on the research and documentation required for the placement of Texas historical markers and is therefore responsible for a number of markers being placed in the county; she was most proud of the markers at the Henderson County Courthouse, the New York Store for Davis Reynolds, the New York Baptist Church, and the New York Cemetery.

She did the research and wrote the history of the Bush Wofford house, which was moved to Athens, restored, and made a feature of the Arboretum, where it is used for weddings and other celebrations, it also has a historical marker.

Acknowledged as an authority on county history, she became the resource for many researchers and for years wrote the “Yesteryears” column for the Athens Review.

In addition, she did research on the genealogy of the Corder family, becoming the national authority and resource for other Corder genealogists. She also served on the Virginia Hill Water Board for 33 years.

She is pre-deceased by her husband Claude, her parents, brother J. R., sister Thelma Dixon Harvey, and grandson Michael Simpson.

Survivors include Sandra Corder Stephenson and husband Lee, Stephen Corder, Janice Corder Simpson; grandchildren Christopher Corder and wife Paige, David Simpson and wife Patti, Elizabeth Barnhill Hagan and husband James, Alison Barnhill; great-granddaughter Molly Corder; brother H. L. Dixon, sister Edith Yvonne Welch and husband H. G. and nephews and nieces.

Visitation was held at Carroll-Lehr in Athens from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and the funeral service was held at LaPoynor Church of Christ on June 5 with Steve Handley officiating. Burial followed at Myrtle Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sister Patricia Orphanage in India, c/o LaPoynor Church of Christ, P O Box 61, LaRue, TX 75770.

Obituaries for June 23, 2016

Margie Laverne Smith

A funeral service for Margie Laverne (Hoffman) Smith, 86, of Frankston, was held Monday, May 9, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. She was laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith went to live in her eternal home, May 6, 2016.

She was born September 11, 1929, in Frankston to Homer and Sallie Belle (Cook) Hoffman.

Her passion was caring for others as evidenced in her profession as an LVN for over 30 years. It was also shown in her love of family which was the most important thing in her life.

Margie attended Chandler Christian Fellowship Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lewis Smith; sons Stephen Smith, Donald Smith; sisters Avalene “Madge” Worlow, Verba Joyce Holly; brothers Billy Carlton Hoffman, Bob Wesley Hoffman; and grandson Robert G. Wells.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda B. (Smith) Wells and husband Glen of Springtown, Kay (Smith) Sheeley and husband Terry of Frankston; daughter-in-law Peggy (Milner) Smith of Brownsboro; brothers Lewis (Bubba) Hoffman of Longview, H. Gaylon Hoffman and wife Peggy of Palestine; sisters-in-law Gwen Hoffman of Frankston, Dorothy Hoffman of Bullard; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three great great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Troy and Gina Frasier of Frankston

Pallbearers were her grandsons and great-grandsons.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Frankston Nursing and Rehabilitation facility for the love and care that they have provided for the last 14 months.

Martha Drew Howell

Martha Drew Howell fought a long hard battle with COPD but lost her fight at East Texas Hospice in Tyler on June 5, 2016. She was 73 years old.

She was born September 14, 1942, in Tyler, to Roma and Idus Drew.

She married the love of her life, David W. Howell Sr., on March 15, 1963.

David senior passed away Dec. 6, 2012.

They had three children including Rita Deckert (Mike) of Frankston, Donna Garrow (Bill) of Frankston. Their son, David W. Howell Jr. passed away Jan. 19, 2012.

She was prideful in her grandchildren Maegan Deckert, Logan Deckert and Samantha Garrow Emanuel (Zach). Her two great-grandchildren C J Ervin and Ryleigh Emanuel were joys to her.

She is also survived by brother William Drew from Winona and a host of nieces and nephews including niece Dana Raley Sewell (Chuck) of Broussard, LA and great niece Joyce Raley Carter (James) of Round Rock.

Her beloved sister Bobbye Raley and nephew Matt Raley proceeded her in death.

Martha lived most of her life in Tyler and Frankston. She worked all her life. She loved to refinish old furniture and give it new life.

Her greatest love was her beloved dogs. Her compassion for animals was only matched by her passion for her children. She always gave more than she had.

Over the years she had a few CNA’s come in her life that made her laugh and get through the struggles. We would like to say a special thank you to Natalie McKenzie and Amber Mackey of East Texas Hospice of Tyler.

Mom also cared a great deal for Bethany Starks and Shannon Gilbert of ETMC-Flint. They gave such care to Mom.

Mom’s wishes were to be cremated and join David Senior and David Junior in the resting spot at Liberty Hill cemetery.

A memorial will be planned at a later date.

Instead of flowers Howell would prefer people donate to their local animal shelter or East Texas Hospice of Tyler.