The Frankston Citizen Online —

May 2016



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of May 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 May 5, 2016

Barbara Gatlin Farrow

A funeral service for Barbara Gatlin Farrow, 72, of Tyler, was held Monday, May 2, 2016, at Autry Funeral Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Joe Siman officiating.

Barbara passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Tyler.

She was born December 31, 1943, in Palestine, Texas, to Jessie and W.H. Gatlin.

Barbara was a Baptist and was a recruiter for At Home Health Agency.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and his wife, Dub and Joann Gatlin.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 21 years, David Farrow of Tyler; sons Ray Harmon and Shane Vest both of Grapeland, Jason Farrow and wife Mary Jane of Terrell; twin daughters Lyna Benton and husband James, and Anna Bice both of Palestine; Michelle Kloster and husband Tom of Mississippi, Tammy Gray of Palestine, Jayna Bartles and husband Tom of Houston; sisters Veda Ashby and husband Ray of Tyler, Bonnie Siman and husband Joe of Vidalia, Ga, and Ruth Shipper of Tyler.

There are eighteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Obituaries for May 12, 2016

Charles Gene ‘Nap’ Campbell

A funeral service for Charles Gene “Nap” Campbell, 85, of Frankston, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston.

He will be laid to rest at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston. The Rev. J.A. Griffin will officiate.

Mr. Campbell passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, in Tyler with his family by his side.

He was born July 8, 1930, in Frankston to the late Will Alexander Campbell and Jewel Bell (Cook) Campbell.

Mr. Campbell was a member of Frankston Assembly of God. He was a retired machinist, former Marine and former Frankston ISD and LaPoynor ISD bus driver.

He was an avid fisherman, gardener and domino player, for which he always had time for, “just one game.”

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Sylvia (Carrington) Campbell; brothers Walter Wilburn Campbell, Will Earl “Buck” Campbell and Durwood Campbell; and sisters Bernice Ruff and Margie Haynes.

Left to cherish his memory is a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kay Campbell of Frankston; daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene Vaughn of Irving, Renee and Larry Hall of Grand Prairie, and Angela and David Brown of Frankston.

His grandchildren include Brittany Beaton and husband Ryan, Bradley Campbell and wife BreeAnn, Daniel Vaughn, Zachary Vaughn, Sara Hall, Jacob Hall, Amber Brown and Emily Brown; two great-grandsons, Dustin Beaton and Caleb Beaton; sisters Eva Alice Rann, JoAnn Ivie, Betty Irvin, and Linda Warkentin; aunt, Vivian Cook; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are grandsons Bradley Campbell, Daniel Vaughn, Zachary Vaughn and Jacob Hall; nephews Dean Campbell, Harry Burt, Larry Burt, and Kirk Shackelford.

Presenting the flag will be Ryan Beaton.

Visitation will begin on Friday, May 13, 2016, with the Campbell family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Frankston.

Elbridge Carlisle Dearing Jr.

Elbridge Carlisle Dearing Jr. passed away peacefully at home with his wife and family by his side on April 25, 2016, at the age of 90.

Dearing was born in Dennison, Texas, in 1926 to Lola and Elbridge Carlisle Dearing Sr.

He was a maintenance supervisor for the Shamrock Hilton in Houston, Texas, and Driscoll Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He supervised the construction of the east building of Memorial Hospital and continued as chief maintenance engineer.

Later he worked alongside his wife Ruth at her real estate business. After retirement the Dearings moved to East Texas and Carl kept busy repairing antique clocks and phonographs eventually, moving back to Corpus Christi due to health reasons.

Dearing is preceded in death by his parents, one sister Wanda Metje and daughter Gail Dearing Neet.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Birdwell Dearing;

son Michael Dearing (Katherine); son-in-law John Neet and Rene C. Ferrell; two grandsons Rene Ferrell (Diana), Charles Dearing (Stacy); one granddaughter Julianna Dearing; four great grandchildren Victoria, Isaiah, Piper and Carlie; and one great great granddaughter Rea.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church at 5101 Saratoga Blvd. in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The family would like to thank Dearing’s caregivers Patsy Mitchell and Julianna Dearing. A special thanks to all the nurses from
Nurses on Wheels Home Health and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s foundation or to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.


Alton Lee Gracey

A funeral service for Alton Lee Gracey, 70, of LaRue, was held Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Chaplain Vic Willman officiating. Services were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

He was laid to rest at LaRue Cemetery.

Alton passed away Tuesday May 3, 2016, in Tyler.

He was born April 25, 1946, in Henderson County to Tommie and Willie (Browning) Gracey.

Mr. Gracey was an air condition repairman and a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Dena Gracey of LaRue; son Jimmey Lee Gracey and wife Alice of Poynor; daughters Jennifer Ann Gracey of LaRue, Jill Rena Wiggins of Frankston; brother Elton Larry Gracey and wife Betty Jean of LaRue; grandchildren Jessica Lee Wiggins, Gunner Thomas Gracey, Julie Ann Wiggins, Hannah Lee Gracey and Cooper Lane Gracey.

Pallbearers were Gordon Folmar, Delbert Crawford, Karl Artmire, John Montrose, Josh Brown and Sonny Strippling.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Hardin, Danny Lafayette and James Clark.

Mickye Joyce Walding Fletcher

Devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother “Gran” and great grandmother, Mickye passed from glory to Glory on May 7, 2016.

Mickye was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Frankston to Alton and Minnie “Ramsey” Walding.

Mickye shared a childhood with her sister, Mary Ann Dickerson.

Mickye married Allen “Sonny” Fletcher, who preceded her in death in 2007, on Jan. 1, 1947.

She attended business college where she studied bookkeeping. Her employers until retirement included People’s National Bank in Tyler and Arentco Rentals in Dallas.

Mickye is survived by daughters Linda Denmon-Elphick and Donna Will; five grandchildren Brandon Denmon and wife Mary Elisabeth, Jeffrey Denmon, Lauren Burris, Nathan Will and wife, Kelly, and Nicholas Will; six great-grandchildren Austin, Colton, Logan Elisabeth, Bryant, Emma and Brooks. She also will be missed by sons-in-law Clark Will and Jim Elphick.

Services and interment were at Frankston City Cemetery on Monday, May 9, 2016. Services were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

The family asks everyone to celebrate mom’s life by doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need and/or make donations to: Second Chance Baptist Church, 13370 Branch View Ste. 110, Farmers Branch, Texas 76234.

Obituaries for May 19, 2016

Kistal ‘Mrs. B’ Bergstrom

A graveside service for Kistal “Mrs. B.” Bergstrom, 53, of Frankston, was held Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Frankston City Cemetery.

The Rev. Tommy Payne, Michael Peterson and Dennis Bergstrom officiated. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Bergstrom passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Dallas.

She was born December 26, 1962 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Mrs. B was a very supportive “Soccer Mom” for her sons. She was the ultimate giver always giving of her time and resources and never expecting anything in return.

She loved her family first and her clients through her business. Mrs. B sent numerous packages to men and women serving in the military. She had a deep passion for all types of animals and loved the sport of fishing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Morris Baker.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Jon Bergstrom of Frankston; mother Loretta Baker of Kaiser, MO; twin sons Justin Ray Bergstrom and Tyler Ellis Bergstrom of Frankston; sister Kara Baker Thomas of Kaiser, MO; and nieces and nephews, Serenity Marlett, Jeramiah Groll, Kyle Groll and Maurissa Lines.

Honored to serve as pallbearers were her twin sons; Tyler Bergstrom and Justin Bergstrom, Mason Ballard, David Hernandez, Codey Rodgers and Dennis Bergstrom.