The Frankston Citizen Online —

October 2016



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of October 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 Oct. 6, 2016

Jim Paul

Services for Jimmy L Paul, 84, of Frankston were held, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler with Robert Burns officiating.

Burial was in Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville.

He passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Palestine Regional Hospital.

Mr. Paul was born on April 2, 1932, in Trinidad, Texas to the late J.C. Paul Sr. and Ruby Shugart Paul.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Faye Rodges and a brother, J.C. Paul Jr.He was employed as a retail manager for Sears for 35 years, Thompson Funeral Home for 15 years and Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Jim was active in the community, Lake Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Bob Tours and served as voting election judge.

Jim was an active member of the Church of Christ.He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bobbie of Frankston; daughter, Kalyn Horn and husband Randy of Royse City; son Kelton L Paul and Vickey Arp of Frankston; daughter, Janell Wickens of Streetman; brother, W.L. Paul of Lawton, OK; grandchildren, Sara Dalton and husband Lucas of Arlington, Jennifer Gardella and husband Jim of Fate, Samantha Paul of Dallas, Jessica Detmer and husband Eric of Houston, Kelton Paul and wife Nicole of Arlington, Shelby Wickens and Garrett Wickens of Streetman; seven great grand children and many nieces, nephews and friends.Pallbearers were James Colvin, Eric Detmer, Jim Gardella, Don Storm, Jay Lynn Paul, Bobby Harris, Lucas Dalton, Kelton Paul.

Tillie Campbell

A funeral service for Tillie Campbell, 92, of Frankston, was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Frankston with the Rev. J.A. Griffin officiating.

Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. She was laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Campbell passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville.

Tillie was born March 14, 1924, in Buckholtz, TX to Thomas and Clara Childs.

Mrs. Campbell was a member of First Baptist Church Frankston where she served as a Sunday School teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 62 years, Wilburn Campbell of Frankston; daughter Patricia Kay Wallace; sons Wilburn Campbell, Jr., John William Campbell, Donald Campbell, Ronald Campbell; sister Catherine Pipes, and grandson Johnathan Campbell.

Pallbearers were Johnathan Campbell, Britt Bacon, Scott Welch, John W. McGuffey and David Socia.

Rev. Benny Walker

A funeral service for the Rev. Benny Walker, 94, of Taylor’s Chapel, was held Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Bro. James Batton officiating.

He was laid to rest at Tecula Cemetery.

He passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Jacksonville.

Benny was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Crossroads, Texas to Willie and Henryetta (Floyd) Walker.

He served in the US Army for 3 years and during that time was in combat for 32 months.

He had a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Southwest Bible Institute. Benny taught at LaPoynor ISD for 37 years and New Hope ISD for 3 years. Since 1948, he was the pastor of Taylor’s Chapel Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Stilwell Walker; parents; brothers, Charles Walker and Willie J. Walker; sisters, Frances Chambers, Opal Lavoie, Mae Cecilia Walker, and Florence Carroll.

Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Loyd R. Walker of Benton, KS; sisters, Ruby Crossley of New York, TX, Lois Sims of Palestine, and Florene Lafon of Keene, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Curtis Corley, Kenny Dyess, Danny Rozell, Eric Rozell, Michael Traylor, Lee Traylor, Jacob Traylor and Rick Traylor.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Traylor, Square Walker, Joe Traylor, Darles Waites and Kennith Ross.

Obituaries for Oct. 13, 2016

Peggy Fraser

A funeral service for Margaret “Peggy” Fraser, 85, of Frankston, is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at United Methodist Church in Frankston with the Rev. Mike Fraley officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Chataignier, LA. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Fraser passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Tyler.

Peggy was born June 11, 1931, in East Cleveland, Ohio, to William and Lillian (Sprout) Lumley.

Peggy had been a part of the Frankston community since the 1990s. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Frankston for many years and very active in the church choir. She served many positions on the board of directors of the Lollypop Community including the president. Peggy was a member of the Red Hat Society. She was a friend to all and loved by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John James Fraser; grandson, James Anthony Rozas; and brother, Robert Lumley.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Hugh Fraser and wife Joie of MN, Bruce Fraser and wife Cindy; daughter, Lauren Rozas and husband Tony of Louisiana. She is also survived by grandchildren, Ryan Fraser and wife Emily, Terry Fraser, Matthew Fraser, William Rozas, Sara Rozas, Nichole Fieder and husband Eddie, Nathan Fraser; great-grandson, Jack Fraser and two nieces and one nephew.

Visitation will begin on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 o’clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Louise Landry

Louise Elaine Landry, 73, passed away at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville on October 3, 2016. Services were held at Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville on October 8, 2016 officiated by Pastors George Folmar and Gary Dollarhide.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward Landry, Sr., and grandchild Brandi Coleman.

Louise is survived by sister Virginia Flaherty and husband Robert, and sister Sally Benton; son Edward Landry and wife Kimberly M., daughter Denise Brown, daughter Kimberly J. Landry, son Charles Coleman; 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Louise was born on December 29, 1942 to Eleanor and Harold Craft. She graduated from Westbrook High School in Maine and worked as a manager in a shoe factory for many years. Louise and her husband Edward moved to Texas in 1994 where she became active in her Christian ministry.

Her “cross in the pocket” ministry, a work of love for her Lord, has touched so many lives and will continue to do so. She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church and helped with the Good News Club at Frankston Elementary School.

Louise is now in the presence of her loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Obituaries for Oct. 20, 2016

Bennie Willbanks

A funeral service for Bennie Darrell Willbanks, 86, of Frankston, was held Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. James Fleet officiating.

He will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mr. Willbanks passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Tyler.

Bennie was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Louann, Arkansas to Benjamin and Velma (Sherrill) Willbanks.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army and as a Tyler Police Officer.

Bennie enjoyed traveling many states as a truck driver for many years. After retirement, he was a security officer for a short time.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lee Ray; sister, Daisy Sledge; and a brother, Dannon Willbanks.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Doris Willbanks of Frankston; sons, Alvin Willbanks and wife Jacquelyn of Flint, Calvin Willbanks of Frankston, Tommy Ray of Dallas; daughters, Elaine Willbanks Fleet and husband James of Harleton, Jackie Welsh and husband Jay of Neches, Linda Sevy and husband Frank of Plano and Liz Ray of Bryan.

He is also survived by brothers, Ottis Willbanks of Grapevine, Floyd Willbanks of San Antonio, Wiley Willbanks of Longview; sister, Dorothy Elsie of Grapevine; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Harold Smith

Funeral services for Mr. Harold Smith, 89, of Frankston, were held Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the Boren-Conner Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Larry Smith and Davy Carter officiating.

Burial followed at the Griffin Cemetery.

Herbert Harold Smith was born Sept. 27, 1927, to Herbert Hoke Smith and Lela Maris Smith. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Frankston and was retired from the Texas State Highway Department. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 12, 2016, in Tyler, Texas.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Brenda Smith York and a sister, Virginia Steffler.

Harold is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nelcine Hall Smith of Frankston; one son, Dennis Smith of Chandler; one daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Davy Carter of Frankston; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Nicholas York, Jeremy York, Austin York, Brice Carter, Barrett Carter, Jake Smith and Logan Merritt.

Honorary pallbearers were State Highway Department employees.