The Frankston Citizen Online —

April 2014



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of April 2014. 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 3, 2014

June Garner

Funeral services for June Garner, 74, of Frankston were held Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Frankston under the direction of Autry Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Wiley officiating. Interment was at Ater Cemetery near Gatesville.

Mrs. Garner passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, in Tyler.

She was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Ames, to Earl and Bida Watkins McCorkle.

June was affiliated with First Baptist Church of Frankston. She spent 37 years teaching and was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Organization for Women Educators.

June was the youngest of 10 children whom all preceded her in death except three brothers. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Charles Garner of Frankston; son Christopher Todd Garner of Dallas; granddaughter Christina Marie Garner of Dallas; brothers Truman McCorkle and wife Helen of Calif., Gene McCorkle and wife Russie of Gatesville, and Bob McCorkle and wife Betty of Burleson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Richard Lee Palmer

Services for the Rev. Richard Lee Palmer,82, LaRue, were held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Athens with the Revs. Edwin McDaniel, Everett McCollum and Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating.

Burial followed in LaRue Cemetery under direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Rev. Palmer died March 29, 2014, in the home of his daughter.

He was born March 12, 1932, in LaRue to the late Jessie William and Dora Catherine Richardson Palmer.

Following graduation from LaPoynor High School in 1950, Richard began working as a carpenter learning the construction trade. He later served as general superintendent for multiple construction firms before organizing his own company. Shortly after building new homes for each of his children, he retired from construction in1998.

In 1976 Rev. Palmer was asked to fill the pulpit for a minister who was ill. Since that first Sunday, he has served Wesley United Methodist Church and Crescent Heights United Methodist Church in Athens. His love and compassion for people extended far beyond his Sunday pulpits. He was gifted with ministering to those in nursing homes, hospitals and the homebound, regardless of their denominational preference.

Rev. Palmer formerly served on the LaPoynor ISD School Board and always was an avid supporter of all LaPoynor athletics.

He was very involved in his grandsons lives, teaching them his knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, gardening, raising cattle and how to be a good steward of the land.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers J.W. Palmer, Robert Andy Palmer; sisters Addie Mae Holcomb, Elsie Fay Lindsey, Betty Catherine Trent; his first wife Mary Carol Palmer and infant daughter Sharon Lynn Palmer.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years Mary Palmer; son Richard Carey Palmer and wife Debbie; daughter Pamala Lee Solis and husband Ignacio, all of LaRue; grandsons Jacob Palmer, Landon Palmer, Zachary Lee Solis and Caleb William Solis.

Pallbearers were Jacob Carey Palmer, Zachary Lee Solis, Larry Holcomb, Michael Holcomb, Ronald Hardy, Tommy Little.

Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Holcomb, Shorty Holcomb and Ronnie Holcomb.

If desired memorials may be made to Crescent Heights United Methodist Church 13497 FM 2970 Athens, Texas 75751 or Wesley United Methodist Church 3606 FM 753 Athens, Texas 75751.

Brian McCoy

Funeral services for Brian Dana McCoy, Sr., 57, of Frankston were held Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with Brother Samuel Priddy officiating. Interment was at Garden Oaks Cemetery in Berryville.

Mr. McCoy passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home in Frankston after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born June 11, 1956, in Beaumont to Donald Lee and Bernice Leacroy McCoy, Sr.

Brian loved spending time with his children and grandbabies. He enjoyed fishing and all other kinds of sports.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lee McCoy, Sr.

Survivors include his beloved wife Lisa McCoy of Frankston; mother Bernice McCoy of Vidor; daughter Ashton Loebig and husband Steven of Frankston; sons Ryan McCoy and wife Christen of Jacksonville, Brian Dana McCoy, Jr of Vidor; brothers Donnie McCoy and wife Janet, Blue McCoy, and David McCoy and wife Lynn, all of Vidor; sister Cheryl McCoy of Tyler; mother-in-law Susan Bombard and husband James of Chandler; father-in-law Elwood Duval and wife Linda of Biloxi, Miss.; grandchildren Kelsey, Addison, Tristan, and Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mark Humberson, Bubba McCoy, Cary Don McCoy, Andrew Duval, Daniel Nick, and Jarrod McCoy.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society at , or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701.

Obituaries for April 10, 2014

John Wiley

Funeral services for John Wiley, 85, of Frankston were held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Larry Bewling officiating. Interment was at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mr. Wiley passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Tyler.

He was born Sept. 19, 1928, in Limestone County to John and Gertie Wiley.

He served as former mayor of Mart, Texas, and was a retired barber. He was a member of Lake Community Baptist Church in Dogwood City and the Bee Keepers Association.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loreta Wiley, who passed away in 1971, and his second wife, Carolyn Wiley.

Survivors include his daughter Dana Bratcher and husband Tim of Lott; sons Jimmy D. Slaughter and wife Debbie of Brownsboro, Joe W. Slaughter and wife Ann of Flint; sisters Mary Houston of Arlington, and Bonnie Sills of Pasadena; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Zach Bratcher, Seth Bratcher, John Slaughter, Brad Schmidt, Joe Slaughter, Jr., Stephen Slaughter, Chris Chambless, and Daren Cortez.

Sheila Beckham

Memorial services for Sheila Beckham, 57, of Frankston were held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Mrs. Beckham passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Frankston.

Sheila was born September 25, 1956, in Baytown to Carl T. and Moizelle Beckham.

Sheila was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved going to visit her grandchildren. Her family meant everything to her. She loved family get-togethers with her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. They all loved her very much and she will be dearly missed.

She was a member of the Assembly of God and of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Frankston.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her beloved daughter Leslie Younger and husband Jason of Lumberton; sisters Brenda Cathey of Frankston, Barbara Dick and husband Don of Bullard; brother Charles Beckham and wife Sharon of Baytown; four grandchildren Kylie, Collin, Blake, and Addison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Misty Marshall

Graveside services for Misty Marshall, 36, of Frankston were held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Wofford Cemetery in Frankston with the Rev. George Folmar officiating. Services were under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Mrs. Marshall passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Tyler.

Misty was born July 27, 1977, in Houston to Duane and Elizabeth Benjamin.

She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Frankston.

Survivors include her husband Welton “Butch” Marshall of Jacksonville; son Deion Marshall; daughter Destiny Marshall, both of Frankston; sister Tracy Williams of Houston; and grandmother Ruth Cowger of Frankston.