The Frankston Citizen Online —

May 2015



Following are complete obituaries published in The Citizen newspaper during the month of May 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 May 7, 2015

Jim Lee
Jim was called home to his final and peaceful resting place Monday morning, May 3, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

He was born to Roy E. and Elder Lee on Aug. 1, 1950, in Frankston.

He is survived by his loving wife Eva, sons Michael Lee, Patrick Lee, Jesse Medina and a daughter Chelsea.

There are two granddaughters; Abby Lee of the Concord Community and Ayana Medina of Pueblo, Co. He has a brother Roy Lee and wife Beate of Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister Dorothy Kay.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy (1969 - 1973). He was a commercial painter and contractor for 25 years in the East Texas area after his military service.

Jim was loved by his many friends and associates over the years. He enjoyed partying and being the life of any gathering. He always enjoyed being around his many friends and their fellowship was always his best of times.

A service was held May 5, 2015, in the chapel of Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

The Rev. Doug Wintermute officiated.

Obituaries for May 14, 2015

Billy D. Cook

Funeral services for Billy D. Cook, 87, of Frankston, were held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Church of Christ in Frankston with Bro. Don Canter officiating.

Interment was at Frankston City Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.

Mr. Cook passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Houston.

He was born March 31, 1928, in Frankston to Herman and Erma Cook.

Billy was a member of the Church of Christ in Frankston. He retired as a regional salesman for Entex of Houston after 39 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harlen Cook.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara Cook of Houston; son Richard Cook and wife Terri of Sugar Land; daughter Melody Cook of Pasadena; grandchildren Brian Cook, Christopher Cook, Scott McKinney, and Marisa Hostrawser; great grandchildren Gabi Cook, Analise Cook, Mathew Cook, William Cook, Haley McKinney, Caley Hostrawser, and Scotty McKinney II.

Pallbearers were Brian Cook, Scott McKinney, John Rayha, Carl Chandler, Marisa Hostrawser, and Christopher Cook.

Mable ‘Sissy Bill’ Willis

Mable “Sissy Bill” Willis, 74, of Lake Palestine, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Tyler.

She was born July 11, 1940, in Lewisville, Arkansas to Andy and Eunice Jackson Wine.

Mable was a retired supervisor for Texas Instruments. She loved fishing, was an avid gardener, and cherished her Rat Terrier “Tutty”. Mable was fond of her many friends and her visits with them.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Billy Willis; a son Dennis Willis; and brother Willis Wine.

Survivors include her son Ronnie Willis of Lake Palestine; sister Ellen Nicholas and husband Glendon of Wylie; grandson Billy Ray Willis; and several nieces and nephews.

Family served as pallbearers.

A graveside service was held Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Garden Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery in Berryville, Texas.

Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Marneice Swift Whitehead

Marneice Swift Whitehead passed away at home on May 7, 2013. She was born to Jack and Maggie Green Swift on July 28, 1924, in Frankston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Woodrow Whitehead; sister Martha Hardy; and three brothers Jack Swift Jr., Harold M. Swift and Gerald M. Swift.

She is survived by daughter Jan; three grandchildren and their spouses Matthew Aaron Downs, Nicholas Ryan and Julie Downs and Sara Elisabeth Swift; three great grandchildren Cayman Ray Downs, Asher Wilson Lee Downs and Kailtin Nicole Downs; cousin Vernon N. Marrs; nieces Ann Miller, Martinique M. Swift and Heidi A. Anderson; extended family including the Zeiger family, the William A. Jackson, Hinton family, Theresa Velasco, the Rummage family, Gladys Watson, Charlotte Walker and Dupont neighbors.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Thursday at Grand view Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas. Interment was to take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.

Obituaries for May 21, 2015

Deborah Fisher Vaught

Graveside services for Deborah Fisher Vaught, 65, of Frankston were held Friday, May 15, at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.

Mrs. Vaught passed away May 9, 2015, in Frankston.

She was born March 25, 1950, in Dallas to Charles Ervin and Sybil Odell Smith Fisher.

Deborah was a resident of Athens for 15 years before moving to Frankston in 1997. She was employed by Frankston Independent School District until retirement in 2011.

She loved to crochet plastic canvas. She was a member of Englewood Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. Deborah was a very loving and caring person. She was a caregiver to many and a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her mother, daughter Genia, sister Janet Crouch and husband Riley Vaught.

Survivors include her daughter Crystal Vaught and Justin Moore of Frankston; father Sonny Fisher of Frankston; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, two nieces and one nephew.

Services were under direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.