The Frankston Citizen Online —

July 2014



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

Ann Richardson

Ann Octavia Hudspeth Richardson, 89, of Fort Worth, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Granbury Care Center in Granbury.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

Interment was held at Old Sardis Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Ann was born in 1924 in San Augustine County to Bruce Hudspeth and Benina Lane Hudspeth.

As a young adult, she supported the World War II war effort by working as a Class A welder and inspector of torpedo hulls and rivets on the beams of the Great Liberty Ships in the Houston Ship Channel.

She was a receptionist for Rick and Jay’s Beauty Salon in Midland and a salesperson and trainer for Dillards and Stripling and Cox of Fort Worth.

Ann was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Midland First Baptist Church for many years.

Ann was also a member of Phi Sigma Alpha and the BPW USA National Federation of Professional Business Women’s Associations.

In her later life, she lived for a few years in Frankston.

She is survived by her daughters Exa Richardson Smith of Granbury and Cynthia Richardson Murray of Grassy Creek, North Carolina.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Will Bueck of Dallas, Colby Beuck of Austin, Adrienne Mears of Hurst and Ian Murray and Devan Murray of Grassy Creek, North Carolina; six great grandchildren; brother Jack (Lester V.) Hudspeth and wife, Jean, of Lufkin; dear friends Sedonia and Ray Sonnenburg of Fort Worth, Eula Holeman of Fort Worth and Sandra and Wayne Gideon of Frankston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dalier Maurice Richardson; parents; eight brothers and sisters and dear friend Rex Ross sr.

Pallbearers were Will Beuck, Colby Beuck, Jesse Hudspeth, Henry Hudspeth, Dal Ruggles and Tracy Ruggles.

Honorary pallbearer was Jack Hudspeth.

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Obituaries for July 17, 2014

Stephen Leroy Cunningham

Services for Stephen Leroy Cunningham, 70, of Channelview were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at LaPoynor Church of Christ.

He was  buried in Poynor Cemetery. Rev. Roland Alsobrook and Rev. Steve Handley will officiate the service.

Mr. Cunningham died Tuesday, July 14, in Channelview.

He was born March 11, 1944, in Knoxville Tenn. to Von Leroy Cunningham and Helen Ruth Taylor.

He was an operational engineer at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company chemical plant in Houston.

He served in the army in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and was an expert rifleman. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife Gayle Cunningham of Channelview; step mother Sue Keck of Knoxville, Tenn.; sisters Sandra Childers and husband Marshall of Knoxville, Linda McCoy and husband Johnny of Oakridge, Tenn., Shari Sacco and husband Nick of North Carolina and Lisa Cunningham of Knoxville; mother-in-law Lois Atchison of Poynor; sister-in-law Susanne Alsobrook and husband Ray of Poynor; brother-in-law Ken Holliman of Poynor and several loving nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

The services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.