Current Obituaries



Current Obituaries

                                 January 2021


Here are the obituaries posted for the current month from information provided courtesy of local and area funeral homes and published on their websites. These obituaries will remain here until new ones from the next month are available for posting. After that, they will be transferred to Obituary Archives . If you have an obituary for a person who has connections with someone or some family in the Frankston-Poynor-LaRue area that you want posted to this month and is not currently posted, please let us know by email . Obituaries selected or submitted should follow a format which is essentially consistent with other obituaries posted and follow standard grammatical style. Through arrangements with funeral homes and/or the families, we will begin publishing pictures with current obituaries. We will add pictures to archived obituaries from the print version of The Citizen newspaper prior to September 2019 when available. Pictures with archived obituaries posted after that will be added in cooperation with funeral homes or on request.  As was the tradition of the Citizen newspaper, obituaries are published at no charge.



(Obituaries listed chronologically by date of death or funeral service.)


Doris Jannette Belcher

Doris Belcher

Doris Jannette Belcher

1934-2021

Graveside services for Doris Jannette Belcher, 86 of Athens have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday Jan. 7, 2021 at Athens Cemetery with Bro. Scott Wiley officiating, under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. 

She passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 2, 2021 in Athens. 

She was born Dec. 14, 1934 in Frankston to the late Lloyd Dunklin and Susie Walker Dunklin. Doris retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and taking care of her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Susie Walker Dunklin, husband, Marlin Belcher; son, Dale Belcher; brothers, James Dunklin and Larry “Bico” Dunklin; brother-in-law, Bill Clark; sister, Barbara Dunklin Holt. 

Survivors include her daughters Gail Garrett of Athens, Pam Bostick and husband Mark of Frankston; brother John Dunklin of Cross Roads; sisters Martha Clark of Athens, Judy Lookabaugh and husband Kenneth of Athens; grandchildren Marla, Trey, Kody, Kristin, Brandi, Ben, Brittany and Blake; 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

If desired memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 621, Athens, Texas 75751.


Mark Allen McWilliams

Mark Allen McWilliams, 62, of Frankston went to be with the Lord on Sunday Jan. 3, 2021. 

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Starrville Methodist Church, 17339 FM 16, Winona Texas, with Rev. Rod Sanford officiating. Marvin Methodist Church of Tyler will be providing the music.

Burial will be in Starrville Cemetery following the service. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

Mark McWilliams

Mark Allen McWilliams

1958-2021

Rev. Mark McWilliams was born in Amarillo. He was a licensed minister through International Ministerial Fellowship. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1976 and was on the wrestling team. 

Mark retired from the Department of Energy, Pantex plant in Amarillo after approximately 20 years of service. He then moved to Bullhead City, Ariz. where he was a hospice Chaplain ministering to those who had six months or less to live. He loved the people and ministered with heartfelt compassion. 

Mark preached at various churches in Amarillo, such as La Cosecha Ministeria, spoke to young teens, and he and his wife were prayer ministers at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo where they were members. 

Mark and Rosemary moved to East Texas in 2017 and accepted the position as pastor at Starrville Methodist Church in June of 2019. A community prayer service started by Mark and his wife has been held each Tuesday since January of 2020 and shall continue. 

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary, a brother Laine McWilliams, a niece and nephew, both of Amarillo, Alyssa Jenkins and Dustin McWilliams, and a great niece Makala Robertson. 

Pallbearers will be Dustin McWilliams, Alex Miller, Joe Snodgrass, David Fowler and David Miller.


Betty Ousley

Betty Ousley was born April 27, 1935 and entered eternal life on Jan. 4, 2021. She was 85 years old. 

A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Frankston. Rev. Scott Wiley and Rev. Ron Ivey will officiate. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Betty Ousley

Betty Ousley

1935-2021

Mrs. Ousley will be laid to rest at Jarratt Cemetery in Jacksonville. 

Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Fannie (Lightsey) Haws; and brothers, Joe and Paul Haws. 

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years, G.V. “Bo” Ousley of Frankston; children, Mark Ousley and Lea Anne of Jacksonville, Angela Porter and husband Greg of Tyler and Carol Gideon and husband Anthony of Lindale. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Gregg of Jacksonville; sister-in-law, Wanda Haws of Jacksonville; grandchildren Michelle Alanis and husband Josh, Aaron Ousley and wife Heather, Sarah Albert and husband Chad, Madeline Porter, Colby Porter, Meredith Porter, Ryan Gideon, and Blaine Gideon; and several nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers are Josh Alanis, Brandon Creech, Blaine Gideon, Ryan Gideon, Aaron Ousley, and Colby Porter. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Beard, Johnny Burks, David Coker, Mike Cook, L.D. Dickerson, Steve Hicks, Larry Lumus, Joey Maxwell, Raymond Nichols, Jessie Smith, and Jim Smith.


James Howard Donahue

James Donahue

James Howard Donahue

1933-2021

James Howard Donahue was born on Nov. 17, 1933 in Cherokee County. He entered eternal life on Jan. 14, 2021. 

Services will be held at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Eulogy will be presented by Pastor Patsy Milam. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. service. James will be laid to rest in Frankston City Cemetery. 

James was 87 years old and was a cowboy at heart. He was an avid horse and dog lover. He worked hard and loved harder. His wife, Mary Belle Donahue, stood by his side for 65 years through thick and thin, sickness and in health, and had a love that was inseparable from first sight. They had eight wonderful children. Daughters: Elaine and husband Charles Adams, Juanita and husband JD Davenport, Brenda Henderson, Sandra Sotelo, Deborah Donahue. Sons: Roger McIntyre, Thomas McIntyre, Jimmy and wife Debbie Donahue. He has 33 grandchildren. and three generations of great-grandchildren. 

As we are all gathered, we rejoice in his eternal new life. He will always be in our hearts and dearly missed until we join him in eternity! 

Pallbearers will be Jason Donahue, John Davenport, Wayne Purkey, Gage Rice, Josh McMichael, and Benny Davenport. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons.


Florence “Flo” Bussey

Flo Bussey

Florence “Flo” Bussey

1937-2021

Florence “Flo” Bussey was born Jan. 2, 1937 and entered eternal life on Jan. 19, 2021. She was 84 years old.

A service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Frankston. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. Rev. Scott Wiley and Rev. J.A. Griffin will officiate.

Flo will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery. 

Flo was a member of First Baptist Church in Frankston. She was a former member of the Frankston Garden Club. She loved her antique roses, red roses and her lantanas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Jennie Henry and brother, Gus Henry. 

Flo is survived by her husband of 65 years, Billy Bussey; her son, Alan Bussey of Frankston and her daughter, Diana Dugan and husband Mike of Quitman. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael Keith Dugan Jr., and Dustin Cole Dugan; two great-grandchildren and by longtime friends, Evelyn Harris of Frankston, Billie Riley of Frankston and Bobbie McWhorter of Willis, Texas. 

Pallbearers will be Alan Bussey, Bobby Bussey, Mike Dugan, Richard Bussey, James Bussey and Michael Keith Dugan Jr.


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