Current Obituaries

Current Obituaries

                            September 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. If an obituary is overlooked and it is desired that it be posted, please inform us by email. Families may request changes or additions, if required. 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 or to the archives, 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 here or by funeral homes 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.)

Jason Brant Bizzell

A Celebration of Life for Jason Bizzell, of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Frankston. Pastor Scott Wiley will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

Jason passed away on Sept.1, 2021 in Tyler from Covid at only 48 years old. He will be laid to rest in Frankston City Cemetery. 

Jason Bizzell

Jason Brant Bizzell


If you knew Jason, then you were blessed. With his easy smile and openness, Jason had all the attributes of a good person. He was humble and kind, helpful and generous, loving and compassionate. He followed the Bible’s teachings, spread God’s word, and performed charitable acts, many never revealed because he believed Matthew 6:3. 

Jason Brant Bizzell was born in Tyler on Nov. 8, 1972 to Billy and Janis (Conaway) Bizzell. Jason graduated in 1992 from Frankston High School. He obtained his Bachelors of Criminal Science from SFA in 1998. 

Jason began his oilfield career in 1998. He started as a roustabout and worked his way up to leading his own crews. He worked on offshore drill ships and travelled the world. Jason was invested in the lives of his fellow workers, whom he counted as friends. Jason’s work often took him away from home for extended periods of time, but he believed that the sacrifice was the best way to provide for his family. 

Jason said that the moment he saw Carla O’Neal smile, he knew that she was going to be his wife. He married the love of his life on July 10, 1999 at First Baptist Church in Frankston. Jason and Carla soon started a family and by 2015 had five children. Together they instilled strong Christian values in their children and were active church members of the First Baptist Church of Frankston, where he served as deacon. 

Jason brought joy to everyone he encountered. He loved to listen to stories about the olden days, attend his children’s events, and dance in the kitchen with his “Mamma-gal”. Jason was plainspoken, wise, calm and never in a hurry. 

Jason didn’t care much about worldly possessions. Anyone who ever rode in his car that would not go in reverse, visited his messy shop, or saw him in his work overalls driving through town in the old Suburban could attest that he was always content with whatever God had given him. Jason was thankful for the wonderful life he shared with Carla, his children, his family, and his friends. 

Left to cherish Jason’s memory are his wife Carla and children Jacob Brant, Emily René, Lynsie Marie, Carson Reid, and Tye Cayrden, all of Frankston. He is also survived by his mother Janis Bizzell, of Frankston, sister Elisa Bizzell, of Frankston, brother Mark Bizzell, Palm Springs, Calif., and brother Sean Bizzell and wife Deitra, of Quitman, in-laws C.J. and Debby O’Neal, of Frankston, sister-in-law Stephanie Smith and husband Robert, of Chandler. He leaves behind nieces Kaylee and Grace Bizzell and Meagan Smith, nephew Garrett Smith, and his special cousin Ryan Bizzell. 

Pallbearers will be Brent Nelson, Ryan Bizzell, Ryan McCoy, Robert Smith, Michael Strait, Mikey Tidmore, Chris Crim and Brian Merritt. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Bizzell, Sean Bizzell, Jacob Bizzell, Carson Bizzell and Tye Bizzell.

Ronnie Henderson

A funeral service for Ronnie Henderson, of Frankston, is scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. Bro. George Folmar will officiate. Mr. Henderson will be laid to rest at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston. 

Ronnie Henderson

Ronnie Henderson


Visitation takes place in the chapel from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service. 

Ronnie was born in Frankston on Aug. 17, 1943, to Lector Frank and Dicie Mae (Dunn) Henderson and entered eternal life on Sept. 2, 2021. 

He was self-employed in the business of recycling. 

Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters: Nelda Melton, Maxine Wheeler, Frankie Buchanan and Elaine Griffin. 

Left to cherish Ronnie’s memory are his wife, Pat Henderson of Frankston; son, Tim Henderson and wife Shari of Frankston; daughters, Donna Warren and husband Philip, and Kristen Secrest and husband John. He is also survived by his brother, Harold Henderson and wife Betty of Bullard; six grandchildren: Emily Warren, Sarah Warren, Joshua Warren, Ryan Warren, Dustin Henderson, and Lori Henderson; and great-grandchildren: Rylie, Colton, Mark, Neveah, Keilin, and Amberleigh. 

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and nephews.

Marilyn Socia

Marilyn Socia

Marilyn Socia


A funeral service for Marilyn Socia, age 82, of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Frankston. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Rev. Earl Socia, Rev. Jonathan Valentine and Rev. Scott Wiley will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery. 

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

Marilyn passed away on Sept. 2, 2021. She was born in Rusk on April 5, 1939 to Jack and Minnie Pate. She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne Socia and grandson, Harvey Barr. 

Left to cherish Marilyn’s memory are her son, David Socia Sr. and daughters, Sue Barr and Alice Socia, all of Frankston. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Stan Barr, Kirk Barr and wife K’Lynn, Michael Barr and wife Shelby, Laeni Socia, Charis Elliott and husband Dylan, Jennifer Socia, Crystal Cox and husband B.J., David Socia Jr., and Alyssa Camp and husband Cody; as well as 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Stanley Barr, David Socia Jr., Michael Barr, Kirk Barr, Zachary Socia and Cody Camp.

Carl House

Jimmy Carl House, 60, of Frankston, passed away on Sept. 5, 2021. He was born to Larry Joe and Bobbie (Clakley) House in Athens, Texas.

Carl House

Jimmy Carl House


Carl worked as an oil field welder, construction worker, heavy machinery operator, mechanic, Foreman of the Anderson County Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Crew, and in retirement, helped repair water leaks for Frankston Rural Water Supply Corporation while continuing to cut hay.

He was known locally for being able to fabricate or repair whatever was needed. Carl served on the Frankston Volunteer Fire Department as Fire Marshall for 15 years and as Fire Chief for 10 years. He was then elected to the Frankston School board on which he served as Secretary for 16 years, including serving on the board of the Anderson County Appraisal District as Secretary. Most recently he served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Frankston United Methodist Men’s group, as well as Chairman of the UMC Finance Committee, and cared for the church property. In his school days, Carl played baseball, football, showed cattle, played in the band, and later helped with FFA when his sons showed cattle.

His heart was as tender as his hands were calloused. Carl was most known for being a servant, helping wherever and whenever available. He is also recognized as the man who drove the green Ford Model T that he rebuilt and won numerous car show awards. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchild, spending mornings with friends over coffee, and watching NASCAR races.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother-in-law Bruce Caraway of Tolar, TX.

Left to cherish Carl’s memory are his wife of 20 years, Crystal House of Frankston; son Todd House and wife Megan of Poynor, and son Dustin House and wife Brittny of Frankston. He is also survived by granddaughter Olivia House, sisters Cyndi (House) Sabulsky and husband Chris of Frankston and Sherri Caraway of Tolar; and four nieces and nephews.

In lieu of customary condolences, donations may be made to the Dual Credit Scholarship Program. This program allows underprivileged children to receive college credits while in high school. Carl had a passion for helping with education and was instrumental in maintaining this program. Donations can be made by designating “Dual Credit” on funds given to the United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at The United Methodist Church of Frankston Family Life Center.

David Hall Leonard

Services for David Hall Leonard, 73 of Tyler will be held Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dwayne McCrary officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Leonard passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Tyler.  He was born on June 7, 1948 in Longview to Benjamin Churchill “BC” and Martha Hall Leonard. 

David Hall Leonard


David loved a home cooked meal, his electronics, his customers, a great joke, cop shows and the weather, much to his wife’s chagrin.  An avid car fan and handyman in general, David loved home projects, tinkering with cars, and was always excited to tackle a fix when friends or family needed it. 

He enjoyed taking photos of everyone and everything he found interesting and was never seen without his phone or iPad. His family jokes that he truly was a teenager when it came to his phone and have no doubt his first question when he arrived in Heaven was, “what’s the wifi password?”.

A devout Christian, David’s faith was firmly planted in Jesus, and though devastated by his loss, his friends and family are comforted knowing he is eternally resting in Heaven. 

His children’s favorite memories growing up include fun weekends jet skiing on the lake and junk food movie nights. David was a truly loyal friend and he loved his family dearly, always proud and excited to share their accomplishments.

David is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Leonard; his parents, BC and Martha Leonard; his brother, Benjamin Churchill Leonard Jr.; brother, William Forrest Leonard; brother, Leslie Allen Leonard and sister-in-law, Fonda Leonard; sister, Martha June Leonard Cleveland; and sister, Lacretia Ann Leonard Kellers. 

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa McCrary and husband, Rick; son, David J. Leonard; sister, Elaine Leonard Mitchell; granddaughter, Jessica Pope and husband, William; granddaughter, Jordan Haynes and husband, Chad; great-granddaughter, Brooks Pope; sister-in-law, Linda Leonard; sister-in-law, Janis Leonard; brother-in-law, Fred Kellers; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews and many cherished friends he considered family. 

Pallbearers are Jeremy Wait, Jared Wait, Bradley Loden, Joseph Shoemake, Steven Beard and Juan Cervantes. 

Honorary pallbearers are Jan Wait, Ron Smith, Dale Pierce, and Doyle Nelle. 

Visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

(Obituary submitted by Stewart Family Funeral Home )


Henry William Schitoskey


Henry William “Hank” Schitoskey

Services for Henry William “Hank” Schitoskey age 95, of Poynor, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. George Folmar officiating. Burial will follow in Rock Church Cemetery.

A visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home of Palestine.

Mr. Schitoskey passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in Galveston. He was born Sept. 14, 1925 in Anderson County to Mack and Meedie Gilbert Schitoskey. He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church, an avid fisherman, and hunter.

Mr. Schitoskey was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances Schitoskey, daughter Cindy Bayless, son Ronnie Schitoskey, one sister, three brothers.

He is survived by his daughter Karen Henry, four grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.

W. L. Bristow

A funeral service for W. L. Bristow, 89, of Poynor, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Frankston. Bro. Paul Diepenbruck will officiate.

W.L. Bristow

W. L. Bristow


Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Poynor Cemetery. 

W. L. was born and lived all his life in Poynor. W. L. was the mayor of Poynor and a Master Mason for 68 years. He was a generous person who loved to garden. He enjoyed inventing things and working on his home projects. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Barney and Mable (Hanna) Bristow; brother, J.D. Bristow; and sisters, Pauline Foshee, Dorothy Butler and Helen Bruton. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Patty Bristow of Poynor; sons, Wayne Bristow and wife Delight, and Keith Bristow and wife Alison, all of Poynor; and stepdaughter, Cecilia Little. His siblings are John Ed Bristow and wife Jannette of New Harmony, Anita Forester of Poynor and Patsey Holcomb and husband Bobby of Poynor. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan, Cody, Misty, Penny, Kelsey, Ashleigh and William; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews 

Pallbearers will be Ryan Bristow, Cody Bristow, BJ Harris, Michael Singletary, Matt Pittman, and Hank Arnold with honorary pallbearers Benny Douglas and Robert Henderson 

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital at .

Velma Bruchmiller

A funeral service for Velma Bruchmiller of Frankston is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. She will be laid to rest at Olive Branch Cemetery in Frankston. 

Visitation will begin on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

Velma Bruchmiller passed away on Sept. 14, 2021. She was born in Palestine, on Feb. 25, 1960 to Rawleigh Berryhill and Viola Hamilton Berryhill.

Velma Bruchmiller

Velma Bruchmiller


Velma worked at the Pitt Grill in Palestine for many years. She enjoyed fishing, going to garage sales, movies, and oldies music. She was active with her family and very involved in both her sons’ school functions, even to the point of making extravagant costumes for school events. She loved chihuahuas and anything with them on it. Velma raised chihuahuas and fell dearly in love with them; they were considered family.

One favorite thing she enjoyed doing is going out to eat. Her favorite restaurant was Little Mexico. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Rawleigh and Viola Berryhill and a sister Bonnie Townsend. 

Left to cherish Velma Bruchmiller’s memory are her spouse of 44 years since Jan. 29, 1977 Leon Bruchmiller of Frankston; her son, Mairon Bruchmiller of Frankston and her son Clint Bruchmiller and his wife Sara of Tyler. She is also survived by her twin sister Thelma Gonzales of Hallsville, a brother Rawleigh “Buck” Berryhill of Deerpark, TX, a brother Wayne Berryhill of Elkhart, and a brother Kenneth Berryhill from Palestine.

Pallbearers will be Marion Bruchmiller, Clint Bruchmiller, Mario Moreno, Van Townsend, Frutoso Moreno, and Don West. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Beard, Jonny Cruz, and Octavious Crear.

Brenda (Cole) Barnes

A graveside service for Brenda (Cole) Barnes, of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at Poynor Cemetery. Pastor Keith Kniffin will officiate. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. 

Brenda Barnes

Brenda (Cole) Barnes


Brenda passed away on Sept. 22, 2021. She was born in Galveston County, Texas on Jan. 16, 1946 to Lloyd “Doc” Burnet and Dorothy (Garretson) Cole 

Brenda was a homemaker and worked outside the home as a clerk for Henderson County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Dale Cole and two sisters, Ila Johnson and Becky Johnson. 

Left to cherish her memory are husband of 49 years, Edwin E. Barnes of Frankston, children, Devin Musselman and wife Carol of Poynor, Shane Musselman and wife Tracy of LaRue, Edwin E. Barnes Jr. of Poynor; Kelly Wiggins and husband Frank of Frankston and Justin Barnes and wife Michelle of Frankston; siblings, Lyndon Cole and wife Paula of Bradford and Patsy Cole of Frankston. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Devin Musselman, Shane Musselman, Edwin E. Barns Jr, Frank Wiggins, Justin Barnes and Jeff Cole. 

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Kingdom Living Cowboy Church.

(Obituaries posted contain information posted by funeral homes. Families may request changes or additions, if appropriate or required.)

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