February 2019 Obituaries



From The Frankston Citizen February, 2019

Earlene Rogers Bishop

Earlene Rogers Bishop passed away at 1:30 a.m. on February 9, 2019, at Legacy at Town Creek, Palestine, Texas, where she was admitted into hospice care on January 25, 2019, surrounded by family. 

Earlene was born the daughter of Earl and Eva Rogers on September 22, 1926, in Palestine, Texas, where she was reared and educated. She was united in marriage to Donald Ray Bishop on September 23, 1953. 

Don and Earlene moved to Brushy Creek during the early years of their marriage, and remained a part of that community throughout their lives. 

A devoted wife, homemaker, and loving mother, Earlene was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, and is survived by one son, Jackie Earl Bishop; his partner Donna: grandsons Daniel and Kevin; a great-granddaughter, Lexi; and her faithful former daughter-in-law Jenolin Herrington, all of Brushy Creek; and by devoted sister-in-law, Joan and her husband Ben, of Houston, Texas. Earlene was cared for by her cousin Tim Todd and family in her beloved home.

A lifelong member of the Methodist Church, Earlene attended services at the historic Brushy Creek United Methodist Church, where she followed in the footsteps of her father serving in a number of volunteer capacities, from pianist for services to treasurer, and as a supporter until her condition prevented attendance.

Earlene loved music and she loved dancing with Don. She was also an excellent homemaker and cook who baked “from scratch.” 

She enjoyed growing flowers and loved nature. Although she enjoyed traveling she was always delighted to return to her home in the country. Earlene will always be remembered for her welcoming manner and she was a true friend. Earlene will also be remembered for her sense of humor, her ready smile and infectious, easy laughter. 

She survived several physical challenges with grace and humor. As a member of “the Greatest Generation,” Earlene possessed an open and generous spirit, and will be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew her.

Arrangements will be under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, including a visitation that was held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, February 12.

The service was officiated by Reverend Mike Fraley and Craig Harris on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in the sanctuary of Brushy Creek United Methodist Church. 

Pallbearers accompanying her to Olive Branch Cemetery for interment (two miles east of Brushy Creek) were Dustin Stibbins, Bobby Stovall, Gary Holcomb, Billy Joe Edwards, Larry Selman, and L B Cheshier.

Prayers are appreciated. Memorial contributions to Brushy Creek United Methodist Church would be in keeping with Earlene’s devotion to its preservation. 

Donations may be sent to: Brushy Creek United Methodist Church/ Treasurer, 19691 FM 315, Palestine, TX 75803.

To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Tarrant

Funeral services for Bobby Tarrant, 73, Weatherford, formerly of LaRue, were scheduled for 2 P.M. Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 at the LaRue Baptist Church with Rev. Olin Boles officiating. Burial followed at LaRue Cemetery under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Bobby passed away Thursday Feb. 7, 2019 at home in Weatherford.

He was born January 9, 1946 in LaRue to the late Jim Leland and Betty Jo Denny Tarrant. He was a lifelong member of the LaRue Baptist Church and a graduate of LaPoynor High School. Bobby spent many years farming and spent several years as a truck driver before he went to work for Henderson County Precinct 4 where he retired after 26 years of service. Bobby loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors. He was a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan and LaPoynor Flyers and Lady Flyers fan attending games often.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son; Chad Lane Tarrant and brother Jimmy Gene Tarrant.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years Sue Tarrant of Weatherford; daughter Shelina Hartness and husband Mark of Aledo; son Jeffrey Tarrant of Weatherford; grandson Ezra Hartness of Aledo; brother Joe Tarrant and wife Donna of Wills Point[ nephews Joe Paul Tarrant and wife Kris of LaRue, Cary Tarrant and wife Mary of Forney and Don Tarrant and wife Amy of Martins Mill; niece Becky Tarrant, numerous great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joe Paul Tarrant, Cary Tarrant, Don Tarrant, Troy Dan Smith, Austin Tarrant, Zachary Tarrant, Ryan Tarrant and Mark Hartness.

Visitation for family and friends was held at LaRue Baptist Church from 1 to 2Tuesday prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the LaRue Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 84, LaRue, Texas 75770.

Edine Nesmith

A graveside service for Edine Nesmith, 93, of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Olive Branch Cemetery in Brushy Creek.  

The Rev. Doug Howell will officiate.  

Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.  

Mrs. Nesmith passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Frankston.

She was born March 31, 1925, in Winnfield, LA to H.K. and Ethel (McKaskle) Porter.

Edine was a former teacher with Frankston ISD. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Norvin Nesmith.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Robert Nesmith of Houston; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Nesmith of Flint. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Self and husband Brad, Derek Nesmith and wife Vanessa and Holly Nesmith and husband Dennis; and four great-grandchildren: Liam Self, Quinn Self, True Nesmith and Harper Wright.

Visitation will begin on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, and friends are cordially invited to visit with Edine’s family from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Gary Conrad Minter

Gary Conrad Minter, 76, passed away February 16, 2019, after a lengthy battle with respiratory and renal issues.  

He was born in Greenville, Texas, on September 11, 1942, to Freelan Dowe and Linnie Belle Minter. Gary grew up in Greenville, then worked in California, Florida, and the Dallas area before moving to Frankston in 1987.

Gary was a craftsman, enjoying woodworking when he was physically able to do so. He made decorative home accessories, selling them through Country Sampler magazine and always made something special to be auctioned at the Methodist’s Lord’s Acre fundraiser.

Gary was a collector, a lover of knives, baseball cards, trains, western memorabilia, old toys, and firetrucks. He enjoyed giving pocket and specialty knives to delivery and repairmen, doctors, nurses, ambulance attendants, relatives and friends.  

He was especially pleased to give knives to the volunteers of the Frankston Fire Department and to those men from the County Barn who often came to his rescue.  The knives were his way of saying thanks, but those people can never be thanked enough for all they did.

Although bedbound at home the last 10½ months, his life was made better because of the attentive treatment provided by staff of Hospice of East Texas. Their gentle care and support will not be forgotten.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Roy Mac Minter and Bruce Minter. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennie Northcutt Minter, and children, Shelly Minter and partner, Joe Mayer, of Denton, Texas, John Minter and wife, Maegan, New Bern, North Carolina, Zac Minter and wife, Jalayne, Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Adrian Minter, Frankston. Gary is also survived by three grandchildren, Flyn, Hadley, and Hazel Minter, his sister, Chris DeChant, of Frankston, a number of nieces and nephews, and dearest friends, the Hector Hernandez family.

In celebration of his life, Gary’s family will have a private memorial observance. Memorials in his memory may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler 75701, Frankston Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 186, Frankston 75763, or Rainbow House Food Pantry, P. O. Box 355, Frankston.

Naylan Lee Burke

Memorial services for Naylan Lee Burke, 84, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Pert, Texas with the Revs. Charles Bratz, Craig Harris and Charles Grasty officiating.

Mr. Burke was born August 1, 1934 in Dallas, Texas to the late Foy and Thelma (Cubley) Burke, and died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, under hospice care.

Mr. Burke graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and worked in the press room of the Dallas Times Herald before and after serving two years in the United States Marine Corps, fourteen of those months in Korea.

He made a career with UPS, first as a package driver making local deliveries, then as a long haul driver where he was known by his CB "handle" Nite Owl, until his retirement in 2001.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Scott and Lisa Burke, grandchildren Shelly and husband Raymond Martin, Shaun and wife Victoria Haase, Shannon and husband Dale Labine, and Briana Burke, great-grandchildren Kyla, Colton and Ethan Martin, sister and brother-in-law Deann and Lonnie Smith, and sister-in-law Sandy Burke.

He is also survived by numerous step-grandchildren he loved as his own. He joyfully took all of his grandchildren shopping on his or her birthday.

He was preceded in death by siblings Cleone Sower, Kirk Burke, Michael Burke, wife Cookie Clowers Burke, and daughter Rhea Lee Haase.

Mr. Burke had a generous heart and was extremely charitable.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Alliance, 211 Winchester Dr., Tyler 75701 or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701 or Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 305 ACR 4353, Frankston, TX 75763.

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