September 2011 Obituaries


From The Frankston Citizen September, 2011

Obituaries for Sept. 1, 2011

Nancy Shugart Morton

Funeral services for Nancy Shugart Morton, 73, of Palestine, will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Larry Tilmon officiating.

Burial will follow in Pleasant Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

Mrs. Morton passed away Monday at her residence. She was born June 7, 1938, in Anderson County to Houston Virgil Shugart and Diccie Clakley Shugart. She was a member of Westside Assembly of God and VFW Post No. 3907 Ladies Auxillary. She was a bus driver for Westwood ISD for many years.

Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by her parents; husband M.P. Morton; son Little M.P. Morton; sisters Sharon Laughlin, Marie Shuttlesworth and Virgie Dunlap; and two brothers James Shugart and Herbert Lee Shugart.

She is survived by daughters Marilyn K. Morton of Palestine and Melissa Morton Kimbrough; husband Michael of Palestine; sons Michael Allen Morton and wife Patsy of Palestine and Marvin P. Morton, Jr., and wife Renee of Arlington; three sisters Katie Mattern of Palestine, Catherine Mullins of Arkansas and Carolyn Southard of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rob Stampley, Chris Stampley, Ryan Stampley, Richard Lowe, Carroll Mewbourn, Ty Cobble, Eddie Sustaita, Jr. and Mike Warren.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Palestine.

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Obituaries for Sept. 8, 2011

Mamie Doris Miller

Funeral services for Mamie Doris Miller, 81, of LaRue were held Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Matt Thomas officiating.

Burial followed in Shelby Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Tyler.

She was born December 31, 1929, to the late Algen Norman and Elizabeth Ann Chipman Anderson.

Mrs. Miller was a resident of LaRue since 1966. She was a Baptist, and was very family oriented. She loved her family very much and would love to tell stories to her grandchildren, and she loved to cook for her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Fern V. Miller, 2001, and a granddaughter, Kristi Richards in 2009.

Survivors include her son Jerry F. Miller and wife Karen, of Stephenville; daughters Doris Moseley and husband Scott of Missouri City, Sherry Gregorcyk of College Station, Terry Dreier of LaRue; grandchildren, John Miller, Jessica Miller, Eddie Stoterdijk, Michelle Crowell, Laura Gregorcyk, Danielle Gregorcyk, Kevin McDonald and wife Julie, Janet Sloterdijk, Raymond and Meagan Brooks; 18 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sisters Lavada Jordon of Lake Jackson, and Virginia O’Neil of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Raymond Brooks, Billy Miller, Kevin McDonald, Devyn Anderson, Chris Hicks, Tim Hicks and C.J. Shirah.

Honorary pallbearer was Scott Moseley.

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Maxine Jo Keeton

Services for Maxine Jo Keeton, 81, of Tyler were held Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Harvey officiating.

Burial followed in Bullard Cemetery under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mrs. Keeton passed away, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Tyler under the care of Hospice of East Texas.

She was born in Alexandria on June 16, 1930, to Joe Lovic and Ada Maxine Splawn Langley.

Maxine was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was and avid gardener and a wildlife enthusiast.

Maxine retired from ETMC after 39 years of service as a business office manager.

Mrs. Keeton was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 63 years, Henry Clayton Keeton; daughter Diana McMillan; and by her brother Sam Langley.

Maxine is survived by her loving family including daughters Peggy Chandler of Tyler, Carol Harris and husband Jimmy of Tyler, Linda Ellis and husband Joe of Frankston; son-in-law Pat McMillan of Tyler; sister Anna Lou Barnett and husband Earl of Tyler; sister-in-law Wilda Langley of McKinney; grandchildren Kevin Chandler of Tyler, Karen and Joe Becker of Oklahoma, Kristen and Chris Kotz of California, Brad and Shanti Harris of Tyler, Julianne and Josh Dies of Oklahoma, Taryn and Cliff Evans of Frankston, Kay and David Diaz of Pleasanton, Jill and Aaron Key of Tyler, and Mary McMillan of Dallas; and nephew Sammy Barnett. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and numerous other loving relatives.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Harris, Joe Ellis, Pat McMillan, Bradley Harris, Josh Dies, Kevin Chandler, David Diaz, Cliff Evans, Aaron Key, Joseph Becker and Trey Hardy.

Honorary Pallbearers were Chris Kotz, Earl Barnett and Sammy Barnett.

Memorials in honor of Maxine Jo Keeton may be made to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, 75701.

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John Eugene Edgar

A memorial service for John Eugene Edgar, 78, of Bullard was held Monday, Sept. 5, at Boren-Conner Funeral Home with the Rev. David Brasher officiating.

A private burial was held in Bullard Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Edgar died Friday, Sept. 2, 1011, at a Tyler hospital. He was born June 20, 1933, in Port Arthur, Texas.

Services were under direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Bullard.

Obituaries for Sept. 15, 2011

Willie Lee Austin

A home-going celebration for the life of Willie Lee Austin was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Faith Temple Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Frankston.

The Rev. Alice Cumby was the host pastor and the Rev. M. R. Parsons officiated.

Mr. Austin died Sept. 6, 2011.

He was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Frankston.

He is the son of the late Frank S. Austin and Geneva S. Austin.

Mr. Austin was always hardworking and always willing to help anyone he could.

Willie Lee, as he was affectionately known, never met a stranger.

At the age of 18, he was employed by Bob McGuffy Construction Co. He worked there for 20 years. After leaving the construction company, he was employed for 10 years with Bacon Chevrolet until his health began to fail.

He was very dedicated and loyal to his employees and always did his very best.

Willie Lee was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jessie Austin and Isaiah Staley.

He is survived by a brother Finnous Austin of Neches; two sisters Debra Austin of Frankston and Dorothy Hatton of Cuney; one goddaughter whom he raised Alisha Lakindra Michelle Hatton of Jacksonville; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Services were under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Company of Tyler.

Pallbearers were Reggie Hall, Calvin Patton, Casey Donnell, James Donnell, Marcelous Allen and Marcus Allen.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Smith, Adrian Lang, Ricky Allen, Danny Donnell Charlie Fields and Jimmy Donnell.

Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankston.

Colten Ethan Layne Ivey

Colten Ethan Layne Ivey, two months old, died Sept. 10 at Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside service was to have been at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery between New London and Henderson under the direction of Autry Funeral Home. Visitation with the family was to have been from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at graveside.

He was born on July 4, 2011, inLongview.

Survivors include his father, Justin Layne Ivey of Gladewater; his mother, Chrystal Mallard Hardy of Gladewater; grandparents, Bobby and Brenda Ivey of Frankston, Chris and Trina Cloud of Shreveport, Johnny and Jo Ann Mallard of Gladewater; great-grandparents, Buddy and Carolyn Ivey of Frankston, Jean and Claude Frisbie of Athens; brother, Patrick Hardy of Gladewater; two aunts, Taylor Cloud of Shreveport and Nola Woodlee of Frankston; uncle, Cody Ray Ivey of Frankston.

Pallbearers were grandfathers Bobby Ivey and Johnny Mallard.

Obituaries for Sept. 22, 2011

Troy Cook

Funeral services for Troy Cook, 67, of Frankston, were held Monday, Sept. 19, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston with the Rev. J.A. Griffin and the Rev. George Folmar officiating.

Burial was held at Bethel Cemetery in Frankston.

Mr. Cook passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Frankston.

He was born February 5, 1944 in Frankston.

Mr. Cook was a member of the Masonic lodge in Frankston, the Scottish Right where he was 32nd degree, and a Shriner and he was a part of the VFW and was very proud of all of them.

Mr. Cook loved to pass out Dr. Peppers to the kids walking home from school and even passed them out to the trick or treaters instead of candy, so he was known as the “Dr. Pepper Man.”

He is preceded in death by his father John Quincy Cook and brother Kenneth Cook.

Survivors include mother Bertha McAda; daughter Bonny Baker and husband Ben; brother John Cook; sisters Patsy Chalk and husband Louis and Sandra Costlow and husband Mack.

Pallbearers were Ken Cook, Jeff Helm, Mark Chalk, Dennis Newman, Michael Costlow and Johnnie Ray Clements.

Honorary pallbearers were Steven Chalk and Brandon Newman

Obituaries for Sept. 29, 2011

Dennis Glenn Willis

Graveside services for Dennis Glenn Willis, 51, of Hudson, were held Sunday, Sept. 25, at Garden Oaks Memorial Park in Berryville with Jim Dunn officiating.

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

Mr. Willis passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Lufkin.

He was born September 8, 1960, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Willis was a postal deliverer for the U. S. Postal Service, and officiated high school football.

Dennis was a dedicated volunteer to the Deep East Texas American Red Cross. Mr. Willis began assisting the Red Cross with shelter operations during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in Lufkin, and was currently the warehouse manager.

He was a key member of the organization and always ready to support any disaster operation that occurred. Dennis was a true Red Cross volunteer and a good friend. He will be missed by all.

He is preceded in death by his father Billy Dwain Willis.

Survivors include wife Sheila Willis of Hudson; mother Mable Willis of Lake Palestine; son Billy Ray Willis of Hudson; and brother Ronnie Willis of Lake Palestine.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Rheay, Meck Garrett, Caleb Toll, T. D. Taylor, Shawn Nicholas, Todd Wine, Nick Nicholas and David Cortez.

Bradley Bernard Carr (Brad)

Bradley Bernard Carr (Brad), 53, was born on May 2, 1958, in Dallas.

He died unexpectedly on September 15, 2011, after suffering heart failure. Brad graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1976.

He was the owner of Foote’s Liquor Store in Coffee City.

His greatest achievements are his three kids who brought out the best in him. He was a wonderful husband and a generous man with a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Muneera Carr; three children, Noah, Aliya, and Layla Carr; and his father Timothy Carr.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Carr.

He also leaves behind his brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to American Heart Association . A visitation was held at Calvary Hill Funeral Home on Monday, Sept. 19.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas followed by interment at Calvary Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Calvary Hill Funeral Home in Dallas.

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