Services for Frankie Murphree Reid, 98, of Tyler will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with the Rev. Benjamin Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Reid was born July 31, 1915, in Chandler to Ross and Johnnie Murphree. Frankie married Elmer E. Reid in 1940 and worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Tyler and Dallas. She returned to live in Tyler in 1965, and assisted her husband as secretary and bookkeeper in their businesses of Reid Construction and B&R Insulation.
Frankie was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed all kinds of handwork, cooking and gardening. Her greatest joys came from being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of Green Acres Baptist Church and active in her Sunday school class.
"Mother" and "Grandmother" will always be in our hearts. Our memories are full of the ways she blessed all of our lives with her love and acts of service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Reid; by her parents, Ross and Johnnie Murphree; and by five brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Wheeler and husband Don; son, Charles Reid and wife Pam, all of Tyler; nine grandchildren, Paul and Tricia Wheeler, Benjamin and Rachel Wheeler, Micah Wheeler, Sunny and Chris Agness, Lindsey Wheeler, Ross and Lauren Reid, Smith and Bridgett Reid, Michael and Helen Wells, Natalie and Shane Dubose; and 20 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua, Abigail, John, Reid, Drew, Wray, Layla, Townsend and Violet Wheeler, Clara Beth, William, Jacob and Caroline Agness; Taylor and Lily Reid, Skye, Colby and Gage Wells, and Malone Dubose. She is also survived by her brother, Maurice Murphree; sister, Mauden Rowell; special sisters-in-law, Beth Allen and Jerry McMenamey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The pallbearers will be grandsons.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
The family wishes to give special thanks to caregiver Clarine Cooper and the staff of Meadow Lake Retirement Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Texas Christian Academy or Grace Community School.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 27, 2013