Frankie S. Chaffin Widner Scholarship Fund at TJC

Frankie S. Chaffin Widner Scholarship Fund at TJC

Frankie Widner’s family started a new scholarship for Tyler Junior College (TJC) students who are Deaf. It is the Frankie S. Chaffin Widner Scholarship Fund, to help pay for college expenses not already covered by other means. The family asks that donations be made to this scholarship instead of sending flowers.

Obituary for Frankie Widner:

Services for Frankie Widner, 72, of Tyler, will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mrs. Widner passed away February 16, 2013 in Tyler.

She was born August 22, 1940 in Canadian to Samuel and Matilda Chaffin.

Frankie retired from the pharmacy department of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital after 25 years. She taught sign language as a deaf instructor for 30 years in the Continuing Education Sign Language Program which led to the establishment of the current Interpreter Training Program at TJC by Dr. Judy Barnes.

Frankie was a member of the East Texas Deaf Ladies Club and former President and member of the Tyler Metro Association for the Deaf. She attended Shiloh Road Church of Christ. Her beautiful spirit and her sweet, precious smile touched so many lives. She loved her family very much and was proud of each one. She will be deeply missed.

Frankie is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving family including her husband, Bobbye Widner; daughters, Cynthia Buchanan and Darlene Winsett; sister, Mildred Thrasher; grandchildren, Christy Buchanan, Blake Widner, Preston Winsett and Piper Winsett; and by great-grandchildren, Kent Clark and Jaysen Hicks.

Visitation is scheduled from 6:00 -8:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Frankie Widner may be made to the Frankie S. Chaffin Widner Scholarship Fund for the Deaf at TJC in C/O Mitch Andrews at Tyler Junior College, PO Box 9020, Tyler, 75711-9020.

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