A funeral service for Ervin Richard Bearden, 88, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Reeves and the Rev. Ed Dodd officiating.
A Masonic and military graveside service will follow at Tira Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the funeral home.
Ervin Richard Bearden died Saturday, Aug 10, 2013, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Ladonia on June 8, 1925, the son of Thomas H. Bearden and Hazel Jane (Corne) Bearden. He married Sally Oleta Weir in Tyler on Oct. 9, 1948. She survives.
He was a retired office manager for the Texas Employment Commission and a member of Tira United Methodist Church. He graduated from East Texas State Teachers College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was the recipient of The Purple Heart. He was a member of Marine Corps League of Hopkins County and a life member of Disabled Veterans. He was a master Mason with the Sulphur Bluff Masonic Lodge, a former district deputy grandmaster, a 32nd degree Mason, a York Rite Mason, a Maskat Temple Shriner, Past Thrice Illustrious Master, Wichita Council No. 140 Royal and Select Masons, past worshipful master Faith Masonic Lodge in Wichita Falls, past worshipful master at Sulphur Bluff Masonic Lodge, past district deputy in the 88th Masonic District, past high priest in Wichita Falls Chapter No. 202 Royal Arch Mason, past commander Wichita Falls Commandery No. 59, member of Fort Worth Scottish Rite Bodies, life member Maskat Shrine Temple, received the Knight York Cross of Honor, former fire chief of Tira Volunteer Fire Department and a former city council member of Tira.
Other survivors include a sister, Katherine Thompson of Grand Prairie; and brother Tom Bearden Jr. of Grand Prairie.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Haynes, and two brothers, Alton Bearden and Weldon Bearden.
Memorials may be made to the Tira Cemetery Association, in care of Floyd L. Payton, 1601 County Road 4612, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
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