Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Argle Lee Pearson, Sr., United States Army Veteran

Argle Pearson was born September 21, 1925 in Hardin County, Tennessee and passed away on December 8, 2010 in Texas at the age of 85.

Argle enlisted in the United States Army as a teenager and served his country by fighting the Germans in World War II.  At the end of that war, he went to work for Ford Motor Company in Hazelwood, Missouri, where he worked for more than thirty years.

Argle was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Post Commander and District Commander.  At the time of his passing, he was a member of Post 9192 in Killeen, Texas.

He was a life member of the Shriners, and was a Lieutenant in the marching unit and also served as president.

Argle was always active in the community in which he lived.  He was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, served as the treasurer of a citizens committee for better government, served five terms as Precinct Committeeman and two terms on the township board of auditors.

After retiring from Ford, Argle lived in Morris Chapel, Tennessee and coached his son’s Babe Ruth baseball team.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, smoking cigars, drinking Keystone and barbecue.

In 1967 Argle married Grace Marie, the love of his life for the next 43 years.  Grace passed away on November 7, 2009 and was laid to rest at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.

Funeral services for Argle were held on December 13, 2010 at the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen.  After the services the family and friends motored to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery for interment services.

Upon their arrival, they were greeted by Patriot Guard Riders and fifty American flags blowing briskly in the chilly Texas air. 

The flag draped casket was moved from the hearse into the committal shelter, and the Riders formed a line of flags along two sides of the shelter as military honors were rendered.

Final prayers were said, a rifleman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars fired three rounds of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country, and the Army bugler played taps.

The Army Honor Guard then folded the American flag that had covered the casket into the traditional triangle, and presented it to the family on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation in gratitude for Argle’s service.

Argle Lee Pearson, Sr., was then laid to rest next to his dear wife on the upper plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are three sons, two daughters, five grandchildren, a brother, two sisters and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Herald-Citizen for biographical information and to Amanda McCurdy Carter for additional photographs.

Link to news story in the Herald-Citizen

Link to memorial video

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