Eurmon (E.J.) “Big Mardis” Mardis was born on Nov. 15, 1923, in Haynesville, La., the son of Herman and Adla Phillips Mardis.

He departed this life on Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Jose, Calif., at Skyline Medical Center.

Mr. Mardis was formerly of El Dorado and was a wounded warrior of the U.S. Army, World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, two sisters, a nephew and a niece.

Survivors include four daughters, Gloria Mardis Johnson, Mary V. Wade, Vada Traylor and Barbara Ellison.

Funeral for Mr. Mardis will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Anthony Traylor officiating.

Interment will be in the Union Ark Cemetery, Dodge City, under the direction of the Sims Mortuary.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Published: 04/01/2013