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Obituary for Richard Ethridge

  • PublishedMarch 1, 2024



Visitation Service for Richard Ethridge, age 77, of Sulphur Springs, Texas will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Mr. Ethridge passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday, February 26, 2024.

Richard Dean Ethridge was born on March 1, 1946 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Harvey J. and Opal Irene (Boykin) Ethridge. He was raised of the Baptist faith in Brashear, Texas and graduated from high school in Miller Grove.


On June 15, 1978, Richard married Judy Scarborough in Greenville, Texas. In 2023, they we married for 45 years. Richard retired from Atmos Energy in 2018 after 50 years in the gas industry as a service repairman.


He is survived by his wife, Judy Ethridge of Sulphur Springs, Texas; daughters, Katherine Taylor and her husband Eldon of College Station, Texas, Tina Ethridge of Virginia; son, Clifford Ethridge of Killeen, Texas. He is also survived by his nine wonderful grandchildren, Carson Taylor, Katlyn Ethridge, Colton Ethridge and his wife Kyra, Donovon Corbitt, Kezia Kinchen, Hannah Ethridge, Clifford Ethridge, Jr., Cayden Ethridge, and Camri Ethridge; brothers, Charles Ethridge of Winnsboro, Texas, Carol Ethridge of Shirley, Texas, Johnny Ethridge of Brashear, Texas; sister, Judy Ann Reed of Tira, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.


Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey J. and Opal Irene Ethridge; son, Carlton Dean (Dee) Ethridge; and brothers, Ray and Freeman Ethridge.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in his name in honor of his wife, Judy.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

The online register can be signed at

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Chloe Kopal

Chloe Kopal was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She attended Sulphur Springs High School for 4 years and graduated in 2021. She was also a line member for the Blue Blazes Drill Team for 3 years. Chloe is the Digital Content Creator for Front Porch News. Her love for our community shows through her work. She is very passionate about photography and has been ever since the first time she picked up a camera many years ago.