Jimmy Bearden was a longtime Howe ISD school board member as well as serving as Youth Baseball Commissioner and coach. He was a volunteer fireman as his father before him. Mr. Bearden was instrumental in bringing an all-weather track to Bulldog Stadium. As Vice President of Magni-Fab, he provided labor and materials to many local projects such as directional signs in Howe, Yard of the Month signs, backstops for ball fields, benches for dugouts. One of his last endeavors was to build a tram for the Grayson County Fair Association to carry the elderly and disabled to and from the Fair Grounds. Mr. Bearden received the Norman J. Wallace Citizen of the Year Award in 2001.