Bud Miller Memorial
December 17, 1928 – March 18, 2020
Obituary for Pastor Roy Spencer “Bud” Miller
Pastor Roy Spencer “Bud” Miller, Jr. went to his heavenly home to be with Jesus after an emergency surgery and a short time in ICU at a local hospital in Prescott, Arizona. His wife, Betty, was by his side when he died on March 18, 2020 at 3:03 in the afternoon. Bud was born in Plainview, Texas on December 17, 1928 and was an only child. His father and mother were Roy Spencer Miller, Sr. and Christelle Maxwell Owens. Bud was 91. He and his wife, Betty, have lived in the Prescott and Dewey area in Northern Arizona since 1978, after moving from their home in Texas. They were married in 1977 and have been in ministry together since that time. Bud and Betty were Christian evangelists for a number of years and then they pastored together at Christ Unlimited Fellowship in the eighties and nineties in Dewey, AZ.
In their later years, they did not want to retire, but rather chose to continue to serve their Lord Jesus, so they founded two major Internet ministries online, at God’s leading, over the last 30 years called Bible.com and BibleResources.org.
Bud, in his earlier years, was a rancher and farmer in West Texas. He was a true “West Texas Gentleman.” He loved to ride horses with a friend or one of his children at his side. He was an exceptional man of God with an extraordinary gift from God to encourage and bless others. He was a man of faith and was a good and kind person. We shall all remember his wonderful sense of humor as his dialog was an endless source of laughter and he was a great story teller. He had an infectious laugh, so everyone laughed with him. He loved to joke and tease. He made those around him feel loved and appreciated.
Bud also founded 32 businesses over the years; however, his whole life changed when he answered the Lord’s call to serve Him in ministry. He found his greatest fulfillment in serving God, his wife, his family and others for the last 43 years. Bud was a devoted and faithful husband and he and Betty were happily married for almost 43 years and were rarely separated. They lived an extraordinary life in the Lord and witnessed many miracles over the years. Bud was an humble man and always gave glory to God for all He did in their lives.
Bud leaves behind two sons, Roy Spencer Miller III, wife Mary; Andy Miller, wife Kelle; a daughter, Cindy Smith, husband Randy; all residing in Texas and a stepdaughter, Stacy Fornara residing in Arizona. He has eight (8) grandchildren; plus eleven (11) great grandchildren.
Graveside Service at Christ Unlimited’s Headquarters
Because of the pandemic in our land the family is limited as to being able to come together to celebrate his life, so they will plan to have a memorial service to honor this man they all know and love, at a later date in the year, after this Corona virus passes. At present, there will only be a graveside service for close friends and family. It will be held on Saturday at 3:00 PM, April 4, 2020 at the small cemetery located on the Christ Unlimited Ministries property. Rev. William Mark Bristow of Odessa, Texas will be officiating. Please call Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley, AZ to let us know if you plan to attend as we must practice social distancing at the service and will need to know how to accommodate those who desire to come. The family wants everyone to be safe, so does not expect a large crowd due to circumstances and only wants those who feel led of the Lord to attend. Your prayers at this time will be sufficient. This is an RSVP event so you must phone ahead. Phone Sunrise Funeral Home at 928-772-7475 if you plan to attend.
Viewing of the Body
For those who cannot attend the graveside service, the family will also open the Cherry Chapel on the grounds for a public viewing on Friday, April 3, 2020 during the times from 2:00 to 5:00 PM; but this must also be arranged by appointment only by phoning Sunrise Funeral Home for a time you plan to attend to maintain the government’s edict of only 10 people at a time in the chapel. Please phone 928-772-7475, as well, for an appointment to view the body if you are coming on Friday.
Condolences & Contributions
For those who wish to leave their condolences or comments online you may go to the ‘Leave a Reply’ in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.
In place of sending flowers, please consider giving a memorial offering. This would please Bud, as Betty will continue to host the BibleResourses.org website to reach the world with the gospel. Thank you.
Mail offerings to: Christ Unlimited Ministries, P.O. Box 850, Dewey, AZ 86327 (make checks payable to: Christ Unlimited Ministries with a note “Memorial Gift”)
Donate online at: https://bibleresources.org/church-online/donate/
The Lord Appeared to Bud
During Bud’s hospital stay, the Lord appeared at the foot of his bed one night and spoke these words to him from the book of Isaiah. Isaiah was Bud’s favorite book in the Bible:
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”
One of Bud’s last notations were written on a piece of paper found in his Bible and it read: “Real ministry flows from what Christ is doing in us, not from what we are trying to do for Him. True ministry is a natural part of our relationship with Jesus Christ and then it naturally flows over to others.”
Closing Prayer by Betty Miller
Dear Heavenly Father,
“I am so thankful that You gave Bud Miller to me and others and that he has been a part of my life for the last 43 years as my dear husband. Lord, because we are not able to celebrate his life right now in a public meeting because of the pandemic, we just want all of those who knew him to know that we honor and celebrate his life and all the contributions he has made to the Kingdom of God by his obedience to You and how that has affected so many lives around the world. Thank you Lord for giving me Bud Miller, my most beloved husband, He was also a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend and a committed servant of the Lord. Father God, we look to you to bring the comfort of the Holy Spirit to each of our hearts right now, as we honor your beloved son and servant. Father, we are thankful to have known such a wonderful man of God whose life touched us all in a special way. He was a man who loved us all and was gifted with so many attributes. One we will all remember is his wonderful sense of humor who made us all laugh. He maintained that sense of humor and joy until the end. Lord, we shall miss him, but we know we shall see him again in heaven and what a day of rejoicing that shall be. Bud wanted his passing to be a celebration, so now we celebrate his life by carrying in our hearts the many fond memories we have of him. May we feel the joy he is experiencing now, as he is with Jesus in our heavenly home. I ask this in Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.”.
Betty Miller – March, 2020
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