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Bud Miller Memorial

December 17, 1928 – March 18, 2020

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Pastor Roy Spencer ‘Bud’ Miller


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 and

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 of Chandler, Texas; Andy Miller, wife Kelle of Wolfforth, Texas; a daughter, Cindy Smith, husband Randy of Lubbock, Texas; and a stepdaughter, Stacy Fornara of Scottsdale, Arizona. His grandchildren are Amanda Farmer of Lubbock, Texas; Lindsey Igo of Plainview, Texas; Seth Miller of Johnstown, Colorado; Ericka Miller of Wolfforth, Texas; Branden Smith of Dallas, Texas; James Fornara of Valencia, California; Kristin Fornara of Scottsdale, Arizona and Courtney Gould, of Farmersville, Texas; 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 be having a memorial service to honor this man they all know and love, at a later date in the year, after this Corona virus passes. You will receive an invitation at that time.  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 where the Millers reside in the parsonage. 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 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”)

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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.”

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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  1. Dearest Sister Betty,
    Condolence! About 17 years ago Martin Pangburn introduced you and Brother Bud to me and my former wife who is now with the Lord too. Our brief encounter was a great blessing to us. I shall miss him here on earth. Be comforted and strengthened by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Love & prayers from Tagaytay City, Philippines!

  2. I treasure all the memories I have from my time in Cherry Arizona on the “ranch” back in the 1980s, how could i know then that the goats , chickens , tomatoes , and an old horse named Red would be such fond memories. I will always be grateful for the kindness Bud and Betty and their family showed me in my early adulthood. Bud’s humor was always sharp and ready to cut through any drama or crisis. He was a joy to be around. He was a good guy in a white hat. I will always remember Bud Miller.

  3. Dear Betty & Family,
    May God supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 May He grant the comfort and peace only He can give and lead each one in His will for His glory.
    In His Love,
    Marcia & Peter Jaffe

  4. Dear Betty,

    Angel and I have grieved for you and for the family for Bud’s passing. It came as a shock to us as I am sure it did for others. He always seemed like he would be healed from every health issue he faced and God had him here until this time. Now God called him home and he will be missed but we look forward to seeing him again.

    We have loved you both as treasured friends for many years and we are here if we can help in any way. Bud was a wonderful man of God and a true friend. We are praying for your safety, healthy and God’s provision for the days ahead.

    Love you,

    Rodney and Angel Hatfield

  5. Dearest sister Betty in the LORD JESUS CHRIST

    My deepest and sincere condolences.
    With much sympathy sad to hear about passing of dear brother Bud knowing that he is with the Lord by Faith in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

    Dear sister Betty Miller

    God bless you be with you and send comfort and consolation to you in Our precious God and Savoir Jesus Christ.

    ISAIAH 54:5

    With love in Christ

  6. Dear sister Betty,

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Bro.Bud’s passing ,May the Lord Bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our deepest condolences and may our prayers comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to eternity.
    Yours Brother in Christ

  7. Dearest Betty,

    Was sad to read of Pastor Bud’s passing.
    Of course he has gone to be with Jesus, and what joy n comfort to know that the family will see him again. I did not know him here on earth but guess you will introduce him to me in heaven!! Wow!
    I believe that His Great Spiritual legacy would just multiply even as his family n friends will bless many more in years to come.
    Joe n Renuka Lazarus
    Pune, India

  8. Pastor Bud was such encouragement to us and we felt his and Sister Betty’s prayers so often. We know his reward is now great and may Christ give such peace at this time. Our congregation here and in Appalachia will continue to under-gird beloved Sister Betty and their family.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort.

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