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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; 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 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:

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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This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Maxemilian Simbillo

    Sincere condolences to the Millers. Ptr. Bud Miller was heaven sent to minister to me online. I am blessed to hear some of his audio teachings, read inspirational devotionals and bible resources in their website. Truly a wonderful brother even though I never met him in person but online, I do love him as my brother in Christ and also to Ptr. Betty Miller. You are now in glory with the presence of King Jesus Himself! Well done good and faithful servant of the Lord! Rest in peace with the Lord dear brother and see you in the holy city, new Jerusalem – hallelujah…
    In His love,
    Maxemilian Simbillo

  2. Runda Heard

    Pastor Betty may God continue to build you up in His joy. I read your column often and somehow came onto this segment. I know your husband was a true man of God because so often in your prayers you would ‘thank God for a good husband’. Thank God for y o u Pastor Betty and the wisdom He gives to share with us. Love is sustaining you.

  3. William Biggs

    Needed something to help me. Searched ‘bible suicide’ and read Betty’s “What the Bible says about suicide” article.
    Thank You Betty….I would love to meet you someday. I have enough strength now because of the you illuminated gods messages.

    William Biggs 58 years old
    Screech Owl Trail
    Aiken SC 29805

  4. Leona Rice

    On behalf of Sue Herkner & myself, we extend our belated condolences. Although Bud is no longer physically among us, the impact of his life will continue to touch lives. May God continue to comfort your heart with the knowledge that we who have met & known him here will see him again. God bless you as you press on with the Lord’s work.

  5. Sudesh Paul

    Very sad to learn that our beloved in Christ is received by the Lord for His glory. May God comfort with peace to bear the pain to the family. With prayers.

  6. Laird Thompson

    I am very sorry to hear about this. My belated condolences and prayers to your family.

    1. Julius Mitinje

      May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace, I am very shocked to hear this sad news

  7. Kate

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Pastor Bud is now with the Lord and rejoicing in His presence.

  8. Joe Gullatte

    My deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband Sister, may our gracious Lord God fill the void with His peace, love and comfort in your darkness hour. May your days be bright and the joy of the Lord fill your heart.

  9. Yolanda Lampkin

    My condolences to Mrs. Betty, family and loved ones. May the Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen you. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  10. Jane Tanner

    Dear Betty,
    In times of sorrow we remember that our sweet Lord gives us ‘beauty for ashes’. My prayer for you is that our sweet Saviour would be especially close as you grieve the loss of your husband.
    Just came across this site looking for some teaching on travailing prayer and saw that you had recently lost your husband. Your article on this subject so solidly backed by scripture, has been of great help to me. Thank you. Jane in BC, Canada.

  11. Annie Kemp

    To be absent from the body, is to be present with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  12. R

    My condolences…Many Blessings to you Betty and all the Miller family! I have been so appreciative of your ministry and know GOD will continue have HIS HANDS in you and give you peace! I look forward to seeing Bud in Heaven! GOD BLESS!

  13. Reese Weems

    I’m so sorry for your loss, You and your Husband Ministry has made me feel like family. I pray for you Mother Betty that you continue to be strong 💪🏾 and continue to bless us with the wisdom God has gifted you with. Your Ministry has help my Son grow since he first received a cellphone, my requirement was for him to read your daily word, if he wanted to keep his cellphone. He’s 21 now and continue every day reading your message. God Bless you and your family. We love you in Jesus Christ Name!!

  14. Jeannie Hampton

    Bud is an amazing man and meant a lot to us. When we met and would call him, he would always answer the phone, “Walking in the power and authority of Jesus!” Always joyful, even in difficulty. Always honest, transparent about his life. Our most treasured memory was being with you both at your home, and getting to know each other, sharing life stories, even late into the night, pouring over scripture and forming our friendship. You and Bud were always a powerful duo full of grace and truth and hope for a World that desperately needs it. His legacy and your faithfulness continue forever in not only your work but your lives, your stories, and your love for Jesus. I know my life is better for knowing Bud. My life is so blessed by your life, and you inspired something new and real and bold in our life and our family. No doubt that lives on forever in the many lives you’ve impacted. What a beautiful legacy Bud leaves the world. Praying for you now, and we are with you in prayer, and thoughts. Only a phone call away. I love you Betty, all hope in Jesus, and so much love.

  15. Anitha Benson

    Dear Betty Mam,

    Though my words can do little, I hope my thoughts and prayers will support you at this time. My deepest condolences.

    Kind Regards,

  16. Amy Wayne

    I thank God for the years of service that Bud has given to those seeking sound, Godly instruction and wisdom. Thank you, too, dear Betty! The Miller team created this wonderful and meaningful website. I am praying for your comfort. I know that you are, and will be, comforted. We’ve never met, but how exciting to know that we WILL!!! Then, I can embrace both you and Bud and thank you for the daily encouragement while we were all traversing this sod. It won’t be long now, Betty, will it! Please, when you’re ready, let us all know how you are. We all love you very much.
    Amy Wayne

  17. Paul & Grace Hicks

    Dr. Paul and Grace Hicks,
    We have lost a great friend and encourager! So many fond memories, and good sound teaching. Bud gave me a fine Bible,( King James ) saying to me…””Paul it’s time grow out of that living Bible” and he was so correct, it’s worn, highlighted, under lined and margins filled with notes, and reminds me of the blessing I have recieved from Bud and Betty’s teaching..A special memory..on the trails of the “Sierra Prietas”,Bud on horse running, praising the Lord for His Creation. I look forward to seeing Bud again! , Paul

  18. Ricardo Teodoro Ocampo

    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!

  19. Brad A Love

    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.

  20. marcia jaffe

    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

  21. Rodney & Angel Hatfield

    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

  22. Igor Radovic

    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

  23. David Sudhakar Bula

    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

  24. Renuka Lazarus

    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

    1. Joe Gullatte

      My deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband Sister, may our gracious Lord God fill the void with His peace, love and comfort in your darkness hour. May your days be bright and the joy of the Lord fill your heart.

    2. Nancy Kerubo

      My condolences to Betty and family. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding. May God continue using you Betty for His glory.

  25. Dr. Carl & Vicky Langlois

    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.

  26. Janet (Simpson) Page and Karina (Simpson) Winebold

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

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