Bud Eades, 97, formally of Amarillo, died peacefully Sunday evening, October 7, 2018, just 3 days before his 98th birthday. Family had been at his side throughout the week.
Family will gather for a Celebration of Life Visitation at Schooler Funeral Home Monday, October 15, 6-7 p.m. All friends are encouraged to attend. A graveside service will be held Tuesday morning, October 16 at 10:00 a.m., Llano Cemetery. He will be laid to rest beside his beloved Helen.
Bud was born October 10, 1920 in Dallas, TX, to William C. and Ida Katherine Eades. He lived in the Dallas area and graduated from Seagoville High School in 1938. He was inducted into the Army in 1942. He volunteered for the Army Air Corp and completed his pilot training at Blackland Army Air Field in Waco, TX, then was assigned to Concho Army Air Field in San Angelo, TX where he flew planes for bombardier training until the end of WW II. He completed his military service in Japan with the occupation army.
Upon his return to civilian life in 1947, he worked for the State Board of Insurance which led to more than fifty years in the property and casualty insurance business in the Texas Panhandle. He owned his own agency and merged with Empire Insurance Agency where he was managing partner in 1953.
In 1954, he married the beautiful Helen Virginia Young. Both became active in the civic community. Bud was involved with the United Way, Exchange club and was a deacon at First Baptist Church.
In 1970, the family moved to Hereford where Bud was managing partner of Plains Insurance Agency. Again, the family became active in the community. Bud was president of the Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce, President of Hereford Kiwanis Club, Lieut. Governor of Division 33 of Kiwanis, served on the Grievance Committee, District 13, State Bar of Texas, for three years, a deacon and Sunday school teacher, and active with organizing the Hereford YMCA. In 1983, Bud was honored as Hereford Citizen of the Year. He served on the Hereford City Commission for eleven years.
Bud and Helen returned to Amarillo in 1990. He served as teacher of a men’s Bible Class at First Baptist Church, volunteered at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital, where he enjoyed manning the popcorn machine in the lobby and visiting with all the people that entered. Bud also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House. He served as president of the High Plains Kiwanis Club where he was active in their Flag project for twenty years.
In 2013, Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Helen Virginia. Bud is survived by daughter Carol, husband Tony. 3 sons, Roger, wife, Tammy, Wes, wife, Jenn and Brian, wife, Jennifer. He was beloved by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff at Heartis Retirement Center in Cleburne who helped care for him so tenderly and expressed such affection for him each day.