Orland ‘Bud’ Mayfield, 101
Bud Mayfield, 101, of Thornfield, died May 5, 2020, at his home. A come-and-go visitation was held May 8 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.
He was born Dec. 3, 1918, near Mountain Grove, the son of Andrew Jackson and Zady Hurtt Mayfield. In 1936, he moved with his parents, brothers and sister to California to seek employment. On Jan. 22, 1941, in California, he married Geneva Shaw. Mr. Mayfield was an Army veteran who proudly served his country during World War II, including in the Battle of the Bulge.
After his honorable discharge, he and Mrs. Mayfield raised their four children in San Jose, California, where Mr. Mayfield worked as a carpenter until 1974. Then they bought a farm near Thornfield and moved back to enjoy their retirement years here.
After his first wife’s death, he married Earlene Kuykendall on June 9, 1986.
He spent many years here hunting, fishing, hiking and doing anything he could do outdoors. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When they came to visit, he would take them to do all of his favorite things.
After the death of his second wife, Earlene, his grandson Tony Mayfield and wife Tami came to live with him and take care of him.
Mr. Mayfield is survived by two sons, Leroy Mayfield and wife Sonda of Oregon and Buddy Mayfield and wife Gloria of California; seven grandchildren, Tony Mayfield and wife Tami, Greg Hartman and wife Christy, Paula Smith and husband Tom, Andy Mayfield and wife Larissa, Mike Mayfield and wife Sandy, Lori Bellman and husband Mike, and Paul Mayfield; 18 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends who were like family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first, wife Geneva, who died April 9, 1985; his second wife, Earlene, who died Nov. 12, 2015; one son, Troy, and daughter-in-law Doris; one daughter, Lois, and son-in-law Jack; his great-grandson, Tyler; all his siblings; and one great-grandson.
A private burial with full military honors was done in the Thornfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.