(October 28, 1939 - March 21, 2014)
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The Graveside services for Rell "Bud" Maynard, 74, formerly of Clovis, NM will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 2:00PM at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens with Reverend Jeff Pierce officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the Cannon AFB Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers include all former NM 21 AFJROTC cadets, Russell Muffley, Keith Ingram, Lanny Fowler, Thomas Maynard, Nathan Maynard and Devon Maynard. The Family will be at Muffley Funeral Home Friday, April 4, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Bud died Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home in Mt. Carmel, TN. Bud was born October 28, 1939, in Williamson, WV to Otis and Bertha (Adkins) Maynard. He had three half-brothers (John, Arnold, James) and two half-sisters (Aline, Ellen) by a previous marriage of his father. His mother died when he was three, and his father died when he was seven. After his parents had died, he lived with an aunt and uncle and his older brothers as he grew up.
Knowing he didn't want to work in the coal mines of Kentucky and West Virginia, he joined the US Air Force in May 1957. His career in the USAF took him all over the world, including assignments in England, Amarillo, TX, Las Vegas, NV, and Clovis, NM. He also served four tours of duty in Thailand and Vietnam, and spent a year at Shemya Air Force Base, located on the far western end of the Aleutian Islands. For the first 18 years of his military career he worked in Aircraft Armament Systems. He then cross-trained and became the First Sergeant for various squadrons on Cannon AFB, including the 27th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, the 27th Aircraft Generation Squadron, and the 27th Security Police Squadron. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant with over 26 years of service. Awards and commendations included the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Army Good Conduct Medal with one bronze clasp, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal.
In 1985 he was selected to be the Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor at the Clovis High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. The unit, referred to as NM-021, won numerous awards during his years as an instructor, including being named an "Honor Unit" nine times during his tenure and "Outstanding Unit" in 2000. He was selected as the Outstanding AFJROTC Instructor for the Southwest region for the 1994-1995 and 1999-2000 school years. He retired from Clovis High School in 2002. He had an impact on hundreds of students over the years that is still being felt today.
Throughout much of his life Bud enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. As neighbors and friends know he could often be seen on his porch, waving and talking to those passing by. It was a pastime he continued up until his final days. Sitting on his porch gave him a view of one of his passions in life – his yard. He was meticulous in his lawn care, and took great pride in having a thick, lush, green lawn. He would complain about having to mow it twice a week but he was really bragging. Bud was extremely outgoing and friendly. He would talk to anyone and everyone. He seemed to know everyone in town, and everyone seemed to know him.
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Staton), Mt Carmel, TN; three sons: Timothy R. (Cindy) Maynard, Purcell, OK; Harold O. (Donna) Maynard, Tucson, AZ; and James R. (Kristin) Maynard, Clovis, NM; nine grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and various cousins, nieces, and nephews spread throughout the country. Bud was preceded by his parents, Otis and Bertha, his first wife, Janet Kay (Maxwell), second wife, Linda (Muns), and his five brothers and sisters.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home 575 762-4435 muffleyfuneralhome.com
Muffley Funeral Home Inc
1430 Thornton St Clovis, NM 88102
Published in the Clovis News Journal on Mar. 30, 2014