Elbert David "Butch" Gilliland (1945 - 2018)

Obituary
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Floydada- Elbert David "Butch" Gilliland, age 72, our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away on July 3, 2018, in Floydada, TX. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Floydada. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 at Moore Rose Funeral Home in Floydada. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.Butch was born on July 22, 1945 in Floydada to Levis Benson and Virgie Ruth (Vickers) Gilliland. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife, Edna Nell (Shaw) Gilliland, and his nephew Cory Gilliland. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Brown and husband Tim, of Albuquerque, NM, grandsons, Zane, Redmon and Cole, great-grandson Caden, brother Bobby and sister-in-law Barbara of Floydada, brother Bill and sister-in-law Ann of Abilene, niece Connie (Gilliland) Watson and husband Nolan, nephew Micheal and wife Mary, nephew Brandon and wife Rochelle (all of Lubbock), great nieces and nephews McKaleigh, Landry, Mason, Morgan, Molly, Allie, Justin and Andrew, Aunt Gayle Scott and husband Jimmie of Tulia, lifelong friends Waldo and Teri West and sons Beau and Dillon, and dozens and dozens of loving cousins and friends.Butch was a printer for many years in Dallas and Lubbock, but left the profession in 1978, when he returned home to Floydada to take over the family's windmill repair business, which was started by his grandfather Birch and continued by his father Levis. Over the course of almost 40 years, Butch and his old windmill repair truck were fixtures on the Caprock, repairing hundreds (and maybe thousands) of windmills and pumps on farms and ranches across Floyd County and beyond. Butch and his trusty truck were featured on an episode of Texas Country Reporter in 2003. He also worked for Cornelius Oil, delivering fuel to customers, and in his later years, he was the faithful caretaker of the Floydada Cemetery. Butch enjoyed volunteering at the Floydada Senior Citizens center several times a week, delivering meals and spending time with homebound seniors. Butch never met a stranger, and loved everyone, especially his family. He always had a smile on his face, and the delights of his life were his daughter, his grandchildren and his great-grandson. They loved him dearly, and will miss him terribly. One of his favorite events every year was his family reunion in Ruidoso, where he always made sure to make a stop at the horse races and visit the one-armed bandits. He was an avid fan of the Floydada Whirlwinds, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Green Bay Packers.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Floydada Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 573, Floydada, TX, 79235.
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Moore-Rose Funeral Home - Floydada
701 Main St.
Idalou, TX 79329
(806) 892-3220
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from July 13 to July 14, 2018
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