Funeral services for William G. Kenyon, known to everyone as "Bud," will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Michael Brunk officiating. Burial will be in the Portales Cemetery with Eric Kenyon, Ryan Haun, Derrell Carter, Charles Mullins, Gary Lucas and Larry Gentry serving as pallbearers. Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge #26 AF&AM have been named as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive guests at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The family no longer maintains a residence in Portales. The family requests that donations be made to the scholarship fund of the Portales Lodge.|
Bud Kenyon was born May 20, 1922, in Portales, to the home of Hattie and William D. "Bill" Kenyon, and died February 18, 2012, in Portales. Bud lived his entire life in Roosevelt County with the exception of his years of service during World War II. He graduated from Portales High School in the class of 1940. While in school, Bud played football and basketball. He continued his education for two years at ENMU where he was on the football team. On September 2, 1942 he entered the US Coast Guard, and sailed for the European Theater of Operation on December 1 of that same year. Bud served aboard the USS Racine, and attained the rank of Water Tender 2nd Class before his discharge on May 18, 1946. While in the service, Bud played football and baseball and also took up boxing.
Upon returning to Portales, Bud became a small airplane pilot, and a partner in the Kenyon Farms with his father, Bill. They later added registered Angus cattle to the operation. On June 6, 1948 at the First Methodist Church, he was married to Jewell Brandt. In 1974, he sold the farm and cattle, but he and Jewell continued to make their home there until 1979 when they purchased a home in Portales.
After Bud's retirement he enjoyed traveling in his 5th wheel. He enjoyed going on fishing and hunting trips with his buddies, and sometimes helped local farmers with their harvests. He and Jewell also travelled some.
In addition to being a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bud was also a member of the Portales Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Shrine. He was a member of the Portales Lodge for more than 67 years. For several years he was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Roosevelt County Sweet Potato Association, and a member of the Roosevelt County Peanut Growers Association and the New Mexico Angus Association.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Connie Kenyon of Powell, TN, and a daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Charles Mullins of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, Marla King of Albuquerque, Chelsea (Ryan) Haun of Morristown, TN, and Eric Kenyon of Powell, TN; two great-grandchildren, Autumn King of Albuqueruqe and Reagan Haun of Morristown, TN; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lennis McDermaid, Maxine Gant and Dorothy Scott, and by Jewell, his wife of 63 years, who died June 27, 2011.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, 575-356-4455.
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Feb. 21, 2012