Earl A Budd

September 4, 1926July 4, 2018

Earl A. Budd, 91, of Bridgewater, Va., formerly of Harrisonburg, Va., died on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. He was born on September 4, 1926 in Chanute, KS and was the son of the late William Laverne and Marcella Flannery Budd. Earl graduated from Kansas University and served in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and was very active in the community serving on various boards including Harrisonburg School Board, where he was a member and past Chairman; President of the Virginia Poultry Federation, a member of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission and served on the board of Good Printers. Earl also was a member of B.P.O.E. #450 and Harrisonburg Lion’s Club. He was an executive with Rockingham Poultry, Marvel Poultry, Valley Proteins and President of House of Raeford in Raeford, NC before retiring. On April 30, 1953 he married the former Elizabeth “Betsy” Payne, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Laura Lee B. Fleishman and husband, Jeff, of Williamsburg, Ann B. Mills and husband, Garth, of Bridgewater, John Patrick Budd, Sr. and wife, Tracy, of Roanoke, Edward F. “Ted” Budd and wife, Carrie, of Harrisonburg; 11 grandchildren, Winston Elizabeth Fleishman and fiancé, Chase Spong, Garth Mills, Jr., and wife, Maribeth, Daniel Mills and wife, Gabi, Molly Mills, Holland James, John P. Budd, Jr. and wife, Kristen, Mary Adams, Katie Budd and partner, Christopher Hall, Scott Budd, Jack Budd, and Allison Budd; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Budd and wife, Mitzi of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Merle J. Budd, a sister Mary Ann Barley and a brother, William E. Budd.

The family will receive friends 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, July 6, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Kenneth Wood officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Healthcare Foundation, Inc., 302 N. 2nd St., Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Bridgewater Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Bridgewater, VA 22812. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Payne Budd, Wife
  • Laura Lee B. Fleishman, Daughter
  • Jeff Fleishman, Son-in-law
  • Ann B. Mills, Daughter
  • Garth Mills, Sr., Son-in-law
  • John Patrick Budd, Sr., Son
  • Tracy Budd, Daughter-in-law
  • Edward F. "Ted" Budd, Son
  • Carrie Budd, Daughter-in-law
  • Winston Elizabeth Fleishman & fiance,' Chase Spong, Grandchild
  • Garth Mills, Jr. & wife, Maribeth, Grandchild
  • Daniel Mills, & wife, Gabi, Grandchild
  • Molly Mills, Grandchild
  • Holland James, Grandchild
  • John P. Budd, Jr. & wife, Kristen, Grandchild
  • Mary Adams, Grandchild
  • Katie Budd & partner, Christopher Hall, Grandchild
  • Scott Budd, Grandchild
  • Jack Budd, Grandchild
  • Allison Budd, Grandchild
  • Eight Great-Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren
  • Bernard Budd & wife, Mitzi, Brother
  • A Number Of, Nieces & Nephews
  • Marcella Flannery Budd, Mother
  • William Laverne Budd, Father
  • Merle J. Budd, Twin Brother
  • Mary Ann Barley, Sister
  • William E. Budd, Brother

  • Garth Mills, Jr.
  • Dan Mills
  • John Budd, Jr.
  • Scott Budd
  • Jack Budd


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 7, 2018

Earl A Budd

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Peter Weaver

July 16, 2018

Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you, Betsy, and all of your family. When we think of Earl, we always smile. He was truly one of the great "gentlemen". The two of you always made us feel so special when we would see you. We know you will miss him very much. May all of your wonderful memories of Earl comfort you in the days ahead.

Pete and Tilton Weaver

Candy (Teets) Matthews

July 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Mr Budd was always so kind and I know that he will be greatly missed by his friends and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Candy (Teets) Matthews

Catherine Slusher

July 8, 2018

Dear Budd Family,
Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your husband and dad and granddad. He was a great man. I so enjoyed talking to him the most during my run and then service on Harrisonburg City School Board. He had a lot of good memories and great advice. May God bless you with great memories of him.

Cathy Slusher

Mary Beth Budd

July 7, 2018

Especially thinking of Uncle Earl today.
May he rest in peace.
His joy of life and sense of humor will always be remembered.

Mary Beth Budd
Daughter - Bernard Budd, younger brother to Earl Budd

Cindy Yount

July 7, 2018

Dear Betsy & family,
I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of Earl & your lives as well as the many lives he touched.
I, too, have fond memories of Earl, mainly from Good Printers. He brought the sunshine in whenever he entered the building! His laughter & smile could turn anyone around in a heartbeat!
He always showed genuine concern for whatever was going in in your life whether it was work or family related-- everything stopped & you had his undivided attention! And, he was ih so proud of his family!! What a legacy!
His smile & (sometimes mischievous) twinkle in his eye will remain with me me always.
I pray that wonderful memories will bring smiles to your hearts & laughter to ease your grief.
Simply a wonderful man I am honored & blessed to have known.
Please accept my sincere sympathy,
Cindy Yount

Joe and Rose Marie Estock

July 7, 2018

Please accept our prayers and condolences on the passing of Earl.
We always enjoyed his Sunday mass greeting. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Dick Tigrett

July 6, 2018

I remember when I worked at the bank, 25 years ago, how we looked forward to him bringing us donuts

Terri Lowry

July 6, 2018

Mr. Budd will be missed by all of the employees of Good Printers. He was always caring and kind, with a great sense of humor as he frequently visited with employees during the workday throughout the years. He would come and sit in my office and talk about family, work, politics, or whatever was on my mind. We laughed a lot; and when he left my office I always felt better for having spent time talking with him. Mr. Budd was one of a kind, and he will not be forgotten.

Terri Lowry - Good Printers, Inc.

Melissa Greene

July 5, 2018

We loved you very much, Uncle Earl. You always made us laugh. You were a wonderful Uncle to us.
Love to Aunt Betsy and family!
Sincerely, Melissa (Budd) Greene and my family, Jim, Jimmy, Abby and Danny

Bridget Budd Cross

July 5, 2018

Attached: Picture of Bernard T Budd (Earl’s surviving brother) last July, 2017 at our Budd Family Reunion.

Bernie, Earl’s brother, wanted to share this picture showing him with his loving family in a place he loves: The Smokey Mountain National Park.
Earl and Betsy visited him there too and he is grateful to have such wonderful memories of his brother’s visit.