Johnson's Funeral Home

435 West Beauregard, San Angelo, TX


Bud Frank Derby

October 20, 1928June 24, 2020

Bud Frank Derby, Jr., of San Angelo, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in San Angelo, Texas. Frank was born October 20, 1928 in Mason, Texas to Bud and Gussie (Smart) Derby. Growing up he lived in Mason, Fort Worth, Cleburne, and San Angelo. He attended Elementary and Junior High School in Mason. His best memory was stopping by Lee Smart’s Meat Market after school. Papa Smart would always be waiting on him with a chunk of cheese for a snack and they would sit in front of the meat market on a bench and talk about their day. While attending high school, Frank worked with his dad as a painter in Fort Worth, Cleburne, and San Angelo. He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served over two years. Frank marred the love of his life, Wanda Chapman on June 21, 1953, in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Angelo Business College, and after graduation, he started working for the Federal Government, Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation. From San Angelo, he and Wanda moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Edna, Texas; Farmington, New Mexico, and then finally returned to San Angelo, Texas to retire after 30 years. Frank loved to be outdoors, either hunting arrowheads, deer hunting, or camping and fishing on the riverbanks. He loved his family. He and Wanda were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Pamela Ann Derby and Diana Derby Reed. He was so very proud of them and loved them and their families dearly. Frank had two granddaughters who he was especially proud of as well. Frank was a member of Johnson Street Church of Christ, and loved reading his Bible daily. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Wanda; his sister, Violet and Joe Kinyon, his brother, Ralph and Bana Derby; sisters-in-law, Opal Hudson, Lavergne Houpt, and Joan Chapman; brothers-in-law, Leroy Chapman, Howard Chapman, and Johnny Chapman. Survivors include his daughters, Pamela Ann Derby of San Angelo and Diana Derby Reed and husband Robert of Granbury, TX; granddaughters, Amanda Bujaucius and husband Mark and their son Raistlin, of Yuma, AZ., and Meghan Burcie and husband Jarrad and their sons, Blake, Brooks, and Brody of Granbury, TX. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Helen Nance, Beverly Cortese and husband, Frank, Sharon Eubanks and husband Lloyd, and Wanda Chapman; brothers-in-law, Billy Chapman and Jerry Chapman and wife June, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Visitation will be held from 2-6 PM, Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Johnson’s Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10 AM, Monday, June 29, 2020 at Johnson’s Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with Pastor Tommy King officiating. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Shannon Medical Center for their compassionate care, Visiting Angels – Christina and Angella for treating Frank like he was family, and Meals for the Elderly and their many volunteers. Frank was loved by many and will be truly missed.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020


Bud Frank Derby

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Andrew Wray

June 26, 2020

I never knew him, but my daughter Angella loved him so that's good enough for me. A special scripture:
Isaiah 57:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
57 The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.