Charles McCrillis

Obituaries / Mar. 23, 2005 11:00pm EST

Charles McCrillis

TUNBRIDGE—Charles B. "Bud" McCrillis, 74, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. He was born March 4, 1931, in Tunbridge, the son of Theodore and Carolina Florence (Durkee) McCrillis.

He attended school in the one-room schoolhouse on Whitney Hill until his family moved to Sharon. After finishing eighth grade, he went to work for his father logging. He entered the service in 1952 and served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

He married Maybelle May Russell March 22, 1952. He logged for a time in Gaysville before he and his family moved to Strafford, where he worked in the copper mines. He moved back to Tunbridge in 1961 and worked for Trumbul-Nelson Construction of Hanover, N.H. Later he went to work for S.T. Greswold Construction, installing fence along Interstates 91 and 89. Maybelle McCrillis died Dec. 13, 1970.

He married Phyllis M. (Russell) Oct. 23, 1971. In 1974, he went to work logging for David & Simmons in Claremont, N.H. Before his retirement, he worked out of his home maintaining and repairing cars. He also mowed and maintained many of the Tunbridge Cemeteries. During his entire life and especially the past few years, he enjoyed traveling the back roads of Vermont.

Survivors include his wife of Tunbridge; six sons: Charles "Bucky" McCrillis of Randolph, David C. Russell of Tunbridge, Roger A. McCrillis of South Royalton, James "Buddy" Russell of Washington, Timothy R. McCrillis of Wallingford, Conn., and Jeffrey B. McCrillis of Strafford; eight daughters, Bonnie L. McCrillis of White River Junction, Dolores "Dolly" Tucker of Chelsea, Betsy M. Johnson of Corinth, Winkie Hook of Chelsea, Kathy R. Lyford of Barre, Tracey L. Hayward of Chelsea, Cindy Chambers of Tunbridge, and Pamela M. Lyman of Stockbridge; 38 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Carey of Rutland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Ida; and a granddaughter, Maebell "Pip" McCrillis.

Calling hours were held Friday evening, March 18, at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A funeral service was held at the Tunbridge Church Saturday, March 19. The church was filled with his many friends and family.

The Rev. David L. Wolfe read Psalm 23 and Psalm 104 and shared special remembrances written by his family. He spoke about Bud’s love for his children and how he shaped his children and friends into a community. Rev. Wolfe shared stories of family rides and picnics, auctions in Sharon, nicknames given to his family and friends, his love for dogs, especially his dog, "Baby," and Christmas celebrations.

Country music selections played during the service were "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw, "Go Rest High Upon the Mountain" by Vince Gill, and "If Heaven" by Andy Griggs. The service concluded with Rev. Wolfe reading a thought written by Henry Scott Holland and the playing of Bud’s favorite song, "Sneaky Snake" by Tom T. Hall.

The bearers at the church and cemetery were 18 grandsons: Charlie McCrillis, B.J. McCrillis, Aaron Moses, Sam Moses, C.W. Tucker, Ruben Hook, Kaleb McCullough, Tobin McCrillis, Matt McCrillis, Dennis McCrillis, Luke Hayward, Zac Hayward, Mark Chambers, Cal Lyman, Dexter Russell, Ben Coburn, Casey Coburn, and Josh Coburn.

Burial was held in the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge. Following the services, family and friends attended the fellowship at the Tunbridge Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Branch Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 74, Chelsea, Vt., 05038.

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