Don Peyton Aufill, age 84, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas, surrounded by prayers, family, music, and gentle caregivers.
Visitation was held at the Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral services for Don were held at the Main Street Church of Christ in Lockney at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2021. Jerry Miller presided.
Don was laid to rest in the Silverton Cemetery immediately following the services. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney.
Don was born on the family’s kitchen table on October 13, 1936, in McAdoo, Texas to Charles Peyton and Cora Virginia Adams Aufill.
Growing up, the family lived many places including West Texas (Crane, Monahans, Lubbock, Andrews, Pecos); Little Rock, Arkansas; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Delhi, Louisiana; Natchez, Mississippi; Mansfield, Louisiana; Stephens, Arkansas; and Shreveport, Louisiana. They settled in Cleveland, Texas, where Don graduated from high school.
Don studied chemistry at Texas Tech, where he met and married the love of his life and lifelong partner, LaDora Ayres. They moved to Houston, where Don was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a chemical engineer and supervisor. Together, Don and LaDora raised four sons and instilled in each a passion for learning, music, and family.
After Don’s retirement, the family moved to Lockney in 1978, where Don became a companion and caregiver to many.
Don and LaDora ensured each of their four sons a college education and were immensely proud of their growing and extended family. He was known by all who met him as a compassionate and caring man and friend. Don’s interests were varied, and he enjoyed classic cars, history, genealogy, reading, fishing, and especially family music.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He is survived by his sister, Patsy Mosby; his four sons and their families, Robert (Chuck) and Ronda; Don, Jr. and Lisa; Steve and Katheryne; and Jeff and Darla. “PaPa” loved his nine grandchildren, Robert, Jr., Chris, Kevin, Rion, Peyton, Kate, Dylan, Dalanie, and Davis. He also adored his seven great-grandchildren.
A man of strong faith, Don was a member and former deacon of the Church of Christ, and his family rejoices in his reunion with his Lord and Savior.
The family would welcome donations to the American Stroke Association or a charity of your choosing.
Online condolences may be made at www.moore-rose.com.