Durard V. “D.V.” Williford, age 87, of Comanche and formerly of Odessa, died Wednesday evening at an Abilene Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche with Rev. Richard Ivy, Rev. Don Williford, and Rev. Ross Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in the Mercer’s Gap Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and a lunch for the family was served at the First Baptist Church following the services.

His nephews served as the pallbearers for the service.

He was born July 7, 1920, in Comanche, the son of Jesse and Una Huggins Williford.

He lived in Odessa from 1945 until 1985 working in the oil fields and retiring from Exxon after 38 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in South Africa and England. He was married to Nettie Ann Boynton on Oct. 14, 1945, in Comanche. They moved to Odessa where he served as a member and deacon of Belmont Baptist Church. Following his retirement, they moved back to Comanche to ranch and enjoy the home place. He then became a member of the First Baptist Church of Comanche.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie; his parents, Jesse and Una Williford; a sister, Frances Fritts; a brother, Jess Williford Jr.; and a son-in-law, Ray Ellis.

He is survived by his son Vic Williford and his wife Deb of Springtown; a daughter, Barbara Tate and her husband James Jr. of Jacksonville, Texas. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Charles Williford, Sarah Cecil, Debra Tate, Rachel Glidewell, Shelley Williford, Sheri Hallmark and Taylor Wells; six great-grandchildren, Megan and Kendra Cecil, Kyndle Glidewell, Daniel Williford, Tyler and Taylor Hallmark; three sisters, Udell Akin and husband Jim of Temple, Neva Crumley and husband Cliff of San Antonio and Ann Ellis of Comanche; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Williford of Comanche.

Friends may sign the guest book at www.heart

landfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche.