Alfred Christian, 93, of Dumas, TX died in his home on December 21, 2020.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
He was born in Mountain View, OK to Henry and Ava Sampley Christian and grew up in Bard, NM. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan for a year. He moved to Dumas in 1947. In 1952, he married Delene Perkins of Clayton, NM and they began a family. They enjoyed dancing, gardening, fishing, and playing bridge with longtime friends.
Alfred was a skilled carpenter and builder, a reluctant mechanic, and a self-taught musician who played guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and piano. He and his daughter volunteered for the last several years playing, as he said, old music to old people in the local nursing homes.
Alfred was preceded in death by his wife, Delene; his parents; his brothers, Charlie Christian and Glen Christian; and his sisters, Vera Neer and Margaret Manning.
He is survived by his children, Riley, of Dumas, TX, Curtis and wife Rebecca, of Wimberley, TX, daughter, Marilyn, of Dumas, TX; grandchildren, Summer Kuchera and husband Miles, of Farmington, NM, and Fletcher Christian and wife Victoria, of Farmington, NM; and great-grandson, Abram, of Farmington, NM. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families and his oldest friend and sister-in-law, Maxine Christian, of Dumas, TX.