Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:00 pm
The Messenger, December 27, 2012
Completed arrangements are being announced for Elvie A. Childress, 96, of Tiptonville, formerly of Troy, who died Dec. 24, 2012, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.
Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. J.T. Brown officiating and burial following in Troy’s Terrace Hill Cemetery. His grandsons, John R. Board III, Randy Barnes Jr., Scotty Easley and Jason Easley, were to serve as pallbearers.
He was born Oct. 31, 1916, in Mississippi, son of the late Oscar and Dessie Mae (Jordan) Childress. He married Mildred Katherine Erwin July 20, 1943. She survives. He was a self-employed painter for more than 50 years and was a member of Troy Assembly of God.
He had served as mayor and an alderman for the City of Troy from 1971 to 1979. He was a member of Troy’s Western Sun Masonic Lodge No. 88 F&AM and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by five daughters and three sons-in- law, Ann Curtis of Malden, Mo., Linda and Phil Shuler of Nashville, Betty Watts and Jeanette and Wayne Sandford, all of Union City, and Shelby and Bob Hurley of Martin; his son, Jimmy Childress of Hornbeak; his sister, Flora Davis of Dyersburg; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his son, James Nelson Childress; two brothers, Lester Childress and Grover Childress; and his grandson, Joey Gargus.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.