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Willie Frank Childress, 95, Neosho, Mo., passed away October 25, 2017. He was born July 31, 1922, in Louis-ville, Miss., son of Henry Edgar and Lura Lane (Scott) Childress.
Mr. Childress was employed with Teledyne from 1956-1968, and had worked in security at Crowder College, Neosho. He was a US Army veteran, serving during World War II.
Willie and Dorothy Mae Childress were married August 17, 1942, in Neosho; she preceded him in death in September 2007.
He is survived by two children, Linda North and George (Pete) Childress and his wife, Debbie; two sisters, Lorene Blake, of Greenville, Miss., and Mavis Jackson, of Cherokee, Kan.; four grandchildren, Theresa Osburn and husband, Kenny, Doug Childress and wife, Janice, Michael North and wife, Lindsey, and Jason North and wife, Shannon; three great-grandchildren, Alexandria Ranae Strader and husband, James, Samantha North, and Jayden North; one great-great-grandson, Deklan Strader, a second great-great-grandchild due to arrive soon; and his best friend, Alta Richardson.
In addition to his wife, Willie was preceded in death by a sister, Fannie George Moore; and a brother, Henry Childress.
Services will be held 10 a.m., Monday, October 30, at Clark Funeral Home, with Billy Joe Gentry and Jerry Seigel officiating. Interment will follow at the Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery, with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday between 2 and 3 p.m.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on October 27, 2017
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