Childress, James R. James Russell Childress, Sr, was born February 7, 1937 in Houston, Texas and entered into God's loving and merciful arms on February 14, 2014. Services are scheduled for 11 am Wednesday, at the J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Chapel, with Rev. BunkyMitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Bear Creek Cemetery. His childhood years were spent with his parents, Casey and Francis Cutting Childress in Aldine, Texas. He graduated from Aldine High School in 1955 and then served three years in the United States Army. Trained as an Army Paratrooper, he completed missions in the Middle East with his squadron and then worked for the United States Post Office in Houston. In 1961 Jim began a successful and rewarding career with Purolator where he developed and motivated a loyal group of people who loved working with him throughout the years. He was employed with Purolator for 25 years where he served as Senior Vice President. His work gave him opportunities to live in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and New York. Eventually he completed his career in the Dallas area where he put down roots and resided for 40 years. He is preceeded in death by his parents, his wife Linda Childress and his brother Edwin "Cookie" Childress. He is survived by 7 children: Rusty Childress of Lewisville, Bo Childress and wife Tammy of Justin, Joey Childress of Irving, Anne Bowles of Euless, Casey Childress of Lewisville, Amy Crisler and husband Eric of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Kendra Talley of Arlington. Jim loved his grandchildren: Matthew Bowles and wife Jaime of Valley View, Gary Bowles and wife Christine of Sanger, and Kolby Talley of Arlington and two great-grandchildren, Jareth and Livia Bowles. He was Uncle Jim to nephew Randy Childress and wife Darla of Tyler and Mandy Huckabee and husband Robert of Rockwall, Texas, and sister in law Linda Childress Stephenson. Jim never met a stranger, always made people feel welcome and made a lasting impression on everyone who knew him. He enjoyed golf, sports and travel, but mostly he loved spending time with family and friends. He was known for his fun loving demeanor, ready smile, and gentle spirit. He will be greatly missed, not only by his loving family, but also by a multitude of friends, both young and old. The family would like to express gratitude to Jennifer and Jason Leyda, neighbors and friends for their loving attention toward Dad over the years. As well as the care-giving angels, Edith of and the other care giving angels of Hospice Compassus Fort Worth. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 18, 2014