Thomas R. Childers CHESAPEAKE - Thomas Russell Childers, 80, of Horse Run Drive, passed away Nov. 17, 2008, in his home. Born in Gaffney, S.C., he was the son of the late Tom Russell Childers and Lucy Stepp Childers. Mr. Childers was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he received the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with a star and the Purple Heart while serving aboard the USS Wilhoite and USS Bull. He was a member of the Under-Aged Veterans Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 280. Thomas touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Margaret Kelly Childers of Chesapeake; a son, Thomas Russell Childers Jr. of Washington state and a daughter, Deborah Childers Hennessy and husband Randy of Chesapeake; six grandchildren, Scott Thomas and wife Laura, Barbara, Caitlin, Kelly Ann, Logan and Megan; one great-granddaughter, Cadence; a brother, Raymond Childers of Calabash, N.C.; three uncles, J.W., Raymond and Lloyd Childers; and a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, Chesapeake. The interment will be at a later date. A Christian wake will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday with the family receiving friends until 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3160, 111 A View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503. Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.omanfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 20, 2008