Sept. 4, 1930 - May 5, 2013
SOUTH BEND - John Wesley Childress, Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana, surrounded by his devoted children. John was born on September 4, 1930 to Isaac Childress, Sr. and Birdie Mayes Childress in Youngstown, Ohio. At an early age, John moved with his parents and siblings to Mounds, Illinois. John graduated from Douglas High School, where he was an accomplished athlete and scholar. After graduating from high school, John enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was honorably discharged. After his discharge from the Navy, John moved to South Bend, Indiana, where he met the love of his life, Evelyn E. Hill. On October 28, 1950, John and Evelyn were united in holy matrimony. To this union seven children were born. John, a diehard Cubs fan, retired from Ameritech in 1991, after 36 years of service. John was a member of St. Peter's Lodge #31 F&AM, where he served as Past Worshipful Master, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden. John was also Junior Warden of Wabash Consistory No. 77. In 1995, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John received the 33°, the highest Degree bestowed in the Scottish Rite Masonry. John was also a member of the United States Supreme Council, Northern Jurisdiction USA. John was baptized in 1985 by the late Reverend Dave Davis, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member until he united with Pilgrim Baptist Church so that he and his wife, Evelyn, could attend church together. On April 1, 2007, John and Evelyn united with Faith Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Stephen Perkins, with whom they shared a special bond, and where they both remained members until their passing. John's beloved wife, Evelyn, father and mother, Isaac and Birdie Childress, and brothers, Isaac Childress, Jr., and William ("Frank") Childress, preceded him in death. John leaves to forever cherish his memory, his seven devoted children: John Childress, Jr., Ronald (Krystal) Childress, Sr., Sharla Childress-Anderson, Jacqueline Childress-Mitchell, Kevin Childress, Dana Childress-Jones and Bryan (Brenda) Childress; his twelve loving grandchildren: Torlando (Suzette) Childress, Ronald Childress, Jr., Anthony Childress, Tofica Trotter, Shanice ("Princess") Anderson, Kalyn Childress, Kei (MaKeisha) Childress, John Trotter, GeDa' Lea ("Dutchie") Jones, Lauren Renee ("Countess") Mitchell, Edwin Perkins and Jaila ("Angel") Childress, as well as his ten great-grandchildren. John is also survived by his siblings, Mildred Gadson, Melvin Childress, Frances Cattledge, James ("Chub") Childress, and Wilburn Childress; a special cousin, Ida Pittman; and his extended family, Edward & Lena Perkins, as well as a vast number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. John was a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He will be forever missed. Arrangements: Saturday, May 11, 2013: Masonic Rites Ceremony 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, followed by visitation from 11:00 AM to 12 noon, with funeral service at 12 noon, at Faith Baptist Church, 1002 Blaine Avenue, South Bend, IN 46616, (574) 233-6428, Pastor Stephen Perkins officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted with Alford's Mortuary. "We invite you to leave the family an online message of condolence and or sign our guest book at: www.alfordsmortuary.com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 8, 2013