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William Melvin Childers

Havre de Grace, Maryland

Jun 20, 1932 – Mar 31, 2017 (Age 84)


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McComas Funeral Home Obituary

William Melvin Childers, age 84, of Havre de Grace, Maryland passed away on March 31, 2017 at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland. Born in Abingdon, Virginia, he was the son of William Calvin and Ida Francis (Blevins) Childers and was the husband, for 60 years, of his dearly loved wife, the late Betty Pauline (Polly) Childers. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served our country during the Korean War and had worked for the U.S. Government as a Quality Specialist. He adored his grandchildren and was a helpful and generous person who had a heart for the less fortunate. He led the church choir and taught adult Sunday school. He wrote two books, "Welcome Home" a history of the church and "Until Then" an autobiography. Mr. Childers is survived by his children, Rebecca Childers-Hunt of Rising Sun and Marshal Childers of New Park, PA; his sister, Ola Aten of Peoria, Illinois; and grandchildren, Abigail Childers, Allison Childers and Jonas Childers. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, Steven Anthony Childers and Thomas Melvin Childers; three brothers and two sisters. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Welcome Home Free Will Baptist Church, 1303 Prospect Mill Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.

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Bill was one of the first people I met when I came to work at Edgewood in 1989. He is a true 'old school' gentleman.
Quick story: One time I told him I was replacing a riding mower engine while chatting at work. Bill showed up at my house at 0800 with toolbox and started to work on removing the old engine. I was shocked because we had never even discussed him helping - neither of us said anything and together we replaced the engine which ran 'like new' for several years. That's...

Rebecca and Marshall I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a nice man. May God comfort you at this time

So very sorry for your loss. Bill was such a pleasant man with a kind smile. He was very dedicated to his work and we are grateful for his dedication and service to the Nation. Praying you will find comfort in God's gentle embrace, especially now.

Dear Marshal, May you and your family be given courage and peace at this time. Raghu

It was a pleasure to work with Bill in his role as a Quality Specialist. Had lost track of him after our mutual retirements. He will be missed by all who knew him . . .

Received the news today of my old friend. Condolences to the family. Bill was a mentor to many including myself. He was a gentleman and a true patriot. Steve Wylie Sherwood, AR

Bill visited the Pine Bluff Arsenal quit often over the years. I always enjoyed his visits and working with him on various projects. He will be missed.

We have lost a really good guy. Bill was one of the people who made working at Edgewood Arsenal satisfying and even fun. Thank you, Bill, for all the years I have known you and for your help. John Paul Fiala

So sorry. Uncle Melvin will be missed.