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Russellville Family Funeral
Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

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Tom Childress

Tom Childress, 85 of Russellville, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  Born October 29, 1933 in Hattieville, Arkansas, Tom was one of 11 children, born to the late Charles Washington Childress and Gladys Wilma Dixon. 
Having grown up in hard times, Tom always worked tirelessly to provide a better life for his family.  He retired after 30 years, from Dependable Air Conditioning.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Henderson; four sisters and two brothers, Athlene Crites, Inez Pearson, Anna Jane Childress, Jean Wager, Charles Childress and Van Childress.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Shirley Barham Childress; a son, Gary Childress (Karen) of Russellville; a daughter, Debbie Howell (Robert) of Hector; three grandchildren, Brittany Henderson Myers, Kelsey Childress Lawlis (Cody), Jordan T. Childress; six great grandchildren, Paxtin, Rowan & Sutton Lawlis, Mylah, Emalyn and Hazyl Grace Meyers; three brothers, Mervin Childress (Lola), Sammy Joe Childress (Pat), Jerry Childress (Pat); sister, Barbara (Bobbie) Sampley; several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

His visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday, September 2, 2019 at Russellville Family Funeral.  The Funeral service will be, 10am, Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Russellville Family Funeral Chapel.  Rev. Joe Yates will officiate.  Burial will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park, under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.

Pallbearers will be Jordan T. Childress, Sam Childress, Terry Childress, Billy Van Jolley, Glen Jolley, Jeremy Myers.

Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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Gary, Shirley and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Donna Rowe Sep 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tom Childress

Debbie Burris Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

Gary & Family,
Very sorry to hear of your Father's passing. May God's arms of love comfort you today & in the days to come.

Sharon Clark Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Tom was one of the dearest friends I ever had. We saw each other every other day, if not daily. It was always "Hello, grab yourself a seat and sit down". He was my Razorback buddy as we all watched many a game with Shirley and Tom laughing at me as I made so much noisy when I got excited. Over the years we had many good talks. Tom was a very special friend who always had a smile for me. I am so going to miss him, but for him the best is yet to come because he is with our Lord and Savior. I love you friend and I always will.

Denise Styles Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tom Childress

becky(dixon)bullard Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM