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Served during WWII with the U.S. Army John Franklin Childress was born May 26, 1925, the son of John Franklin Childress and Doris E. Ellison Childress, and departed this life July 24, 2008 at the age of 83 years 1 month and 28 days.
John was a resident of Mtn. Grove, for the past 14 years moving from Fordland. John and Sylvia Engelhardt were united in marriage on July 3, 1947 in Tulsa, Okla. John and Sylvia were blessed with two children.
John was a member of the Baptist Church, the Ava V.F.W. and Douglas County American Legion. He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. John was a beef farmer.
John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Creed and a daughter, Christina. His survivors include one son, Eddie and Jalane Childress, Warsaw; three grandchildren, Ed and Denise, Dwight and Tracy, Dewayne and Angie; five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Emily, Hailey, Seth and Maddux; and a host of relatives and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with Ed Childress, Eddie Childress, Dwight Ipock and Dewayne Ipock officiating.
Interment followed in the Ellison Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ellison Cemetery. Military graveside honors by American Legion Post 112 and VFW 5993.
Online condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.