AUGUSTA, Ga. - Freddie J. Childress, 74, completed his earthly life on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Jewell Bentley Childress. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2005 at First Baptist Church of Augusta with Dr. Rodger Murchison and Dr. R.J. Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Westover Memorial Park. Mr. Childress, born in Atlanta, served in the United States Air Force, completing the cadet program and rising to the rank of Captain before leaving the military to return to Augusta and his family's business, Mooney's Shoes, Inc. A Certified Pedorthist, he was internationally recognized in his field covering four decades. He received many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board for Certification in Pedorthics. He served in many local groups including Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, and the Better Business Bureau as Board Chairman of the Augusta chapter. His most fulfilling and cherished endeavor was his service to his church, First Baptist Church of Augusta. Leadership roles there include Board of Deacons, Sunday School Director, Stewardship Chairman, and the Youth Royal Ambassador Director. Survivors include his wife; his son, Dean Bentley Childress and daughter-in-law, Margaret; his daughter, Christi Bea Coleman and son-in-law, John. His four grandchildren are John Hardin Coleman, Jr., Dorothy Jewell Coleman, Maggie Bentley Childress, and Judson Baldwin Childress. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Terry Bentley; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bentley Perry; and sister-in-law, Beverly Faythe Bentley; and many loved nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Tom Perrin, Clay Coleman, John McMahan, Cal Williams, Ken Patisaul and Ronny Bolton. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Lewis, Harvie Hogan, Jr. and Glynn Watson. Memorials may be made to the Chapel Fund, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Road.
The Augusta Chronicle September 29, 2005