Doyle J. Childress, 84, of Benton died May 15, 2010 in Bryant. He was born November 22, 1925 in Keo, Arkansas to the late Vess and Willie M. (Davis) Childress. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of God, a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, and a machine operator of a basket factory.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Bertha Childress; one son, Don G. Childress; one daughter, Patricia A. Lemmer; three brothers, Woodrow Gammel, Carl Childress and Miller Childress; two step-sons, Bobby Harris and Michael Owens.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Childress; one daughter, Laverne Whatley; two daughters-in-law, Mellie Childress of Benton and Mary Harris of Bryant; three step-sons, Charles Owens of Oceanside, CA, James Owens of Arnold, MO, Wayne Owens of Hennigsdorf, Germany; twelve grandchildren, Alice Bray, Joy Barger, Mary Beth Childress, Christopher Childress, Ricky Harris, Keith Harris, Lisa Harris, Lucky Lemmer, Kim Lemmer, John Lemmer, Roger Lemmer and Bill Lemmer; four great-grandchildren, Jadelynn Trinity Barger, Catherine Guthrie, Drake Bagley and Tabitha Bagley; one great-great-grandchild, Jasmine Simmons; four sisters, Dora Pierce of England, Violet Mitchell of Benton, Irene Welch of Benton and Ruby Johnson of Bryant; three brothers, Vaughn Childress of Bryant, Dorvin Childress (Doyle’s twin) of Witchita, KS, and Lyon Childress of Jacksonville.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with Rev. David Walker officiating. Interment will follow at New Rosemont Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice House, 23157 I-30, Bryant, AR, 72022.