John Wesley Childress, age 66 of Lewisburg, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Childress was the son of the late George Elmer Childress and Edith Dunn Childress of Lewisburg, who survives. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Emma Jean Childress, and two brothers, David and Paul Childress.
John graduated with a Masters Degree at Vanderbilt University, was on the Marshall County Tax Equalization Board for twenty-five years, a former County Commissioner, was actively involved in the family business of Belfast Rock and co-owner of Childress Storage, and served on the board of The Child Development Center for many years. He loved traveling the world, was an avid photographer, and had a passion for history and genealogy.
In addition to his mother, John is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Luz Mary Bohorquez Childress of Lewisburg; one son, Mario Antonio Bohorquez of Bogota, Colombia, South America; two brothers, Marion (Delores) Childress and George (Anna) Childress, Jr., both of Lewisburg; one sister, Deborah Maynard of Lewisburg; two grandchildren, Lina Margarita Bohorquez of Bogota, Colombia, South America and John Sebastian Bohorquez of Orlando, FL; sixteen nieces and nephews, and five great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Childress will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 3 PM at St. Johns the Evangelist Church in Lewisburg. Following the service, Mr. Childress will be cremated and his ashes will be interred in Head Springs Cemetery in Belfast. Visitation with the family will be Monday, February 9, 2015 from 4 PM until 8 PM at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The City of Lewisburg Tree City Commemorative Tree Program, C/O Lewisburg City Hall, 131 E. Church Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091, St. Judes Children Hospital at www.stjude.org. , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or The Marshall County Memorial Library at www.marshallcountylibrary.org., 310 Old Farmington Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091.
Condolences of sympathy may be sent to www.billsmcgaugh.com.
Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.