December 30, 2010


Bina Lou Childress, 86, of Memphis, Missouri died Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. She was born May 10, 1924, in Schuyler County, Missouri, to Noah William and Clara Josephine Miller Jackson.

She graduated from Downing High School in Downing, Missouri, Class of 1942. She married Warren Junior Childress on August 13, 1942 at Queen City, Missouri and to this union two children were born.

Bina taught school for a year and she and Junior farmed until 1964.

She also worked at several stores in Downing and Memphis, including Coast to Coast, Ethel Newland Department Store, restaurants and was manager of D&D Motel. Bina loved to cook and read. She was a member of the Coffey Church.

She is survived by her husband, Junior, of Memphis; a son, Jack Childress and his wife, Judy, of Downing, Missouri and a daughter Sue Myers and her husband, Mike, of Memphis, Missouri; a grandson, Chris Childress and his wife, Billie Jo, of Memphis, Missouri and a granddaughter, Kelle Gunnell and her husband, Bill, of Memphis, Missouri; four great grandchildren: Kala, Kara and Kyle Childress and Shane Gunnell; four step grandchildren: Melissa Craighead of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; Beverly Young of Overland Park, Kansas; Randy Henry of Leavenworth, Kansas and Doug Myers of Moody, Texas. Other survivors include two sisters: Mary Baxter of Memphis, Missouri and Wilma Lee Baxter of Greentop, Missouri; a sister-in-law Jewell Paige of Oak Lawn, Illinois and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bina was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Leland Jackson, Loyd Jackson and Bernie Jackson; two sisters: Lela Pearl and Martha McConnell; a son-in-law, Tom Huggins, two brothers-in-law: Wilford Childress and Bill Childress, a sister-in-law, Mary Nell Kay and her parents-in-law, Warren and Nellie Childress.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, 2010, at 1:30 P.M. at Memphis Funeral Home with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Duane Goff provided the prelude and postlude. Burial followed at Parkview Memorial Gardens-Veterans Garden of Honor, in Kirksville, Missouri. Casket bearers were Tom Baxter, Jim Baxter, J.D. Baxter, Edwin Jackson, Chris Childress and Bill Gunnell.

Memorials may be given to the Scotland County Cancer Fund and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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