January 2, 2014

(6/11/1918 - 12/28/2013)

Junior (Warren J.) Childress, 95, of Memphis, Missouri, died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born June 11, 1918, in Scotland County, Missouri, to Warren Priest and Nellie Claire Waid Childress.

Junior attended Walnut Grove School. He entered the United States Army on July 11, 1941 and was discharged September 12, 1945, having been a Purple Heart recipient.

He married Bina Lou Jackson on August 13, 1942, at Queen City, Missouri and to this union two children were born.

Junior worked at Shaw’s Seed Store before he began a farming operation. He was a bus driver for the Scotland County Schools for many years, having earned the respect of many of the students, some of whom currently remained in contact with him. He considered “work” a hobby and especially enjoyed doing yard work. Junior also enjoyed eating out.

He is survived by a son, Jack Childress and his wife, Judy, of Downing, Missouri; a daughter, Sue Myers and her husband, Mike; a grandson, Chris Childress and his wife, Billie Jo and a granddaughter, Kelle Gunnell and her husband, Bill, all of Memphis. Also surviving are 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; Doug Myers of Moody, Texas; a sister, Jewel Paige, of Oak Lawn, Illinois and his dog, P.J.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, his wife on December 22, 2010, a son-in-law, Tom Huggins; two brothers: Wilford Childress, Bill Childress and a sister, Mary Nell Kay.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December, 31, 2013, at Memphis Funeral Home with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Veterans of Honor section of Parkville Memorial Gardens in Kirksville, Missouri. Casket bearers were Chris Childress, John Craig, Bill Gunnell, Jed Hinds, Phillip Robertson and Ronnie Young. Honorary bearers were Kala Childress, Kara Childress, Kyle Childress, Shane Gunnell and Doug Myers.

To honor Junior’s memory, a memorial may be made to the V.F.W. Cemetery Flag Fund and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555.

Guests may register online by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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