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EARL J. CHILDERS
EARL J. CHILDERS
Visitation: 6:30 - 8:30 PM Monday July 8, 2019 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: 2:00 PM Tuesday July 9, 2019 First Baptist Church 101 N. Main Street, Kannapolis
Interment: Carolina Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum
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Earl J. Childers, 91, of Kannapolis passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Tucker Hospice House after an extended period of declining health.

His funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 101 N Main St in Kannapolis at 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 9 with Dr. Tom Cabaniss officiating. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum. His family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home on Monday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Earl was born January 5, 1928 in Cabarrus County, a son of the late William Jeffie Childers and Flora Mae Hendrix Childers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Willie, Fred and Roy Childers. He was a lifelong Kannapolis resident. He was a graduate of J.W. Cannon High School, class of 1947, and King’s Business College. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. Earl was a member of First Baptist Church where he previously served on the Finance Committee. His church family was precious to him and he greatly missed attending services due to his health. He loved the Lord!

Earl was employed by Sealtest Foods and Lawing Electric Company as an accountant. Later, he owned and operated Ocean Court Apartments, a family motel at Windy Hill Beach, SC. During the 10 years he was there he met numerous people from all over the U.S. and other countries. Many families returned year after year and became very dear to Earl and his family. For over 65 years (including this year!), he was a self-employed tax accountant in Kannapolis. Over these many years, he served countless clients as their “tax man”. He treasured their trust and friendship. He looked forward to seeing them year after year and loved to share jokes with them.

In healthier days, Earl’s interests included traveling, golf, swimming, snow-skiing and he loved watching all kinds of sports. He especially enjoyed time at the beach with his family. Earl had a fantastic sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh and bring a little sunshine into their day. He was a very patient, loving and generous man, who was always thinking of others.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 67 years, Betty Morris Childers, his daughter Ann Childers Wilson and husband Mike, his granddaughter and best friend Lauren Wilson, sister-in-law Vivian Deal and several very special nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to his loving and dedicated neighbors Shelia, Curtis and Gretchen. Much gratitude is given to the caring, dedicated oncology nurses of Levine Cancer Institute who cared for him so lovingly over the years. Shelby, Candace, Patti, Toni, Tamera and the others were absolute angels to Earl, and he loved them like family.

The Tucker Hospice House staff was nothing less than remarkable. They made his last days comfortable and peaceful.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Kannapolis, 101 N Main St, Kannapolis, NC 28081 or Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.

Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
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From: April Presswood
"Praying for you and your family Ann. Love, Alan & April Presswood"
 
From: Rick Felts
"Earl was a wonderful and beautiful man! He prepared my taxes for a number of years. I always enjoyed his companionship, humor & jokes! Earl @ Betty always made you feel as if you were around family and friends! They were a remarkable team! Betty....Kathy & I will always be here for you in thought or action! Much love and utmost respect!"
 
From: David & Rosetta Everhart
"Betty and Ann, We are so saddened by your loss!! Earl was a very special man to us and helped us tremendously especially when we came back to NC from Arkansas!!! You all always made us feel like family!!! We will keep you all in our prayers for God to comfort you and give you peace!!! David & Rosetta"
 
From: Jeannie and Heather Childers
"Uncle Earl was always such a happy upbeat person always had a smile on his face and would always help with such good tax advice. I always looked forward to him doing my taxes and sitting and visiting with him and Betty and I have told the last joke they told me many times. My heart is sadden for his passing but happy I got to know him for as many years as I have. God Bless you Always Jeannie and Heather"
 
From: ANITA GUMIELA
"I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOU LOSS. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE EARL ON MY LAST DAY OF WORK BEFORE RETIREMENT. HE SEEMED TO BE REALLY STRUGGLING AND I PRAY HE IS AT PEACE."
 
From: Genie Anderson
"My prayers are with you at this sad, sad time. Earl was a good man and I really appreciated his expertise doing our taxes. I loved his humor! He always had a joke or something humorous to say. i am thankful that I knew him. Again, Prayers for you all."
 
From: Cindy Taylor
"Praying for all of you and rejoicing with you that he is healthy and with the Lord!"