Jimmy "Chip" Childers

  • Born: February 5, 1935
  • Died: March 15, 2019
  • Location: Forest City, North Carolina

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services

1251 US Highway 221A
Forest City, NC 28043

Tel. (828) 657-6383

Tribute & Message From The Family

A Dedicated Husband, Father and Paw Paw

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Chip by adding your memories and photos.

Jimmy "Chip" Childers, age 84, of Forest City, NC, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at his residence.
Jimmy was born February 5, 1935 in Rutherford County to the late Paul B. Childers and Bertha McEntire Childers. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1954 and worked for Sonoco Crellin for forty years before retiring. He was a longtime and faithful member of the Caroleen United Methodist Church. Chip was a three-sport star in high school. He went on to play semi-pro baseball in Valdosta, Georgia. He returned shortly thereafter to marry the love of his life, Ruby. Chip enjoyed bowling in his younger years and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all their sporting events. He also was actively involved in coaching little league baseball for many years. Jimmy was a dedicated husband, father and paw paw.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Huntley and four brothers, Rafford, Dean, Donnie and Jerry Childers.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of almost sixty-four years, Ruby Hensley Childers; son, Randy Childers and wife, Lisa of Forest City; daughter, Joy C. Funderburke and husband, Ronny of Kings Mountain; four grandchildren, Kristyn Dedmon (Kevin) of Shelby, Trey Funderburke (Jana) of Greenville, SC, Zac Funderburke of Kings Mountain and Ben Childers of Forest City.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Caroleen United Methodist Church with Reverend Norma Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to service time.
Memorial donations are requested to the Caroleen United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 187, Caroleen, NC 28019 or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ruby, Randy, Joy

I am so sorry to learn of Chip's passing. I have so many fond memories of Jimmy .back to the Little League Bears in the 60's and years before and after. His friendly and easy going personality made an impact on me at a young age and I always enjoyed being around him when our families would get together. I remember him throwing the football with me as I was about to start high school and his suggestion that if I was going to play football, I should try out for a receiver position. I admired his athleticism, but most of all I admired the man he was.

As you know he was a very close friend of Dad's and they had many fun experiences together. He served as a pallbearer for Dad when he was laid to rest. And Ruby, I'll never forget the support and concern you showed for Mom as she battled cancer during the months before her passing. You and Jimmy and the friendship of our families were and continue to be very special to me. There were not many times when I called home to check in with Mom and Dad that Jimmy and Ruby did not come up in our conversation.

I love you both very much. Ruby, Randy and Joy..you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort. With my deepest sympathy, Danny Brown and Family.

Posted by Daniel Brown - Cornelius, NC - Family Friend   March 18, 2019

I worked with Jim for several years. Always pleasant and fun to work with. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kay Searcy - Forest City, NC - Coworker   March 18, 2019

You all are in our thoughts and prayers! May God provide you peace and comfort. We love you!
Tommy, Julie, Brittany, & Julieanna

Posted by Brittany Graham - Friend   March 18, 2019

Joy and family, We all here, at Dr Clinard's office have you all in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Wish we could be there with you to celebrate the life of a special man. Please know we love you and are thinking of you.

Posted by Scott Clinard - Gastonia, NC - Coworker   March 18, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Bryan & Dora Childers - Marion, NC - Family   March 18, 2019

So sorry for Your loss. May the lord comfort each and everyone.

Posted by Donna Larch - Boiling Springs, SC - Family   March 17, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give the comfort that no one else can give.
With much love, Kevin & Katie Lowdermilk

Posted by Kevin & Katie Lowdermilk - Forest City, NC - Family Friend   March 16, 2019

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