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December 03, 2023

Rev. Albert Ray Childress

Rev. Albert Ray Childress

Rev. Albert Ray Childress, 89, of Wilkesboro, began his eternal walk with his Lord on May 12, 2020.

Born to the late Vance and Hester Blackwelder Childress, Albert served in the US Air Force and pastored many churches in Florida and North Carolina.

In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his brothers, Ned, Hugh, and Steve; and a grandson, Stephen Critz.

Those left to cherish the memories of Albert include his wife of 67 years, Snookie Pennell Childress; two daughters, Melody Critz (Steve) and Kim Bouchillon (Jimmy); two brothers, Rowe and Michael; three sisters, Linda, Paulette, and Joan; six grandchildren, Amanda Critz Staley (Michael), Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Sarah Critz Caudle (Jeremy), Daniel Bouchillon, Matthew Bouchillon, and Jameson Bouchillon; a great-grandchild, Alexys Caudle; along with a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service for Rev. Childress will be held at Taylorsville City Cemetery on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Mark Marshall will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse/Donor Ministries, PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607; or Forgiven Ministry, 200 Macedonia Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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  1. Roy Dameron on May 13, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Snookie and girls,

    Just heard the sad news. Been a long time since I saw any of you, but please know my prayers are with you and for you during this time. We had so very many good times together that will never be forgotten. As I was told when my wife died four years ago, Snookie, there is “joyous grief.” That doesn’t make sense, but it’s true – we rejoice when we realize Al is present with the Lord, in person! while we greave because of the separation. But that is temporary. One day you will join him there. Until then, you have my sympathy! Roy Dameron 573-893-5280

  2. Linda Soderberg on July 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Rest in peace, dear heart.

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