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Carl Spurgeon Childers

Carl Spurgeon Childers

Carl Spurgeon Childers, 81, of Hiddenite, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at his residence.

He was born December 29, 1938, in Alexander County, the son of the late Ceph Crowson Childers and Cloyce Arlene Childers. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Alexander County, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and was Choir Leader for several years. Carl retired from Kewaunee Scientific in Statesville after being employed 43 years. He enjoyed antique cars, going to car shows; also, going to the mountains.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Retha Sue Childers; brothers, Rickey and Randy Childers and wife Michelle; sisters, Shirley Daniels and Joyce Jolly of Taylorsville; brother-in-law, John Mayberry of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Carl will lie-in-state at Alexander Funeral Service on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A graveside celebration of Carl’s life will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Durant Barr and Rev. Phil Jolly will officiate.

Serving as pallbearers will be: David Ford, Mark Ford, Bruce Millsaps, Darryl McLelland, Roy Earp, Barry Millsaps, and Jerry Adams.

Due to Covid 19, the family requests the practice of social distancing and the use of face masks. There will not be a special visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to the donor’s choice.

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

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  1. Wayne Gwaltney on December 16, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Carl’s passing away. I would like to sent my condolence to the family. Carl and I were classmates and graduated in 1957. I lost contact with most of my friends when I joined the Air Force. But I am looking forward to that great meeting in heaven when we will be seeing those who have gone on before us. May the Lord bless the family and comfort all.

    Wayne Gwaltney

  2. Dottie Abernathy on December 17, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Retha , Richard and I are so sorry to hear of you and your family’s Loss. He was such a kind and sweet gentleman. We liked him the first time we met him. You two made such a wonderful couple. My heart aches for your loss . I pray God will give you peace in the future. I want to reach out to you and I will as soon as the Covid mess is over and done. Love ya dear friend .
    Dottie & Richard Abernathy

  3. Steve and Debra Moose Byers on December 22, 2020 at 11:21 am

    I worked at Kewaunee with Carl for several years back in the 70’s. He was such a wonderful person and so family oriented. It showed in his everyday life that he loved the Lord and was a great influence to those around him. He loved his “ole Chevrolet”.
    Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

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