Childress, Bryan Clinton

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Rev. Bryan Clinton Childress, 85, of Willis, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Bob Childress and Mamie Lelia Montgomery Childress as well as his wife, Pauline Vaughn Childress.

He is survived by his sister, Marie Childress Lucas; brothers, Paul J. Childress and Rev. William R. Childress; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He attended King College in Bristol and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. During his long and remarkable career as a pastor, Rev. Childress served a number of churches in Carroll, Floyd, and Patrick counties. He also served as pastor of Gilbert Presbyterian Church in Gilbert, W.Va. and Stone Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marion, Va. At Stone Memorial, which he served for over twenty years, he was instrumental in helping to establish and solidify the union of the four churches which comprise that field of call.

Rev. Childress gave tirelessly and unselfishly of himself, and his influence upon the people of Southwest Virginia shall endure for years to come. For Bryan Childress was the embodiment of a phrase he used to close his favorite benediction: “Only one life it shall soon pass; only what is done for Christ shall last.”

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at the Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Donald Nance, the Rev. Eugene Baldwin, Joe Quesenberry, Gary Marshall and Stewart Childress officiating. Interment to follow in the Buffalo Mountain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at the church. Memorial donations to the church or charity of your choice are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd.