PIKEVILLE – Joe F. Childers, Sr. was born in Pikeville, Kentucky on January 14, 1928 and died peacefully, after a long illness, on September 7, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was the son of Clyde and Delia Childers and is survived by his loving wife, Mary Fern Tackett Childers. Joe and Mary Fern were married on March 12, 1949 and were blessed with more than 63 years of wonderful marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Joe F. (Denise Smith) Childers, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, and three daughters, Martha C. Templeman of Frankfort, Kentucky, Susan C. (Gene) Strong of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Sarah C. (Stephen) Day of Lexington, Kentucky. He is also survived by a brother, Dr. James Childers of Chicago, Illinois, and two sisters, Marie Roberts of West Palm Beach, Florida and Ann Stratton of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Childers, Jr. and Jack Childers.
Joe accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age at the First Baptist Church, Pikeville, Kentucky, where he and Mary Fern were active members of the church and choir for many years before moving to Frankfort, Kentucky in 2008. While employed by Commonwealth Life Insurance as a salesman, manager, and vice president for 33 years until his retirement in 1992, he served as a Deacon of First Baptist Church in Pikeville, First Baptist Church in Hazard, and DeHaven Memorial Baptist Church in LaGrange, Kentucky. Joe served the First Baptist Church in Pikeville as Trustee, where he oversaw construction of the new sanctuary, and until his death served as Deacon Emeritus of the First Baptist Church, Pikeville. At his death, he was a member of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club for many years. Joe graduated from Pikeville High School and served in the United States Army, where he was a member of the Army band, and was honorably discharged in 1948. After serving in the Army, he attended Pikeville College. He will be remembered for his integrity, leadership, and the love he gave to all of the members of his extended family. The family would especially like to thank all of Joe’s caregivers in his last years at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Pikeville, on Monday, September 10, at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Joe’s grandsons, Ryan Strong, Chip Templeman, Mark Strong, William Childers, Austin Day, Collier Day, and great-grandson Garrett Brock. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Joe’s Sunday school class from the First Baptist Church, Pikeville. Visitation will be at J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home, 703 Hambley Boulevard, Pikeville, Kentucky on Sunday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joe will be entombed at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort, Kentucky, with a short service at the Chapel at 4:30 p.m., Monday. September 10. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to the First Baptist Church, 126 Fourth Street, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501, the Building Fund of Buck Run Baptist Church, 3894 Georgetown Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, or Thomson Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390.