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Jerry L. Childers

Jerry Lee Childers passed away peacefully at the Heartland Regional Medical Center on June 12, 2021. Jerry was born August 3, 1941 at the home of his parents, Frances and Lucille Childers. Jerry was married to his high school sweetheart, Sandra Kay Eveland, in 1961. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 18, 2021.

Jerry graduated from Marion High School in 1959, having lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track. Jerry then attended V.T.I. He left VTI to take a job in construction, having participated in the construction of the Marion Federal Penitentiary, several campus buildings at SIU, and the southern portions of Interstate 57.

Jerry began working for the Marion Post Office as a window clerk in October, 1965. He worked in postal management in several post offices, becoming the Postmaster of the Zeigler and Anna Post Offices. He retired from the USPS in September, 1997.

Jerry was involved in the baseball program at the Marion Park District for many, many years. He was a past vice president of the Pleasant Valley Lake Association. He also served as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman for the West Marion 8 precinct. Jerry was a lifelong Baptist having attended several area churches during his life.

In his earlier years, Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a lifelong St Louis Cardinals baseball fan and enjoyed Marion Wildcat sports and Saluki basketball. Jerry dearly loved and was very proud of all of his family. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, never missing any of their activities. He spent many hours passing along his knowledge of sports and construction to his kids and grandkids.

              Jerry is survived by his wife Sandy, his daughter Kim Suits (Ron Rybacki) and his son Jim Childers (Carole), his grandchildren Jessica Suits (Bradley Rachlin), Erin Suits, Ben Childers (Megan), Sam Childers (Erin), and a great grandchild on the way. Jerry is also survived by siblings Gene Childers (Donna), Donna Handkins, Johnny Childers (Alice), Gary Childers (Cathy), brother-in-law Roger Bell and sister-in-law Jill Hughes, and many nieces and nephews. Jerry also leaves behind his beloved Snuggles. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Edward Handkins and Wallace Hughes, and sister-in-law Vicky Bell.

              Jerry was a very generous man, always willing to donate his time and skills to assist others. Jerry often made anonymous donations to local charities. He was deeply loved by all of his family and will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center who took such good care of him in his final days. We would especially like to thank RNs Blake, Jamie, and Dwayne.

              Jerry spent 30 years in battle with heart disease. He had a good and honorable life. His family is comforted in the knowledge that he is in heaven, no longer fighting and suffering.

              Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion with Granger Odum officiating. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

               For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Marion Ministerial Alliance.

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The members at Bells Baptist Church Apex, NC send our condolences to the family of Jerry Childers. We came to know and love his sister Donna after she and Ed joined us in worship. We send our love to all her family at the loss of Jerry.

Larry Howard Jun 16 2021 6:42 AM

I am so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I haven't seen he & Sandy for some years, but I do remember him as being a caring, thoughtful man. I pray that God will give Sandy & Family comfort & strength during this difficult time.

Mary & Jerry Krone Jun 14 2021 9:22 PM

I am sincerley sorry for the loss of Jerry, he was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I hope all is well.

Donna Farner Bloodworth Jun 14 2021 8:14 PM

Jim and Carole, we are sorry for the passing of your Dad, Jim. He sounds like a wonderful loving and caring father, father in-law, and grandpa. He will be dearly missed by many folks who knew and loved him. You have our deepest condolences. Love in Jesus, Dave and Karen Aldridge

Karen and Dave Aldridge Jun 14 2021 4:26 PM

So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you all.

Beth Murphy (Clayton) Jun 14 2021 2:56 PM

Jim prayers for you and your family during this time . Remember your good times.

Sandy Simpson Jun 14 2021 12:33 PM

Jerry was a good man and friend to us. We will always remember the good times we had together.

Bougie and Sharon Goodman Jun 14 2021 10:30 AM

Sorry to hear this about Jerry. Very good friend. He will be missed. Prayers will go out to Sandy and the family. R.I.P Jerry

Jim Schafer Jun 13 2021 5:56 PM

Kim , so sorry to hear about your father. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Sheryl Gower Hargrave Jun 13 2021 4:54 PM

I worked with Jerry for a little while at the post office. He was a very nice man and always willing to help out at anytime.

Vicki Hope-Taylor Jun 13 2021 4:33 PM

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