Carole Childers, 73, of Henderson, passed away at her home Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Henderson church of Christ.
Visitation with the family will be 9 a.m.-noon prior to the service.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Freed-Hardeman University Associates, 158 E. Main Street, Henderson, Tennessee 38340 or the FHU Matching Scholarship Fund, Finger church of Christ, P. O. Box 37, Finger, Tennessee 38334.
She was born Sept. 6, 1946. She married Tom Childers on May 30, 1964, and they were married almost 56 years. For over 50 years, she was the epitome of a preacher’s wife. She was a special education teacher and a pre-school teacher and director. She spoke at Ladies Days, Teachers’ Workshop and women’s classes at Bible lectureships. She specialized in teaching Cradle Roll classes. For over 16 years, she was “the voice of Freed-Hardeman University” servicing as the switch-board operator and Welcome Center Coordinator.
She loved to exercise and was an avid walker. She taught water aerobics in Bader Gym’s swimming pool for many years. Later, she instructed low impact exercise classes at the Henderson church of Christ.
She had a great compassion for the Freed-Hardeman Associates and was a member for over 40 years. She served as president of the Chester County chapel three different times. In 2018, she was selected National president of the Associates and was president at the time of her death.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Childers of Henderson; daughters, Leah Beaver of Henderson and Jenny (Rob) Johnson of Columbia; son, Tim (LeeAnn) Childers of Jacks Creek; sister, Sharon (Tommy) Simmons of Hernando; seven grandchildren, Zach (Lauren) Johnson of Pulaski, Zane and Zoe Johnson of Columbia, Anna Beth and Trace Beaver of Henderson and Sadie and Taylor Childers of Jacks Creek; and three nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Waitstill and Doris Day; an infant son, Kevin Mark Childers; and one brother, David Day.