Marvin T Childress, U.S. Navy Ret (MMC), 84, went to be with his Lord on Monday, April 6, 2020, on the 120th Anniversary of his Mother’s Birthday. He was the son of Volney H. and Elsie Reid Childress. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of over 61 years, Martha E Childress. He is also survived by two sons, F Kevin Childress (wife Pat) of New York, and Jeffery A Childress (wife Sheila) of Virginia. Five Grandchildren; Jennifer Whittington (husband Ryan), Paige Parker (husband Ben), Renaye Knighton (husband Jeremy), Allan Childress, Connor Childress. 7 Great-Grandchildren; Naomi & Noland Whittington, Townes Parker, Aidan & Jackson Wormell, Kya & Hattie Knighton.
Marvin served 20 years in the Navy and retired as a Chief Machinist Mate, doing several Med Cruises and an around the World Cruise, he also crossed the Equator and did 2 tours in Vietnam. He loved the Navy. He spent another 20 years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard repairing ships and teaching others the way real sailors worked on machinery. He retired NNSY as a Ships Planner & Estimator.
He was preceded in death by his 4 brothers; Howard Childress (wife Lee), Saunders Childress, Volney “Sonny” Childress (wife Mary), James Childress (wife Bessie) and 2 sisters Bessie Childress, Gracie Anderson (husband Tom). His extended family includes James Bernard and Frances Enoch, J B Enoch, Jr., Kenneth W Wynn, Sr.
Left to cherish his memories and good humor are his sister, E Mae Wynn, brothers; Albert L Enoch (wife Nancy), Eddy L Enoch (wife Sheila) and a host of nieces and nephews. Also his church family at Christ Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA.
Graveside services will be at Sharon United Methodist Church, Naruna, VA.
In lieu of flowers Memorial donations should be directed to Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 438 Whipping Creek Road, Gladys, VA 24554; or Jubilee Baptist Church, 216 Crews Shop Road, Concord, VA 24538, or a charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be announced.
Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Brookneal is assisting the family.
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