Submitted by: T.D.
Roy Dale Childs of Durant, Oklahoma passed away in Dallas, Texas at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2011. Roy was born west of Roberta, Oklahoma on September 10, 1918 to Walter and Abbie (Roberts) Childs.
Roy graduated from Blue High School in 1936. He married his high school sweetheart, Billie Maxine Beal, on January 2, 1941 in Watertown, New York. After returning from World War II where he served in the 45th Infantry Division, Roy and Maxine established Child's Grocery, which they operated on the east side of Durant for over forty years. They retired to Lake Texoma in 1986. Of his many accomplishments, he will be most remembered for his honorable service during World War II in the 45th Infantry Division. While serving, Roy was awarded two Bronze Stars for bravery, participated in the invasion of Anzio, and was present at the liberation of Dachau. At the local level, his service included time on the Durant School Board where he helped establish Durant's public school lunch program. He also helped to establish the first organized little league baseball program in Durant. Roy served for forty years on the Bryan County Excise Board. This public service was recognized by the State of Oklahoma with a flag flown over the Capitol in Oklahoma City and presented to Mr. Childs in 2007. Although Roy had many interests, he was never one to miss a Sooner's football game, which he started following in 1947. He was an avid musician, and loved big band jazz, country, and polka. Roy was an outstanding basketball player, a member of the Blue High School state playoff team, and he often beat his grandchildren at "H.O.R.S.E." well into his eighties. He also enjoyed fishing, but gave up the sport after his "fishing buddy", Maxine, passed in 2002.
Roy is survived by his son Larry Gene Childs and wife Martha of Mead, Oklahoma; daughter Sherry Ann and husband Bob Davis of Stillwater; grandchildren, Jeff Childs and wife Jessica of Norman, Evan Davis and wife Abbey of Dallas, Texas, Brian Childs and wife Stephanie of Boston, Massachusetts, Camille Childs of Santa Monica, California, Erin and husband Blu Hulsey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brandon Childs of Houston, Texas, and Eric Davis of Lawton, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Joanna Hulsey, Davis Hulsey, Henry Childs, and Chloe Childs. He is also survived by his brother Edgar Childs and wife Mary of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and his sister Jane Thomas of Roberta.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents Walter Childs and Abbie Simmons; his beloved wife Billie Maxine Childs; an infant brother; brother Will Lee Simmons; and son Dr. Jerry Dale Childs.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 6-7pm at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. Services will be held at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 10am. Rev. Jackie Robinson and Honorable Farrell Hatch will be officiating. Interment to follow at Highland Cemetery in Durant.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
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