COLEMAN — Earlyne Childers, 96, of Coleman, died on Sept. 26, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Elm Street Church of Christ with Floyd Stumbo officiating, assisted by Joe Hailey. Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Earlyne Childers was born in Iowa Park, Texas, on July 12, 1911, the daughter of Earl Tom and Mary Wilhelmena Block Johnson. The family moved to Odessa, where she attended school for several years. They later lived on a farm in the White Deer Community, where she finished her schooling. She married Raymon Childers on June 9, 1929, in the White Deer Community.

During the depression, they had to move around to find work but eventually moved to Hereford, where they farmed and raised their three children, Joyce, Raymon Jr. and Pat.

Earlyne was a multi-talented woman. She had to make her first home out of a boxcar and later a tent while the house was being built. She could always add touches of beauty to make it livable and pretty. While living in Hereford, she was very active in the Home Demonstration Club. She always had a big garden and canned vegetables and fruit for the following year.

She loved any kind of art, made ceramics, crocheted many a doily and, later in life, painted with oils. She was very active in the Church of Christ wherever she lived. She taught ladies Bible classes and children’s classes for many years. She was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ in Coleman.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Tom Kelley of Brownwood, and Pat and Floyd Stumbo of Lubbock; one brother, John L.B. Johnson of Pampa; one sister, Evelyn Inman of Plainview; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon Childers; one son, Raymon Childers Jr.; one sister, Wilhelmena Babcock; and two brothers, Frankie Johnson and Wayne Johnson.

Family visitation will be from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the Children’s Home of Lubbock, Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408 or the Elm Street Church of Christ, 216 West Elm, Coleman, TX 76834.