Dr. Marvin Childress passed from this earth on July 20, 2015 in his home and surrounded by his family.
Marvin Allen Childress was born Nov. 28, 1920 at 9 a.m. at the home of his maternal grandfather, Charles Allen McConnell in Bethany, Oklahoma. His father was Marvin Otis Childress, a Methodist minister in the Oklahoma Conference. His mother was Effie McConnell Childress.
He finished high school at Buffalo, Oklahoma and then enrolled at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma. He transferred to Oklahoma University at Norman, Oklahoma. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, an honorary fraternity. He received his B.A. degree at Norman, Oklahoma and received his M.D. at the University of Oklahoma Medical School in Oklahoma City. He then interned one year at University Hospitals.
He was active and also inactive in military service for six years, finishing the last two years at the VA Hospital in Waco, being discharged as a Major in 1948.
In 1948 he moved to Goldthwaite where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1987. In 1959 he built and operated Childress Hospital which remained active until about 1991.
Dr. Childress was a member of the Methodist Church, Goldthwaite Lions Club and also a member of the County, State and American Medical Associations. His favorite pastime was athletics. When he was a senior in high school, his football team had the distinction of going through the season without being scored on. When he attended Oklahoma State University, he played basketball for a short time under the well-known coach Henry Iba. He quit playing because the competition was too good, but the team later on won the national championship.
He married Gloria Mae Hanson of Hooker, Oklahoma in December 1944. They met while she was in Nurses training at University of Oklahoma Nursing School, Oklahoma City, Okla. Gloria passed away in 1955. To this union were born four children.
In 1964 he married Maxine Singleton Gist of Mullin. She had four children by prior marriage to Garth Gist who died in December 1959.
Dr. Childress was preceded in death by his parents, sister Harriette Childress Howard of Altus, Oklahoma; first wife Gloria Childress; brother William Childress, and son-in-law Clyde Cockrum.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Childress; brother Charles Childress and wife Yvonne, Goldthwaite; sister-in-law Amy Childress, Marble Falls; children and spouses Carolyn Sue Cockrum, Goldthwaite, Jim and Marsha Childress, San Saba, Roberta and Donnie Stegemoller, Brownwood, Beverly and Don Harkey, Austin; Dianna and Danny Spradley, Belton, Kathy and Gary Wheeler, Brownwood, Steve and Kathy Gist, Goldthwaite, Nancy and David West, Dallas; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at First United Methodist Church of Goldthwaite. Carlos Cloyd and Sheldon Johnson will officiate. Live streaming of the service will be available at fumcgoldthwaite.org. Interment will follow at Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.
Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite is handling arrangements and condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.