Elsie Ailene Childress, 79, of Leachville, widow of William Kent Childress, Jr., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at the Monette Manor Nursing Center. Born at Monette, she was the daughter of the late Grover C. and Iva Ann Johnson Layne, and had been a Leachville resident for most of her life. She and her late husband owned and operated the Childress Grocery for over 40 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Childress Brandon, in 2003.
She is survived by a son, William Kent Childress III, and his wife, Lucy, of Champaign, Ill.; a grandson, Charles Kent Hendershot, of Leachville; and a granddaughter, Cara M. Childress, of Champaign, Ill.
The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville with Dr. Beverly Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Leachville Cemetery.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Monette Manor Nursing Center in honor of Mrs. Elsie Childress.
To sign the online guest register, log on to www.howardfuneralservice.com.