John Franklin Childers

Monday, October 12, 2015

John Franklin Childers, 69, of Holiday Island, AR died peacefully October 10, 2015, following a brief battle with lung cancer. Born March 9, 1946, he was the son of the late Frank Vincent Childers and Joyce (Cavitt) Childers of San Angelo, Texas. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Jan Cummings Childers.

John was a 1964 graduate of San Angelo (TX) Central High School. After high school, John began working in the telephone industry. He started by climbing poles for General Telephone, now a part of Verizon, and ended his career in 2009 as Telecommunication Manager for a large community college district in San Antonio.

John and his second wife, Suzanne, fell in love with the trees, hills, lakes and four seasons of Northwest Arkansas and moved to Holiday Island in 2010. He was elected president of the Holiday Island Elks Lodge for two consecutive terms. He treasured the friendships made through Old Coots Golf League and the Holiday Island Men's Golf Association, where he served on the board for two years. He loved his family, golden oldie music, a good poker game, antique autos, wrestling and had a consuming addiction to old Western movies.

Survivors are his wife and best friend, Suzanne; daughter, Michelle Pipkin of Boerne, Texas and her children, Dylan, Branden, and Hayden; son, Bryan Childers, wife Heather, and their son, Jacob of Corpus Christi, Texas and sister, Gayle Childers Wolfe and husband, Alan of New Braunfels, Texas.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Comfort, Texas. Memorials may be made to Elks National Foundation, 2750 N Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614-2256 or elks.org/ENF/TributeGifts, or to a charity of your choice.