Dorothy Lou (Mathis) Childress (1922-2000)
John Franklin Childress, Sr. (1918-1977)
John Childress married his sweetheart Dorothy Mathis
in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1940, after a whirlwind romance of less than a year.
They first moved to the Childress family farm outside Arp, Texas (shown above),
but soon thereafter moved into a small Humble Oil & Refining company-furnished home in the middle of the
oilfield in Turnertown, Texas (in the second photo, below, our home is just
beyond the oil "treater."). The small wooden
frame home (first photo) was big enough to raise three sons and a myriad of
dogs, cats and parakeets over the ensuing decades. Perhaps the most
outstanding dog in the world was "Bud," a German Shepherd capable of
riding surfboards, squirrel hunting, jumping high fences and subsequently
chasing bike riders at incredible speeds. He was not, however, ever able
to bring down a pickup truck by biting the tires in spite of numerous attempts.
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(Click on the thumbnail sketch below to see enlarged
Above center, a Sunday meal with "Grandpop" and
"Grandmama" at the John Childress home (circa 1952) in the Humble Oil & Refining camp
house in Turnertown, Texas. Pat Childress sits in the foreground, then l. to r. are
Will Childress, wife Fannie Childress, John F. Childress, Sr. and
Mike Childress. The above right photo features John F. Childress, Sr.
and his three sons; Mike Childress, twin Pat Childress (b. 1945) and Johnny
Childress (b. 1941).
here to go to the Childress/Mathis Family Tree data on Roots Web for notes
on the above individuals.
More Contemporary Childress Photos (the three sons of John Franklin Childress, Sr.):
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