Francis B. “Mike” Childs

Published 12:17 am Friday, November 6, 2015

Francis B. “Mike” Childs 


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend ​Francis B. “Mike” Childs, Jr.​, of Tryon, passed away ​at age 82 on ​Nov. ​2​, 2015, at Smith Phayer Hospice House in Landrum, S.C.

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He was born Feb. 9, 1933 in Milford, Mass., to the late Francis B. Childs, Sr. and Edith M. Bearistow Childs.​ ​A US Army veteran​, Mr. Childs ​proudly served our country during the Korean War​, then went on to work at the Foxboro Company in Foxboro, Mass., as a senior product coordinator.

Mr. Childs was a ​well-known and loved member of The United Methodist Church in Columbus, N.C., as ​​well as the American Legion Post 250 in Tryon, NC. He ​showed his dedication to others as a longstanding ​volunteer with the Outreach Ministry and St. Luke’s Thrift Shop.

Friends and family remember him as a man who showed his love for others in a big way and never held back a kind word to anyone. “Mike” was truly someone who lived a “remarkable” life by leaving a permanent mark on all those he leaves behind. ​​

Mr. Childs is survived by his wife, ​Barbara Ann Kirby Childs; son, Michael E. Childs​,​ and his wife, Judy, of Plano, Texas; daughter, Lee-Ann​​ Childs​,​ and her husband, Chris​,​ of Pawtucket, R.I.; brother, Allen B. Childs​,​ of Derry, N.H.; sisters, Joan L. Boutin and Carole Lowe​,​ of Attleboro, Mass​; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Bergeron, and brothers Preston E. Childs and Merton B. Childs.

Services will be held ​this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Columbus United Methodist Church, 76 N. Peak St., Columbus, NC 28722, to honor a man who spent his life honoring so many others. Pastor Rob Parsons will officiate.

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Asheville Mortuary Services
Asheville, N.C.