Mrs. Annette Childress, age 83, of Honaker, Virginia, passed away Saturday (December 28, 2019) at her home. Born March 21, 1936 in Iaeger, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late William “Bill” and Lona Evelyn Smith Lee. She had spent most of her life in the Honaker area and was a 1954 graduate of Honaker High School. She had retired as Food Services Supervisor at Appalachian Correctional Center. A devoted and active member of Swords Creek Community Baptist Church for over thirty years, she was always ready to lend a helping hand. She was a member of the SCCBC Seenagers Group, attended water aerobics and helped with Splash Ministries. Enjoying life to it’s fullest, she was always ready for a new adventure, but her greatest joy was cooking and spending time with her family.
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In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Childress, one sister, Hazel Compton, and four brothers, William Lee, Jr., Raymond Lee, Gene Lee, and Clifford Lee.
Survivors include three daughters, Denise Blankenship and husband, Ron of Lebanon, Virginia, Debbie Artrip and husband, Berk and Karen Bostic and husband, Richard all of Swords Creek; six grandchildren, Derek Artrip and wife, Jayme of Morgantown, West Virginia, Amanda Richardson and husband, Jayson of Bristol, Virginia, Andrew Bostic and special friend, Britnay Arwood of Swords Creek, Travis Blankenhip and wife, Erika of Richmond, Virginia, Hannah Hubbard and husband, John of Abingdon, and Rachel Atrip and special friend, Tre Preston of Roanoke; two great-grandchildren, Ally Jay Artrip and Ava Kate Richardson; sister, Patty Dye of Honaker; special niece, Lori Dye Boyd; special nephew, Scott Dye; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Swords Creek Community Baptist Church in Swords Creek with Rev. Arnold King and Bro. Les Ritchie officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be sons-in-law and grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law, Deacons of Swords Creek Community Baptist Church, and Scott Dye.
The family will receive friends after 6:00 PM Monday at Honaker Funeral Home, Honaker, Virginia.