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Updated: 02/17/2017 08:02:01PM

John E. Childs

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John Edward Childs, 69, of Arcadia, Florida, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Arcadia, Florida.

John was born Oct. 7, 1947, in Andalusia, Alabama.

He moved to Arcadia in 1977 from Jacksonville, Texas. John was an Accounts Receivable Clerk for Rogers Oil, formerly Childs Oil and Grimsley Oil Co. John was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Arcadia, Florida. As a member of Calvary Baptist Church, he was ordained a Deacon of the church. He taught Sunday School (Kindergarten and first grade), and served as Sunday School Director. John participated in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and the Men’s Bible Study Fellowship. He enjoyed working on Childs Family Genealogy. John was an avid Alabama “Crimson Tide” football fan.

Survivors are his beloved wife, Cynthia “Cindy” Childs, Arcadia, Florida; one son, Jason Childs, Orlando, Florida; one sister, Margaret (David) Lee, Jackson, Mississippi; two nieces; and four nephews. John is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse G. and Alice Margaret Nix Childs; and a brother, Michael Childs.

Visitation will be conducted from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church, Arcadia. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Scott Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia.

Flowers are permitted, however, donations may also be made to Arcadia Tidewell Hospice, 919 No. Arcadia Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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