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Lyla Jean Childress
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Obituary for Lyla Jean Childress

Lyla Jean Childress, 86, of Royalton passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Herrin Hospital in Herrin.

Jean was a homemaker. Her life was her children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her music and she loved to dance.

Jean was born March 21, 1931 in Jackson County to Leo Guy and Ada Lucille (Wasson) Hicks.

Jean married Glen H. Childress on December 1, 1947 in Herrin. He preceded her in death in January of 1967. After Glen’s passing, she met Clell “C.J.” Jeralds and were domestic partners for 40 plus years. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Jean is survived by her six children, Glenda Jones and husband Bill of Anna, Jerry Childress and wife Charla of Blairsville, Terri Yoast and husband Ardell of Blairsville, Tim Childress and wife Kathy of Aviston, IL, Ada McGill and husband Van of Royalton, and Stewart Childress and wife Cheri of Blairsville; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Morgan of De Soto, Martha Snider and husband Bob of Hurst, and Judy Thompson and husband Jim of Marion; sister-in-law, Margie Hicks of Carterville; and several nieces and nephews.

Jean is also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Harlan Hicks, Gary Hicks, John Riley Hicks, and Hollis Ray Hicks; four sisters, Dell Moro, Hilda Eubanks, Ileen Holmes, and Marilyn Chew; and granddaughter, Sheri Dawn Childress.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home. Interment will be at Miners Cemetery in Royalton.

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

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11:00 AM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

Cemetery Details


Miners Cemetery

Route 149
Royalton, IL 62983


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