OBITUARY

Mildridge Elvin Childers

4 August, 193412 April, 2021
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Mildridge Elvin Childers (Ace) was born August 4, 1934 in Priceville, Alabama. He left to go home to his Heavenly Father April 12, 2021 after suffering from Dementia.

Elvin was the second of four children. He grew up in Alabama and attended Eva School where he completed the eighth grade. Elvin's journey of hard work began with helping his Grandpa Thomas at his gristmill and icehouse. In the early 1950's, Elvin moved to Indiana to work at the Studebaker Plant. While living in South Bend, Indiana he met the love of his life Doris Graham at a local roller skating rink. Elvin and Doris married October 23, 1954 and celebrated 66 years together.

Elvin and Doris then moved to Michigan where they settled down and raised their family. Elvin worked at Oldsmobile until 1959. He then decided to open a small business with the help of his wife and children. His business, Ace Wrecking, was the start of a long and successful demolition and excavating business. Elvin was well known and loved by many in the local community. If he shook your hand you had his word that the job would get done. In 1990, Elvin started C & S Sand and Gravel. He enjoyed working and processing material at the pit. Many of his grandchildren have fond memories of helping Grandpa at the gravel pit. Elvin was a very spiritual man and was a member of First Assembly of God for many years. He will be remembered for his southern-gentleman personality and his willingness to help others.

Elvin is survived by his loving wife Doris; seven children, Gary Childers, Mike (Sherry) Childers, David (Sheila) Childers, Brian (Sandy) Childers, Steven Childers, Deborah (Noah) Bell and Dennis (Judy) Childers; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; and extended family members. He will be missed.

A graveside service will take place at 11:30 am Saturday, April 17 at East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos with Pastor Jim Riley officiating. The family will receive friends Friday April 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Childers
  • Matthew Childers
  • Marc Childers
  • Nicholas Childers
  • Brandon Childers
  • Kristopher Childers

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, 16 April , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, 17 April , 2021

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Debbie Bell

16 April 2021

Dad this is my favorite picture of you and Edward 💕

Gerry VandeVusse

15 April 2021

Al was a good friend and customer for over 30 years. His God and church were his first priority, and his family and business were close behind. He was a man of his word. Al was loyal to his friends, and his customers were loyal to him. It was a privledge to know him. Lynda and I send our deepest sympathy to Doris and the family.

BEVERLY SAMSON

15 April 2021

IVE WORKED AT AIS FOR OVER 35 YEARS AND I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF AL. HE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN. ALWAYS A SMILE AND A GOOD THOUGHT TO SHARE. SO NICE TO WORK WITH AND JUST VISIT WITH. WE HAVE MISSED HIM OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND NOW FOR ETERNITY. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. REST IN PEACE AL.

Edward Moore

15 April 2021

My Grandpa strong talented driven the most amazing person in the world. The best days I've had are sitting on my grandpa's lap watching tv mork an mindy mr Ed an others eating ice cream even though my grandpa was not very big guy he was an always will be the only man in the world I look up to. He is my rock an always will be. I will miss u till I see u again grandpa ! Every good memory I have as a child is with my grandpa he tought me how to fish he tought me how to drive. He also tought me if u want something its not gonna come to u. U have to chase it down. If there is or was a real super man his nick name would be big Al ! I love u Grandpa thank u for everything ! I miss u an will always have u in my heart

Kip Williams

15 April 2021

I've known Al since I was a young man. Al was hardworking and honest. A man you could trust. He'd always say to me "that's expensive." Condolences to Mike and the rest of the family. I'll look for Al in Heaven when I get there.

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Biography

Mildridge Elvin Childers (Ace) was born August 4, 1934 in Priceville, Alabama. He left to go home to his Heavenly Father April 12, 2021 after suffering from Dementia.

Elvin was the second of four children. He grew up in Alabama and attended Eva School where he completed the eighth grade. Elvin's journey of hard work began with helping his Grandpa Thomas at his gristmill and icehouse. In the early 1950's, Elvin moved to Indiana to work at the Studebaker Plant. While living in South Bend, Indiana he met the love of his life Doris Graham at a local roller skating rink. Elvin and Doris married October 23, 1954 and celebrated 66 years together.

Elvin and Doris then moved to Michigan where they settled down and raised their family. Elvin worked at Oldsmobile until 1959. He then decided to open a small business with the help of his wife and children. His business, Ace Wrecking, was the start of a long and successful demolition and excavating business. Elvin was well known and loved by many in the local community. If he shook your hand you had his word that the job would get done. In 1990, Elvin started C & S Sand and Gravel. He enjoyed working and processing material at the pit. Many of his grandchildren have fond memories of helping Grandpa at the gravel pit. Elvin was a very spiritual man and was a member of First Assembly of God for many years. He will be remembered for his southern-gentleman personality and his willingness to help others.