December 6, 1984 – June 5, 2019
Jonathan Thomas Childress, born December 6, 1984 in Houston, Texas, passed away early in the morning of June 3, 2019. Son of Michael Romeo Mendez, Sharon (Sherrie) K Childress, and twin brother to Christopher Michael Childress, he was known for his kindness and generosity to others and will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved him as well as by those whose lives were forever impacted by his devotion to others.
Having sung in the Houston Boychoir as well as engaging as an active member of the Boy Scouts of America in his childhood Jonathan graduated from Sweetwater Christian School, Atascocita Middle School and the Vocal Department at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2003. In 2008 he graduated from The Coleman College for Health Sciences at Houston Community College with a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and was employed at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Humble until his passing.
Jonathan Childress grew up singing in The Houston Boychoir and later at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts but he was also a talented guitarist who enjoyed collecting guitars of all kinds both electric and acoustic (including a banjo). Jonathan will also be remembered as a gifted and spontaneous artist who could draw, paint, and sketch and did so quite often for the benefit of others. He gifted many of his works to friends and family over the years, many of which still hang on the walls of the recipients. Jonathan would take the mundane and transform it into something uniquely his. He took cardboard and turned it into canvases and filled the world with his colors.
Jonathan is survived by his parents, Mother, Sherrie Childress and husband, Brian Hecht of Bryan,Tx. Father, Michael R. Mendez and wife Kim (Diamond) Mendez of Humble, Tx. Twin brother, Christopher Childress and wife Jennifer Putsche of Houston, Texas. Half-brother Matthew Mendez of Atascocita, Texas and Half-sister Megan Mendez of Conroe, Texas. Beloved cat, Curie.
He is preceded in death by Grandparents Thomas and Pearlie (Kipp) Childress of Houston, Texas; Grandmother Mary L. Mendez of Humble,Texas and Grandfather Raphael Espinosa Garza of Mexico.
Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 2:30pm. Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX 77039.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jonathan's memory to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, where he found his beloved kitty, Curie, 8535 TX 242, Conroe, TX 77385 or to the Houston Boychoir, 3201 Allen Pkwy, Houston, Texas 77019.
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2019
June 30, 2019
Johnathan, oh Johnathan, I sit in the night wondering who may be enjoying your deep discussions, who you may be mesmerizing with your knowledge of the stars, planets, life, the "universe" you can see ALL of and understand EVERYTHING now.
I envy them....until we meet again sweet soul.
June 26, 2019
I have known Jonathan since he was born and I am so saddened by his sudden passing. I rejoice to know that he is reunited with his grandparents and is resting in our Savior's loving arms.
I extend my deepest sympathies to his parents and siblings.
Connie & James Williams
June 24, 2019
Sherrie, Michael and Christopher, our heart bleeds for your sadness and unexpected death of your son/brother. We are praying for you three and asking God to give you comfort and peace. Jonathan's kind smile, soft spoken voice and generosity will truly be missed. He was so talented in the arts with a voice like an angel. We loved to listen to him play his guitar and his artwork was amazing. He had a language of his own in the arts and he loved sharing it with others. I will always remember our Christmas celebrations and birthday parties together when he, his brother Christopher and my children, Wesley and Nicholas were small. We enjoyed attending the Boys' Choir and HSPVA concerts; and we were so proud of him when he chose a profession in the medical field. He had a giving heart that was bigger than life and we will always remember him and the fond memories we have of watching him grow up. Rest easy my friend. God is on your side. Until we meet again. Love always and forever.