Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN


William "Budd" Edward Childress Jr.

October 18, 1960June 27, 2019

William Edward (Budd) Childress, Jr. age 58 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2019. He was a member of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. Budd was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all his family and friends. He was employed by Knox County in the IT Dept. for 35 years. Preceded in death by his parents, William Childress Sr. and wife Nova. Survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Deborah (Debbie) Childress; son, Edward (Kayla) Childress; daughter, Hannah Childress; grandchildren, Will (the legacy), Braxton, Luke, Laylah and Mila; sister, Pam Childress; mother-in-law, Linda Keisling; brother-in-law, Roy Keisling, Jr. and wife, Kristi; nephew, Matthew Keisling; niece, Abby Keisling. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 7 pm. Reverends Todd Stinnett and Jack Parrott officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am Tuesday at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery for an 11 am interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. Condolences may be left at www.weaverfuneralservices.com. Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921 – 865-588-3868


  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019


William "Budd" Edward Childress Jr.

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Stan Pace

July 2, 2019

So very sorry to read about Budd’s passing. So many funny memories from our days at West. My deepest sympathy for his family.

Barry Austin

July 1, 2019

Budd was such a nice guy. I work for the city it Dept and he was always cordial and happy. I will miss him dearly.

Lisa Jones

July 1, 2019

So sad to hear of the loss of our cousin/friend. I have treasured memories of us all together at our family cookouts/dinners. Thinking of Debbie and the family. R.I.P Budd. Love Lisa

Angie Palko

June 30, 2019

So sorry to read about your father's death, Edward. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Abbott

June 29, 2019

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Budd, I had worked at Knox county with him until I retired and like everyone else, I thought highly of him-he was truly one of the good guys. He was always willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. Truly, he is gone too soon. May God comfort all of you.


In the song of life, William Edward Childress Jr. was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, "Budd" preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, "Budd" believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. "Budd" perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

      "Budd" was born on October 18, 1960 at the Air Force Base Hospital in Mountain Home, Idaho. His parents were William Edward "Bill" and Nova Irene Childress. "Budd" was raised in many states as his Dad was in the military. As a young child, "Budd" was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. "Budd" rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

      Early on in his family relationships, "Budd" showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with one sibling. He had an older sister, Pamela Childress. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      As he was growing up, "Budd" developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, "Budd" liked concrete things. Growing up, "Budd" took part in football and was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked to assemble models. However, to "Budd", the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in his school years, "Budd" showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide "Budd" with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. He graduated from West High School in 1978. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He played football and worked at Winn-Dixie to support his family following his father's death.

      In college, "Budd" showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Using his understanding of language, "Budd" was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. He also demonstrated his artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren’t typically considered art courses. "Budd"’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Associate's Degree at State Tech in computer science.

      Those who didn’t know "Budd" well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. "Budd" was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of "Budd"’s, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bill Crawford and Larry Thomas. Later in life, his best friend was his wife.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, "Budd" had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On May 2, 1987, "Budd" exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Deborah Kay Keisling at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

      "Budd" was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. "Budd" was blessed with two children, a son, William Edward Childress, III and a daughter, Hannah Mariah. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Will, Luke, Laylah, Mila and Braxton.

      "Budd" found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was with the IT Department for Knox County. He worked his way up at Knox County for 35 years. "Budd" tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

      "Budd" enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing pool, fishing and spending time with his family and his dogs. "Budd" was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

      "Budd" liked sports. In high school, "Budd" played football. In his college years, "Budd" was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were wrestling, football and Nascar racing.

      "Budd" was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. So it’s little wonder that he took an active role in his community. A loyal contributor, "Budd" was comfortable in the role of a team player. "Budd" was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. "Budd" was able to serve his community well, thanks to his open mind and faithful commitment.

      "Budd"’s faith was important to him. He was a member at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. "Budd"'s passionate commitment to upholding his values placed him at home in his religion, where he took comfort in the company of others who believed as he did.

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, "Budd" was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. He often undervalued his achievements and abilities and simply viewed his performance as fulfilling his responsibilities. Some of his favorite awards included his pool trophies.

      Because he loved the world around him, "Budd" enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. "Budd" put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included trips to Disney World, Universal Studios and all cruises.

      "Budd" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. "Budd"’s favorites were all of his pets, they included carapoos, beagles and a yorkie. His family was rounded out by his one cat, Koby.

      "Budd" passed away from a stroke on June 27, 2019 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is survived by wife, Debbie; children, Edward and Hannah;grandchildrenWill, Luke, Laylah, Mila and Braxton. Services were held at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. "Budd" was laid to rest in Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

      "Budd" was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. "Budd" always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. "Budd" was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember William Edward Childress Jr.