Charles Ray Childress

August 31, 1938November 18, 2021

Charles Ray Childress, 83 of Norman died Thursday, 18 November at home in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born August 31, 1938, to Earl and Buluh (Dabney) Childress in Cleveland County, OK. He grew up in Norman and Little Axe helping his father and family work the farm. During his high school years he became involved with the church, attending Bethany Nazarene College and becoming an ordained minister. This led to 10 years in Guatemala Central America, as a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene. Upon returning from mission he returned to Norman where he earned his living as a roofing contractor becoming known as “Charlie the Roofer”. Charles is survived by his wife Estella, two daughters, Beulah Garcia, Imogene (Gina) Wallace, of Norman, OK. Two sons, Earl Childress of San Diego, CA, Ralph Childress of Pocola, OK, and their mother, Donnie Childress-Pirtle. 8 grand children and 2 great grand children.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Charles Ray Childress

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Hailey Childress

November 22, 2021


I will always cherish my memories with you- from my summer visits learning how to throw a lasso, to your visit in California when we watched your beloved Sooners play in the Rose Bowl, to attempting to fry an egg on the concrete next to your pool because I was astonished by the Oklahoma heat. I wish that I could have spent more time in your company but I will always treasure the time we did have together. I will miss your spunky demeanor. Thanks for always making me laugh. Love you lots and I hope you’re resting easy wherever you are.

To the Childress family,

I know this time in difficult for you all and I wish I could be there with you. You all are in my thoughts. Thanks for giving him such a great life. 💕


Paulette Dabney-Arens

November 22, 2021

Charles Ray was a little older but cousins forever!