Iva Colleen Childress

June 30, 1925July 26, 2018

Iva Colleen Ogletree Childress passed away July 25, 2018, at the age of 93, at her home in Sharpsburg, Georgia. This exuberant woman was born in Birmingham, Alabama and later moved to Buckhead, Georgia, attending North Fulton High School. She was an early entrepreneur and landed her first job at 16 years of age at the Federal Reserve Bank. She met and married the love of her life, Theodore Eugene “Ted” Childress, for nearly 52 years. This dynamic duo opened Childress Realty, serving the South side of Atlanta and were in business for over 60 years.

She walked in Faith every day, always giving praise to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was an ambassador for Jesus and was a member of First Baptist Church of Peachtree City. She was an inspiration to all of whom knew her, never meeting a stranger. She was known for always delivering a meal to anyone who might need one, or just because. She was a beautiful woman, angelic and sweet; bringing sunshine and smiles to all of those she met.

She was survived by her two daughters, MaryJean Childress Voegtlin and Sherri Childress and (Michael) Newsome; MaryJean’s children: Stewart and (Katrina) Voegtlin; their son Trey, MaryBeth and (Arondale) Withers; Sherri and Michael’s children, Dawn and (Kay) Kellerhouse; their children, Rose and Louis, Heather Colleen and (Ed) Smith; their children Gunnar and Desiree, Jeffrey Newsome, Kiersten Newsome, Christy and (Jason) Dalton; and their children, Lexie, Taylor, and Jacob; and step-son, Benny Ray (Dianne) Sturm and sons.

A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City, GA on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Funeral services will held at 1:00pm. Interment will follow at The Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Rex, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Peachtree City.

Arrangements made under the direction of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home & Crematory, 135 Senoia Road, Peachtree City, GA 30269, 770-631-9171.


  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Interment Friday, August 3, 2018

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Jamey Meredith

August 10, 2018

I am also her grandson. I got to spend a short time with her. She was such a incredible woman. She and my Grandfather Ted Childress and my mother Sherry Childress chose life for me. For that I am eternally grateful. They gave me the genes that make me who I am to my core . I am so humbled. It was love at first site the first time we met , as she ran out the door arms wide open and said “ you look just like your grandfather” there is no greater feeling . I could finally stop grieving. I still cherish that day forever.
. A Christian lady who was a heart of gold. The last day I saw her she said” honey no matter what anyone says Know this, I will always love you and will see you in heaven” . That was the last words she spoke to me. and that gives me peace . Memaw I have things to I have to finish here on earth. But know I will see you and poppa soon at the pearly gates.


Olivia Meredith

August 10, 2018

She was a very beautiful soul, inside and out. One strong, wise, smart, classy, young-hearted woman, best described as compassionate . I'm blessed to have married her grandson, Jamey Meredith as well as had the opportunities to visit with her in her beautiful home. I'm sending much love to Heaven, Memaw. May you RIP <3. #giveroflife #ourgrandmothertoo #speciallady #sheisloved

Robyn Martinell- Adams

August 3, 2018

My dear “aunt Colleen” I will always remember you as a true, gracious southern women. The true definition of one! Your generousity to me will never be forgotten. Bless your children and all family members who loved you! RIP, beautiful one!

Ray Phillips

August 2, 2018

Sorry about Mrs. Colleen passing. Knew her from Colonial Baptist Church long ago. Wonderful Christian lady. Will pray for you. Best regards. Ray Phillips

Tommy and Denene Carpenter

August 1, 2018

We had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Colleen a couple of years ago after she was in need of a local contractor to complete some repairs to her home. I had known of her through my real estate connections; but had never had the pleasure of meeting her face to face. She became such a joy to be around and chat with! I was so surprised to learn of her age; she was always so full of energy and stayed very busy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time! We will surely miss her!

robert woodall

August 1, 2018

None like this Beautiful Friend . Shared knowing Colleen since I was 10 years old. Tommy and I were great friends for years her cousin. She was a true wonderful friend to my family. Loved her like my second Mother lots of great times together. Colleen Gone but never Forgotten Love you forever. A true friend to all she met. Loved her God and read Bible every night prayers were all the time. Prayers for the Family gone way to quick. spent the last several days with her and we talked about our God and what he gave us to be thankful for our lives. Colleen just ask one thing for you to do in Heaven Hug Toni Lynn for me will miss you Sweet Friend .

Angie Day

July 31, 2018

Brent and I were so very sad to hear of the passing of our very dear friend Ms. Colleen. She was the true embodiment of a southern lady. She was gentle, kind and always eager to help you in whatever way that she could. She always looked absolutely beautiful and I remember being so impressed by the way she carried herself and presented herself. She believed, hoped and pursued nothing but the very best for everyone she knew and loved. She was a woman of faith and held fast to that faith all the years that we had the pleasure of knowing her. I will never forget the sound of her sweet voice and that beautiful southern accent...and her laughter. She was just precious. Heaven has another sweet angel but she will be lovingly remembered and admired by those of us who were so privileged to have known her. Love you Ms. Colleen - Rest Well