Leonard Maurice Childers

August 1, 1936January 17, 2019

Leonard Maurice Childers was born on August 1, 1936 in Ferris, Texas. He returned home to his Lord and Savior on January 17, 2019. He was known by many names depending on your relationship, Leonard, Maurice, Jake, Honkey, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ruby Childers, siblings Troy, Doyle, Opal and Margie, his first wife Phyllis and Grandson Zachary. He is survived by his wife Shirley, son Troy and wife Sandy, sons Bobby and Mike, step daughter Brenda and step son Shayne. Grandchildren Julee, Tori, Hannah, Tyler, Matthew, Ashley, Zach and Clayton, great grandchildren Ethan, Lucas, Wesley, Makennah and Oliver, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and lots of friends that he always considered family. Leonard was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War and was active in local VFW posts. Dad was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Dallas as he and Phyllis raised their three sons in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas. Later in life, he and his second wife Shirley joined the Tripp Road Baptist Church in Sunnyvale while living in Mesquite. Jake was self-employed for over 25 years in the construction industry. He remained very active with woodworking, surveying and just general tinkering with anything that needed to be worked on or repaired. Maurice was a life-long and diehard Dallas Cowboys’ fan. Many times in the early days of the Cowboys, he would take his family to the Cotton Bowl to see those Cowboys play football. Honkey would always want to joke with others, making them laugh and ensuring everyone had a good time. Even in the last few weeks, Mr. Childers would have to joke with nurses and doctors to keep the mood light. Grandpa would always speak of how proud he is of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved their visits and spending time with them. Jake was a loyal and caring friend. Whether it was on a boat on Cedar Creek Lake, driving around the countryside visiting, having a party in the den or helping somebody with a problem or issue, Maurice was always there. This man will be missed by all who met or knew him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or your church. Visitation will be held: Friday January 25th from 5:00 to 7:00PM Sparkman Crane Funeral Home 10501 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218

A celebration of Jake’s amazing life will be held: Saturday January 26th starting at 10:00AM Tripp Road Baptist Church 401 East Tripp Road Sunnyvale, Texas 75182

A luncheon will be for family and friends: Following the celebration New Covenant United Methodist Church 3032 North Belt Line Road Sunnyvale, Texas 75182


  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 26, 2019

Leonard Maurice Childers

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Shayne McVoy

January 24, 2019

I will always remember Jake and I working on weed eaters and lawn mowers together. We would cut up with each other and sometimes cuss at whatever it was preventing us getting the thing running again. I think he enjoyed that as much as me! I miss him so much.

Shirley Childers

January 24, 2019

My most favorite memory is of the two us sitting in the living room beside each other in our chairs. Jake would always say I love you, babe and then I would say I Love you too sweetie pie heart face and he would say and I like you too and I would say I like you too. I will miss that so much. I love you and miss you.

Brenda McVoy

January 21, 2019

One of my favorite memories is of all of us...myself mom Jake Tyler and Matt going to church and Jake and the boys in the backseat and he would be joking and picking around with them and they would be laughing so hard which was contageous and mom and I would start laughing and then I would have to say "ok back there I'm trying to drive" It was always a fun ride.

Julee Childers

January 20, 2019

I have been thinking about all the memories I had with him. When I was a little girl , I use to go over to my grandparent's house I played garage sale in the corner of their den. My Grandpa would always play different people coming to buy stuff. Lol he would get me so mad when we would be that irritating customer. Other times i would put on some of my Grandma's fancy dresses and act like i was getting married and he would get dressed up and dance with me!! Then at night he would tell me stories about how him and my Grandma would be down at their land in Terrell and in the middle of the night he said my Grandma would get up on top of the barn/shop out there and howl at the moon! Hahaha those are just a few of the best times I remember. My Dad told me that one day he called over to their house asking what I was doing and my Grandma said, " she is back there fixing Grandpa's hair." Apparently no one could touch his hair but he let me. I love you Grandpa. I am going to miss you so much!! I will continue to make you proud of me!

Debbie Lindsey

January 20, 2019

Uncle Honkey there are so many memories I have of you! But by far! as ill as you were, you never missed a day calling me just to say you were thinking of me! And that you loved me! And give me your thoughts of our Dallas Cowboys ! How I loved those talked! And of course You had to check in with Dr. Debbie for her opinion ! See you in Heaven ! I love you♥️

Sharon Hilton

January 20, 2019

I was so blessed to have you as my Uncle, Honkey you will live in my memories forever. You fought such a hard battle, with the grace of an angel, even on your worst days, your concern was about others, your humor showed through even at the end. I’ll cherish every conversation we ever had, every story you’ve told me, pictures you’ve shared with me, and the love you gave me. You were truly an angel among us.
As hard and selfish as it is to lose you, I’m so thankful your not in pain anymore! Your in Heaven with all those that loved you, and went before you. I imagine Phillis, Zac, and Great Grandpa Smith waiting to greet you, and what a reunion you are having. I love you from the bottom of my heart, and know you’ll be waiting to greet me when my time comes.
Love you

Shirley Terry Moore

January 19, 2019

Always loved visiting and playing chicken foot. Will miss his joking and stories