Wilbert J. "Chillie" Childress Sr.

November 3, 1928November 13, 2013

CHILDRESS, Sr., Wilbert “Chillie,” 85, of Sandston, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He was the son of the late Ada and Ray Childress. Chillie was a well-known and respected brick mason and custom builder establishing W. J. Childress, Inc. in 1975. Chillie was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church and long term member of Windsor Club of Elko. He was a Korean War Veteran. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Lee Childress; children, Wilbert “Bert” Childress, Jr. (Cathy), Steven Childress (Rachel), and Jean Garrett (Peter); five grandchildren, Brian Childress (Erica), Shannon Wakefield (Kyle), Sarah Henderson (John), Casey Garrett, Peter Garrett II; two great-grandsons, John and Steven Henderson; sister, Thelma Freeman; brother, Linwood Childress (Barbara); and twin sister, Edna McClenny. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, Va. 23231. A funeral service will be held at New Bridge Baptist Church, 5701 Elko Rd., on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Bridge Baptist Church building fund.


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wilbert J. "Chillie" Childress Sr.

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Ed & Marsha Preston

November 21, 2013

Chillie was always one of my favorite people to work for. He was honest and hard working. And when he was on the jobsite, there was never a dull minute. We thank God for men of character and integrity like Chillie. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to Martha and his family

Joann Wieland

November 18, 2013

So sorry to hear about Chillie. I Will always cherish the memories of your family. May God be with you through this time.

God bless you all.

Joann Wieland

November 18, 2013

So sorry to hear about Chillie. I charish the fond memories with your family. May God be with you and carry you through this time.

God bless

James Seay

November 16, 2013

Our deepest sympathy as you mourn Chille's passing we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

Bill & Nancy Fisher

November 15, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Chillie's passing. He will be missed in our community and remembered as an important member of The Windsor Club of Elko.

Carolyn Ham

November 15, 2013

Martha, Bert, Steve, Jean Ray, & all the family. You know how much fun we had with Chillie. He was always "picking" on us. He was always smiling. We'll miss him. Know that all of you are in my prayers during this sad time. God will give you the peace and comfort you need and the strength for all you have to do. Y'all are special.

Jackie and Wayne Adams

November 15, 2013

Martha, Steve and the entire family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Chillie was one of a kind and we will miss his bright smile.

Kim & Scott Bray

November 14, 2013

Jean, We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Please know we are thinking of you and your family and our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. You will always have your memories close to your heart.