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Thomasville Funeral Home

18 Randolph Street, Thomasville, NC

OBITUARY

Carolyn Mae (Childress) Conrad

October 13, 1935May 8, 2020
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Salisbury, NC

Mrs. Carolyn Mae Childress Conrad, 84, a former longtime resident of Thomasville, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Rowan Medical Center following a brief illness.

Carolyn was born in Guilford County, October 13, 1935, a daughter of the late Muncie Albert Childress and Mary Alice Stewart Childress. She graduated from Thomasville High School in 1954 and went on to graduate from Marion College, now Indiana Wesleyan, with a B.S. in elementary education in 1958. She married Richard L. Conrad on September 13, 1970 at the Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston Salem. Carolyn retired in 1994 after 35 years of service as an elementary teacher with Thomasville City Schools. She spent most of her career at Liberty Drive Elementary School as a first grade teacher with her wonderful assistant, Helen Wilson. Carolyn was a lifelong Christian, attending Central Wesleyan, Knollwood Baptist, First Methodist in High Point and was a current member of First Methodist in Salisbury. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother and his wife, Doug and Marcella Childress. Carolyn was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and caregiver. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. Carolyn was devoted to her family, especially her precious granddaughters.

Surviving are a son, Phillip Conrad and his wife Melissa; two granddaughters, Taylor and Lindsey Conrad; a younger brother, Benny Childress and his wife Becky, loving nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

A Celebration of Carolyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at First Methodist Church in Salisbury by the Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti and the Rev. Dr. Mark Minner. The livestream link for the service can be found at FUMCSalisbury.org. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at Rich Fork Baptist Church. Carolyn will lie in state at Thomasville Funeral Home Monday from 1 until 4 p.m. The family wishes to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Rowan Regional Medical Center, particularly Dr. Vineet Korrapati. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Central Wesleyan Church, First Methodist Church, Salisbury or to Rowan Helping Ministries.

  • FAMILY

  • Muncie Albert & Mary Alice Stewart Childress, Parents (deceased)
  • Richard L. Conrad, Husband (deceased)
  • Phillips Conrad & wife Melissa, Son
  • Taylor Conrad, Granddaughter
  • Lindsey Conrad, Granddaughter
  • Benny Childress & wife Becky, Brother
  • Doug Childress & wife Marcella, Brother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Conrad was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and many special friends.

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  • DONATIONS

  • Central Wesleyan Church
  • First Methodist Church
  • Rowan Helping Ministries

Services

  • Lie in State

    Monday, May 11, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Memories

Carolyn Mae (Childress) Conrad

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Kelle Hearn

May 19, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know it has been hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lori Oakley

May 14, 2020

Carolyn was one of if not THE best teacher that any of my children ever had. What a thrill to see my Adam on the front row in the photo of her class from 1993. She was a wonderful person and my family and I always thought the world of her. She and Danny always enjoyed discussing the art of teaching and reminiscing of the days when he taught Phillip in school. Thanks for sharing her with the children of Thomasville for so many years.
Prayers for your family.

Lori Oakley and Family

Susan Hodges

May 13, 2020

Miss Childress was my first grade teacher. As a small child, starting school at Liberty Drive Elementary, I remember being "scared" of Miss Childress. She was firm, but an excellent teacher and she cared very much about her students. She was a fine lady and I spoke to her numerous times throughout the years and she always remembered me. I pray for peace and comfort for the family during these difficult times.

Patsy Hedrick

May 12, 2020

Phillip and family. We are so sorry. You and your family are in our prayers. Patsy and Joe Hedrick.

Mary Elliott

May 12, 2020

Phillip, I am so sorry you have lost your beloved mother. I know you and your family will miss her terribly. She was so nice to help me out when I was in need. I shall never forget that. May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family and give you peace. God bless you always.

Ruby Ritchie

May 12, 2020

Phil and family, So sorry to read about your mom's passing. I hope to see you soon.
Ruby Ritchie

Paul & Carolina Conrad

May 11, 2020

Phillip, we were saddened to hear of your mother's death. She and your family were always favorites at the annual June Conrad Reunion at Holly Grove. Your mother had such a warm smile and we always enjoyed visiting with her and your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

David Myers

May 11, 2020

Condolences from all the 1954 Class at THS

David Myers

Wanda Odell

May 11, 2020

Phillip, so very sorry to hear about your mom. Growing up I also thought she was so pretty and I admired her so much. She was always so sweet to my mom and dad (Harold & Maxine). Your parents were great examples of who we all should strive to be and your grandmother "Aunt Mary" helped me and my family so much during some hard times. We love you, Wanda Carter Odell and Wayne Carter.

Helen Webb

May 11, 2020

Carolyn and I have been friends beginning with her days at Knollwood. I did not know she had been sick. I will miss hearing from her. Her family was the delight of her life.
With sympathy to all.
Helen Webb

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