Longtime Friend PassesDr. Harvey A. Childress, 1913 - 2008
A longtime preacher of the Gospel, Dr. Harvey Childress served as the first President of York College (1955-57) under the administration of the churches of Christ. Childress passed away April 28, 2008 in Richardson, Texas, at the age of 94.
Childress came very close to giving his life literally for York College fifty-one years ago. According to Dr. Dale Larsen's dissertation about The History of York College, Childress "experienced countless periods of great pressure and stress as he took the lead in organizing and raising funds for the completely new administration. On March 20, 1957, during the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees in Middlebrook parlor, Childress suffered a severe heart attack. Though unable to continue as President, he served for several years as a trustee and for two years as Chairman of the Board."
Childress Hall, a small but attractive auditorium, was completed in March of 1958 and named in honor of the college's first president. This building served for daily chapel and all auditorium uses until it was outgrown in 1964.
Harvey and Sue were married 74 years and served the Waterview congregation for nearly three decades. One of Harvey's ministries into his late 80's was a series of inspirational messages entitled "Happiness Unlimited." In the first message of the series (46 total) he wrote that he and Sue "found early in our lives that the more we could help others enjoy their lives, the happier our lives became."
The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1 at Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N. Waterview, Richardson, TX 75080. The family visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home in Richardson, 9220 Restland Rd., Dallas, TX 75201, Wednesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m..
In lieu of flowers, Sue and her daughter-in-law Marti Childress request that donations be made to:
The Harvey and Sue Childress Endowed Scholarship Fund,
1125 East 8th St.,
York, NE 68467
Thank you for your prayers for Sue, Marti and Harvey’s extended family.