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Elder Max Childs passed away Friday

Funeral services for Elder Max Childs, 73, of Grady County, GA, will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Mizpah Primitive Baptist Church, Grady County, Pelham, GA.  Elder James Smith, Elder Jon Mizell, Elder Walter Todd and Elder W. H. Phillips will officiate.  Interment will follow in Mizpah Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Russell Childs, Steven Childs, Tommy Bond, Keith Gilliard, Justin McDowell, Kevin Brooks.  Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of Primitive Baptist Churches, Edwin Adams, Littleton Wilder, Matt Barnes, David Burton, Don Hancock and Bill Elkins.   Elder Childs passed away at his home on Friday, August 14, 2009.
Visitation will be held at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15, from 6 until 8 p.m.
Elder Childs was born in Grady County, GA, on November 30, 1935, to the late Earl Joshua and Blanche Sellers Childs.  On December 17, 1960, he married Carolyn Dollar Childs, who survives.
Elder Childs was a farmer, livestock producer and ordained Elder in the Primitive Baptist Church.
Elder Childs was ordained August 5, 1983, and served as pastor of Mizpah Primitive Baptist Church in Grady County for 27 years from 1983 until June 2, 2009.  He also pastored Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church IN Grady County for the past 9 years.
He was a life long agriculturist working as a livestock producer and farmer in partnership with his brother Elwyn.  In high school, he served as a Georgia FFA State Officer and President of the Cairo High School FFA.  As a livestock producer, he raised national swine show winners and worked with youth livestock projects.  He was often called on as a volunteer auctioneer and livestock judge for county and state swine shows.  He served as president of the Grady County Farm Bureau and the Grady County Livestock Association.
An active community member, he served on the Grady County Board of Education and the Grady General Hospital Authority as well as serving as president of Shiver Elementary School PTA.  He was in the Army National Guard.  His motto was “I care for others”.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, minister and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn D. Childs, Grady County, GA; son, Garry Childs, Grady County, GA;  daughters, Julie (David) Tomlin, Rome, GA and Pamela Childs, Blakely, GA; granddaughters, Ellen, Meredith and Christina Tomlin, Rome, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Elwyn and Yvonne Childs, Grady County, GA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elder Earl and Blanche Childs.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mizpah cemetery Fund, % A. S. Godwin, 1204 Mizpah Road, Whigham, GA, 39897.

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