A special man was awarded his angel wings on Friday night, Aug. 11, 2017. Dad was born to George and Cleo Funk on May 5, 1926, in Yuma, Colo. He lived in Colorado until August of 1961 when he and his family moved to Babbitt and later moved to Hawthorne. He proudly served our nation in the Army Air Corp from 1944 until 1946. He received his Liberal Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1948; BA Degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. in 1953; MA degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. in 1957 and his graduate study at the University of Denver in 1965.
Dad and Mom (Patricia Ruggles) were married in 1950. They had three children: Karen, Gary, and Stephen.
Dad had various teaching and administrative jobs in Colorado public school from 1948 through 1961. In the Fall of 1961, he began his employment at Mineral County School District. He was Mineral County High School principal from 1961 to 1966 and superintendent from 1966 until 1990. He also served as a substitute teacher from 2005 to 2007. Dad was also a Mineral County Commissioner 1993-1996 and 1999-2002.
Dad was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Hawthorne, Lions Club, RPEN and Hawthorne Care and Share.
Dad’s heart never left the Mineral County School District. He remained involved, never missing a school board meeting. He attended all the graduations and class reunions, he was pleased to visit with his former students and they were just as happy to see him. He attended all the sporting events, he acted like a proud parent when MCHS won the 1A basketball championship this year. At the spring banquet, he was given a plaque inscribed, “Serpents #1 Fan.” For several years, well into his eighties, he sold tickets at MCHS home games.
Dad is survived by his daughter, Karen; son, Gary; granddaughters, Amber and Kristie; grandsons, Keith and Taylor; great granddaughters, Stacee, Madison and Adelyn and daughter-in-law, Brinda. He is also survived by his sister, Ardith Kenny; sister-in-law, Marilyn Funk; aunt, Emma Bates and many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Patricia; son, Stephen; brother, Norman; sister-in-law, Joann; nephew, Ron Kenny; niece, Karen Sue Danielson; uncles, Vern and Melvin Bates and parents George and Cleo.
Dad fly with the angels and God bless you!! You’ll always be in our hearts. Keith said, “Hawthorne feels empty without you.”
Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements and will be announced at a later date.
You touched many lives and we all have great memories. “Once a Serpent, Always a Serpent.”
Dallas Childress was born in Concord, N.C. on Oct. 24, 1945, to John and Paralee Childress and passed away on July 22, 2017, at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. where he had lived for the last six years.
Dallas lived in Concord and Kannapolis, N.C. during his childhood and attended A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, graduating in 1964. He joined the Air Force in November 1965 and his first deployment was being stationed at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey, monitoring Russian aircraft during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to the U.S. he was stationed at Airforce Installations in Laurel, Miss. and Hawthorne training pilots for deployment to Vietnam. He was discharged in February 1969.
While in Hawthorne, Dallas met his wife of 48 years, Jeanette Wynn. Dallas and Jeanette were married at the First Baptist Church in Hawthorne after his discharge and moved back to Charlotte, N.C. where they lived for 30 years. They had one daughter, Heather, who attended schools in Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in 1992. They lived in Atlanta, Ga. from 1999–2011 and then relocated to Boca Raton, Fla. to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
Over the years Dallas worked in Charlotte for Pitney Bowes, Radio Shack, and Coldwell Bankers. When not working, he enjoyed playing golf, boating, and fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with family. While in Atlanta, he obtained his Capitan’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard and opened a Charter Boat Fishing business on Lake Lanier, Ga.
Dallas is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette of Boca Raton, Fla.; his daughter Heather Brewer (Andy), and grandson Drew (12) of Wellington, Fla.; sisters: Elaine Kiser of Kannapolis, N.C. and Lydia Morse (David) of Granbury, Texas; sister- in-law, Janis Scott (Jim) of Hawthorne; brother- in-law, David Wynn of Sparks and stepfather, Derek Channon of Hawthorne. There were numerous nieces and nephews including: Debbie Bost (Rick) of Kannapolis, N.C.; LeighAnn Beaver (Marty) of Kannapolis, N.C.; Ashley Morse of Dallas, Texas; Amber Morse (Aaron) of McKinny, Texas; Corinna Scott (JoJo) of Hawthorne and nephews: Brian Scott of Las Vegas and Darin Beaver (Destiny) of Kannapolis, N.C.
There is no service at his request. His ashes will later be spread at sea by his family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Fred Inman passed away on Aug. 14, 2017. Services for Inman will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Hawthorne Cemetery. An obituary will follow in a future edition.