Jimmy Childress
March 29, 1932 - July 12, 2015
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Jimmy Chick ChildressKilpatrick Funeral HomeRuston, LAJimmy Chick Childress, one of the most successful high school football coaches in state history and a 2001 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Sunday at the age of 83 in his hometown of Ruston after a brief illness.His services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July…

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Delaine Hixon Moseley left a message on July 17, 2015:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Coach Chick. I am a '68 graduate of Neville and my children are RHS alums from '88 and '90. He was dear to us all and I know he is already greatly missed. My father, Bennie Hixon, whom we lost in October, was also a teacher at Neville and had great respect for Coach Chick as well.
Dr. Fred J. Vogel, Jr. left a message on July 15, 2015:
Coach Childress was a significant influence on my track career at Neville from 1962-63. I set school records in High & Low Hurdles as a result of his excellent coaching, and went on to receive a full track scholarship at Northeast. I'm truly sorry to hear that he has left us.
Carolyn Black Brooks left a message on July 15, 2015:
Christine, I am so sorry to hear about Chick. In the few years I had the privilege of knowing him, he became a precious friend, as have you. You both have certainly been a positive influence in my life. Always giving, whatever it took. It was through your devotion that we had many wonderful reunions and I was so fortunate to be a part of them and meet so many wonderful "brothers and sisters". Thank you for that. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Joe Farr left a message on July 15, 2015:
To the entire Childress family, Coach Chick was an extraordinary man that touched more lives than you can imagine. He gave people a reason to have more self confidence than they could have ever imagined, that lead all to be better than they were before they met Coach. Leaders, such as he, are very rare and we all cherish the relationships we had with him....He made the world a better place to live and his legacy will live forever ......with love and sympathy...the Joe Farr Family
Walter Causey left a message on July 15, 2015:
Sorry to hear about Coach Chick's passing. He was one of the great coaches I had the privilege of playing for and coaching against while at Jonesboro Hodge. He was always the same, honest, hardworking, humble, yet caring coach and one of the reasons I went into the coaching field. My prayers go out to his family and friends and to Neville Nation. He will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Margie F. Burton left a message on July 15, 2015:
Chris and Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. This is such sad time in your life. My prayers are with you.
patrick scott scallan left a message on July 14, 2015:
COACH CHIC KEPT ME OUT OF PRISON AND GOT ME OUT OFJAIL. GOD BLESS COACH CHIC
Brad and Katherine Way left a message on July 14, 2015:
Our prayers go to all the family. I played for Coach Chick at Neville '69-'70. I still tell people when the topic comes up that he was my all time best coach. I was fortunate enough to have dinner with him a few years later and was just as impressed with him then as I was as a player. I think his fairness, good sense of humor and above all else, his character stands out in my mind. My wife, Katherine, went to school with his daughter, Cindy, and we were fortunate to get to know her and her husband, Phillip, and spend time with them in Destin, FL diving from our boat. He will be missed by all but his memory will always remain! God Bless you all! Brad and Katherine.
Leona Wemple Behr left a message on July 14, 2015:
I grew up with Chick in the La. Methodist Orphanage (name change since to Children's home). I am so sad to lose Chick! All of us took pride in his character and his accomplishments! You both are very special to us and we appreciate your arranging homecoming at your church for us! My prayers are with your family! I know you will miss him!
Shawn Murphy left a message on July 14, 2015:
My condolences to the Childress family. I am so sorry for your loss and know that my prayers are with you. Also know that some of my fondest memories were on the football field with Coach Chick. He not only was a great coach but a wonderful mentor and led by example. He will be missed by all and at the same time, remembered by all. Again, my prayers are with you; and if I can be of assistance to you in any way shape or form, I am only a phone call away. Shawn
Mary Kathryn Firnberg Berry left a message on July 14, 2015:
I absolutely treasure the influence Coach Chick had on my son at Cedar Creek. God bless Chris and his children as they say good bye to this incredible gentleman.
Joey Mickel left a message on July 14, 2015:
Coach Chick's leadership was an example of quiet resolve, sage advice, strength of charachter, and courage in the face of long odds. He had a kindness that inspired ordinary kid to become champions. His good works in this world touched many of us and we are better people because of his example. Coach Chick will be sorely missed. God bless him, and his family as they grieve his passing.
Pastor Gary Williams left a message on July 14, 2015:
To the Childress family I want to first tell you how grateful I am that you allowed Coach Childress to extend his life to so many people. I am a better man because of his influence on my life. I can't put into words how much Coach being in my life, molded me into the man I have become. His passion for success not in football but life has been with me from the first day I became a Ruston High School Bearcat. So Coach, from #44, Thank you now and thank you forever! I will see you in Heaven one day! Gary Williams #44
Michael Frazier left a message on July 14, 2015:
Chris, I was soo sorry to hear of the loss of Chick. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.I never knew him while a coach. His deep love of Christ Jesus was an inspiration to me, as was his faithfulness in worship and work at Alabama Presbyterian Church. He was always always there in the low for worship services and attendance and instruction in Sunday School classes. Yours and his commitment to the church and community families of the area have left a legacy and lasting contribution in the care and support of the Sibley cemetery. It has been so well kept and clean through his and your efforts to honor our families graves. Chick's smile and softy encouraging voice endeared him to do many. I will miss him! He is doing far better than any of us now, as he is in the presence of his wonderful Savior in Heaven ďThoughts and prayers, Chris!
Elisa Scalia Roberts left a message on July 14, 2015:
Mrs. Childress and Cindy, I have nice memories of spending time with Cindy and your family in jr. high and high school. It was so evident to me that you all greatly loved and admired Coach Chick. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Margaret Truly left a message on July 14, 2015:
Dear Chris. We live in Alabama near our children and I read about your loss. I always loved and admired Chick. Graduated from RHS with him and always celebrated his many successes. I hold you close to my heart. Your old friend, Margaret Truly
Yulinda Marshall left a message on July 14, 2015:
May Coach Childress memories forever live on. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!
haskell mcclinton left a message on July 14, 2015:
chris will not be able to make visitation; but please know that I considered coach to be in a class by himself. you were the best purchasing agent during my tenure at Tech. may God bless you and your family. Best wishes Haskell
Mary Kathryn Firnberg Berry left a message on July 14, 2015:
I absolutely treasure the influence Coach Chick had on my son at Cedar Creek. God bless Chris and his children as they say good bye to this incredible gentleman.
patsy simons allen left a message on July 14, 2015:
My late husband John Earl Allen, Sr grew up in the orphanage with Chick. I met him on several occasions and at the reunions for the orphanage. An outstanding person. John spoke fondly of him often.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Charles Outley left a message on July 14, 2015:
My condolences the family. I'm a part the class of 1986 and I had the honor of playing for Coach Chick and I owe him for the decisions that I made after high school. Because of the toughness he showed us as football players I became a US Marine. I served 10 years and was a part of Desert Storm. I was honored to be a Marine because I was honored to play for my coach. Rest coach your job is done. Semper Fi
Michael Thompson left a message on July 14, 2015:
I played for Ruston High's varsity team during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. I remember Coach Childress addressing the team after football games holding one of his grandchildren in his arms. He helped unite students, families, coaches, and the entire Ruston community. RIP Coach!Michael Thompson #18
Lynda Paul Lawrence Hammons left a message on July 14, 2015:
Chick was a very special person that many of us knew as "fellow orphan" and "adopted brother. ". When he was at NLU he often came to Dr. James Henderson's office for coffee, and many good laughs. This was when I got to know him outside of yearly homecomings. I can still picture his smile and hear his chuckle. He was an awesome man that will be missed.
Jim Ledoux left a message on July 14, 2015:
Coach Chick was one of the kindest gentlemen that I have known. I played for him at Neville for three years (1961-63), both Jr Varsity and Varsity. I remember him as being a great encourager. He had a great smile and had a way about him that made you want to do your best. I was fortunate to have a nice visit with him when I came back for the 50th anniversary of the 1961 State Championship team. We will all miss him dearly, but I'm sure that he is in the best of all places now with our Father in Heaven. God Bless you Coach!
Robert Sampson left a message on July 14, 2015:
To the Childress family, my gate with you. Coach Chick will be missed dearly. I would like to thank the entire family for sharing such a great man with each of us, that had the opportunity to coached and mentored by a great person. Rest in peace Coach and thank you for helping me to be the man I am today. Your lessons were well received!
James "Jim" Willis left a message on July 14, 2015:
He was more than just a coach. Coach Chic was a real friend; he was a father figure. He took time to wrap our ankles and tend to our needs before practice and at games and then he "made" time to listen to us and offer the advice that few felt they had the time to spare. It wasn't over after his tireless efforts played a major part in helping attain another state championship our senior year. He kept on giving on a personal basis. After taking Nick White and me to a La.Tech game at Ruston, I was inspired to play football there. Whatever I may have achieved was due to never wanting to see the disappointment that I saw in his eyes on two occasions when I did not do my best at Neville. His expression said volumes that no words could ever match. I thank God and his family for sharing him with us.
Jack and Regina Golden left a message on July 13, 2015:
I, Jack, grew up with Chick at the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage. We have enjoyed visiting with him and with Chris at the annual homecomings. We will miss him.
Paul Eason left a message on July 13, 2015:
Coach Chick was a great man and an outstanding football coach. I played for him at Neville and he had a very positive influence on me. He changed my life forever.
Laverne Banks left a message on July 13, 2015:
Was my neighbor at one time. My love and prayers are with Chris and children. Chick was a wonderful person.
Laverne Banks left a message on July 13, 2015:
Chick and his family was once my neighbor. Love and prayers to his family
Laverne Banks left a message on July 13, 2015:
Chick was once my neighbor. A great person Love and prayers to his family
Jean hopkins left a message on July 13, 2015:
all the reunions with chick were wonderful. My late husband Lyle hopkins was raised with chick& loved him dearly. Such good memories..God bless you all.
Dana Jefferson left a message on July 13, 2015:
Mrs. Chris and all Chick's family, Steve and I are heartbroken for you and for ourselves to lose our coach and friend. He was always there when we needed him and always gave loving advice. May the angels come to greet him and take him home to his Father in Heaven. Love to you all, Dana & Steve Jefferson
Annie Jopling left a message on July 13, 2015:
Mrs. Childress, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always treasure my memories of Coach Chick! He was truly a fine man to mentor so many young men! My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs!
SPERRY BROWN left a message on July 13, 2015:
WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. WE WERE HIS FIRST KIDS AT NEVILLE. WE WERE SOPHMORES WHEN HE CAME THERE IN 1958. WHAT A GREAT COACH. WE HAD HIM IN BOTH BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL. PROBABLY NOT KNOWN BUT HIS COACHING IN THE FIRST 5 YEARS LEAD TO 4 TRIPS TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOOTBALL IN WHICH 3 WERE WON AND 3 STATE TITLES IN BASEBALL. ALL THAT IN HIS FIRST 5 YEARS. HE IS NOW THE LAST OF THE COACHES AT NEVILLE DURING OUR TIME THERE. HE WILL BE MISSED..............
F DeWitt Beckett left a message on July 13, 2015:
Coach Chick, as we all knew him, was one of the most wonderful giving people I have ever known. He inspired his team members to excel beyond what they believed they could do. I was on the 1961 and 1962 Neville High School teams that went undefeated and in my Senior year by default I was thrust into the starting quarterback position. If it had not been for the encouragement of Chick and Coach Brown I don't think I could have held up to the demands of the moment. Coach Chick told me to do the best I had and it would be fine. I thank God for the inspiration of Coach Chick and Brown. May they both Rest in Peace knowing that their coaching applied to many lives far beyond the football field.
Dianne Green (NHS class of 1975) left a message on July 13, 2015:
Another GREAT coach has left many memories & life lessons for all of us left behind. I loved when he spoke on Fridays before the games at Neville. Wonderful leader to many of us young people at all the schools he enjoyed working & coaching. You may never know all the love & respect we have for his man. Thank you for sharing part of your lives with us. Prayers & love are surrounding all of you.
Jack and Regina Golden left a message on July 13, 2015:
I (Jack) grew up with Chick at the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage and we've enjoyed being with him and with Chris at the annual homecoming of the orphanage. We have a lot of fond memories of our friendship with both of them.
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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