Fred Edward Childers
6 December 1919 - 12 January 2008
Buncombe County NC Fayette County GA
What I have done since graduating from Swannanoa High
School, CLASS OF 1939
1940 - 1952
In 1940 I was married to my wife Yvonne Quinn of Oakley.
We were working at Beacon at the time. In 1941 we had our
first child Fred Jr. The later part of 1941 Uncle Sam was
after bodies: my brother-in-law “Buzz" Capps and I decided
to go to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding and dry
dock company. We went to work, came back a few weeks
later, got our families, and moved to Newport News. I was
In the later part of “43” the Draft Board was after me again.
I went over to Norfolk and joined the Merchant Marines.
The ports I visited were Glascow, Scotland; Ceylon, India;
Calcutta, India; Tasmania, an island off the coast of
Australia. We traveled around Australia twice, stopping at
different points picking up and unloading cargo. I finally
wound up in Los Angeles, California, after many months at
In September "45” the draft board finally caught up with
me. I was in the Army from September “45” to March of
“46". I was discharged at Fort Belvoir. Va.
After returning to my home in Oakley, I entered Blanton’s
Business College. Upon graduating in 1948, I went into the
motor freight business. I worked with three carriers: Great
Southern. McLean, and Carolina Freight. I worked as a
furniture salesman in Greenville, SC.
In 1952, I went into active duty with the Naval Reserve
program. My first duty station was Sheffield, Alabama. I
was there for four years. Next station Wilmington, NC, four
years; Tampa, FL, four years. In 1964 went regular Navy,
was transferred to USS Forestal, which I helped build while
I was in the shipyard. We sailed to the Mediterranean Sea
ports of call Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and Africa.
In l966, I was transferred to the Pentagon in Washington, D.
C., in the Navy’s public relations office for four years. After
I finished my tour in the Pentagon, I was transferred across
the bay to the Navy Yard, assigned to “Operation Deep
Freeze", which was the support team for the scientists who
go to the Antarctica to gather information where it is 0
degree or below all the time. This tour of duty was the most
exciting of all the things I was involved in before. Our home
base overseas was Christchurch, New Zealand. We would
fly to New Zealand every October (that was the start of
their summer season), leave in March, end of season. In the
Antarctic it would start to get dark and stay that way until
March of the next year. Some poor souls would stay down
there through the darkness.
My duties were at the home base mostly. I did make trips to
the ice at times. My most memorable time: when I was
asked to go to the South Pole. We flew 2000 miles from
Macmurdo Sound to South Pole landing on the planes, skys
the temperature was 50 below zero. We stayed there about
an hour, walked around the bottom of the world twice, and
boarded the plane and flew back to Macmurdo Sound, 2000
miles. This was the most interesting and fulfillment of my
military career. In 1972. I retired from the military service.
1972 - Present:
We stayed in Washington until 73. I had two choices: my
oldest daughter lived in Atlanta, GA, at the time. I had two
sons living in Tampa, FL; so my wife and I decided to split
the distance involved and settle in Atlanta. I went to work
for the post office in 1973. I retired in 1983. Since then I
have been working with my son-in-law's business,
"Naturally Fresh Salad Dressings". I want to say this about
my wife: during all of the things that have happened over
the years, she has stuck with me. We have five beautiful
children: Fred Jr, Yvonne, Michael, Paul, and Elizabeth, and
-- Fred E. Childers
Fred, Jr, abt 1941
Age about 17-19
With son Paul Douglas
With daughter Elizabeth
Obituary: Fred E. Childers Sr.
The Fayette Citizen: Wed, 01/16/2008 - 12:29pm
By: Fran Glass
Fred E. Childers Sr., 88, Fayetteville, died Jan. 12, 2008. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Childers, and two
grandchildren. He was retired from the United States Navy as
Chief Petty Officer and also the United States Postal Service.
He had also served in the United States Army and the
Merchant Marines. Services were at the Carl J. Mowell chapel
with the Rev. Dr. David Chancey officiating. Interment was at
Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. Survivors
include sons, Fred E. and Linda Childers Jr., Tampa, Fla.,
Michael J. and Jennifer Childers Sr., Brandon, Fla., and Paul D.
and Patti Childers Sr., Manassas, Va.; daughters, Yvonne C.
and Dr. John K. Kendrick, Riverdale, Elizabeth C. and Ernest R.
Fichtel Jr., Acworth, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 18
great-grandchildren; a brother, James Carroll and Esther
Childers, Grafton, Va.; and sisters-in-law, Jean Metcalf, and
Naomi Schering. Memorial donations may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Ste. 10, Atlanta,
GA 30345. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville,
was in charge.
Rainy day at the races, 2002.
With brother Carroll,
With Elizabeth (L) and Yvonne (R).
L-R: Fred, Elizabeth, Paul, Fred Jr., Michael, abt 1997