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Friday, January 22 2021
Alton Cecil Childers

Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 07:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  17 Comments  |  Email
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We will miss you and our neighborhood will not be the same without you.
Posted by Mike and Peggy Thornton on 01/24/2021 - 09:19 PM
Sorry for you and your family's loss. Sending condolences
Posted by Eddie Massie on 01/24/2021 - 09:21 PM
I use to stop by the shop and shot the bull with Alton. I know somebody in heaven will be getting some good stories. Alton will surely be missed. PEACE AND PRAYERS for the family. RIP.
Posted by Jim and Deborah Nowlin on 01/24/2021 - 10:04 PM
Rip Pilgrim see u on the other side of the sunset.... sure will miss you!
Posted by leslie quig on 01/24/2021 - 11:35 PM
My consultants to the Childers family. May God bless you and keep you in his love.
Posted by Belinda Morris Forbes on 01/25/2021 - 04:38 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones.I have many fond memories of being in the Explorers. RIP Alton
Posted by Linda Verser on 01/25/2021 - 05:06 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to the family.
Posted by Gwen Lancaster on 01/25/2021 - 05:18 AM
Alton was my Daddys lifelong friend, our whole family will miss him. The picture is exactly how I remember him. He was a character & we loved him dearly. Prayers for your family. Amy Leach Gupton
Posted by Amy Gupton on 01/25/2021 - 07:18 AM
Thoughts and prayers are with the family during your bereavement. Rest in peace dear cousin.
Posted by John and Debbie Elwell on 01/25/2021 - 07:31 AM
We all love Alton! He will be missed in our little community! Many prayers and hugs to the family!
Posted by Tammy R Owen on 01/25/2021 - 08:41 AM
So sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet person, out thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Louise & Reggie Callis on 01/25/2021 - 09:36 AM
Love to all the family
Posted by Susan Worsham on 01/25/2021 - 12:44 PM
He was a true gentleman and a wonderful customer. He was truly special to Ronnie and we all will dearly miss him and his calls. Please know your family is in our prayers and we are so sorry to hear of his passing. From all of us at Genco Supplies Inc.
Posted by Ashley Brooks on 01/25/2021 - 03:20 PM
Sorry to hear of Alton's passing...He and my Dad were great friends and enjoyed many weekends in the woods with their beloved Boy Scouts...I enjoyed each and every time I saw him, whether camping, at his shop, or at Timmy's Grocery....Rest in Peace my friend...
Posted by Robert "Bob" Tanner on 01/25/2021 - 09:36 PM
Loved going by the shop with a project to get Alton to help us with or just to stop by if I was going by and saw he was there. Loved to swap stories and a few tall tales, but most of all I loved to hear him laugh. Donna and I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family at this sad time. Jim and Donna Francis
Posted by Jim Francis on 01/25/2021 - 11:25 PM
Jerry & I were so fond of Alton. He was the most pleasant person to be around &, yes, he had great stories. He will be sorely missed by so many in the community. I know you, his family, are so proud of him.
Posted by Norma Williams on 01/26/2021 - 02:56 PM
Sorry to hear. I remember the fun times at Wilderness Weekend. He was a good man. My grandma thought a lot of him. Heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Posted by Mike Pettry on 01/28/2021 - 09:49 AM

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Alton Cecil Childers of Victoria, VA passed away January 22, 2021, one day shy of his 80th birthday.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Franklin Childers and Cora Lee Caines Childers; wife of 56 years, Nancy Lee Bigger Childers; grandson, Jesse Hunton Childers brother, Harold Franklin Childers. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, C. Stephen and Dawn Childers of Victoria VA;  grandson, Matthew Childers, PhD of Seattle WA; grandson, Jackson Childers of Victoria, VA;  his sister, Janice Naugle (Buddy) of Blackstone, VA;  special friend, Mable Gay and many close friends and family members.

Alton was born in Peacocks Crossing, North Carolina. The family lived in numerous locations on the eastern seaboard following his father’s sawmill operation before finally settling in Victoria in the early 1960’s.  During his life Alton had various retail jobs, delivered milk, ran a gas station and eventually ended his working career running the Victoria Trim Upholstery Shop, originally started by his mother.  He was a long time Boy Scout leader and Founder of Explorer Post 7538.  He was the founder of Wilderness Weekend, a high adventure outdoor experience that with the help of countless friends, Scout leaders and volunteers continued to run for 31 years.   Wilderness Weekend originally was opened to the general public and then later was only opened to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Explorer Posts.  Alton received Boy Scout's Silver Beaver Award.  He enjoyed scouting, art, cooking and horses.  He was a big fan of John Wayne, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.  He loved buying, selling and trading everything from antiques to horses.  He enjoyed the beach, cowboy reenactments, having a drink and a good cigar. 

Alton was a man of many talents and enjoyed life.  He leaves behind many friends and family members to cherish his memory Please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your local library.  Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

"See ya later, Pilgrim".

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