CHILDRESS, Kenneth Wayne, age 80, of Statham GA passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born on June 7, 1939, and spent his childhood in Decatur where he graduated from Decatur High School.  He worked for Kraft Foods for 38 years specializing in distribution, retiring in 1994. Ken was a hardworking, jovial family man who volunteered for his community.  He selflessly gave his time to family, friends and scouts including serving as Troop 99 Scoutmaster for 8 years. He traveled with his family around the globe, studied history, loved cars and woodworking.  After retiring he travelled extensively from Normandy to Tokyo and all points in between. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Pat Childress; daughter Kim Childress; son Tim Childress and daughter-in-law Kerry of Fort Collins, CO; and grandchildren Mackenzie, Cooper, and Grant Childress. Visitation will be held from 2-4PM on Saturday, August 10 at Wages & Sons in Lawrenceville, GA. He will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ken Childress to your local Humane Society. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Pat and the entire Childress family, I am so sorry for your profound loss. Ken was a great guy and a great friend and neighbor. He will be missed.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Mr Ken. He was really sweet and had a great sense of humor. Kim, Tim and Mrs Pat my thoughts and prayers are with you. If we can do anything please let us know.

  3. Pat and family, so sorry for your loss and the loss of the world. Ken was a good friend and a great leader. The world stopped and shed a tear just a few days ago.

  4. Pat, I’m sorry to see this in my AJC. Pete and I send our love and prayers for you.
    Joanne Haakmeester

  5. Tim and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I and many others who were fortunate enough to know your Dad are grateful we had the opportunity. Wonderful memories of my time in Troop 99. What a great legacy he leaves for us all-a loving family man who served his community and a whole generation of boys that he helped mold into men. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  6. Dear Aunt Pat and Kim, Tim and Kerry and kids. I am so sorry for yours and the worlds loss. Uncle Ken was a great person and always there for everyone, animals and everything. He always brought a smile to face and heart. He is and will be dearly missed. My prayers go out to comfort and may your memories help to heal your heartache and bring you confort. Loves ya always.

  7. Pat and family please know we are grieving with you. Our lives have changed now that we can’t see Ken. Though our memories of his spirit of love and caring for family, friends, and four legged friends will always remain.

  8. Saying Ken was an amazing person doesn’t cover all his wonderful qualities. I adore his great sense of humor and always being kind to those around him. His love of family and animals would shine through in everything he did. He introduced me to bunny Foo Foo so maybe this is where I started my life long love of animals. I feel truly blessed to have learned from Ken and lucky to have had him as an adopted father. My prayers are with you all.

  9. Pat Tim and Kim, I am sorry to hear of your loss.
    Ken was a great husband, farther, grand farther and friend, I know he will be missed by many

  10. Dear Childress Family,
    On behalf of the entire 5th Air Force A2 team, please accept our deepest condolences. A donation to the Gwinnett Humane Society has been made in Ken’s memory. In spite of the distance, know that you are in our thoughts during your time of grief.

  11. David and I are so sorry for your loss. Having known Kim and the family for over 30 years I truly feel the saddeness and have a heavy heart. He will truly be missed by so many lives he touched.

  12. Ken or Grandpa to me was an amazing man. I will always look up to him and love him dearly. He taught me a lot. I am proud to carry his name.

  13. CandleImageKen or Grandpa to me, was an amazing man. He is my role model, I have learned a lot from him. One thing about him was everyone loved him, even my dog(he would give her treats). I love him very much.

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