Willie “Bill” Childress was born on October 30, 1947 to Gloria Childress and Willie Williams in Chicago, IL. Willie received his formal education at Dunbar Vocational High School. Willie started his career as an Accounting Clerk at ComEd during 1965.
Willie was inducted into the United States Army in July 28, 1967 and served during the Viet Nam War. Willie was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal, the Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
After serving in the US Army, Willie returned to Chicago and resumed his position at ComEd. Willie retired from ComEd in 2003, after working for 38 years.
Willie Childress was truly blessed and loved by many. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Gloria Childress, and brother, Tyrone Childress. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Yvonne Childress, his siblings, Michael Childress (Cynthia), Constance Demus, Luther Brandon, Opal Brandon, John Brandon; his granddaughter Tanjerai, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and dear friends.
From the family:
My father was more than just my daddy. He was my best friend and my hero. He pushed me to be the very best version of myself. He never judged me. He always lifted me up and reminded me of the power and strength I have within me. My dad was the best cheerleader a girl could ever have. His smile would light up any room and his laugh was contagious. And his heart was pure, gentle, and very giving. My daddy will always be the greatest example of what it is to be a real man…a teacher, protector, provider, motivator, and a place of peace. I am not sure how I am going to navigate this thing call life without him, but I know I will definitely pull on the strength he instilled in me. Daddy, I love you beyond the moon and stars. We definitely have an angel looking over us now. Rest in perfect peace and paradise Daddy.
Love always and forever, Your daughter, Yvonne (Rabbit)
Whenever I hear your name I picture a superhero, my superhero. You have been there for me every step of the way. You have always been there when times were tough and when times were wonderful. I have many great memories with you, from our everyday shopping trips to our weekly talks on the phone. The memory that lingers in my mind everyday is our last conversation when you told me that you are proud of the young woman I have become, and that you know you can leave this earth knowing I will be ok. These words will stick with me forever and help guide me to accomplish greatness in this world. Knowing that I made you proud will continue to push me to become the best person you knew I would become. I will miss you dearly, and know that you will always have a special place in my heart suga.
Love, Tanje… your Boo Boo Baby