Graveside services for Bessie Vashti Childress, 96, will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Garden of Prayer of Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery conducted by Mr. Cody Westbrook, of the McLish Church of Christ.

Born to the late Preston Jones and Alice Geurin Jones on the 16th day of April, 1916, at Graham, Oklahoma, Bessie died in an Ardmore convalescent home May 22, 2013.

A member of the McLish Church of Christ, formerly Central Church of Christ, Bessie was an accomplished seamstress and baker and volunteered in the ‘clothing room’ of her church.

Bessie and Thomas Raymon Childress were married February 12, 1939, at Ardmore. Raymon preceded her in death February 5, 1996. Her sons, Tom and Neil Childress; sisters, Hazel McKinney and Earsie Ticknor also predeceased her.

Survivors include a grandson, Charles Childress and his wife, Cheryle, of Ardmore; two granddaughters, Dee Smith, Norman, Oklahoma, and Angela O’Donnell of Virginia; also five great-grandchildren, Joshua, Sara, Kyle, Ashley and Thomas; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where an online guest book may be signed at