Graveside services for Rheta Joy Childers will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert Peterson officiating. A time of visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. this evening at Craddock Funeral Home.

Joy went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 16, 2016, at the age of 82. She was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Caddo, to J.C. Smith and Lola Brown Smith. Joy grew up in Caddo and moved to Ardmore in the 1950s. She worked at JC Penney’s, retiring after 30 years of service. After retirement, she resided in Durant for a while and then moved back to Ardmore. She was a music director and treasurer of Souls Harvest Pentecostal Church.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Lola; son, Ronnie Childers; and daughter-in-law, Dawna Childers Orr.

She is survived by her son, Don Childers and his wife, Connie of Ardmore; brother, Dale Lee Smith and wife, Sheila of Hugo; daughter-in-law, Bobbi Childers of Lone Grove; granddaughters, Kasi Childers of Ardmore, Chynna Childers of Ardmore, Shanna Kerley and husband, Walter of Lone Grove, and Sheree Walling of Lone Grove; great-grandchildren, Shaylea Kerley, Deaven Kerley, Zoey Kerley, Robbi Walling and Adley Walling; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Smith of Hugo and Joey Dale Smith of Durant; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice.

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