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8269 Childress, Daniel Ray.jpg (369030 bytes) Daniel Ray (Dan) Childress (Kit #008269) was born the second of five children to William Harold Childress and Jacquelyn LaVonne Jones in April 1950.  The family lived in Vancouver, Washington until 1962 when they moved to Arvada, Colorado.  Dan followed his father into the building trade industry and returned to Washington State with his family in 1968. While in Colorado Daniel met Evelyn Pauls and they were married in October 1968 in Olympia, Washington.  Dan joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1969 and was honorably discharged upon completion of his active duty.  Dan became a general contractor in the Olympia, Washington area until he retired in 1999 due to complications of diabetes.  In 1968 Dan and Lyn had a son who was placed for adoption in the Denver, Colorado area.  Two more children followed, a son and a daughter.

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - According to public records on, Daniel Ray Childress passed away on June 26, 2016.

8284 Childress, William Bill from Betty.jpg (72351 bytes) William (“Bill”) A. Childress (Kit #008284) was born July 1, 1930, in Kilmichael, Mississippi to parents John Albert and Mary Ethel Hall Childress.  He attended high school at Big Black Consolidated High School, graduating in 1948.  Bill worked for two years in a department store before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in September 1950.  While in the Navy, Bill served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Boxer and the USS Kearseage, attached to aircraft fighter squadrons that were operating off the coast of Korea. Bill married Dorothy Stewart and they had a son and a daughter before divorcing in 1973.  After leaving the Navy, Bill worked at several different jobs, all associated with the military establishment. Ultimately, he was promoted to Chief of the Contract Property Control office at the Michaud Assembly Facility office in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he retired in December 1989.  Bill married Elizabeth Pernoll in 1990 and they currently live in Tennessee.  Bill reports that he experienced a heart attack and subsequently underwent a quadruple by-pass in 2000.

MURFREESBORO, TN - William (Bill) A. Childress passed away on October 20, 2014.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) and numerous children, step-children and their families.

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Jack Childers (Kit #008291) was born in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1927.  He moved around quite a bit in his youth, first to Virginia then later to New Jersey, where he started school in Merchantville.  His family lived with his grandparents, William Benton and Ola Childers during the Great Depression of the early 1930's.  He moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1938 where he got his first real taste for the water, which was to play a significant role all his adult life.  Not wanting to miss out on the WWII action, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 even as he was attending Miami High School.  After two years on active duty patrolling the seas on a destroyer escort, Jack received an honorable discharge, subsequently receiving his high school diploma and attending the University of Miami for a few years.  Jack married his second wife, Helen Lucinda Gaskin, in 1966 and opened a small retail store in Ocean City, Maryland selling shell jewelry and novelties.

  After living in both Florida and Maryland for several decades, Jack and Helen permanently moved to Fenwick Island, Delaware in 1984, ultimately reducing their multiple retail businesses down to a thriving internet store and one retail unit, which as of 2007 is operated almost exclusively by their two daughters.

FENWICK ISLAND - James Benton "Jack" Childers, 82, of Fenwick Island died Friday June 19, 2009 of pneumonia at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen Lucinda "Cindy" Childers of Fenwick Island; two daughters, Virginia Childers Davidson (Ronald) of Bishopville and Jackie Childers of Selbyville; and two grandsons, James Davidson and William Childers.

8438 Basil Childress (b. 1956).jpg (277211 bytes) Basil D. ("Bazz") Childress (Kit #008438) was born in Cleveland, Ohio 1956 to parents Simon Leroy Childress and Geneva Moses Childress, both of whom were from the mountains of eastern Kentucky.  An only child, Bazz is the fourth great grandson of two Revolutionary War veterans, Pleasant Childress and Joshua Moses.  He graduated from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio and Geneva Moses Childress received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky.  Bazz has built his adult career in the banking business and, as of 2007, is Vice President and Head of Special Assets for Traditional Bank Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.  He married Rachel Helen Smith (whose ancestral roots are in Alabama) in 1978 and they have two daughters. Bazz is a member of the Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, the John C. Breckinridge Camp 100, Sons of Confederate Veterans and an Associate Member of 1st Cavalry Division Association and 7th Cavalry Regiment, as well as the Association of the US Army (in honor of his uncle, Martin Dean Childress, who was killed in action in Vietnam August 1969 while serving in those units).  He also is a member of the League of the South and the Kentucky Hunting Brotherhood.

CHILDRESS Basil "Bazz" Dwayne, 55, died at home on Thu, April 5, 2012 of natural causes. Bazz was married to Rachel Smith Childress for 34 years. They have two daughters, Julianna Ruth Smith Childress, 24, of Nashville, TN and Delaney Adele Smith Childress, 18, of Lexington.

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Joel Patrick "Pat" Childress (Kit #012544) and his fraternal twin Mike were born in 1945 to parents John Franklin Childress, Sr. and Dorothy Mathis in Tyler, Texas and both twins have lived their entire lives in the state.  Pat attended high school in the small east Texas community of New London and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with an MBA.  After college, he began a career in manufacturing, first working for a division of Colt Industries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Pat later worked for a large, diversified petroleum services corporation in Houston, ultimately acquiring a division of the company. Pat and his wife Carol Anne retired to the hill country of Texas after selling the manufacturing business to a large, privately held Japanese firm in the 1990's.  Hobbies include outdoor sports of all kinds including motorcycling, fishing, hiking and golf, along with original art.  Pat has two daughters, both of whom work in the entertainment business in California and New York.
Mark A. Childers (Kit # 012758) was born in 1940 to parents Norman Franklin Childers and Alice Margaret Hohenstine.  Mark joined Humble Oil & Refining Company (now ExxonMobil) in 1965 after receiving a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Mark employed his inventive talents and engineering skills to help develop wellbore cementing techniques, floating drilling technology and innovative workover units as well as deepwater spread mooring, well control and marine riser systems.  He holds 9 domestic and international patents covering a wide range of topics.    Mark received the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Cedrick K. Ferguson Medal in 1969, was a Distinguished Lecturer in 1981 and in 2006 was named International Association of Drilling Contactor’s (IADC) “Contractor of the Year.” After executive assignments with Diamond Offshore, DI Industries and Oceaneering Production Systems he joined Atwood Oceanics as General Manager where he worked until his retirement.  Mark is and was a member and/or chairman of numerous industry committees and organizations through his career that help develop the rules and standards in the offshore drilling industry.  Mark has authored over two dozen papers, articles and book chapters in his long career.   He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana and is still very active in the industry.  Mark and his wife Bettie Lou have two children and four grandchildren.
13787 RON Childress from Mary.jpg (329993 bytes) Ronald "Ron" Brent Childress (Kit #013787) was born on October 9, 1936, the second son of Stanly Childress and the forth great grandson of Fleming Childress.  Ron entered the Air Force at age 17, ultimately finishing his education while in the military and retired from active duty at the age of 37.  Ron then commenced began his second career, becoming General Manager of Shopping Centers, permanently retiring in 1964.  Ron has two children and ten grandchildren.  TENNESSEE - According to public records on, Ronald Brent Childress passed away on June 20, 2007.
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Paul Allan Childers (Kit #019389) was born the first of three sons in 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri to Paul Harold and Marjorie Adele Fisher Childers.  He attended school in Maplewood, Ellisville and Eureka, Missouri.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1959 and served until 1962.  He went to work for the Burroughs Corporation in 1962 and in 1965 started his banking career.  Paul retired in 2007 capping a 41 year career as a banker.  He now spends his time on genealogy and his collection of federal and state duck stamps.  He also enjoys golf, fishing and hunting.  Paul married his wife Jean in 1962 and they are the parents of three children and six grandchildren.  (intentionally left blank)
25345 Childress, Edward Lee (1948 - 2007).jpg (290139 bytes) Edward Lee Childress (Kit #025345) was born in Konnarock, Washington County, Virginia, in 1948.  His parents were Edgar and Alice Childress.  In 1949, Edward’s family moved to Gloucester County, Virginia; and that’s where they are buried.  On May 5, 2007 Edward passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 59 years.  He left behind a wife Gail, five sisters and one brother.  Edward was a professional truck driver for over 35 years and enjoyed performing mechanical work on autos and lawn mowers in his spare time.   (Written by his sister, Irma, who sponsored Edward in this DNA testing program.)
32250 dover, albert walker (b. 1942).jpg (68462 bytes) Albert Walker Dover (Kit #032250) was born in Gassiville, Arkansas in 1942 to Jesse Franklin Dover and Lena Ema Jane Cowart.  "A.W." served in the National Guard from 1960 to 1967 and was employed by Wal-Mart as a Manager for 12 years.  He held a variety of jobs over the years and as of 2007, is semi-retired, doing contract tractor work and tending to a magazine route on occasion.  A.W. has two sons by his first wife and is now married to Carol Dover.  The Dover surname is one of several non-Childers/Childress surnames whose test results placed them in this DNA project.  We are unsure how and where the Dover family intersects with the Childers/Childress name, but A.W.'s DNA markers are a perfect 67/67 match for numerous Childers/Childress participants, meaning that there would be a common ancestor 90% of the time within the past five generations, if the surnames were the same.  Carol, A.W.'s wife, is of the opinion that the connection likely springs from the era of A.W.'s great-grandfather, Thompson Dover.
43870 Childers, Benjamin Meek Miller.jpg (169505 bytes) Benjamin Meek Miller Childers (Kit #043870) was born in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama in 1926 to parents Erasmus Roy Childers and wife Margaret Otis Miller.  He is the second great grandson of Revolutionary War Veteran Richard Childers and Martha Spann of Washington County, Georgia.  Miller attended public schools of Selma, graduating from A.G. Parrish High School in 1944.  He enrolled in the University of Alabama later that same year but soon was called to active duty in the Navy.  He served aboard a tanker in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in the summer of 1946.  Returning to U of A, he earned a BS degree in Commerce and Business Administration in 1949 and an LLB degree from the Law School in 1951. Miller practiced private law for 17 years after graduation; later he was appointed Judge of the Dallas County Court and was re-elected to this position, serving for 18 years and retiring in 1987.  His first wife, Hallie Milhous Jones (whom he married in 1950), passed away in 2001.  Hallie and Miller have three children and five grandchildren.  In 2004, he married Josephine Brooks (Smith) Ames, a widow with two grown children.  Miller is active in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Selma and stays busy volunteering in several organizations.  His hobbies include genealogy, reading, gardening, crossword and crypto puzzles, along with trips to the beach.  Miller has one brother, Erasmus Roy Childers, Jr.

SELMA, ALABAMA - According to public records on, Benjamin Meek Miller Childers passed away on January 8, 2016.

68316 Childers, Jerry K. b. 1943.jpg (87559 bytes) Jerry K. Childers (Kit #068316) was born in South Carolina (the state in which many of us trace our furthest possible documented ancestor) in 1943.  Jerry has lived in the state his entire life.  His most distant known Childers ancestor is Jacob Childers who was born in Virginia in 1762 and died in South Carolina in 1844.  (intentionally left blank)
71011 Childress, Terry (b. 1949).jpg (308834 bytes) Terry Childress (Kit #071011) was born in 1949 in Drew, Mississippi and attended school there until he moved to New Orleans where he finished high school.  Terry joined the Air Force after a year of college and worked as a programmer/analyst and Information Technology Manager.  He completed his B.A. degree while in the service, retiring from the Air Force in 1989.  He settled back in Mississippi, working in his “second career” with the State of Mississippi as an I.T. Manager, once again completing requirements for college degree, his MBS.  Terry left Mississippi in 2004 and began work for a consulting firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona where he resides as of 2007.  While not currently married, he is the father of two boys and also is the proud grandparent of two grandchildren.  (intentionally left blank)

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Ralph Carl Loyd (Kit No. 78040) was born Ralph Dewitt Childers in Oakland, CA in 1948 to Alyce Marie Lofton, formerly of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  At age five, he was adopted by his stepfather, Clarence L. Loyd.  Ralph was raised in a small agricultural and dairy community in the Central Valley of California and lived there until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1968.  Over half of his service was spent in Rota, Spain, where he met his wife, Angelina, a native of Italy, but raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).   After his discharge, Ralph returned to college and earned a B.S. degree in geology, followed by graduate work at the University of California, Davis.  He then enjoyed a 33-year career with the State of California Geological Survey, first as a staff geologist conducting mineral resource mapping surveys throughout the state, then as a senior engineering geologist mapping seismic hazards up until the time of his retirement in 2010. 

Ralph and Angelina have two daughters and two grandchildren.  Their older daughter is a professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University and their younger is an elementary school teacher whose husband is a career Navy pilot.  In addition to genealogy, Ralph’s pastimes include spoiling grandchildren, sail boating, and enjoying cruise liner voyages.  Ralph is also a life-long musician who has played keyboards, electric bass, and bass fiddle in a number of performing rock, blues, and bluegrass bands.
98553 Clarence Gilmer Childers (b. 1916).jpg (249532 bytes) Clarence Gilmer Childers (Kit #098553) was born on the 17th  of  March, 1916 in Burke County, North Carolina.  His parents were David Elihu Childers born 15 Aug. 1885 and China Cook Childers born 27 May 1887, both in Burke County, North Carolina.  Clarence only made it through the sixth grade but he was well known for his farming in Burke County .  He also financed his farming by digging wells by hand all around the three county area.  He was accomplished at putting a hole straight down in the ground.  Before he quit farming he had over 100 white face beef cattle on the farm that was rented from the Duke Power Company.  Clarence and his wife Faye Lail Childers raised 5 kids while working the farm.  He bought one and one half acres on Decker Road and built a new home before he retired in 1981.  His kids are taking care of him in his home and he is still working in the garden at 91 years old.  (Written by His son Billy G. Childers who sponsored Clarence in the DNA testing program.)

CONNELLY SPRINGS - Clarence Gilmer Childers, 92, died Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

99090 McCullough, Jim (b. 1928).jpg (148212 bytes) Jim McCullough (Kit #099090) was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 24, 1928.  He was given up for adoption immediately by his birth parents Janus Hall, born 1908 in Sedalia, MO and Frances Carter Hall, born 1907 in Guthrie, OK.  His father was listed as a musician on the birth certificate recently obtained by a court order.  Nothing else is known about them and searches of census records so far have revealed nothing.  His adopting parents named him James Daugherty McCullough.  At age 13, his family moved to Los Angeles, CA where he grew up, receiving a degree in 1950 in Accounting from UCLA, followed by a Masters Degree in Systems Analysis from USC.  Jim worked for Hughes Aircraft Company for one year before serving in the US Army during the Korean War.  Jim was Chief Accountant of Litton Industries in its early years.  In 1956 he joined the Rand Corporation as a military systems analyst and worked with them until 1967 when he joined the research staff of a similar defense-related "think tank," the Institute for Defense Analyses.  He moved to Rockville, MD in 1961 and worked in the Pentagon most of his career.  Jim was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and retired from IDA in 1990.  He lives in Olney, MD and enjoys travel, digital photography and yoga.  Jim has two sons and two grandchildren.  He married Yvonne Buchanan in 1990 following the death in 1989 of Mildred, his first wife to whom he was married 37 years.
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Mac Warren Childress (Kit #100289) was born in Ashmore, Illinois on November 13, 1919 to Mack Childress (born 1896).  When his mother died in a house fire, Mac and his brother went to live with their paternal grandparents, Richard and Rachel Childress.  Mac graduated from Charleston (Illinois) Teacher's College of Agriculture in 1937.  As a farmer, he raised hogs and beef cattle; he and his wife Meriam continue to live on the same farm where they moved to in 1942. 

Mac has served on several boards, including the Ashmore State Bank and the Ashmore Fire Protection District and is a member of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church.  He and Meriam enjoy traveling and have visited virtually every continent.  They have four daughters, three grandsons and one great granddaughter.

Mac's daughter, Linda Childress Keeler, informed this writer that Mac passed away on April 5, 2009.  Linda continues to search for her Childress ancestral line, particular anyone connected to Mitchell Childress.






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William "Ted" Childers (kit #197794) was born on April 14, 1952 in Calhoun, Georgia to William Dallas Childers and Exie Ateny Timms.  His wife, Patricia Elaine Strickland, grew up in the same area as Ted.  They both attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia and then West GA College for their graduate degrees.  Midway through college in 1973 Ted and Patricia married and their son Seth was born in 1976.  He's currently doing post doctorate work in chemistry at Stanford.  Ted was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Guard in 1976.  His wife Pat completed 30 years of teaching and has retired.  Ted taught science for 5 years and then went on Active Duty in the Georgia National Guard.  He continued to serve until 2005 when he reached 35 years of service and his mandatory date as a Colonel.  Ted enjoys cooking, nature and his family, including researching his ancestry.  (intentionally left blank)
William Joseph “Joe” Childress, Sr. (Kit #284830) was born in 1948 in Lenoir, North Carolina along with his fraternal twin, Betty Jean.  Joe graduated from high school in 1966 from Newton-Conover High School, Newton, NC.  In 1968, eligible for the draft, he volunteered to serve in the U. S. Marine Corps.  Released honorably from the U. S. Marine Corps in 1972, Joe enrolled in school and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1974.  He once again decided to join the military; in 1975 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served until his retirement in 1993.  After retiring from the military, Joe worked and attended college earning his bachelor’s degree in 1995.  From 1993 to 2010, he held human resources positions in Employment Services with the State of Florida, corporate recruiting and pharmaceutical sales recruiting, and lastly as a Veterans Representative again employed with the State of Florida.  Joe has five children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.  His interests are computer operations and genealogy.
Capt. William Andre Childers (Kit #325684) was born in 1951 to parents Willie James Childers, Jr. and wife in Panama City, Florida.  William's oldest known Childers ancestor is Dr. Nicholas Childers, born in 1776 in Virginia.  William graduated from high school in 1970 in Bay County, Florida and immediately decided to pursue a Maritime vocation in the footsteps of his uncle Charles Childers, also a seafaring captain.  He is the oldest of twelve children and has been working in the oilfields since 1975.  He has been married for 34 years and has three grown daughters. William's great grandfather was Robert Samuel Childers, born 1840 in Macon, GA.  He, along with most of his brothers, served in Civil War.  He fought at the Battle of Mansfield and helped defend the Childers Mansion, belonging to relative John Spann Childers.  Robert Samuel drew a pension from the war as did his brother Orlando Benjamin Childers ("O.B.") whose hand was mangled by cannon Ball.  O.B. is mentioned in the book "Memoirs of Northwest, LA."  The book also speaks of his father and mother, Winfrey and Nancy Childers.  Winfrey was born in 1805 in Macon, GA to Dr. Nicholas Childers and Sally Evans Lucas.  Winfrey died in 1875 in Bossier, LA and his wife died in Comanche, Texas.  Dr. Nicholas was born in VA in 1776, and became the doctor for Ft Hawkins, circa 1805.
William Childers (Kit #440986) was born to Galen E. Childers and Mary Edna Prather Childers in Kentucky in 1946.  He attended Pulaski County high school, later graduating from Eastern KY University in 1968 with a BS degree.  Several years later, Bill earned a Credential of Advanced Studies in Health Services Administration from the University of Minnesota.

After working for Chevron Oil Company in Louisville, KY and California, his wife Barbara and he returned to Kentucky where Bill began a second career in Hospital Administration.  This led to the formation of a healthcare company that he and his partners sold to a large Rehab Corporation in 1992.  Barbara and Bill are retired and currently live in Indiana near their son and grandchildren.



Bill’s verifiable family research goes back to his Great, Great, Great Grandfather, George Washington Childers who was born on March 1, 1817 in North Carolina.  He died on the Childers farm in Gray, Knox County, KY in 1895.  He married Mary (Polly) Ham on 5/21/1841.  Mary was born in North Carolina about 1820 and died in Knox County, KY on April 13, 1883.  Grave sites are located in the Brafford Cemetery that is near or may be partly on the old Childers farm.

Bill has traced his probable Childers family line back to the Doncaster, England area.  More recently, his family tree appears as the following:
John Childers (b. 1791 in NC; died 1859 in Knox County, KY)
George Washington Childers (b. 1817 in NC; died 1895 in Gray, KY)
Hiram Childers (b. 1842 in NC; died Gray, KY)
James Elmer Childers (b. 1871 in KY; died Ringgold, Pulaski County, KY)
Sidney Ray Childers (b. 1909 in Ringgold, Pulaski County, KY; d. 1976)

Paul Childress (Kit #500067) was born in 1946 in the small town of Oceana WV to Leon and Nan Childress. His father and both grandfathers were coal miners. Paul was the first National Merit Scholar from Oceana High School and graduated from West Virginia University in 1969 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He worked for Pratt & Whitney from 1969 to 1974 as a design engineer with responsibilities on the engines for the SR-71, F-15 and F-16 aircraft.

Paul worked in engineering and project management for Babcock & Wilcox from 1974 to 1998 in the nuclear energy field, rising to the position of Vice President and managing several nuclear waste projects in Russia.

He was awarded an MS in Structural Mechanics by the University of Virginia in 1979.  A self-employed consulting engineer from 1998 to 2003, he specialized in the management of nuclear projects at US Department of Energy (DOE) sites throughout the country.

Paul worked from 2003 to his retirement in 2014 for AREVA, managing a key advanced technology project under contract from the DOE. Paul and his wife Sandy live in Forest VA.

Paul's most distant, documented ancestor is Pleasant Childress (1764 to 1838) who served in the Revolutionary War.  Pleasant Childress lived in Virginia and Kentucky.

Bob Childers (Kit #535704) was born in Norfolk in 1947 and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Bob graduated from Princess Anne High School and then attended the College of William and Mary graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973 including a tour with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.  Bob married Irene Ann Hudak in Norfolk, VA  in 1971 and they celebrated their 45th anniversary in January 2016.

After leaving the Army Bob earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Old Dominion University in 1974. 

After working in municipal government for 8 years, Bob began a career in the commercial real estate business in 1982 and has been employed in this business since then serving as a Chief Financial Officer and President of Harbor Group Management Co until he semi-retired in 2008.

He continues to work part time with the company as the insurance administrator and as a mentor and trainer to the younger employees of the company.   Bob traces his Childers roots to Clarendon County South Carolina to his Great-Great Grandfather John James Childers who was born in 1826.

Childers Ancestry: Edwin Robert (Bob) b. 1947 < Edwin Robert, Sr. b. 1922 VA < Parker Vanburen b. 1882 SC < John Willam b. 1856 SC < John James Childers b. 1826 SC

Dr. Rodney Hammond (Kit #543653) retired as Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, a position he held from 1996 to 2011.  Prior to that he was the Assistant Dean of the School of Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and Director of Children, Youth, and Families at Meharry Medical College CMHC in Nashville, TN.  He currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Hammond completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL and his Ph.D. in psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee.  He completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Hammond lives in Berkeley Lake, Georgia where he has been elected to serve as a member of City Council for the City of Berkeley Lake.  In retirement, Dr. Hammond volunteers his services on a number of community boards including the Mental Health Task Force of the Carter Presidential Center and the Board Trustees of Neighbor to Family, a national child foster care organization.

Dr. Hammond has received numerous awards for his career contributions, including the following:

- Fellow of the American Psychological Association
- Distinguished Fellow Emeritus of the National Academies of Practice
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award
- Inductee into the National Academy of Practice for distinguished       contributions to health
- William Bevin Award from the American Psychological Foundation for distinguished contributions to public policy
- Nicholas Hobbs Award from the Society for Child and Family Practice of the - American Psychological Association for lifetime achievements in child advocacy and policy
- Meritorious Research Service Commendation from the American Psychological Association

Known Paternal Ancestry: Rodney Hammond b. 1946, Hampton, VA < William Rodney Hammond, Sr. b. 1914 GA < Claude Hammond b. 1879 Crawford Co. GA (unsure of Claude's parents; Ohio death certificate lists "Laura" as mother).

Richard Childress, Sr. (Kit #615033) writes:  "As for a brief biography of myself, I am currently retired and reside in Lake County, IN."

Childress Ancestry:  Rick Childress b. 1951 IL < Teddy Max b. 1929 IL < Rudolph ("Rudy") b. 1912 IL < Renaldo ("Niles") b. 1863 IL < James Monroe b. 1829 IL < Thomas b. 1800 Lincoln County, NC < Isom/Isham Childress b. 1766 Butte, Warren County, NC

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