Steve Childers

Steve Anthony Childers, 61, passed from this life at 6:28 in the morning on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Chattanooga. He was born July 29, 1952 in Rochelle, Ill. Steve was the son of Ruby Childers Smith of Chattanooga and the late James Dewey Childers. He spent his early years in Rochelle, Ill, and graduated from high school in Richmond, Ind. Steve showed his musical talents early. He could play the piano by ear practically from the time he began at age 12. In high school, he was remembered for his rendition of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" in the school talent show, and received great reviews as the lead in "Rip Van Winkle." He began his professional music career the day after high school graduation when he left home to play piano for the Southern Gospel group, The Daley Trio. He toured extensively as a keyboard player for Cortez Greer, an opening act for Bill Cosby. He also toured with Paul Davis and appeared on Solid Gold and American Bandstand in the early 1980s. Throughout his career he played as a solo artist and as part of groups like the Back Porch Orchestra and Georgia Power formed with his friends. Steve is survived by his son, James; his daughter, Stephanie; two grandchildren, Zeke and Katherine; his mother, Ruby; and his brother, Tim. The family will receive visitors at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne, Ark., from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7. The funeral will be held at the funeral home immediately following at noon. Burial will be at Crosslawn Cemetery immediately following.

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