OBITUARY: Elissa Marie Childress


Mrs. Elissa Marie Childress passed away at home on Saturday, August 13, 2022, she was 82 years old.

Born June 23, 1940, in Nashville, TN, to Virginia Ozelle Weaks and Louis Craig Talley, Jr.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband: James Childress; son: Jimmy Childress; granddaughter: Amanda Kincaid; and sisters: Jean Bone and Ruth Reed; and sister-in-law: Pamela Childress.

Elissa is survived by her sons: Michael, David, and Bobby Childress; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sisters: Bettie Parsley and Susan Walker; sister-in-law: Joyce Greer, Wanda Stack; brother-in-law: Darrell Childress; and many nieces and nephews.

She retired from Maury Regional Medical Center with 18 years of service. Elissa’s sons were the love of her life, and they were devoted to her. The love of her family and their love for her, got her through a lot of difficult times in her life.

She was of strong faith, strong-willed, well-read, an excellent cook, a military wife, the eldest of five sisters, a proud grandmother, and had a caring heart for others.

The family will be receiving friends and family on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in honor of Mrs. Childress.

The care of Mrs. Childress and her family has been entrusted to the staff of Williams Funeral Home. To share words of comfort and condolences, please visit


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