Mrs. Anne Miller Childers, 80, died peacefully February 3, 2017 at Hospice House Satilla after a short illness.
She was born in Jenkins, Kentucky, but grew up in Erwin, Tennessee as part of a loving and extended family. As a member of the large Miller family and the daughter of founding church members at Calvary Baptist Church, Anne was raised surrounded by numerous cousins who were her closest friends and those relationships continued throughout her life.
She and her husband Ben moved to Waycross in the 1960’s when he was hired at the YMCA as a Program Director who moved into the Executive Director role. She was a part of the growth of the local YMCA as a longtime staff member and a committed volunteer, donor and advocate throughout her more than 50 years in this community. The culmination of that lifetime of service was reflected in the renaming of the facility as the Ben and Anne Childers YMCA in 2009.
Anne was a stalwart member of First Baptist Church Waycross, the Gleaners Sunday School class, a regular Wednesday volunteer in the office and served on a variety of committees throughout her life. The church honored her for that service as Woman of the Year on a Mother’s Day Sunday.
Her parents, Hyder Miller and Lena Brown Miller, her husband, Ben H. Childers, Jr, and her brothers Fred Miller, Hubert Miller and Clarence Miller precede Mrs. Childers in death.
Survivors include one son, Butch Childers (Tina) of Jacksonville, FL; one daughter, Jan Brogdon (Jim) of Fernandina Beach, FL; five grandchildren, Brad Brogdon (Amanda), Jake Brogdon, Jessica Childers, Coleman Childers, and Chloe Childers; two sisters, Mildred Silvers and Brenda Kegley (Bob) both of Erwin, TN; one brother, James Miller of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a sister in law, Letha Sloan of Sarasota, FL, brother-in-laws, Bob Childers of the Villages, FL, Ralph Childers of Corbin, KY, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Anne is also survived by a large number of friends made through a lifetime of connections in both Erwin and Waycross, along with recent caregivers who have been like family.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at First Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Mausoleum. The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017 at Music Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts to honor Anne’s life can be made to the Childers YMCA, First Baptist Church, Waycross or the Family Life Center at the Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin,Tennessee.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.