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Dr Richard Lee Childers

Dr Richard Lee Childers

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Death 19 Feb 2000 (aged 69)
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
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State, The (Columbia, SC) - Monday, February 21, 2000

COLUMBIA - Memorial service for Richard Lee Childers, 69, will be held at noon Tuesday at Shandon Presbyterian Church. There will be a private burial in the church columbarium prior to the service.

Dr. Childers died Saturday, February 19, 2000 of lung cancer. Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was a son of Margaret Hagood Childers, and the late Richard Hill Childers.

A graduate of Presbyterian College, he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. He was a professor of physics at the University of South Carolina for 33 years and was a member of several professional physics organizations. Physics was not only his work, but also an enjoyable and absorbing field of interest. He was a co-author of a textbook, "Contemporary College Physics", now in its 3rd edition. Between 1979 and 1986, Dr. Childers and his wife spent alternating semesters in Hamburg, Germany. There he participated in an international research team at the high-energy accelerator, DESY, and the family has maintained many friendships from those years. A faithful member of Shandon Presbyterian Church since 1968, Dr. Childers served as deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and on various church committees. Sunday mornings would find him entering into lively discussions with friends in the William Harden Sunday School Class. For many years Dr. Childers was a member of local Ring 105 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Over the years a favorite activity was entertaining family members, especially the children, with magic tricks. He delighted in teaching a few tricks to any youngster willing to learn the skill.

Surviving are his mother of Birmingham, Ala.; his wife of 39 years, Sigrid Hansen Childers; daughters Elaine Thompson, Janet Burts; sister, Jane Cannon; brother, John Childers; 5 grandchildren.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 111813261
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Richard Lee Childers (10 Dec 1930–19 Feb 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111813261, citing Shandon Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Catoe4 (contributor 47413036) .