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Archie Andrew Childrey

SoVaNow.com / March 12, 2020

Archie Andrew “Tubby” Childrey, 83, of Seaford died Monday, March 9, 2020 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Archie was born in South Boston.

He was the son of the late James Hurley Childrey and the late Bessie New Childrey. He married his high school sweetheart, Faye Talbott Childrey, also of South Boston. Archie was hired by the Newport News Shipyard as an electrician in 1959. He proceeded from that position to Facilities Maintenance, which included working on the company’s biggest and highest capacity cranes followed by managing all of the shipyard’s assets in maintenance planning and engineering. Archie’s career at the Newport News Shipyard had spanned 40 years when he retired in 1999.

His retirement years were full of repairing many electrical issues for his family, friends, neighbors and his church, Zion United Methodist Church. Archie’s last house wiring renovation was completed in 2018 at the age of 81. When not working to solve electrical issues, he spent his time tinkering with his classic 1965 Chevrolet Impala, caring for his wife and enjoying his family.

Archie is survived by his wife, Faye; son, Gary and wife Annette of Yorktown; daughter, Lisa and husband Robby of Yorktown; grandchildren, David Turner and wife Suzanne of Newport News, Staci Thomas and husband Matt of Hayes, Trey Richardson of Lynchburg, Travis Childrey of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jordan Richardson and Jeremy Richardson, both of Yorktown; great-grandchildren, Aedan and Reese Turner of Yorktown, Cyrus Turner of Newport News and Madilyn and Annabelle Thomas of Hayes; sisters, Bernice C. Lowery and husband Jesse, Lois C. Buchanan; and brother, Enzie Childrey and wife Mary Lou.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Danese Talbott, Naomi C. Young and Linda C. Wilmouth and brothers Elvin Lee Childrey and James W. Childrey.

A funeral will be held Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. David Magruder and Pastor Rick Ragan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family wishes to thank caregivers Charlotte Jefferson, Ron McDavis, Christina Panico and Arley Cruz, as well as Hospice Community Care, for their attentive care of Archie over the last seven months.

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.

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