Monday, March 19, 2012

CSM Lovey Childs, United States Army, Ret.

Lovey Childs was born May 21, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas and passed away February 4, 2012 at Temple, Texas at the age of 70.

Lovey proudly served his country in the United States Army for over 23 years, retiring with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. His numerous military awards and decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, (Berlin), and the Vietnam Service Medal.

At the time of his death, Lovey was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Lampasas, Texas.

On February 9, Funeral Services were held for Lovey at the Sheppard Funeral Home Chapel in Copperas Cove, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Rides who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the family and friends.

After the service, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.

The procession was greeted there by fifty American flags blowing in the brisk Texas wind.

After the flag draped coffin was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, by the Army Honor Guard, the Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter.

Final prayers were offered by the Episcopalian Priest, who led the gathering in the Lord's Prayer.

The United States Army Honor Guard rendered full military honors. The Army bugler played taps. The detail of five rifles fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country. The flag that draped the coffin was carefully folded into the traditional triangle and passed to a Non-Commissioned Officer, who presented it to Sandra, Lovey's dear wife of 47 years, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Lovey's honorable and faithful service.

CSM Lovery Childs was laid to rest on the sloping hill side, overlooking the Texas hill country, as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, one daughter, two sons, ten grandchildren and a host of other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Sheppard Funeral Home for biographical information.

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