In Memory

Dave Childress

Dave Childress

Info I saw today on another Mac school web site,  posted by Brian Hastings.


All, and especially class of 1971. We lost an alumni David Robert Childress today about 1:00pm. Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2016 and after surgery, radiation & chemotherapy. He lost his battle. He was a good friend of mine, as well as I’m sure some of yours. I have no details on on a service, but will post when I do.

I received this information today from Marilyn Dyer Jones.


I was saddened to hear Sunday that Dave Childress had passed away.  This was posted by his sister earlier today:

David Robert Childress, Sr., beloved son, brother, father, friend, and colleague, left this world and went to his eternal home on October 1, 2017. Afflicted with a particularly aggressive brain tumor in late 2016, Dave fought hard in his final year of life but was surely thrilled to end the earthly battle and finally experience the day that “his faith became his sight”.

Dave is survived by his two children, Kathryn Eleanor Childress of Dallas and David Robert Childress, Jr. of Fort Worth, and two sisters, Kathy Childress Barton of Chicago and Nancy Childress McDonald of Austin.

In addition, Dave enjoyed the love and fellowship of two brothers-in-law, Craig Barton and Jack McDonald, seven nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Michelle, Laura, Mark, Andrew, Kelsey, and Cade, and twelve great nieces and nephews, Carolyn, Nora, Greta, Elliot, Bennett, Emi Kate, Peyton, Hayley, Tyler, Ryan, Sheridan, and Campbell.

Dave was born on October 13, 1953, in Albany, GA, to adoring parents Robert Dudley Childress and Doris Ann Bullock Childress of Jackson, MS. With his parents and sisters, Dave traveled the world in his early years, living in various locations as an “Air Force Brat”. In 1967, the family settled in San Antonio, TX, where Dave attended MacArthur High School. He played trumpet in the school band under the influential leadership of John Pearson.

After graduating from Trinity University in 1975, Dave moved to Dallas and worked in pharmaceutical sales. While he enjoyed success in this profession, he decided to pursue his lifelong goal of attending Baylor Law School and graduated with honors in 1988. For the last 20 years, Dave practiced at Whitaker Chalk Swindle and Schwartz PLLC in downtown Fort Worth. A dedicated and tireless advocate, he was well known and loved by both his partners and clients.

Dave loved music and had an affinity for all types, from Mozart and Beethoven to The Beatles and Kris Kristofferson. He played both the trumpet and guitar and was infamous for late night music gatherings and guitar pickings, keeping family members and friends awake with him until the wee hours of the morning.

A true litigator at heart, Dave also loved analyzing, considering, examining, and debating. Those who knew him well can likely attest to a conversation or two that lasted for hours. While these discussions could be exhausting, considering Dave’s endless passion and his seeming disinterest in sleep, they will now be treasured memories.

Dave was a conscientious, ardent, and deeply caring man. Though imperfect like us all, he rested daily in the promise of Jesus Christ for forgiveness and hope. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Dave, please consider giving to Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth ( or to the MacArthur High School Band (contact, as these were both dear to Dave’s heart.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at McKinney Church, 4805 Arborlawn Dr., Fort Worth, TX, 76109on Monday, October 9 at 11:00 am. Graveside services will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park at 3100 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. The family will host a reception at the Fort Worth Club, 306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102around 1:00 pm.

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Dave will be missed.


Marilyn Dyer Jones


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10/01/17 08:02 PM #1    

Phyllis Trcka

god bless you, dave. you always had a smile on your face and a positive word.


10/08/17 09:57 PM #2    

Jim Gentry

I had no idea until a couple of days ago that one of my staff members at McKinney Church had known Dave and his son very well for years.  Though I remember him as one of the "smart guys" from Mac, I had lost track of him as well as most of my other classmates over the years.  I was very sad to hear of his passing, but so glad that our church will be able to honor him tomorrow.  I hope that others from the class of '71 wil be able to join us as well.  

10/10/17 10:19 AM #3    

Bob McCormick

Rest in peace Dave! So good to know that your now with the Lord thanks to your making that choice to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. I will see you later my friend, keep picking that guitar so you can entertain us some day up above!

10/10/17 12:03 PM #4    

Bill Liese

M​usic was part of his life , always admired his playing , he will be missed , God bless him family

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