John Joseph Child, Sr.

October 11, 1923 - July 29, 2012
John Joseph Child, Sr.


John Joseph Child, Sr., 88, of Leland, NC passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Mr. Child was born in Brunswick Co., NC, on October 10, 1923, the son of the late Joseph Harold and Martha Araminta Skipper Child. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hertha Bell Child of fifty years, grandson, Aaron Christopher Child, two brothers, Harold Delyn Child and Glendale O’Neil Child, three sisters, Edith McGowan, Mary Blake, and Silvia Hollis.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He was also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a member of the Pipe Fitters UA Local 329 in Wilmington, NC.

Surviving is his wife of fifteen years, Elsie Fisher Child of the home; five sons, Jay Child, Ronnie Child and wife, Tina, Bobby Child and wife Debbie, Trip Child and wife, Cathy, Randall Child and wife, Laurin and daughter-in-law, Terry Child all of Leland, NC; sister, Barbara Ward of Whiteville, NC; three step-sons, Gary Fisher, Larry Fisher, and Terry Fisher all of Fayetteville, NC; step-daughter, Sherry Fowler of Carolina Beach, NC; eighteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren and one step-great great granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Leland Chapel, 1316 Old Fayetteville Rd., Leland, NC.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Leland Chapel by Bishop Craig Goodson.

Interment will follow in the Nelson Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at other times at the home 1642 Lanvale Rd., Leland and also at the home of his son, Randall Child, 1641 Lanvale Rd., Leland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 525 Village Road Leland, NC. 910.383.3511


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  • August 04, 2012
    Pat Phelps Doughty says:
    To the Child family, please know we are extending our sincere sympathies to you all. Mr. Child was a Leland icon for many years, and his children grew up with us. Sincerely, Pat Doughty and Vivian Phelps, formerly of Leland

  • July 31, 2012
    WILLIAM O NORTHAM JR says:
    To a uncle that will be missed very much. We love you and the familey.

  • July 30, 2012
    frances cayton says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  • July 30, 2012
    Billie Turbeville says:
    Sorry for the loss of Mr John...he was a pillar of the community and a good man.

  • July 30, 2012
    Jean Winebar-Barker says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of sorrow. I have so many happy memories of Uncle John and Aunt Hertha and the boys from earlier days of the 1970's. Memories I have cherished and will carry with me always. I know Uncle John is smiling down on all of us as he holds Aunt Hertha's hand. God's love, peace, and strength be with you all at this time.