Larry “Jan” Childers

July 11, 1942 - October 28, 2012
Larry “Jan” Childers

Larry “Jan” Childers, 70, of Wilmington, NC, beloved Husband, Dad, and Papie, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

He was born in Jefferson Co., OH on July 11, 1942, the son of the late Woodrow and Erma Reed Childers. He was also preceded in death by his children’s mother, Patricia Childers and also a brother, Tim Childers of St. Marys, WV.

Mr. Childers retired after twenty-nine years from Weirton Steel Corp. of Weirton, WV. After moving to Wilmington, he worked at Landfall for ten years. He also served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

Jan enjoyed life and being at the beach and on the water in his boats. He built cars, boats, and a house and also enjoyed oil painting and restoring muzzle loaders.

Surviving is his wife, Margaret Childers of the home; daughter, Theresa Stewart and husband, Chris of Appolo, PA; son, Eric and wife, Hiro of Hickory, NC; step-son, James Lee of Wilmington, NC; step-daughters, Janice Spencer and husband, Doug of Weirton, WV and Erica Sinclair and husband,Rod of Wilmington, NC; nine grandchildren, Yuka and Kenta Childers, Jasmine and Heather Brown, Jeremy Spencer, Zackary and Breanna Lee, and Jessie and David Stewart; great grandchildren, Shane Ray, Trinity Spencer, and Aurora Stewart; brothers, Gary Childers of Weirton, WV, Max Childers of Pennsboro, WV, and Jeff Childers of St. Marys, WV.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with a memorial service beginning at 2:00 pm. Officiating will be Rev. Jimmy Suggs.

Special thanks go to Dr. Andre’ Leonard and his staff and also the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

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

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 31, 2012
    Matthew & Mary Jo Childers says:
    Margaret and Family, When I was younger our family always enjoyed when Uncle Jan would come to visit. He would tell stories of rebuilding old cars and his love for North Carolina. I always admired him for his artwork and the work he did with his hands. He was a joy to be around. We are truly sorry and will continue to pray for you. Love, Matt, Mary Jo, Addy, Jude and Sophia

  • October 29, 2012
    Keith Childers says:
    Will be sadly missed.

  • October 31, 2012
    Abigail Parker Thompson says:
    I was so sorry to hear of Jan's sickness and passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • November 01, 2012
    Breanna Lee says:
    papie, i loved you very much. You were the only grandfather i knew. You were always so funny and always loved to teach me and zac things while we came down to visit you and grandma.You touch us about the boat, car or whatever you were building and i loved to listen. Zac looked up to very much and im sorry we couldn't have been there to say goodbye. Although its not really a goodbye i will see you again one day in haven, till then i know you will watching down on me and i just want you to know that i love you and always will. You will forever be in my heart. Love, Breanna & Zac

  • November 02, 2012
    Ruth Foresha Casey says:
    Margaret, Please except my deepest sympathy, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Jan was a good man,always easy to talk to. I'm sure you and the children will miss him greatly.. Your Sister Ruth