Savannah native Sammy Childs, Sr. was remembered before family and friends in addition to former classmates, teammates and co-workers at his celebration of life services.
Childs, 61, died on January 8 at his residence in west Savannah.
During his funeral services on Jan. 6 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Sammie Kenty reminded those gathered at the Baker Street sanctuary to live right.
“Get your house in order because time is winding up,” he said.
During the eulogy, which came from the 21st chapter of Revelations, Kenty stated “one of these days we too will leave this world and if we live right we will go to the land of no more.”
When talking about the ‘land of no more’, Kenty said there would be no more pain, no more sadness and no more heartache. Fighting back tears, Sammy III and Daniel Childs remembered their father and appreciated everything he did for them. “He was always there for me. Dad taught me the power of prayer,” said Daniel while Sammy III thanked his father for all that he taught him.
Both sons shared stories of ‘the belt’ when they would mess up in school. “We knew if somebody from school called my father at his job, we would see the belt,”said Sammy III.
Tavares Brown remembered Childs from the days he played football for him at the Boys Club. He told the family to be encouraged, keep living and keep pushing.
Church member Mary Jones said that Childs was her deacon and that she and her family loved him.
Nino Brown and Childs were football teammates at Groves High School as well as co-workers at Chatham Area Transit.
“I met him at Groves,” said Brown who was the Rebels quarterback. “We lost contact after high school but met up again at CAT.”
James Riles gave remarks on behalf of former Savannah State football players who played from 1974-78. Riles said he met Childs at Savannah State. “We played side by side. He was an offensive tackle and I was a tight end,” explained Riles. “It was always a blessing to see him and be a part of his life. He lived a life all of us could be proud of.” He went on to describe Childs as “well-tempered and well mannered.”
Childs was ordained a deacon at Jerusalem more than 20 years ago and also served as chairman of the church deacon ministry.
After graduating from Groves in 1975, Childs attended Savannah State where he continued to play football. He worked at Chatham Area Transit for 25 years and also found time to work with the area youth as a coach with the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.
He was buried in Woodville Cemetery.