Tony V. Childress of Sylva, N.C. died on July 5 at the age of 59. Tony was born in Sylva on August 26, 1959, the 5th of six children to Mickie (Comer) Childress and James B. Childress.
Tony was the happiest fishing the rivers of WNC, especially the Tuckaseigee; gardening; watching Braves baseball; or reading anything he could get his hands on. Tony also had a love of writing, but he treasured most spending time with his family and friends. Tony will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, kindness and generosity. Tony was the decades-long voice of WRGC Radio, the host of “Anything Goes” and a longtime announcer for WCU Catamounts Baseball.
Tony was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Mickie Childress; step-daughter, Amanda Childress; brother, Ronnie Childress; and nephew, Tyler Stockman. Tony is survived by his step-daughter, Natasha Childress; brother, Kim Childress; and sisters, Kathy Appleton (Jack), Suzanne Childress (Shannon) and Lisa Childress. Tony is also survived by his sister-in-law, Carla Stockman (Bruce); nephews, Greg Childress (Elizabeth), Chad Childress (Chanda), Chris Appleton (Annie), Austin Appleton (Eva) and Kirk Childress (Ashley); and niece, Kelly Childress.
The family will hold a private memorial service. If you would like to make a donation in Tony’s name, please consider a donation to your local homeless shelter, food pantry or RHA located at 356 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.