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EL PASO – William “Bill” Henry Childres, 78, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Louisville, Tenn.

He was born in 1941, in Bloomington, the son of Cletus and Mildred Childres.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sharon Childres; one son, Douglas William (Autum) Childres, Friendsville, Tenn.; one daughter, Victoria (Porter) Durham, Charlotte, N.C., and six grandchildren, Porter (Mamie) Durham, Jordan Childres, Taylor Childres, Elizabeth Durham, Leighton Durham and Grey Durham.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Childres.

Bill received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1962 from Bradley University, Peoria. He worked for 26 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the design and construction of dams, as well as hydroelectric, fossil and nuclear power plants. Bill also worked for 11 years in the management of gaseous, liquid and solid waste for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Energy Oversight in Oak Ridge. He was a licensed professional engineer in the state of Tennessee, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the U.S. Committee on Large Dams and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Following his retirement, Bill enjoyed boating, fishing, woodworking and following the athletic programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was so proud of his wonderful family. Bill was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

There was no service. Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens in Alcoa, Tenn., was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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