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James Wesley "Jim" Childs

January 16, 1939 — April 24, 2021

Dr. James "Jim" Wesley Childs
Greenville, SC

Dr. James "Jim" Wesley Childs, 82, of Greenville, SC, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Born in Liberty, SC, he was the son of the late Glenn Childs and Grace Childs Gravely.

Dr. Childs was a pre-med graduate of Clemson University and earned his Doctorate of Medicine Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his Surgical Internship and Residency, as well as a Fellowship in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, from The Medical College of Virginia. He was certified as a Diplomat by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Childs was a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the South Carolina Surgical Society, the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Humera Surgical Society, and the Greenville County Medical Society.

Dr. Childs proudly served his country as a Field Surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Vietnam, where he was awarded The Bronze Star, and at the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Dr. Childs' medical career began in 1973 with Surgical Associates of Richmond, VA as an Attending Surgeon. In 1974, he co-founded Greenville Surgical Associates and he was as an Attending Surgeon with the Greenville Hospital System and St. Francis Hospital. In 2005, Dr. Childs joined the University Medical Group, Department of General Surgery as an Attending Surgeon for the Greenville Hospital System until his retirement.

Dr. Childs was a true healer, initially as a Surgeon and then as the leader of the Healing Prayer Ministry of First Presbyterian Church. He was deeply devoted to his patients and both their medical and spiritual needs, and he counseled everyone he encountered to trust God.

When he wasn't caring for patients, Dr. Childs was usually at church. He was an ordained Elder and he remained actively involved in numerous church committees and activities over the course of his life, having attended a Session meeting the week before his death.

Dr. Childs loved spending time boating on Lake Keowee, reading a good history, science or apologetics book, and spending time with his family. As a lifelong Clemson fan, he was particularly pleased with the team's recent national championships.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 55 years, Anne Acker Childs; his daughter Caroline Childs Dunaway, her husband, Tim, and their children, Ryan Elizabeth Dunaway and Timothy Christian Dunaway, from Suwanee, Georgia; his son James Wesley Childs, Jr. his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Katherine Elizabeth Childs, James Wesley Childs, III, and John Wythe Childs, from Birmingham, Alabama; and his son Dr. David Dixon Childs, his wife, Dr. Christine Childs and their children, Celeste Amelia Childs and Noelle Annelise Childs, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The family will meet with friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM in the chapel of Greenville First Presbyterian Church with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM in the church sanctuary. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Healing Prayer Ministries team of Greenville First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully ask that memorials be made to the Healing Prayer Ministries of Greenville First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

His family will be at the Childs family home.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley for further information.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

9:30 - 10:45am

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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