Dr. James Childers

Dr. James Childers

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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James Childers, MD, was a physician, a WWII veteran, a church deacon, and most of all, a devoted husband and father. He passed away peacefully on January 18, 2020, after a short illness. He was 95.

Born in Pike County, Kentucky, Childers was one of 6 children. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville Medical School, he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Louisville, Kentucky.

Over his career, he delivered an estimated 15,000 babies – many of them pro bono for Catholic Charities, the Baptist Board of Child Care, and the Salvation Army. He performed more than 17,000 surgeries. Childers served as Chief of OB-GYN at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and was on the Hospital Executive Committee at Humana for 20 years, in addition to serving as both Chief of OB-GYN and Chief of Staff. He also headed the Insurance Review Committee of the Jefferson County, Kentucky, Medical Society for 15 years. And for 25 years, was a clinical professor at the University of Louisville Medical School.

Preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Freeman Childers, Jim Childers is survived by 3 daughters and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Planned Parenthood, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Please visit DR. JAMES CHILDERS BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book, visit or Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPELS-Chicago. Info., 773-581-9000.
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Fred Tomasek

Posted at 09:23pm
I never met Dr. James Childers. However, I do know that he was always well-thought of and well-spoken of. Even though we never met, I can see and sense from his photograph that he was a compassionate man, a good-hearted man, and a caring man.

Mr. Fred Tomasek

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