James Edward Childs
Jan 3, 1962 – Jun 25, 2009
James Edward Childs
James Edward Childs, 47, passed away on June 25, 2009.
James died peacefully at his home in Tacoma, WA. after a 2 year battle with stomach cancer.
At his side was his partner and guardian angel Sylvia Swaney.
James was born on January 3, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of 12 children. As a young adult he moved to California and in the late 80's to Washington State. He spent most of his adult life between the two states.
He worked the majority of his life as a Residential Youth Counselor working with at risk boys in group home settings. His love and passion for the game of basketball and helping youth led him to coaching and refereeing. He coached for the Federal Way Boys & Girls club and led them to multiple championships while instilling dedication & team work. He also coached the Federal Way Flight which he created through the Amateur Athletic Union. He was a basketball official for the Federal Way Boys & Girls club and the PNBOA-Pacific NW Basketball Officials Association. He dedicated his life to helping youth. However, you could be sure he didn't miss his children's games. He spent a lot of time training his step-son, Anthony in the game of basketball and the game of life. This led him to start his own personal training business, 'Just Coaching'. James not only taught youth the game of basketball but also tried to instill life values. He was a positive male role model to many young boys who didn't have fathers.
James made an impact on the youth in his community and to all that knew him. However, his first love was his children. He spent much of his energy loving them. Everyone that knew James knew he was an avid Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs fan. But James had MANY fans of his own.
James is survived by his children, Danica Dianne Childs, Jalisa Chanel Childs, Deandra Danielle Childs,
Anthony Austin Jensen, Jamare' James Childs, and Lynneah Jonelle Childs, all of whom he loved very much.
He is further survived by his father James Edward Childs, Sr. and his wife, Myrtis Childs, his siblings, Alton Steen, Sandra Steen, William Anderson, Arthur Driver, Shirel Driver, Anthony Driver, Darrenetta Driver, Sonia Driver Tibbs Roy Jr. Husband, Aaron Childs, Starla Childs, Dushawn Childs and nieces, nephews, other relatives and MANY friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Srimati Rhadarani Maggie Childs.
A 'Celebration of His Life' will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2009, 12 o'clock noon
At the Federal Way
EX3 RON SANDWITH TEEN CENTER
31453 28TH Ave. South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Donations in memory of James Childs can be sent to:
Federal Way Boys and Girls Club
P.O. Box 3134
Federal Way 98063
Center for Missing and Exploited Children see the donation link below
James spent many happy hours with kids and he would be happy to know that he is still helping them.
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