Donald Rupert Childre, age 75, of Opp, Alabama passed away in a Dothan hospital on November 14, 2021. He was born in Brenham, Texas on November 24, 1945 to his late parents, Squire Rupert and Eva Rhoden Childre.
Don graduated from Opp High School in 1964 and attended Troy State. He served six years in the Army Reserve. In 1968 he married Carol Chavers and they settled in Opp after a short period in Montgomery.
Don worked as a home builder, the City Planner for the City of Opp, and grant writer. He was a long-time member of the Jaycees, serving in many positions in the local club as well as on the state level as a Jaycee Senator. He was involved for over 50 years in the planning and promotion of the Rattlesnake Rodeo.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol Chavers Childre; sisters-in-law, Elaine Chavers of Opp, and Barbara Butler (Bill) of Lake Martin; niece, Becky Sharp (Jimmy) of Opelika; nephews, Will Butler (Suzanne) of Birmingham, and Wayne Perdue of Laurel Hill, Florida; great-niece, Lily Sharp and great-nephew, John Butler Sharp both of Opelika; aunts, Bonnie Rhoden Morgan of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Mary Rhoden; good friend, Ken Howell; as well as numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald Ryan Childre; and brother, Billy Wayne Perdue.
A graveside service for Donald Rupert Childre will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens. Gary Miller will be officiating assisted by eulogist, Ken Howell. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossover Ministry, 508 AL Hwy 52, Opp, Alabama 36467.