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Dr. Joseph Hyrum Childs, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, and physician, dἰed unexpectedly in his office on April 22, 2023 at the age of 41. He was born on July 27, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Roberta and Russell Childs raised him as the second of their six children. Joseph served his family, his society, and his faith throughout his life.
Joseph’s deἀth is mourned by his wife of 20 years, Autumn Childs, and their four children, Reigan, Elijah, Kaleb, and Finlee; his parents Roberta and Russell Childs; his siblings Adam (Sarah), Benjamin (Stacey), Elizabeth Wilson (Jonathan), Nathan (Julie), and Phillip (Maren); 37 nieces and nephews; and other extended family members.
The funerἀl will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 1085 S Thomas St, Tupelo, MS, on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. There will be a viewing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. before the service. Pegues Funerἀl Directors are responsible for the arrangements.
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Joseph met his wife while he was going to school at BYU-Idaho. After spending two years teaching the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ on a voluntary mission in Santiago, Chile, they were married for time and all eternity in the Houston Texas Temple.
Joseph went to Texas A&M for his college degree and then to the University of Texas Health Science at Houston for his medical degree. He went to the University of Kentucky for his training and fellowship in glaucoma surgery because he was interested in eye care.
He worked in Hattiesburg, MS, for several years before settling in Tupelo, MS, where he became a partner at Wesson and Mothershed Eye Center. Joseph was also a full-time physician, a husband, and a father. He was also the Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tupelo.
Joseph was a loving husband and father who loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He was also very interested in fishing and watching birds. He was known for being kind and caring, and he was always ready to help other people.
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Joseph loved giving each person he helped the gifts of healing, love, kindness, and tenderness. His strong faith in and love for the Savior, Jesus Christ, shaped every part of his life, especially how he cared for his wife and children. He took on the name and character of Jesus Christ freely and with joy, and he never stopped serving and helping other people in His holy name.
Joseph’s family, friends, and all the people whose lives he touched will carry on his heritage of Christ-like love, kindness, dedication, and service. He will be missed greatly and never forgotten. If you want to help Joseph’s family financially, you could make a donation to the Glaucoma Research Foundation in his name.