Joseph David Childress, age 84, of 1306 Highway 49, Laurens, S.C., went to be with the Lord on May 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ann S. Childress. Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late Joseph David and Nivy Graydon Childress. He served as a Corporal in the US Army and operated Childress Poultry Company and Childress Cash and Carry with his brothers for twenty-eight years. He was a South Carolina Meat and Poultry Inspector for ten years. He operated Sandy Acres Farm with sons, Monty and Scott. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 2, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Laurens, S.C. The family will be at the home, 1306 Highway 49, Laurens and will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.