Shannon Childress passes away; funeral arrangements

Former Hoppers / Childress Family pianist Shannon Childress passed away this afternoon after a multi-year battle with cancer. As we had noted in several recent updates, his health has been in a critical condition for a month or more, and he has been in hospice. Please keep his family in your prayers.

There will be a viewing at the Springhill Funeral Home in Nashville (5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216) on Thursday evening. There will also be a viewing in Madisonville, Kentucky on Friday, and a funeral there on Saturday.

UPDATE, 9:19 P.M.: In an email update: from Teresa Childress Lutz, she said:

I am grieving as I write this last update about my brother Shannon. His battle with cancer ended this afternoon about 2:30 with his family and friends gathered around. He seemed to struggle near the end with his breathing and so to help calm him, I decided to play some piano music for him. Since music has been such an important part of his life, our sister Carla suggested that the music might help ease his anxiousness. While he listened to “In Christ Alone,” “Sheltered in the Arms of God,” “Because He Lives,” “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” “I’ll Meet You in the Morning” and “What a Day That Will Be,” he seemed to be able to release his hold here and allow God to carry him safely home to Heaven. Let me tell you he fought a brave fight until the very end. …¬†Shannon is resting easy now in the land where “Milk and Honey” flows.

As a postscript, she quoted Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

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  1. Shannon was a great song writer of songs such as “One More Time”, “Milk & Honey” and “Only in the Cross” by the Hoppers.

  2. I am really saddened to hear that news. I remember him when he played for the Hoppers.

  3. I remember Shannon the first time we brought the Hoppers to the west coast for a concert. Shannon and I really hit it off. Everytime I saw him we would talk, laugh and sometimes cry when sharing our deep personal souls. He is one of the few in the Southern Gospel field that I consider a real friend. Though we lost track of each other until last year, when we hooked back up it was as if we had never lost touch. We had a lot in common and he was one never to break a confidence. I will truly miss my friend and brother, Shannon. Childress Family, thank you for sharing your son, brother and Uncle with the rest of the world.