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Scholarship Fund Established In Honor Of Rodney Childress

    A scholarship fund has been established in honor of Rodney Childress. He taught agriculture in the Water Valley School System for 40 years and widely promoted agriculture in everyday life.

    Childress first came to Water Valley in 1946 to teach GI’s returning from World War II. It was on the job training in agriculture, but it covered just about everything, he said. His students worked in businesses all over Water Valley from the shoe repair shop to the cabinetmaker.

In 1947 he took over the ag program at the high school.

    The goal of the scholarship fund is to endow a scholarship in Mr. Childress’s name that will provide assistance to a graduate of Water Valley High School who is interested the vocational, technical and agricultural fields to which Mr. Childress dedicated so many years.      

    Of course, the influence that Mr. Childress had on his students was not limited to those who followed careers in those fields.  Lee McMinn, a Water Valley realtor, said “I think I could still run a bead, even though I haven’t been around a welder since high school.  The things we did in his class were FUN, and kids just don’t get a chance to do those kinds of things much anymore.”

    Donations can be deposited to the fund at any Renasant Bank branch or can be mailed to:

Rodney Childress Scholarship Fund
c/o Bill Taylor
P. O. Box 688, 1100 Central Street
Water Valley, MS 38965

    For further information contact Bill Taylor at 662-473-3743 or

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