Photo by Bridget K. Martin
Red dirt legend Bob Childers passed away Tuesday at his home, after a long battle with emphysema and lung disease.
“Dylan of the Dirt” was very much respected in the red dirt community, as seen in the outpouring of support from 2004′s three-disc, 57-song benefit CD, Restless Spirit – A Tribute to the Songs of Bob Childers.
Bob’s funeral will be held this Saturday (4/26) at 11am at Trout Funeral Home, 505 W. Grand, in Ponca City.
On Sunday (4/27), family, friends and fans will join together to celebrate Bob’s memory at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City. Things will kick off at 2pm and donations will be taken to help defray funeral expenses. There will also be a potluck dinner, so bring your favorite dish.
Bob Childers – “Burnin’ Still”
Bob’s obituary is after the jump.
Robert Wayne Childers
Robert Wayne “Bob” Childers, Stillwater resident, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at his residence. He was 61.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the chapel of Trout Funeral Home with the Rev. Guy Fox, minister of the Kildare Baptist Church, officiating.
Bob was born on Nov. 20, 1946, to Howard and Rhea Gaskins Childers in West Union, W.Va. He loved and lived music.
Childers’ musical achievement is well summarized by music reviewer Erik Hague: “With his weathered, rootsy songcraft, Bob Childers is considered the godfather of Red Dirt Music, as a hard to define, ‘I-know-it-when-I-hear-it’ blend of country, rock and folk that Oklahoma claims as its own”. He will be missed by many who loved him and were impacted by the music he left behind.
He is survived by his parents; two sons, Zach and Jesse Childers; two brothers, Mark Childers of Ponca City and Paul Childers of Waynoka; and one sister, Ann Thorpe of Ponca City.
He was preceded in death by one brother, David Childers.
A musical tribute is tentatively planned for Sunday at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City.