Celebrating the funeral of a Hody Childress from Geraldine, Alabama, it turned out that for a decade this quiet and unassuming gentleman had been something of a guardian angel for the town’s poor and sick.
A farmer and US Air Force veteran, Childress began his covert charity campaign when he visited the local pharmacy, Geraldine, and learned that too many of the town’s 900 residents could not afford to pay for their prescriptions.
Life up until then had been difficult in terms of health. Childress lost a son in 1973 and his first wife in 1999, whom he carried to the stands for local football games due to her multiple sclerosis.
When he heard about his neighbors’ inability to always afford their medication, he presented Brooke Walker, owner of Geraldine Drugs, with a $100 bill.
“Here, this $100 is for anyone who can’t afford their prescription,” Walker recalled in an interview with local news. “Don’t tell a soul the money came from me, tell them it’s a blessing from God.”
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A month later, Walker saw Childress go back to her store to hand her another $100 bill with exactly the same instructions: “Don’t tell a soul the money came from me, tell them it’s a blessing.” is of God.”
For years, with the same motivation, he returned on the 1st of every month until late 2022, when he decided he needed to ask someone for help because he couldn’t walk due to a lung condition and other health issues. He entrusted the task to his daughter, Tania Nix.
“I was shocked – I had no idea he was helping people in the pharmacy,” WVTM said.
At his funeral on January 5, 2023, Nix shared the story of Childress’ decades of giving and how it was able to cover the cost of expensive medicines for 2 Geraldine residents each month.
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Word has spread that they had an angel in their midst, and WVTM reports that the townspeople have agreed to carry on his legacy.
“There are so many people in Geraldine who have lived longer because of Hody,” said pharmacist Heather Walker. “Hody was a truly humble servant who will always be loved.”
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