Roy Arthur Childers was born 26 December 1905, a son of Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr., and Bertha Franklin Childers, in Swain County, North Carolina.   The particular location was a cove of the Great Smoky Mountains called Couches Creek, near Smokemont and the Cherokee reservation. (See below a list of videos including audio recordings of his own discussion of life in the cove of Couches Creek.)
Around 1910, the family moved temporarily to Greenville, South Carolina, for work in the new cotton textile industry. (See below the link for a video “Greenville Sojourn” in which Roy Childers speaks of that time.) As Roy Childers spoke about having no formal education after the fourth grade, it may have been that he did not return to school after the family left Swain County for the Greenville time.
By 24-26 January 1920, when the federal census was listed for the Upper Hominy area of Buncombe County, the family had moved there. Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr, was age 52 and farming. His wife Bertha was 43. Children at home were daughter Naomi, age 16; son Roy, 14; daughter Ruth, 11; daughter Bonnie, 5; son Henry, 3; son Edmond, 1; and grandson Edward “Ted” Roberson, 1. 
Roy spoke often to his sons about his first employment in the logging industry in the Great Smoky Mountains. He also talked about the later time when he traveled to Akron, Ohio, to work in the rubber industry.
Eventually he settled into a job at the Beacon Blanket factory in Swannanoa, Buncombe County. There he soon learned the job of weaver, operating a large power Jacquard loom that, as he later loved to explain, derived its pattern from holes punched on a card.
In August 1938, Roy purchased property on Bee Tree Road a few miles north of Swannanoa. (See an image of the land deed - https://www.wikitree.com/photo/pdf/Childers-486.)
During this period he met Inez Shepherd, and on 23 December 1939 they were married, and began their life together in an apartment rented from Mrs. Mary Dargan for twelve dollars per month, where they resided on 8 May 1940, when the federal census was listed for Black Mountain, Buncombe County, NC. Roy had progressed from weaving to repairing the large mechanical looms as a "loom-fixer" and reported that his annual income for 1939 was one thousand and forty dollars. 
By 16 Oct 1940, when he registered for the military draft for World War II, they had moved to the small house on that Bee Tree Road property. 
During World War II, he left Inez and their first young son temporarily to join the war effort in Newport News, Virginia, where he worked in the new war-oriented naval ship-building industry. Their second son was born in mid-1944. Shortly after their third son was born in 1950, Roy and Inez decided that they needed a bigger house and more land. They proceeded to buy the old Taylor Bell farm near Inez’s birthplace in north Buncombe County. (See a copy of the deed: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/pdf/Childers-486-1.)
Roy Childers retired from the Beacon mill in 1970.
Roy Arthur Childers died on 5 May 1996 at the Baptist Nursing Home in Asheville, NC, after a brief illness.
Roy is buried beside Inez in the hilltop cemetery of Piney Mountain Baptist Church, in north Buncombe County, North Carolina.
Videos from a 1973 audio interview:
"Couches Creek Memories" (Two Viewing Options):
"His Ancestors" (Two Viewing Options):
"Greenville Sojourn" (Two Viewing Options):
In the spring of 2021, the three sons of Roy and Inez Childers discussed their memories of the three homes where they had lived during childhood and youth. Those recorded discussions resulted in the following five videos:
Playlist for the complete “Where We Lived” series:
Links to the individual videos:
Personal knowlege of his son Dwight Morris Childers, and the following:
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