|Paul Humphrey Childers
19 October 1908 - 24 August 1968
Jackson Co NC Macon Co NC
Paul Childers lived in Cashiers, NC, for much of his adult life. With his older brother "Ham"
Childers, he owned the Woodpecker Shop there, on Highway 64 East, where the two
crafted and sold their wood furniture, which was well-known in the area. Several local
lodging establishments, including the High Hampton Inn, own pieces crafted by the
Childers brothers, beginning in 1942.
The two bachelor brothers shared a house behind John Lee Rogers' Gulf Station, within
easy walking distance of their shop. Their older sister Alida Childers Pennington lived next
door, and her daughter Tommie Pennington worked in the shop making souvenirs sold in
area gift shops.
Paul, as a gifted fiddler, was much in demand to perform at local square dances and other
events needing musical entertainment. He was a quiet man, somewhat overshadowed by
his more buoyant brother Ham.
Source for the above: Jane Gibson Nardy, "Ham and Paul Childers: Cashiers Characters", The Laurel
Magazine, December 2011, p. 59 (based on a 1967 Highlander article by Rick Rogers).
Paul Childers' death certificate states that he died of prostate cancer.
Sources: NC Death Certificate, Paul Humphrey Childers, 1968;
Jane Gibson Nardy, "Ham and Paul Childers: Cashiers Characters", The Laurel Magazine,
December 2011, p. 59 (based on a 1967 Highlander article by Rick Rogers).
Above: Paul Childers, center, with two
nephews, unidentified. From the article
by Jane Gibson Nardy (see full citation
at right), of the Cashiers Historical
Below: Grave at Union Hill Cemetery,
Whittier, Swain Co NC. Photo by John
Mathis via FindaGrave.com.