Roy Hamilton "Ham" Childers
14 September 1904 - 22 May 1988
Jackson Co NC Swain Co NC
Ham Childers lived in Cashiers, NC, for much of his adult life. With his younger brother Paul
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, owned 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.
Ham was a rather colorful character, sporting a large mustache and having a pipe of tobacco
usually in hand or mouth. When brother Paul played the fiddle for dances or other events, Ham
was usually in attendance, enjoying the good time, including a drink or two.
Much of the above is from 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).
Sources: NC Death Collection, Roy Hamilton Childers, 1988;
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).
Grave at Union Hill Cemetery,
Whittier, Swain Co NC. Photo
by John Mathis via