Former Opp City Planner and expert snake handler Don Childre passes away at 75

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OPP, Ala. (WDHN) — Former Opp City Planner, Don Childre, has passed away following a sudden illness.

In addition to serving as a city planner for five Opp mayors, Childre may be best known as the “chief snake handler” for many years at the annual Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo.

Childre was an avid hunter and outdoors enthusiast, a longtime member of the Jaycees, and was
involved in the planning and promotion of the rattlesnake rodeo for over 50 years.

He trained the younger generations how to safely handle the venomous serpents.

Each year, prior to the two-day rattlesnake rodeo held in March, Childre would make the rounds of
television stations from Panama City to Montgomery, bringing the dangerous reptiles to the studio to be seen by the viewing public.

Opp radio station owner Robert Boothe has known Childre for many years.

At eleven o’clock this Thursday morning, graveside service for Childre will be held at “Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens” in Opp.

Don Childre is dead at 75.

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