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Alice Jane Childs, former Fauquier County commissioner of revenue, dies at 88

Thursday, Aug. 14 | By Jonathan Hunley
Alice Jane Childs
Supervisor Harry Atherton congratulates Alice Jane Childs when the county-owned building at 320 Hospital Hill in Warrenton was named in her honor in June 2004.
Alice Jane Childs, a former longtime Fauquier commissioner of revenue, died Tuesday at Culpeper Regional Hospital. She was 88.

The Casanova resident served the county in one capacity or another for nearly six decades, according to an obituary on the website of Moser Funeral Home.

Childs worked in the commissioner of revenue's office for 44 years, first as a deputy from 1951 to 1966.

She was appointed commissioner by the Circuit Court after then-Commissioner Mason "Mac" McCarty died, and then she was elected to the office in 1967 and served for seven four-year terms.

"During Mrs. Childs' tenure, she ushered in the computer age to the field of property tax assessments in Fauquier and was responsible for the county being an early adopter of computerized mapping, which became the foundation of today's county Geographic Information System," the Moser obituary said.

Childs also served the State Commissioners of the Revenue Association as an officer and was well-known and respected across Virginia for her encyclopedic knowledge of assessment law, the website said.

In addition, she was responsible for the successful implementation of the county's special assessment for the preservation of land initiative, more commonly known as the "Land Use" program.

After retiring from the commissioner's post in 1995, Childs won a seat on the Fauquier School Board, representing the Cedar Run District.

She served one term and then was appointed to the Fauquier County Library Board, on which she served for a decade.

While on that board, she was involved in the building of the branch library in Bealeton, Moser's website said.

Even if Fauquier residents didn't encounter Childs during her years of public service, they may know her name for another reason.

In May 2004, the Board of Supervisors voted to dedicate the county-owned building at 320 Hospital Hill in Warrenton in her honor.

Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn, who represents the Cedar Run District, also paid homage to Childs during Thursday night's supervisors' meeting.

Childs was the wife of the late Ernest Lee Childs Jr.

She is survived by her son, Dale S. "Chip" Childs, and her granddaughter, Casey Childs, both of Casanova.

The family will receive friends Aug. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Casanova. Interment will follow at the Warrenton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 32, Casanova, VA 20139.

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