Daphne T. Childs

Sunrise: October 21, 1960

Sunset: June 23, 2020

Celebration of Life For Daphne Toni Childs



Daphne Toni Childs was born on October 21, 1960 to the late Carl and Mae Bell Madden in Brooklyn, New York. Daphne graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, New York.



As a child, Daphne’s Christian experience began learning about Jesus Christ at Cornerstone Baptist in Brooklyn New York, where she was baptized. She sang in the youth choir, participated in several clubs, auxiliaries and the Baptist Training Union. Daphne loved God! When the family relocated to Virginia, she and Tony sought God’s guidance and He led them to join Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Ronnie Joyner. Later they moved their membership to Bethany Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess for approximately 10 years. Until her transition she was a member at The Mount – Chesapeake, Bishop Kim Brown.


Daphne was united in holy matrimony on July 1, 1989 to Beloved husband, Anthony “Tony” Childs for 31 years and from that union they conceived a beautiful baby girl, Tanesha Childs. Daphne’s other child was the family pet affectionately known as “Snowee.” Daphne was also an “surrogate grandmother” to Latrelle’s children, Meya (12), Leo (6), Lukus (3) and Kefira (1).


Daphne was employed with Solo as a Human Resources Generalist for approximately 5-years. Prior to accepting that position she worked with Towers Perrin as an Administrative Assistant for approximately 10-years.


She was a devoted wife and mother. Daphne loved her husband, Tony and they traveled often. Whenever they visited amusement parks she would not go on the rides; instead, she would hold all the items while Tanesha and Tony went on the rides. She would panic as she watched the rollercoaster go through loops and turns knowing the ride had her precious cargo. She secretly prayed for the amusement to close early.

Daphne’s cousin, Sonny Graham (deceased) affectionately nicknamed her “Duck” when she was five-year-old after the cartoon character “Daffy Duck.”

Daphne loved and cherished her gift from God, her daughter, Tanesha. She was “Momma Bear,” very protective and guarded over her. She would often call to make sure Tanesha arrived safely to her destination and sometimes would want the address. Daphne’s aspirations for Tanesha was to pursue modeling even though Tanesha had no desire to pursue a modeling career, but she was always “super proud” of all of Tanesha’s endeavors.

She loved to cook, shop, take family vacations and she adored her family, she was very family oriented. Daphne was dedicated to her family; she would often check on her brother Dennis Madden and other family members when they were sick or just to see how they were doing and provide updates to other family members.

She had such an entrepreneurial leadership gift that she succumbed to the desire and launched her own Event Planning and Decorating Company called “Anointed Hands” where she did everything in a spirit of excellence.

Daphne’s bond with her only sister, Leatrice whom she affectionately called “Sissy” was “inseparable” to the extent that Lea’s husband would ask her ‘do you have to talk to your sister a “zillion” times a day?’ Daphne and Lea were so close that when Lea was ill, she slept in between Daphne and her husband Tony and Tony exclaimed, “I know she not getting in our bed!” Daphne said, “Yes, she is.” They did everything together. They exemplified the epitome of sisterhood.

Daphne had an extremely close bond with Auntie Veola’s daughter’s, her cousins, Sonia, Sibyl and Shirley they all grew up in Brooklyn, New York.


Our beloved Daphne ascended into Heaven on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Anthony “Tony” Childs, her daughter, Tanesha Childs, two siblings, Dennis Madden (Bonnie), Leatrice Brown (Elroy), godson, Hunter and an array of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Daphne is predeceased by father, Carl Madden, Mother Mae Bell Madden and Aunt Veola Fleming. Daphne was a woman of faith and integrity, she had a loving, giving and peaceful spirit.


Viewing Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Donald and Carolyn Skinner says

    Tony Letrice and Re. Brown please accept our deepest sympathies in this your hour of grief. Daphne was much loved and will be deeply missed.

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    Sara Norris-Williams says

    May God Bless Comfort and Keep You All In His Perfect Peace, Leatrice, Toni, Tanesha, Rev. C Elroy Brown and Family. Sister Daphne will be missed but we will never forget her beautiful smile and loving heart.

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    Priscilla Morris says

    Lee & Priscilla Morris send sweet blessings. to shower Tony Tanesha Leatrice and the Brown family and love in droplets throughout this difficult time.

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    DaRelle Williams says

    So much to say but so little words. Condolences to the the entire family. May your memories chase your tears away. God is able.

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    Linda Shockley says

    My deepest condolences to Leatrice, Tanesha, Tony and the remainder of the Madden, Childs, Brown families.

    Sleep well my sister/friend until we meet again. ♥️♥️

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    My deepest condolences to the whoke family and friends.May God bring peace and comfort to you during this time. So grateful and blessed to have known Daphne.

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    My deepest condolences to the whole family and friends.May God bring peace and comfort to you during this time. So grateful and blessed to have known Daphne.

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    Valerie & Sam Jones says

    Leatrice, Tanisha, Tony, and the rest of the family, Sam & I send our sincere condolences. We will miss your sister, your mother, your wife, your auntie, your cousin, my best friend, my buddy more than words can express.
    Our hearts break along with yours but God will get us through this difficult time. Sending much love to all of you. We are with you in spirit.

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      Tanya Lewis says

      July 1, 2020
      To my dear cousin’s Anthony and Tanesha I am so sorry that I can’t be with you during this difficult time in the passing of your loved one Daphne. I am so glad that I had the chance to meet her last summer at auntie Janelles funeral in New York. My prayers and condolences are with you.
      Tanesha your mommy will always be with you and to my cousin Tony you be strong. You and Tanesha have a lot of loving memories that will always keep Daphne close to your heart. I love you both always. You are in my prayers????????.
      I love you ❤️
      Your cousin Tanya Lewis and family

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    Anita Ray says

    My deepest condolences to the family. May the loving memories of Daphne bring you comfort and peace now and forever. Please know that her beautiful spirit will be missed and her legacy will live on in those that were blessed to be in her company.

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    Moneik Robbins says

    I worked briefly with Daphne a couple of years back. But even though the period was brief, the impact was great! Daphne was a true woman of God and exemplified that in all that she did. She will truly be missed. Blessings of comfort to her family.

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    shirley Noble says

    My heart is broken. Will miss you always!

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    Falon Noble says

    Love you always. I have beautiful memories of spending time all together as a family. These memories I will have with me always.

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    Maggie says

    I wanna give my deepest condolences to everyone that loved Daphne and who this truly affected by her loss! We love the childs family and praying for you’ll hearts to heal!
    Love the rainey family❤️❤️????????????????????????

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    Teresa Lugo says

    I worked with Daphne at Towers Perrin years ago and immediately knew she was a kind soul, a beautiful person inside and out! Prayers for her family during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you all and may she rest in eternal peace.

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    Janice and Robert Carter says

    I am sorry for the lost of my sister-in-law Daphne. I want to wrap my arms around my brother Tony, Tanesha and Leatrice and the rest of the family. Daphne will be truly missed. Remember all the happy times that y’all had as a family. Love and Peace

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    Roland and Lynda Holland says

    Our condolences to the Childs and Brown families. May God grant you peace during this time. Please know we will continually pray for you and your entire family and keep you in our prayers.

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    Nancy H Hendricks says

    Deacon Tony Childs and family, my heart literally broke when I heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss and I am praying that God will provide strength, comfort, and endurance during this unimaginable time.

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    Marion Bauer says

    Dearest Tony, Tanesha, and family, On behalf of Solo Incorporated, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies at the loss of a truly beautiful woman, wife, mother, and friend. Daphne was such an asset to the company. She inspired others with her ability to professionally perform her duties while simultaneously showing a sincere kindness and caring toward all employees. Daphne never missed an opportunity to be a blessing! She will be missed but never forgotten.

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    Joycelyn Cowell says

    You have my deepest condolences.

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    Anthony Franklin says

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Childs family in your time of lost I have know Daphne for years from our friendship at Cornerstone to working together with LegalShield full over life and always wanting to help other she will truly be missed

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    Justin E. Noble says

    We will miss you unconditionally your my auntie my mom’s best friend and you will always hold a special place in our family heart…. Tony stay trying we always love you and here for your until the end of time

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    Pamela Thompson says

    My deepest condolences to the family. Daphne was a kind soul with a warm and giving nature. She was the first person I met when I moved to VA and worked for Towers Perrin. May God comfort you and give you strength.

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    Andrea Singletary says

    I am still in shock at the passing of dear Daphne. My only consolation is she is with Christ, and I will see her again. Such a beautiful soul. Thank you Daphne for your love, beauty, and many kind words. Much love. ????. You will truly be missed.

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    Yvonne Duncan says

    My heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved Daphne. A special prayer goes up to Sonia and family who were close cousins who grew up together ❤ in Brooklyn. May God comfort you always.

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    Roslyn Cooper says

    Daphne was a beautiful person and will be truly missed.Condolences to her family.May she rest in Heaven. Good bye good friend.Love you.

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