Prominent Republican activist killed in car crash

Prominent Republican activist Velma Childers is dead after a car crash yesterday near Pikeville.

Childers died at Pikeville Medical Center after a crash on U.S. 23.

She was one of the state Republican party's most active volunteers and also a civic leader in Pikeville.

Visitation starts Friday at 6 p.m. at J.W. Call Funeral Home in Pikeville.

Her funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m at First Baptist Church of Pikeville.

Childers was 79.

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