Tammy Renae Childress

Tammy Renae Childress, formerly known as Tammy Cotton, gained her Angel wings and passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024, in Newport News, Virginia, at the age of 44. She was born on September 19, 1979, at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. Tammy was a beloved homemaker who cherished her family dearly.

Tammy was educated at The Governor’s School for the Arts and Ocean Lakes High School and furthered her studies with an Associate Degree at the  University of Phoenix. She will be remembered for her love for her family and the joy she  brought to those around her.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew Childress, and children Jonathon, Morgan, and Phoebe. Tammy is also survived by her parents, John and Pauline Cotton, siblings Tiffany Meece (Christopher), Patrece Corpening (Steel), Phillip Cotton, Anthony Cotton (Stephanie), and several nieces and nephews. She was  preceded in death by her daughter, Kinsey Mae.

A memorial service to honor and remember Tammy will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1:00 at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia.

May she rest in peace, and may her spirit continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Jennifer Humphrey

    I love and miss you so very much. I have needed you to talk to. To hug. Im going to miss you dearly. You were my best friend. My daughter’s godmother. Everyday I wake up, praying this is just a bad dream. And then cry all over again. Pheobe, jon, Morgan, and Matt, please let me know if you need anything. I’m sending prayers and hugs to you guys every day. I love y’all too. Tammy was one of a kind. Much love and peace to everyone who knew her and loved her. ❤️💛💚

  2. Ellie

    I’m so heartbroken about this. She was such a beautiful soul. Taken too soon. I am only just now seeing this or I would’ve gone to the memorial. My heart and prayers are with her family.

    • Kathleen Nightstar Stough

      Omg,I just saw this.Tammy was an amazing woman.When I worked at Heritage, I met her.We had many things in common. Caint believe your not here anymore.But I truly believe that the love we all have for you will never end.It lives and stays in the heart like a faithful friend.Fly free my beautiful friend.

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