Virlyn Chitwood

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Virlyn Franklin Chitwood, 86, of the New Franklin community, passed away peacefully at home the morning of June 6th, 2017.

Born March 14, 1931 in Stephens County Georgia, he was the son of the late Fort and Neatie Norton Chitwood.  The Chitwoods spent their early days in Banks County near Currahee Mountain before moving to Franklin County in 1944.  Virlyn was a 1949 graduate of Lavonia High, and was married to Emily Callicutt Chitwood, his wife of 66 years.  He was preceded in death by siblings,  Steve Chitwood,  Cliff Chitwood,  Francine McDonald  and Charles Chitwood.   He retired from Westinghouse/ABB after 25 years of service.     In 1979 he answered his true career calling-growing peaches and founded Chitwood Peach Orchard.  For over 30 years he enjoyed bringing the fruit to harvest.  He was a long time member of New Franklin Christian Church, serving as a board member, song leader, and Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include Emily Chitwood, his wife of 66 years; two sons and daughters-in-law Scott and Rosie Chitwood, Canon, and Reed and Shirley Chitwood, Lawrenceville;
Grandsons, Adam Chitwood, Curtis and Sara Chitwood, Derek and Kari Chitwood, and Jason and Jennifer Chitwood.   Great-grandchildren Emily Chitwood and Ellison Chitwood; sisters Joyce Hill, Clarkesville,  Dorothy Caudell, Atlanta,  James Chitwood, Canon, and Kenneth Chitwood, Lavonia.

Services will be Thursday afternoon at 2pm at the New Franklin Christian Church with Carl Beckham and Rev. Chris Chitwood officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home. The family is at the home.  They will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8pm at the Ginn Funeral Home. Flowers are welcome or a donation may be made to New Franklin Christian Church cemetery fund. 4244 New Franklin Church Road, Canon, Georgia 30520.  Condolences may be left for family at




  1. My sincerest condolences to the family. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Chitwood as a kind neighbor and friend to our family for many years. We enjoyed the driving range as children as well as the softball field. Mr. Chitwood and his family always made my family feel right at home. They were some of the best neighbors anyone could ask for. I am so saddened to learn of his passing. He was truly a great man and will be sorely missed by those that knew him.

  2. jane ayers fisher
    June 9, 2017 - 3:19 pm

    I remember some years ago, my parents, Sank & Sara Ayers, so looked forward to the Chitwood peaches coming into season, as did I. They had a great respect for Mr. Chitwood.

    I send my sincerest sympathy to all of you.

  3. Karen Brucker
    June 8, 2017 - 5:10 pm

    Prayers of comfort for you and your family at this difficult time.

  4. Ginn Alford Smith
    June 8, 2017 - 8:07 am

    Reed and Shirley,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Chitwood . Our thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

    Tim & Ginn Smith

  5. Mike and Ellene Carson
    June 7, 2017 - 4:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying God will comfort all of you during this difficult time. Mr. Chitwood was a fine man.

  6. Mary Gable Taylor
    June 7, 2017 - 2:12 pm

    We are so saddened to learn of the passing of our wonderful cousin-in-law. We all thought so much of him. He will be greatly missed.

    Although we are unable to attend his service, we will keep Emily, Scott, Reed and family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cecil & Mary Gable Taylor
    Omie Gable Rominger

  7. Thoma & Joyce Collins
    June 7, 2017 - 1:20 pm

    Sympathy is extended to the Chitwood family in the loss of this loved one. Will be praying for you!
    Thomas & Joyce Collins – Toccoa

  8. Tim & Lisa Cawthon
    June 7, 2017 - 1:12 pm

    Praying for all of you during this difficult time in your lives.

  9. Jan (Welch) Fain
    June 7, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    My condolences to Emily, Reed & Scott and all the Chitwood family on their loss. Virlyn was a kind and gentle man loved by family & friends. He may be gone – but never forgotten because of all the wonderful memories that will live on in your hearts. What a blessing to know that you will see him again one day. May God comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.

    Love and prayers to the family.

  10. Teresa Shirley
    June 6, 2017 - 9:12 pm

    Our prayers go out to your family. Virlyn was an icon of my childhood and Mike and I will always remember him with great respect. Such a very kind man, always the same. May God comfort and sustain you with his peace: Emily, Scott, Reed … and all of your family. You do not grieve alone. Looking forward to seeing him again one of these glorious days. Love from, Teresa (Bennett) and Mike Shirley, Bowersville

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