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 ginnfuneralhome.com.