Services are scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., at the West Country Club Church ofÂ Christ, for Charles E. Chewning, 85, of Roswell, who passed away April 13, 2011. Doug Austin will officiate, with interment to follow in South Park Cemetery. Graveside honors provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard.
Charles was born in Roswell, Oct. 5, 1925, to Henry M and Sally Dunnahoo Chewning, who preceded him in death. He was predeceased also by two brothers, Henry M. Jr. and Reginald; and four sisters, Margie Mason, Ruth DeBorde, Virginia Whalen and Jimmie Williams.
Charles married Doris Mae Patterson in Roswell on Dec. 20, 1946.
Charles served his country in the United States Marines in World War II. He was in the 1st Marine Division 8th Amphibious Tractor Division. He served in the battles of Pelaliu and Okinawa.
He was on a boat heading to Japan waiting for instructions on the invasion, when the atomic bomb was dropped. When he returned from the war, he delivered milk for Priceâ€™s Dairy.
He worked for Piggly Wiggly as a meat cutter. He worked for Super Meat Market with Howard Herring, until 1977, when he opened 3C Meat Market that he owned and operated until he retired. He then went to work with Roswell Livestock, first part time, then full time, until his health forced him to resign. Four years ago, Charles had a heart attack and moved to The Plaza in Lubbock. He always missed and wanted to come home to Roswell.
He was a member of the West Country Club Church of Christ, where he served as an elder and a deacon for more than 30 years, and on various committees within the church. He also was a member of the Rotary Club. He was named Father of the Year in 1976.
He is survived by his wife Doris Mae Chewning; one son Charles Chewning II and his wife Mildred, of Allen, Texas, and their children, Charles Chewning III and his wife Maria, of Madrid, and Alison Chewning, of Allen; one daughter Patricia Galbraith and her husband Mike and their children, Yancey Galbraith and his wife Aron, and Zach GalbraithÂ and his wife Denise, all of Lubbock; one brother Robert L Chewning, of Roswell; 8 great-grandchildren, Connor Charles Chewning and Carlota Chewning, both of Madrid, and Halle, Emily, Grant, Noah, Caleb and Elijah, all of Lubbock; extended family Melodie McDaniels and her two daughters, Caryn and Kelli, of Lubbock; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Tim Dunnahoo, Tim Whalen, Mike Whalen, Steve Whalen, Dale Rogers and Rod Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Elton Dilbeck, Mutt Shanks and all the elders and deacons of the West Country Club Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Mexico Christian Childrens Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NMÂ 88130-9411
The family would like to give special thanks to the employees and health givers at The Plaza in LubbockÂ Also they would like to thank all the relatives and friends who made phone calls and traveled to Lubbock to spend time with Charles and Doris. Friends may pay respects online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.