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E. LaVerne Chitwood

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Published: November 15, 2012

E. LaVerne Chitwood, 85, of Maumelle, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, at UAMS, in Little Rock. Mrs. Chitwood was born August 21, 1927, in White County, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Elmer Lynn McDaniel and Vesta "Beck" (LaFerney) Thurman, and Vernon "Bob" Thurman (her beloved step-father) of McRae, Ark.

LaVerne loved color and culture and coffee with avid, lifelong appreciation. She loved her family, her friends and her God, though, so much more deeply with a quiet, rich, passion which blessed and touched all those who knew her.

A member of the First Christian Church, 1500 N Mississippi St., Little Rock, Arkansas since the 1950's, she served as a Deaconess, Christian Education teacher, CYF leader, & many roles within the CWF and Circle 6 over the years. She sang in the Chancellery Choir and the Glorias. She was blessed to have Dr. Searcy McBurnett bring in the First Christian Church of Maumelle to her residence at Stonehaven Assisted Living for the past four years.

Over 64 years, she owned and operated LaVerne's Beauty Salon and Chitwood's School of Beauty in Little Rock. She was a retired beautician at the age of 81 because she had to retire; her work was her love and purpose second only to her family and faith. In the early days of her profession, she was one of the very few New York trained stylists in Little Rock.

Survivors are her son & daughter-in-law, G. Boyd Chitwood, Ed.D. (Chrissy Chitwood) of Tampa, Fla.; her daughter & son-in-law, Berta Chitwood-Lemke (Chris Lemke) of Conway; her grandchildren, Luke Chitwood (Ashley Chitwood) of New York, Sarah Chitwood of Tampa, Fla., Moriah Chitwood of Clinton, Miss., and Joshua Chitwood of Birmingham, Ala. Also survived by a sister, Hilton Duggar of Beebe, Ark.; and brothers, Johnny McDaniel (Rita McDaniel) of Cordova, Tenn., and Dr. Jim Thurman (Susan Thurman) of Glasgow, Ky.

She is also survived by nieces Jan Eastwood (Bill), Anne Woods, Shirley Sanders (Leon), Patricia Amburn (Mike), Sandy McClendon (Kirk), Michelle Pearson (Ray), Terri Foulks, Katie James (Reed), Lindsay Thurman, and Shelly Twitchin (Marcus); and nephews Jim Woods (Jane), Gary Duggar, Danny Bell (Debbie), Rob Bell, Adam McDaniel, Jason McDaniel, Les McDaniel (Beth), John McDaniel (Carrie), Vernon McDaniel (Melissa), Kevin McDaniel, and Carson Thurman (Allison). LaVerne was preceded in death by her beloved, servant-minded and sharp witted husband of 51 years, Richard B. Chitwood of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters Doris Crisco of McRae, Ark., Josephine Bell of Searcy, Ark., Billie Jean Faulks of Mesquite, Texas, and Wanda Locke of Beebe, Ark.; brothers Tommy McDaniel of Cabot, Ark., and baby Elmer Lee McDaniel of Griffithsville, Ark.; as well as several nephews.

LaVerne was richly blessed through her life with loving and loyal friends from church, from the beauty business, and from her various activities of life. She was also very well-cared for in her later years by the kind and skillful people of Stonehaven Assisted Living in Maumelle.

A reception will be held at 1 p.m., preceding the service which will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012, at the First Christian Church, 1500 N. Mississippi, Little Rock, with Kevin Robbins officiating. Services by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th. 501-661-9111

Please send the family messages of love, comfort and condolence at Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 1500 N. Mississippi, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 for either the Endowment Fund or the Elders' Helping Hand Fund.

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