George Chewning

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George P. Chewning

KANNAPOLIS - George Preston Chewning, age 86, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Concord, after a short period of declining health.

He was born June 23, 1927, in Cabarrus County, the son of the late George T. Chewning and Lundy Harwood Chewning. George was a graduate of Winecoff High School.

After high school he entered military service joining the U.S. Army serving during the end of World War II.

George was employed with the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant One, in the electric shop working with the engineers for 40 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed being a member of Royal Oaks Baptist Church, Kannapolis, where he spent many quality hours. He was also proud of working many years part-time at Whitley's Funeral Home.

Throughout the years, George loved being active in masonry and had been a member of Cannon Memorial Masonic Lodge 626 where he had served as secretary for many years. He continued in various ways to promote their values and assisted in their fundraising efforts when he could.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Becky) Bell Chewning.

Survivors include his son, Sammy L. Chewning and wife Beth of Landis; his daughter, Gail C. Huffstetler and husband John of Kannapolis; four grandchildren, Holly, Derek and Dustin Huffstetler and Jeff Chewning; one brother, James E. Chewning of Landis; two sisters, Bobbie L. Stikeleather of Concord and Sue Wilson of Charleston, S.C.; a great-grandson, Caleb Alexander Abad; and a special friend, Helen Simpson of Kannapolis.

Service and Visitation: The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Leon Smith. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at National Cemetery, Salisbury. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the funeral home.

Memorials: May be made to Royal Oaks Baptist Church, 904 Texas St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Online condolences may be left at

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Whitley's Funeral Home
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
(704) 933-2222
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Published in Salisbury Post on Aug. 20, 2013
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