Eugene Chitwood, 79


Eugene Chitwood, 79, of Knoxville, formerly of Winfield, passed away January 12, 2013, at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Born in Scott County, October 29, 1933, he was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Elsie Thompson Chitwood; brother, Jack Chitwood; and mother- and father-in-law, Zettie and Frank Sexton.

He was a member of Temple Baptist and Solway Baptist churches, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher, was active in the bus ministry and church visitation, and donated many hours to church maintenance. He began work at TVA in 1959 in the Electrical Engineering Branch in the Division Engineering and Construction in Knoxville, later becoming a Senior Engineer, Principle Engineer, and the Group Head. In the latter position, his Group was responsible for the specifying procurement of all switch yard, plant-switch gear, and control boards for nuclear, hydro, and fossil fuel generating stations. He also served as the temporary electrical engineering branch chief. His technical expertise was known throughout the power generating community. He served on technical committees and was instrumental in developing electrical equipment standards for the newer and larger nuclear power generating plants. He also provided consulting work for FEMA for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Sexton Chitwood of Powell; children: Gregory Eugene Chitwood and wife, Robin, of Clinton, James Steven Chitwood and wife, Debbie, of Knoxville, and Melissa Joyce Young and husband, Patrick of Powell; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, brother, Gary Chitwood and wife, Brenda, of Winfield; sister, Betty Stanley of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and many other relatives.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7 p.m., in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. David Rosser officiating.

Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at Sexton Memorial Cemetery.

Jones & Son Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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