Originally created 11/05/04

Mr. George Warren Chittenden (AIKEN, S.C.)



AIKEN, S.C. - Bud Chittenden was greeted by our Lord on October 31, 2004 with, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Bud was the youngest of four boys born in Marshfield, Mo. to the late Ward and Bessie Thomas Chittenden. He proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1952 to 1954. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His work with Dupont and Phillips Fibers gave him the privilege of living in several places in the US, including Aiken, S.C. His greatest joy in his occupation was the opportunity afforded him to live and work in Guyama, Puerto Rico and in Arras, France. After retiring in Rocky Mount, N.C. with Phillips Fibers, he and his wife, Maribell moved to Aiken, S.C. in 1999. In 2000, the Lord blessed them with the opportunity to build a home on beautiful Sudlow Lake in North Augusta. Bud was an active member of Millbrook Baptist Church and member of the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. At Millbrook, it was his privilege to serve the Lord as deacon, as a member of the Missions Committee and as a small group Bible study leader. The family would like to thank the church staff and members for their support and ministry to us during this time and for the many people who continue to lift us up in faithful prayer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maribell Williamson Chittenden; two daughters, Amy Garland, Orange Park, Fla., Ann Keller, Delano, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Christine Sylvester, Charlotte, N.C.; a stepson, Charles Slemenda, Jr., McLeansville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Elisha Kirkland, Jenna Cody Reynolds, Erika Hollings; four step-grandchildren, Tripp Slemenda, Taylor Slemenda, Grant Sylvester and Garrett Sylvester; three great grandchildren, Chase, Casey and Cid Kirkland; and one brother, Bill Chittenden, Carthage, MO. He is also survived by an "adopted" son, Stakwell Yurenimo of Kenya, Africa. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, George Chittenden and Grant Chittenden and two brothers, James Chittenden and Ward "Pooney" Chittenden. Bud greatly loved his family, his many friends, and his dogs. He was a devoted gardener, golfer, and an avid sports fan, especially of the Missouri Tigers. He enjoyed adventure and travel to many countries in Europe and especially enjoyed visiting dear friends in France and Puerto Rico. Ten years ago, the Lord placed a passion in his heart for missions. He and his wife were privileged to travel over eleven times with New Directions International to Africa, Nepal, and India to share the love of Christ and to support the building of churches, homes, and orphanages for the Glory of God in these lands. His last call of service for the Lord was this past summer when he spent three months in northern Kenya with his adopted son, Stakwell among the Samburu Tribe, building a pastor's home and developing the plans for a sports complex-a pioneer sports' ministry among the warrior s of various tribes in that area. Up until his last day on this earth, he shared with everyone the vision that the Lord had given him of building an orphanage for the many parent-less children of the Samburu Tribe. To honor Bud's wishes, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to New Directions International, P.O. Box 2347, Burlington, N.C. 27216 - specified for the Samburu Ministry in Kenya. The family would like to acknowledge with grateful appreciation the personal and compassionate care and support extended by the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Aiken Memorial Hospital ICU and 5th floor, National Health Care Center, and University Hospital oncology ward. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, at Millbrook Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Eddie Leopard, senior pastor at Millbrook, and The Rev. Dr. J.L. Williams of New Directions International, will officiate. Internment will be private. The family will receive friend s from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday evening at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Inc., 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, S.C. As God was glorified in Bud's life, may He also be glorified in his death. He was loved much and will be missed much, but, oh the joy of the reunion when we meet again in Heaven! Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle November 5, 2004