Leroy E. Chewning


Leroy Ellis Chewning, 86, a resident of Elkins, passed from this life Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at home surrounded by family and friends and under the care of Mountain Hospice.

Leroy was born Saturday, July 8, 1933, in Cassity, a son of the late Nelson Chewning and Julia Thomason Chewning Cutright.

On July 27, 1957, in Oakland, Maryland, he married the former Carolyn Ann Riley, who preceded him in death.

Left to cherish Leroy’s memory are two daughters, Cindy Terry of Elkins and Kim Ross and husband, Bill, of Jimtown, four siblings, Regina “Tiddles” Chewning, Susie Whitehead of Georgia, Spider Chewning of Inwood, and Mike Cutright of South Carolina, six grandchildren, Melissa, Michelle, Alec, Drew, Justin, and Tayler, great grandchildren, Braydan, Jace, Domanick, Kaleb, Kaitlin, Addysin, and one to arrive in March, and several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Jerry McCauley and wife, Ann, of Georgia.

Preceding Leroy in death besides his wife and parents was one son, Jeff Chewning, one grandson, Eric Terry, and several siblings.

Leroy attended the schools of Randolph County. He served with the United States Army in Korea. He worked as a coal miner for Island Creek Coal Co. and Kitt Energy in Philippi for many years. He always kept his Chevy trucks spotless as well as his 1980 model dumptruck with which he enjoyed hauling gravel. He also enjoyed gardening and playing poker. He was a member of the H.W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion, the Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Redmans Club.

Leroy’s request for cremation will be honored. Graveside services will be held at the American Legion’s Little Arlington Cemetery in Cravensdale on Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon where members of the H.W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct full military honors. After the service, there will be a Celebration of Life at “Leroy’s Garage.”

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Leroy’s honor to Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 826, Elkins, WV 26241, H.W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion, 326 Railroad Ave., Elkins, WV 26241, or to Mountain Hospice, 228 Fourth St., Elkins, WV 26241. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Leroy Ellis Chewning. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.