Christopher “Chris” Carl Chewning, age 61 of Alachua, FL formerly of Bradenton, FL, passed away on Tuesday August 30, 2022. Mr. Chewning was born October 1, 1960 in Bradenton, FL to Henry David Chewning and Sandra Mims Chewning.
Chris graduated from Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida in 1978, and joined the U.S. Army in 1979, honorably serving and retiring as an Armor Senior Sergeant (MSG) with more than 20 years of service, including multiple overseas tours, and assignments as a First Sergeant. He was also a dedicated member and supporter of the American Legion. Following his military service he became a dedicated lineman for Pike Electric, later serving as Crew Supervisor and mentor for field crews and junior lineman. He enjoyed watching and attending all forms of stock car racing, all things Florida Gators, gardening, providing for his family, spending time with his family and friends, and mentoring and loving his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to all, and always had a kind word or good deed for every person he met.
He was preceded in death by his mother, and is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 39 years, Dena Christian Chewning, sons Cyle (Melinda) Chewning, Cale (Ashley) Chewning, Father Henry Chewning, brothers Tim (Sharon) Chewning, Mark (Kelly) Chewning, Michael Chewning, and four grandchildren (Cayton, Corbyn, Elaina, Cade), many nieces and nephews, along with several great nieces and nephews.
There will be a graveside memorial with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on September 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by a gathering of friends and family at the City of Bushnell Community Center at 407 E. Belt Avenue for fellowship and remembrance, with snacks and refreshments available. Due to Cemetery policies on flower arrangements, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, please make all contributions to the Wounded Warrior Program. https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com