LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Mr. John B. Kitchens, 81, of Lynchburg, Va., died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was born 1925 in Lancaster, S.C., the son of Robert Edward Leigh and Madeline Grantor Kitchens. He lived in Fort Mill for the first 45 years of his life. He served in the U.S. Navy 1942 to 1946 and was a veteran of WW II. His service was aboard USS LCI 226 and 531 (Landing Craft Infantry). He was retired from Limitorque Corporation.
Mr. Kitchens is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen Elizabeth Staton Kitchens of Lynchburg; two daughters, Patricia K. Blankenship of Atlanta, Ga., and Christine K. Snipes of Greenwood; one sister, Leazelle McKenney of Fort Mill. Other survivors include two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Lamar King of Rock Hill.
The family wishes to acknowledge with great appreciation the devoted service of his two caregivers, Mary Johnson and Meiko Kittrell as well as Hospice of Centra Health.
There is no visitation planned and burial is private. Interment will be in Virginia Memorial Park.
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Diuguid Wiggington Chapel is in charge of arrangements.