E. LaVerne Chitwood
  • Memorials may be made in Mrs. Chitwood's name to either the Endowment Fund or the Elders' Helping Hand Fund at
  • First Christian Church
    1500 N. Mississippi
    Little Rock, AR 72205

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“Dear Chitwood Family, LaVerne was a dear person. When we moved to the Heights in 1979, I started going to her. I have a wonderful video of LaVerne...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Nell Weaver Lyford - Little Rock, AR

“What a beautiful picture of LaVerne. She was first class in everything she did. She fixed my hair many times, always pleasing me. It has been...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Virginia McCartney - Little Rock, AR

“I thoroughly enjoyed the photo album showing Laverne in all the years. (Good Bert) You were the one that she looked forward to every day. Kyle and...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Tricia Dugger Amburn/Mike Amburn - KY

“Berta,Chris,and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Berta, it says in the Bible to...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: dale/cindy stringfellow - AR

“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Chitwood family. It is never easy to find the right words to say but may those precious memories of your dear...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: MB

“you had a lovely life laVerne and we will all miss you. good wishes to your family. carol lemke ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: carol lemke - sherwood, AR

“LaVerne was a person of beauty both within and without. Her sparkling personality brightened all the family gatherings. Claudette Ittner ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Claudette Ittner

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. "Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather, openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Melissa Butkiewicz - Little Rock, AR

“Even though I was a child the last time I saw LaVerne, I have fond memories of her vivacious personality at family gatherings. Much love to my Little...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Renee Ittner-McManus - Columbia, SC

“We shared apartment for a long time I moved first married. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Martha D. Bell Parchman - AR

“Roberta, Boyd & Family: It was always a pleasure to see Mrs. Chitwood at company functions & occasionally in the office when Mr. Chitwood worked at...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Anita Handy - Little Rock, AR

“I sang in the choir and Glorias with Laverne for many years and was in Circle 6 with her. She was a beautiful, classy lady. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Treece - Little Rock, AR

“Aunt Laverne always had class. When I was younger I wished I could always come off as polished and chipper as she was. I will greatly miss her. ...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Sandy McClendon - Crandall, TX

“I am so sorry for the families loss. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Mae Ivy - Hensley, AR

“LaVerne, whose name meant "femininity" to us. We spent so many wonderful times together through the years! I met her when I was 16 with my father...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Deenie Kenner McKay - VA


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E. LaVerne Chitwood, 85, of Maumelle, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, at UAMS, in Little Rock. Mrs. Chitwood was born August 21, 1927, in White County, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Elmer Lynn McDaniel and Vesta "Beck" (LaFerney) Thurman, and Vernon "Bob" Thurman (her beloved step-father) of McRae, AR.

LaVerne loved color and culture and coffee with avid, lifelong appreciation. She loved her family, her friends and her God, though, so much more deeply with a quiet, rich, passion which blessed and touched all those who knew her.

A member of the First Christian Church, 1500 N Mississippi St, Little Rock, Arkansas since the 1950's, she served as a Deaconess, Christian Education teacher, CYF leader, & many roles within the CWF and Circle 6 over the years. She sang in the Chancellery Choir and the Glorias. She was blessed to have Dr. Searcy McBurnett bring in the First Christian Church of Maumelle to her residence at Stonehaven Assisted Living for the past 4 yrs.
Over 64 yrs she owned and operated LaVerne's Beauty Salon and Chitwood's School of Beauty in Little Rock. She was a retired beautician at the age of 81 because she had to retire; her work was her love and purpose second only to her family and faith. In the early days of her profession, she was one of the very few New York trained stylists in Little Rock.

Survivors are her son & daughter-in-law, G. Boyd Chitwood, Ed.D. (Chrissy Chitwood) of Tampa, FL; her daughter & son-in-law, Berta Chitwood-Lemke (Chris Lemke) of Conway; her grandchildren, Luke Chitwood (Ashley Chitwood) of New York, Sarah Chitwood of Tampa, FL, Moriah Chitwood of Clinton, MS, and Joshua Chitwood of Birmingham, AL. Also survived by a sister, Hilton Duggar of Beebe, AR; and brothers Johnny McDaniel (Rita McDaniel) of Cordova, TN, and Dr. Jim Thurman (Susan Thurman) of Glasgow, KY.

She is also survived by nieces Jan Eastwood (Bill), Anne Woods, Shirley Sanders (Leon), Patricia Amburn (Mike), Sandy McClendon (Kirk), Michelle Pearson (Ray), Terri Foulks, Katie James (Reed), Lindsay Thurman, and Shelly Twitchin (Marcus); and nephews Jim Woods (Jane), Gary Duggar, Danny Bell (Debbie), Rob Bell, Adam McDaniel, Jason McDaniel, Les McDaniel (Beth), John McDaniel (Carrie), Vernon McDaniel (Melissa), Kevin McDaniel, and Carson Thurman (Allison).

LaVerne was preceded in death by her beloved, servant-minded and sharp witted husband of 51 yrs Richard B. Chitwood of Little Rock, AR; sisters Doris Crisco of McRae, AR, Josephine Bell of Searcy, AR, Billie Jean Faulks of Mesquite, TX, and Wanda Locke of Beebe, AR; brothers Tommy McDaniel of Cabot, AR, and baby Elmer Lee McDaniel of Griffithsville, AR; as well as several nephews.

LaVerne was richly blessed through her life with loving and loyal friends from church, from the beauty business, and from her various activities of life. She was also very well-cared for in her later years by the kind and skillful people of Stonehaven Assisted Living in Maumelle.

A reception will be held at 1:00pm, preceding the service which will begin at 2:00pm, Friday, November 16, 2012, at the First Christian Church, 1500 N. Mississippi, Little Rock, with Kevin Robbins officiating. Services by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th.