A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

**PLEASE NOTE UPDATED TIME OF REMEMBRANCE ~ 1:00-1:30 PM**
OBITUARY

Christopher David Chittum

January 25, 1980November 25, 2018

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Christopher David Chittum of Dumfries, VA passed away unexpectedly.

He is survived by his son Brian Chittum of Dumfries, VA; mother Brenda Lebe of Dumfries, VA; sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Mario Colorado of Springfield, VA; nephews Jeremy Thomas, Quentin Colorado, Sebastian Colorado and Mario Colorado Jr. of Springfield, VA as well as many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father David Chittum.

He was loved and respected by all his family, friends and co-workers. A man who was always quick to give support and help to anyone in need, he will be missed and his loss felt by so many. He enjoyed bowling in leagues with family and friends, fishing with family members, and he loved the Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards. Family was his life and he was devoted to his son, Brian, and helping him through the years with Tae Kwon Do, basketball, and was proud and supportive of his college education at Radford University.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA from 10am-2pm.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Memorial Remembrance Time Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Christopher David Chittum

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Cora Hubbard

December 7, 2018


I met Christopher when he was 14 and he was always an amazing person. He was loyal to those he loved and he loved deeply. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do and most of the time you didn’t even have to ask. He cared about the important things in life like family and friends. I can still remember how he looks when he smiled right after he tried to hold a stern look and then let out a laugh. I can still see and hear him as he spent days and hours playing basketball, playfully taunting everyone who came against him, “you can’t see me”. The bond he made with people impacted you forever even if you didn’t realize it then. Even at a young age he showed love, forgiveness and grace and through his example those things were payed forward. Christopher these words do not express enough of the love I have for you or the bond we had. I pray for you and your family every day and may God be by everyone’s side during this very difficult time. Love Always and Forever, Cora Lynn

Donna Chittum

December 7, 2018

A short photo video of Christopher may be viewed here https://youtu.be/oP-BqIZaUBE

Christopher was my nephew. I know for all of us who knew and loved him - we were beyond blessed to share in his life and no words can describe how broken our hearts are. Our world was a better place because of you Christopher. I have so many memories – so many little moments where I can see your smile and our conversations, moments that consistently remind me of your character - genuinely a good man with a huge heart, generous, thoughtful and caring, who loved his family and friends so much.

The reality is that we’ll never make sense of what has happened and it is only through our faith where I believe we will find peace. This week as friends and family have reached out with words of encouragement, there were a few stand-outs that I offer here as encouragement for each of you.

My sister Janet asked “what would Christopher want you to do?” Another dear friend encouraged me to “take care of the living – because there’s nothing we can do for those who are gone”. Another friend pointed out that he left this world gifting us with a “celebration of life.” And I realize they are all right. I am confident these are exactly the things that Christopher would want us to do! Take care of the living – as he’s done in his passing as a voluntary organ donor. Be kind. Take care of each other, and continue to check in on his precious family and friends. While Christopher’s life was cut way too short, he indeed leaves a legacy of love and I am confident that he would want us to pay that forward.

Isiah 57 tells us that for those who trust in God, they will rest in peace. I can only imagine the glorious reunion that is happening in heaven right now. One day I know we will all be together again and meanwhile I’ll be praying that we all may find peace through our faith and comfort in our family and friends.

Stephen Page

December 7, 2018

I am in shock to hear of Chris passing, I have only known Chris for a year and a half but it felt as if we had known each other for years, we join the same bowling team the same year and we click right away I had just bowl with Chris, Brian and his nephew the Sunday before Thanksgiving and we had so much fun, Brian and I would make fun of Chris when Brian bowl a better game then he did and he would always bowl a better game the next game. I still can’t believe my friend is gone but this just reminded me we are not guaranteed another day and to let your family and friends know you love them. My prayers and condolences are with the family.

Kenneth Pendarvis

December 7, 2018

I worked with Chris for about 6 years at the Pentagon. He was definitely a dedicated father who talked highly of his son and loved him dearly. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers and condolences are with the family.

Janet Cochran

December 3, 2018

I am reminded of our last Thanksgiving together. It was the most peaceful Thanksgiving we have had in a long time. Everyone was on time and some even came early which is a miracle. We had a time of sharing thanks and I was thankful for retirement and reminded everyone they could let me know if they were having difficult times and I would know how to pray specific for them. I was thinking the boys might text me from college. Little did I know how difficult times were going to get. Looking back now I know that God was very near and gave us that day together. I am so thankful to God for the strength he is giving us each day to carry on and the promise in His Word of his continued faithfulness. He truly is our Help for today and our hope for tomorrow. I am still learning how to trust him and not to lean on my own understanding.
I read the Footprints poem this morning and was reminding this is another time with one set of footprints in the sand and He is carry each and everyone of us. Thank you God for being so near and seeing every falling tear and knowing our heart is in need of cheer from you.

Anthony Pringle Jr

December 3, 2018

Very sad to hear of David’s passing. David an I had many conversations about the game of basketball. He always supported and liked my coaching. He was always encouraging and offered advice from his perspective. He was a supporter of Prince William County local hoops and really supported every HS, AAU and youth leagues. What I always admired about David was his love and devotion to his son Brian and his positivity. I pray for the Chittum family and friends of David that God wrap his arms around you in This difficult time. Lord keep David now In his care, I’m sure he is still supporting Pwc hoops and all of the kids involved. God bless, Coach A Pringle

Janet Cochran

December 1, 2018

We are all in shock at the passing of Christopher and asking "WHY" because we just don't understand and won't until we see him again. We realized it is going to take every ounce of Faith we have to continue our time here without him. Christopher was "SPECIAL" to so many. Christopher was the first grandson in the Chittum family after the five granddaughters so you know without a doubt he was LOVED. Family was so important to Christopher and he was always there for all of us.
I believe Christopher packed more into his 38 years of life than some pack in 85 and more. He loved with all of his heart, shared joy, and brought peace is some trouble times for the FAMILY.
WE will celebrate together his life on Dec. 8 with time with the family from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and at 1:00 p.m. will be a special memorial with sharing memories together at Demaine Funeral home.
We thank God for the 38 years we had but we all wanted more time. Trusting God to help us with one day at a time.

Sandra Wilson

November 29, 2018

I was a co-worker of Chris' and wanted you to know how much joy he brought to our office each day. He will be missed!

Below is a short poem I always think of when reflecting on sympathy, may it allow you a small measure of peace in your time of mourning.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush.
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the star shine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I do not die.

(Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye)

FROM THE FAMILY