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Bernard Chilton

February 23, 2022

Bernard Chilton, III, 62, of Evington, passed away on February 23, 2022.  He was born to the late Bernard Chilton, Jr. and Edith (Johnson) Chilton in Lynchburg, Virginia on September 22, 1959. He graduated from Amherst High School and recently retired from a 44 year career at WESTROCK (formerly Rock Tenn). In his free time he was immersed in all things basketball and anything his children or grandchildren were involved in.

Bernard was blessed with a loving family. He married his former crush Shirley (Hancock) Chilton on September 9, 2017. Bernard raised his two children Quintus and Andre with patience and discipline. He taught them the value of hard work and athletic ability.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Shirley; his mother, Edith; his sons, Quintus and Andre Chilton; his bonus daughter, Melencia Johnson (Eugene White); bonus son, Jerome Johnson (Tiffany); grandchildren, Sha’Moni, Jullian, Kamryn, Kingston, Yhannis, Travis, and Nevaeh; brother, Darnell Chilton; sister, Carla Lewis (Larry); sisters-in-law, Frances Harvey (James), Maxine Farrar (Wesley), Elaine Staten, Ruth Harvey, Marie Dews; brother-in-law, Ronnie Harvey (Elaine); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Chilton, Jr.

The family wishes to thank Westrock, BWXT, Lucille Chambers, Bonnie Williams, Ora Myers (Mike) for their continued support. Additionally, we would like to thank the many friends, family, and coworkers who called, sent condolences, and stopped by to share stories of Bernard.  Special thanks to Reverend Edward Jones, Reverend Ronnie Haynes, and the members of Bolling Hill Baptist Church of Madison Heights, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Bernard’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2022, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home. The family will receive guests immediately following the service at Tharp Funeral Home.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

To view Bernard’s memorial video, please click here.


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My deepest condolences to the Chilton family and friends. Bernard is one of the most friendliest people I've ever met. Even though I haven't seen Bernard in a long time, I will always have such fond memories of him. God Bless You and Rest You, old friend. Deleva Cheryl Pierson

Posted by Deleva Cheryl Pierson on February 28, 2022

Shirley, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know I am praying for you . love you always!

Posted by Rita Eagle on February 28, 2022

Prayers and Condolences to you all. Will keep yall lifted in Prayer. 🙏🏽💐🕊

Posted by Elvira Hubbard on February 28, 2022

Shirley & family, Our Deepest Sympathy and Sincere Condolences at this difficult time.

Posted by Herman & Mary Calloway on February 28, 2022

Though we did not know Mr. Bernard Chilton personally, we know that he left decent, kind-hearted, trustworthy men as his legacy. Quin, Kingston, and Kameron -- you are in the prayers of everyone at Perrymont Elementary.

Posted by Ayanna Stamps-Glover on February 28, 2022

Our Deepest Sympathy & Sincere Condolences to The Chilton Family & friends. You will be missed Rest in Paradise Bernard❤ Lovingly submitted by Alvin & Roberta "Bird" Little

Posted by Roberta Little on February 28, 2022

Prayers to the Chilton Family. Bernard touched the hearts of so many people. He never meet a stranger. RIP

Posted by Tina Thomas on February 28, 2022

My condolences goes out to the Chilton family/ RIP Bernard 🙏🏾

Posted by Roberta Andrews on February 27, 2022

I’m so very sorry to hear about this, Shirley. I am sending my condolences and prayers for you and the entire family. May God bless and keep you all.

Posted by Michele Edmonds on February 27, 2022

My condolences/prayers for The Chilton Family. May God be with y'all and always keep the memories in your heart. Rest now dear friend. R.I.P. Bernard

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Posted by Rochelle Jones-Anyumba on February 27, 2022

So sorry hear about his loss. Such A nice guy and a neighbor. Prayers to the family.

Posted by Sap on February 27, 2022

Bernard loved Basketball 🏀 He could play the game as for talk you out your game. Lol! He meant alot to the community his family as for US guys at fort ave Basketball court/surrounding areas. He was mentor to many as for a father figure. He will truly be missed. RIP Nard You will be missed ❤🏀

Posted by Keith Martin on February 27, 2022

I send condolences to the family.I have known Bernard since school many years.He has always been the same funny crazy guy,with that big smile.

Posted by Peggy Bennett on February 27, 2022

My Condolences to the Chiltons family,My You Rest In Peace my Brother

Posted by Gary Whitted on February 27, 2022

Sorry about your loss. My prayers & thoughts are with the families.

Posted by Marie Payne on February 26, 2022

In your time of sorrow, may you find peace in his presence, as he gives you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. With Prayers and Sympathy, Mike and Sharon

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Layne on February 26, 2022

My deepest condolences are extended to the Chilton family during this difficult time. I am sorry that I will not be able to e there to celebrate his life but pray that God will provide you with his comfort and you will rest in the memories. R.I.P. Nard!

Posted by Kimberly Smith Wills on February 26, 2022

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