Bernard "Bernie" Elmo Chewning, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend; local politician, businessman, athlete, and community servant; passed peacefully away on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Spotsylvania County. Bernie was born on April 5, 1930 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, to loving parents James Harvey Chewning Sr. and Lydia Ann Wheeler Chewning. He was the youngest of four children, the last of the family to pass on. Bernie attended Schools in Spotsylvania County and graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 1948. He played all sports and was a standout on the basketball court and baseball field. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and went to play for a short time with one of their farm teams as a catcher. After injuring his knee, he returned home to his high school sweetheart, Thelma Curtis. He was drafted during the Korean War and served from August of 1951 to August of 1953 in the U.S. Army. After being Honorably Discharged he served eight years in the Army Reserves. He married Thelma on April 10, 1954. They lived in Spotsylvania, Virginia and began their family in September of 1955 with the birth of their son, Mike. Bernie continued his love of baseball playing for the semi-pro Stafford Braves in the 50's and early 60's. They traveled the Eastern Seaboard playing teams and winning championships. He later would help coach Little League. He was known locally for his tournament winning softball teams that he sponsored and played on. Bernie started his own sawmill business in the 1950's employing many men who respected him for treating them fairly and with respect. He retired from the world of everyday work in the 1990's when he closed C-C Lumber. He continued to work cruising and selling timber for many years. In retirement he enjoyed spending time watching his youngest two granddaughters play softball. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, raking leaves and watching the traffic pass while sitting on the front porch. He enjoyed watching the Redskins play. He especially loved his great grand babies. Bernie was a Deacon and Treasurer at Craigs Baptist Church for many years. He was a past member of the American Legion Post 320. He was a Charter Member of the Spotsylvania Lions Club. He was very active in the Belmont Ruritan Club in the 60's and 70's serving in many positions on the board. He served on the Board of Directors for First Virginia Bank in Orange from the time it incorporated and into the 1990's. He served on the Board of Supervisors in Spotsylvania County from January 1964 to December 1967, representing the Livingston District. Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; parents Harvey and Lydia Chewning; brothers Floyd, and J.H. (James Harvey Jr.); sister Margaret Burrus; sisters-in-law, Ethel Skross, Elizabeth Mastin, Fannie Chewning, and Gertrude Curtis; brothers-in-law, John Skross, John Mastin, Jack Burrus, William Curtis, and Irvin Curtis. He is survived by his children, Paul Michael Chewning (Robin), Debbie Tinder (Allen), Shelia Chewning, and Donna Baker (Ronnie); grandchildren Amanda Co (Wes), Erin Becker (Steve), Michael, Makayla, and Breanna Baker; great-grandchildren Maximo Co, Corbin Becker, Gregory and Harper Baker; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove on Friday, February 23, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Craigs Baptist Church Cemetery, Spotsylvania. Reverend Ashton Archer will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice. An online guestbook is available at