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Carol Dean Chitwood of St. Clair, Mo., departed this life in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 20, 2013, having reached the age of eighty-one years, two months and twenty-one days.

Carol Dean was born in Yarrow, Mo., on Aug. 30, 1932, son of William “Lawrence” Chitwood and Lectie “Beryl” Chitwood nee Boley. As a young man, he was united in marriage and blessed to have two sons. On June 13, 1981, he was united in marriage to Laura Lynn Taheri nee Seay and their families were joined as one.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Chitwood of St. Clair; by three children, Joe Chitwood and wife, Diane, of New Franklin, Mo., Alan Chitwood and wife, Glenna, of Blue Springs, Mo. and Courtney Bays and husband, Jim, of High Ridge, Mo.; by 10 grandchildren, Jeff Chitwood and wife, Pam, Jon Chitwood and wife, Amy and Tim Chitwood and wife, Katie, all of New Franklin, Jordan Chitwood and wife, Katie, of St. Louis, Mo., Kaitlin Chitwood and fiancé, Ben Carrier, of New Franklin, Jesse Alldridge and husband, Will, of Clinton, Mo., Andrew Twenter of Austin, Tex., Taylor Chitwood of Blue Springs, and Cody and Jack Bays of High Ridge; by one sister, Helen Roberts and husband, Robert Irvin, of Kirkwood, Mo.; by nine great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Carol Dean was a devoted Christian and current member of the First Baptist Church in St. Clair, Mo. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War, having entered April 2, 1952, and receiving his honorable discharge on March 23, 1956. After his discharge from the military, Carol Dean continued his education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Education. He began his teaching career in 1961, working at various schools in Missouri. From 1969 until 1971, he served as the Principal at the high school in New Franklin. From 1971 until 1980, he served as the Assistant Dean of Students at the School of the Ozarks. He then served as the Principal of the high school in New Bloomfield, Mo., and later at the high school in Viburnum, Mo., retiring in 1997. Carol Dean had a passion for working with the youth, and even prior to his teaching years, he was coaching little league baseball. He was a popular teacher with the students and a great role model to many. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests throughout his life, including golfing, hunting and fishing. He was passionate in his support for the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team and never missed watching a game. Carol Dean’s family was his pride and joy and he was happiest when he was spending time with them.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in St. Clair with Pastor Cliff Day and Pastor Jack Hayes officiating. His casket will be proudly carried by his 10 grandchildren. Interment with full military honors will take place at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the family to establish a scholarship fund at the High School in Viburnum, Mo.

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