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Posted: January 9, 2010 3:25 p.m.

William Luther (Bill) Kitchens, Jr.

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

William Luther (Bill) Kitchens, Jr., died January 8, 2010 in Social Circle, at the age of 80. Born in Covington, Georgia on August 12, 1929, he was the eldest son of the late Luther and Annie Kitchens. Mr. Kitchens was an Eagle Scout and played baseball as a youth. He spent 20 years in the U. S. Air Force, retiring as Master Sergeant, serving over seas in Japan, and stateside in Anchorage, AK, Knoxville, TN, Columbus, MS, Savannah, GA, and Dover, DE. Mr. Kitchens flew all over the world as a flight engineer on cargo planes, including flying supplies to Vietnam during the Vietnam War. During stateside assignments, he was active in the local Chamber of Commerce, coached Little League baseball, and had a private airplane pilot’s license. After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Kitchens had several jobs and interests around Newton County. He was a foreman at Hercules manufacturing plant, owned and operated a service station, was manager of a wood products plant in Covington and Ellijay, operated the Covington Municipal Airport, and founded Kitchens Hardwood Flooring Company. Mr. Kitchens was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Kitchens Russell and brother, Don Kitchens. Mr. Kitchens is survived by his wife, Harriett Harman Kitchens of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Barbara Kitchens and Joe and Alison Kitchens all of Covington; Skip and Gina Kitchens of Birmingham, AL; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Kitchens of Covington. Funeral services for Mr. Kitchens were held Monday, January 11, 2:00 PM, at the chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Rd, with Rev. Keith Elder officiating and interment followed in Lawnwood Memorial Park.
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