The 28-year old MTSU Student who died while crossing the street near the Murphy Center this past week in Murfreesboro will be remembered on Wednesday during a special service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. David “Ritt” Chitwood was it by a dump truck while crossing the road in his wheelchair. The driver of the truck evidently did not see Chitwood.
Ritt is preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite Lamblé Evans Chitwood and William Chitwood. He is survived by his brother William “Beau” Shadrach Chitwood.
He leaves his most grieving brother, William "Beau" Shadrach Chitwood. Also surviving are uncles, Charles O'Donovan (Linda) Evans of Bonita Springs, FL, David Rittenhouse (Yamalith) Evans of Birmingham, AL & Thomas Walter Evans of Scranton, PA; aunts, Anne "Nancy" Evans Benrubi-McClatchy & husband, Kevin McClatchy of Wagontown, PA; grandmother, Marguerite Lamblé Burke Evans of Scranton, PA; and many cousins.
He graduated from Middle College High School and was a junior at MTSU majoring in mass communication. Ritt made this world a beautiful place, overcoming many obstacles with his amazing spirit. His love of music and speech, and unbelievable optimistic attitude allowed him to lead an extraordinary life. Ritt amazed us all after surviving an accident in 2006, leaving him in a coma for nearly a year, paralyzed from his waist down, he pushed on with his life, continuing to be an inspiration to behold. He was a very talented musician and never let anything get him down. His smile, spirit and love for the Lord touched many lives. Ritt knew our Lord - The Christian God and followed his footsteps when he "rolled". He walked around the woods recording sounds of birds.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 4:30 - 8 p.m., at Woodbine Funeral Home, Waller Chapel, 7281 Nolensville Road, Nolensville, TN and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., at the church.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima, 1601 North Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 by Father Mark Nolte and The Reverend Joseph Patrick Breen. Interment Nolensville Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.