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Chittums' 70th

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Jack and Doris Chittum, both Huntington natives, first met in 1939 and were friends at Huntington East High School. They married on Oct. 14, 1942, before Jack joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII, and Doris worked at Western Union.

When Jack returned from the war, he worked briefly for the Veterans Administration, then worked 25 years for the Railway Mail Service, and 18 years with Smith Floor Covering. Doris worked at the Roxy and Westmore theaters, and, after raising two sons, worked for the Cabell County Circuit Clerk's Office.

She and Jack owned/operated the Southside Roller Rink, formerly at 20th Street and 10th Avenue, which previously had been owned by her parents.

Jack and Doris traveled extensively over the years, visiting every one of the 50 states and many international destinations. Recently, most of their domestic trips were to Navy reunions of Jack and his shipmates, who served on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Metcalf, DD595. They lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also Falls Church, Va., for a few years, but lived most of their lives in Huntington. They now reside at The Woodlands Retirement Community.

Jack and Doris have two sons, Marc, who lives in Oakton, Va., and Mike, who resides in Blowing Rock, N.C. They have a granddaughter, Tonya Judson (Mike's daughter), and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Abigale Judson of Birmingham, Ala.