David Beveridge Villegas

Born: Sat., Sep. 3, 1955
Died: Sun., Apr. 29, 2007

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David Villegas, who loved music, old movies, and family holidays, passed away in the early hours of April 29 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. He was 51.

Mr. Villegas was a resident of the Open Arms Care Facility in Ooltewah, where he had lived since 1992. Members of his family and the staff of Open Arms held a memorial service on Monday.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for Thursday night, May 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro, Ga. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, at the Wesley Chapel Wesleyan Church in Greensboro. David will be interned next to his father, Jaime, who passed away on Feb. 2, 2000.

David Beveridge Villegas was born on Sept. 3, 1955 in Greensboro as the third child of Jaime and Catherine Villegas. David was born with Down Syndrome but overcame that obstacle to live a full and happy life with family and friends. He was known by the people of Greene County and in other places he lived for his gentle manner and loving spirit. As a youngster in Greene County he attended the Little Red School House, a facility his mother helped to create for children with special needs. The Little Red School house was located at the old Siloam School.

In 1970 David moved with his family to High Point, N.C. where his father had taken a teaching position at High Point College. While there he attended the Cloverdale School for children with special educational needs. In 1980 David returned to Greene County with his family. From time to time David would be seen working at the Super Value grocery store which was operated by his aunt, Pauline Channell.

In 1992 David entered a new phase of his life when he moved to the Open Arms Care Facility in Ooltewah, Tenn.. There David received additional vocational training and became a part of a vibrant community of people with special needs. He was able to work, travel, and take part in a host of activities. While Open Arms became David''s home, he still returned to Georgia several times a year for family holidays, either in Greene County or the home of his sister, Maria, in Atlanta. He loved Christmas and everything about it. His favorite music came from Elvis Presley and his favorite movies were "Camelot", "The Wizard of Oz" and especially, "The Sound of Music." David was very active in the Special Olympics and recently participated in a softball game in the Chattanooga area.

David Villegas is survived by his mother, Catherine Jackson Villegas of Greensboro, his brother, Sam Villegas of Winston-Salem, N.C., and his sister, Maria Barnhart of Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages friends to make a donation to The Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org or 1-800-700-8585). McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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KENNY KELLUM
   Posted Tue May 01, 2007
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST. MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT YOU IN THIS TIME OF NEED & ALWAYS.

Constance Algermissen
   Posted Tue May 01, 2007
GOD has not taken them from us: HE has hidden them in HIS HEART that they may be closer to OURS. An Episcopalian prayer. GOD BLESS you daily - Constance Wev Algermissen 1 May 2007

Karen Duncan Cabin 19 ps with open arms
   Posted Wed May 02, 2007
May the Grace of God be with all and Keep you bless each one in this time one of the hardest I got to speak with David two different time and Love each time he will be miss

Mrs. Leonard Harris
   Posted Wed May 02, 2007
I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies on David's death. He was young at heart, a joy to know, and had an enthusiasm for life that was infectious. He rests in God's hands now, awaiting the promise God gave "Thy dead men shall live...the earth shall cast out the dead"(Isaiah 26:19). Jesus said that when he got into his kingdom the man who died with him would be raised to Paradise(Luke 23;43). Until that day of grand reunion, may faith and family support you. Respectfully; Robin Harris

TAMMY GRAY
   Posted Wed May 02, 2007
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT I LOVED DAVID VERY MUCH, AND KNOWING HIM FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS, HE HAD BECAME A SPECIAL PART OF MY HEART. HE WAS A WONDERFUL, FUN-LOVING PERSON. THE FIRST DAY I MET HIM I KNEW THIS WAS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR ME TO BE AND THAT I WOULD GET ATTACHED TO HIM VERY QUICKLY AND OF COURSE I DID. I HAVE A SISTER WHO ALSO HAS DOWN'S SYNDROME, AND I CANNOT EXPRESS MY FEELINGS OF YOU GREAT LOSS. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US AT OPEN ARMS SHARE A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL PERSON'S LIFE.

Barbara Overton
   Posted Thu May 03, 2007
My thoughts are with ya'll

J. Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Fri May 04, 2007
Ms. Catherine and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Amber Schild
   Posted Sat May 05, 2007
I was one of three woemn who took care of David on third shift in his home here in Birchwood, TN. He was always up to greet me as I came in for my shift and the first one up in the mornings to enjoy a cup of coffee. I have only worked for the company for nine months, but grew to love along with the seven other clients at our house very much. David, you will be missed, but NEVER forgotten.

Claire Kelly Smith
   Posted Mon May 07, 2007
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I remember David from when I spent my summers with my mother at the center(Shirley Kelly). He was always so sweet.

Rex and Sandra Dauler
   Posted Tue May 15, 2007
Dear Miss Catherine, Please accept our condolences in the loss of your sweet son. I know that he was a blessing to you and all that knew him. May God Bless and keep you in his care!