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Mr. Christopher Carlton Askew
Mr. Christopher Carlton Askew of Lithonia, GA passed May 7, 2019. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW with Reverend Dr. Toussaint King Hill, Jr., pastor, officiating. Family and friends are requested to assemble at the church at 12:30 a.m.
Christopher Carlton Askew…Friend, caregiver, advisor, entertainer, servant and devoted family member, loving son, nephew and cousin departed this life on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and entered into his eternal rest under the watchful eye of his Savior, family and friends.
Christopher was born in Hampton, Virginia on July 9, 1967 and was the only child of Joseph Askew and Martha Davis Askew. Christopher claimed The Lord as his savior at an early age and joined Mount Calvary Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Newport News, Virginia.
Christopher received his early education at Bethel High School, in Hampton, Virginia and later attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in finance.
.Chris was a born comedian and he derived much pleasure seeing others laugh and temporarily forget their troubles. He put his love of football to work with the huddle up, breakup and tackle theory when trying to help others solve problems and reach their goals. His friends were always appreciative of his ready smile and grateful for his great big hugs. If, as Chris said, he measured his success by the number of good deeds he did for others and how hard he could make them laugh, then, by all accounts, it can be said he followed his advice and huddled up, did the breakup, tackled and was successful.
Chris brought his savvy journalistic skills to CNN’s “Talk Back Live” afternoon program and his light hearted jesting to his role as a tour guide in the newsroom. Later, at WAOK Radio he captivated audiences with his quick witted humor and exceptional interviewing skills as host of the Progressive News Hour – “Unwrapped.” Most recently, he was attracted to the film industry where he excelled as a location scout, and loved his work as assistant producer of TV shows and movies. It was in this capacity that Chris gained the reputation of being an excellent and caring mentor. Chris was a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Teamsters Local Union 728.
Chris is preceded in death by his mother and father. He leaves to cherish his memory five uncles, Thurman Davis (Loretta), Rockville, Maryland; Roosevelt Askew, Hampton, VA, Walter Davis (Joyce), Grand Prairie, Texas; Lee Davis