The Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Blackwell Chilton, 84, the Episcopal suffragan bishop of Virginia from 1960 to 1969, who also was a former editor of the Southern Churchman magazine, died Dec. 26 at Alexandria Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Alexandria.

Dr. Chilton was a native of Culpeper County and served in the Army during World War I.

He attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia and graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1924. He was ordained later that year.

Between 1924 and 1938, he served as rector of churches in Hanover and New Kent counties in Virginia.

From 1941 to 1954, he was secretary-treasurer of the diocese, then spent six years as its archdeacon, before being elected suffragan bishop in 1960.

He also was an examining chaplain at the Virginia Theological Seminary from 1931 to 1955, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by that institution in 1957.

Dr. Chilton was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

He had served on the board of St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va., and was a member of the Urban League.

Survivors include his wife, the former Harriet McMillan, of Alexandria; a daughter, Harriet H. Vaughan of Louisa, Va.; two sons, Charles A., of Alexandria, and Thomas H., of Richmond; three brothers, John B., Taylor S., and George H., all of Remington, Va.; 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.