Sunday, December 1, 2013

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 04:23 PM

Walter B. Burwell

HENDERSON — Dr. Walter Brodie Burwell of Henderson died at Maria Parham Medical Center Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen K. Burwell of the home; a son, Walter Brodie Burwell II and wife Connie Hayworth Burwell; a daughter, Kathleen Burwell Burke and husband Arthur Joseph Burke; four grandchildren, Jessica Burke Mulkey and husband David Hill Mulkey of Cary and Arthur Joseph Burke III, Veronica Blair Burke and Walter Brodie Burwell III, all of Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Spottswood Blair Burwell II.

Dr. Burwell was born in Henderson on Nov. 25, 1916, the son of Spottswood Blair Burwell and Frances Brodie Burwell. He was a graduate of Henderson High School and attended the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. He earned his M.D. degree from Tulane University of Louisiana and interned at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States in World War II, Dr. Burwell volunteered for service in the Navy Reserve and was assigned as a medical officer to the U.S.S. Suwannee, which was being commissioned at the time as an aircraft carrier. In the following 27 months at sea, until it was forced to return to the United States for extensive repairs due to severe battle damage, the Suwannee participated in the assault and landings at Casablanca and North Africa and the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetck, Palau, western New Guinea, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Halmahera, Morotal and the Philippines, earning 11 battle stars. For its part in the invasion of the Philippines and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Suwannee received a Presidential Unit Citation and Dr. Burwell was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on his ship.

At the end of the war, Dr. Burwell continued post-graduate training as assistant resident and fellow in medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. In 1947 he married a former Navy nurse, Lieutenant Kathleen Krenke of Janesville, Wis., and in 1948 they made their home in Henderson. Dr. Burwell then began to establish a practice of internal medicine and joined the medical staffs of the Maria Parham and Jubilee Hospitals, developing electrocardiographic services for both hospitals. He also served as medical director of the Scott Parker and Jubilee Tuberculosis Sanatoria from 1950 to 1960, during which time the extraordinary advances made in treatment of tuberculosis finally enabled the sanatoria to be phased out and closed at the end of this period.

After the Jubilee Hospital closed and its medical staff merged with Maria Parham Hospital medical staff in 1965, Dr. Burwell established the hospital’s first Coronary Care Unit and taught a number of courses at the hospital on “Cardiology and Electrocardiography for Coronary Care Nurses.” Meanwhile, he maintained his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve until his retirement with the rank of captain in the Medical Corps in 1976. Dr. Burwell continued private practice until 1992, when he became consultant member of the hospital medical staff and medical director of industrial medicine and occupational health at the hospital, finally retiring in 2002, having served continuously in various capacities on the staff for 53 years.

Dr. Burwell was a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, the North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine and a number of other professional organizations. His interests in various aspects of medicine and history was reflected by some of his papers and articles in the Naval Medical Bulletin, the North Carolina Medical Journal, the American Journal of Medicine, the American Review of Tuberculosis, Navy Medicine and the Confederacy Magazine, as well as by a series of presentations on various aspects of medical history sponsored by the Area Health Education Centers for the hospital medical staff.

Dr. Burwell was also interested in Henderson’s downtown and served on the board of directors of the Downtown Development Commission from 1992 to 2006. He was an enthusiastic participant in tennis and golf activities at the Henderson Country Club, where he was a charter and lifetime member and his fondness for fly-rod fishing took him to a variety of interesting locales in this country and abroad.

A memorial service officiated by Rev. Donald A. Lowery will be held in Henderson on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at The Church of The Holy Innocents, where Dr. Burwell was a life-long member and thrice a vestryman. Committal will follow in the church memorial garden columbarium.

The family will receive and welcome friends at “Fair Home,” the Burwell residence at 716 South Garnett Street, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Those who wish to so express remembrance could consider a memorial gift to The Church of The Holy Innocents, 210 S. Chestnut Street, Henderson, NC 27536.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Paid obituary



Bryant Wright

KITTRELL — Bryant Wright, age 85, a resident of 376 North Chavis Road, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at his home.

Born in Lenoir County on July 23, 1928, he was the son of the late Bernard Bryant Wright and Bessie Hedgepeth Wright and was the widower of Rebecca Stone Wright.

Bryant was a retired foreman for the former George W. Kane Construction Co. and H.G. Reynolds Construction Co. He was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and was a member of the Union Chapel Adult Sunday School Class, a member of the Henderson Exchange Club and served on the Kittrell Water Association.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church by Rev. Joseph Precht. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Diane W. Rainey of Oxford and Bessie W. Newman and husband Pete of Henderson; four grandchildren, Jennifer Rainey Bowman, Katherine Rainey Anderson and husband Greg, Allison N. Brower and husband Curtis and Allen Newman and wife Maria; four great-grandchildren, Andrew Brower, Caroline Brower, Jackson Anderson and Wesley Anderson; his close friend, Dale Pittard; and his caregivers, Carol Bender, Shirley Matthews and Juanita Fuller.

The family will receive friends tonight, Dec. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home, at 376 North Chavis Road, Kittrell.

Serving as active pall bearers will be Bryant Bobbitt, Allen Stone, Charles Stone, Gary Pulley and Johnathon Stone.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 152 Zeb Robinson Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Paid obituary



Herbert Hinton Jr.

HENDERSON — Herbert Hinton Jr., 68, of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Maria Parham Medical Center.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



Senie Solomon

HENDERSON — Senie Solomon, 91, of 690 Keeton Road, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at her residence.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



Kimp Tally Jr.

HENDERSON — Kimp Talley Jr., of 1999 Spring Valley Lake Road, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Duke Regional Hospital.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.



William H. Wilkins

HENDERSON — William Henry Wilkins Jr., 60, of 3800 Jacksontown Road, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Antioch United Church of Christ.

Viewing is today, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. at Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.