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Articles from 1976 Journal-Register Newspaper

Winfield doctors

The Journal-Record - Bicentennial Edition
Thursday, July 1, 1976
Section C, Page 4


The first doctor to practice here was the Dr. WHITLEY who had wanted the
depot located near his home. As stated he lived two miles east of here and
two mile then was "equal to ten" now in the time it took to travel it. So
doctors began moving into town. A Dr. IVEY was here for a very sort time. A
Dr. WHEELER and Dr. J. R. EARNEST had an office together at one time. Dr.
EARNEST came here from Mississippi. He rode a mule in making calls that had
one white foot. He did this for a number of years. He son, Lynwood, studied
medicine and then practiced here for years. He and his father served this
section until their deaths. People called the son "Dr. Lynwood" to
distinguish him from his father. He was the husband of Mrs. Matie EARNEST
the teacher.

Dr. J. F. EARNEST's son-in-law, Dr. Vanderva HILL practiced medicine here
for a few years before moving to Oklahoma. Dr. John RANDOLPH came here from
Fayette and practiced several years. Dr. W. J. McCRAY came to us from Guin.
There was a Dr. MORTON here for a short time. Then we've had Dr. R. L.
HILL, Mr. MC. (sic) HOLLIS, Dr. R. H. BARNES, Dr. Edwin COUCH, deceased,
and Dr. R. J. SMITH. In 1952, Dr. HILL, Dr. HOLLIS, and Dr. COUCH wee our
doctors. In 1949 a small modern hospital was built. The people of the town
built it. Those who could, put large sums of money into the building of the
facility. Some individuals furnished rooms;clubs and church
organization(sic) furnished rooms; a lot of men donated work and when
finished we were proud of it. Now there is a newer and more modern hospital
in Winfield, Rankin Fite Memorial. The formal opening was July 1964.

The Clinic building was built in 1953 and opened in January of 1954. Since
that time Winfield has another clinic behind the hospital facility. Dr.
James GABA, Dr. Edwin COUCH, Dr. Wm. GABA, Dr. Henry M. LABICHE and Dr.
Aubry L. SEWELL were the staff around 1964 or 65. Dr. Aubry L. SEWELL is
the only one of these that remains with today's medical staff in Winfield.
Dr. James SHAMBLIN, Dr. John OVERTON, Dr. R. K. SEGHAL, and Dr. Ajay PARGHI
make up the rest of the medical staff at present.

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