About C. B. “Doc” Skelton
Life lessons from a lifetime of making people feel better
C. B. Skelton, MD, is a retired family practitioner who served more than 42 years in the small town of Winder, Georgia. At one time or another, his practice included all facets of medicine: orthopedics, surgery, obstetrics and even anesthesia. He made house calls for many years as he watched his profession burgeon greatly in scientific accuracy while it lost much of the trust and love manifested in the patient/doctor relationship.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1926, Charles Bryant “Red” Skelton entered the world as the tenth of a dozen children born to Newton A. Skelton. Five of the children were born to the former Ethel White. After Ethel‘s death “Red” (later to be dubbed “Doc,) debuted as the fifth child born to the Newton’s second wife, the former Rosa L. Turner. The depression hit shortly after his third birthday, and Doc’s family lost their home. Now in abject poverty, the family became tenant farmers. Doc knows what it is like to plow a mule. In fact, he was at one time a regular plow-hand on a rented Clayton County farm that is now part of the Atlanta airport.
Graduating from Russell High School in East Point, Georgia, before he was 16, Doc worked his way through Mercer University from whose campus he was drafted (with his AB degree), at age 18. In the army, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and trained as an infantry officer in the planned invasion of Japan. The Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombs precluded that invasion, and Doc feels very strongly may have saved his life. His assignment then was in Europe, as the special investigations officer for a graves registration group that located, disinterred, identified and gave proper burial to American service men buried in graves scattered throughout the countrysides of France, Germany and Austria.
After completing his army tour, Dr. Skelton enrolled in Emory University School of Medicine. While there, he married Nora Louisa Hart. Completing medical school in 1951, the couple moved to Shreveport, La, for an internship and then to Monroe, La, for a residency. The Skeltons invaded Winder in July 1953 with one-and 8/9ths children. They would complete their family of five girls in fairly rapid order.
Slightly more than a year after Nora’s death in 1988, Doc married Mrs. “Penny” Morris, the mother of two and widow of John O. Morris of Winder. Penny’s sudden death in May, 2011, after 21 happy years, left him to grieve again. However, love struck again and Doc and his long time patient and widowed friend, Mrs. Fran Lynch, entered a December of life marriage. As a result of these three marriages, Doc claims nine children/stepchildren, 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Doc a humorist himself, claims a distant relationship to the famous Red Skelton … “My last cousin,” he says. In fact, his first report-card was issued in the name of “Red” Skelton because of his own flaming natural coif. His humor often reflects in his column as it does in the five books he has published thus far, Fil-Osophy / Phool-Osophy, Dirty Laundry Don‘t Take no Doctor‘s Orders, A Simple Seller of Noodles, Rhyme For All Seasons, and Rock, Further Proof of God’s Sense of Humor. For three years he appeared regularly as a story-teller and musician on the Paul & Bill Show on TV channel 34 out of Athens, Ga.
He is a citizen involved in community affairs, a family man, an unabashed Christian with a conservative philosophy, an interest in current events, a love of telling stories and teaching life lessons — all of these facets show themselves in his column, Random Rants in Rhyme. He has testimony of his column being quite often alluded to and/or quoted in Barrow County churches, of its use in a Colorado Sunday School class, its being published in a mail-out from a Kansas church and being quoted in several Army chapel services in Germany.
Dr. Skelton loves his work with the Gideons International to spread the Scriptures worldwide. He is a Sunday School teacher and conducts frequent Bible studies or musical programs in community service organizations or assisted living facilities in the community.
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