Originally created 09/24/05

Dr. William P. McNair, Sr. (SOPERTON, Ga.)



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SOPERTON, Ga. - Dr. William Palmer McNair, Sr., 77, of Soperton, died at his home Thursday, September 22, 2005. Dr. McNair was born to the late Clara Dye McNair and James Elisha McNair, Jefferson County, Ga., on January 1, 1928, and was married to Sue Reed Metcalf for 20 years. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Georgeson, and three brothers, Tom McNair, Rufus McNair and Judson McNair. Dr. McNair attended public school in Jefferson County and graduated from Wrens High School with honor in 1946. Following high school, he entered the United States Army serving in the Quartermasters Corps and the Medical Corps, both in the United States and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1952 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1956, followed by a one year rotating internship at Orangeburg Regional Hospital, Orangeburg, S.C. He was a life-long supporter of the Georgia Bulldogs and attended all the home games in Athens for many years. In 1957, Dr. McNair established a general practice of medicine and surgery in Soperton. He was still an active general practitioner in Soperton at the time of his death. During his career, her served as the Medical Director of Skilled Care Nursing Home in Soperton and the Medical Examiner for Treutlen County. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Southeast Medical Society, First District Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia and the Southern Medical Association. He was always first and foremost a physician who took care of those in need whether it was day or night, weekday of weekend, until the day of his death. Dr. McNair was active in local, state and national government for many years, including nine years as a councilman for the City of Soperton. He was recently recognized for his unyielding support of the Republican Party by being chosen as a 2004 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal Award winner. He is a former member of the Jaycees, Lions Club and the Treutlen County Sportsman Club, who recognized him as sportsman of the year in 1982. He was also recognized by Who's Who in Georgia in 1973, Outstanding American in the South in 1975, Honorary Chapter Farmer in 1979, Alpha Epsilon Delta National Premedical Honor Society in 1951, and was named Fan of the Year by the Treutlen High School Athletic Department in 1991. Dr. McNair was always active and concerned with youth. He was a supporter of the Boy Scouts and was instrumental in establishing the first summer recreation program for youth in Soperton. For many years, he performed free physical exams for children involved in school recreation programs and sponsored several children as pages in the General Assembly in Atlanta. He also held many bird hunts and fishing rodeos on his property, teaching young children hunting safety and the finer points of fishing. Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, William P. "BoBo" and Kathy Sue McNair, Jr., China Spring, Texas, James "Jimmy" McNair, Soperton, John Michael "Mike" McNair, West Palm Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Letisha Peel and Nell Arrington, Augusta;, Ann Sheffield, DeLand, Fla.; two brothers, George Ray McNair, Madison, Lewis McNair, Huntsville, Ala.; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held in the Chapel of Sammons Funeral Home, Soperton, at 10 o'clock Monday morning, September 26, with the Rev. Paul Brown officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, Soperton. Pallbearers will be Bobby Joe Moxley, Joe Moxley, Melvin Phillips, Steve Hodgins, Patez Strickland, Robert Peel, Richard Denard and Jim McNair. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle September 24, 2005