Originally created 02/05/06

Joseph M. Still, Jr. M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Joseph M. Still, Jr. M.D., 67, beloved husband of Mrs. Susan H. Still, entered into rest on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2006 at First Baptist Church of Augusta with the Rev. Charles Broome officiating. Burial will follow in Westover Memorial Park. A native of Charlotte, NC, Dr. Still served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1958. He was a 1961 graduate of Shorter College in Rome, GA, and a 1965 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, where he earned his medical degree. He did his internship rotating at University Hospital in Augusta, and completed a general surgery residency from the Medical College of Georgia in 1969, and a plastic surgery residency in 1973 from Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Still began his private medical practice, Physician's Multispecialty Group, as a plastic surgeon specializing in burn care. In 1978, Dr. Still founded the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, and served as its medical director until 2005. Under Dr. Still's leadership and influence, the small six-bed burn unit has grown into a 58-bed world-renowned burn center that annually treats over 2,000 patients from throughout the Southeast. Dr. Still founded the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, Research Consortium, Inc., Joseph M. Still Research Institute, and served on numerous prominent boards at Doctors Hospital and throughout the community. His most recent involvement on local boards included the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, Historic Augusta, Augusta Players, and the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area. He was a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. Dr. Still was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medical Association of Georgia 2002 Hardman Cup Award, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce 2004Small Business Person of the Year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2004 Most Philanthropic Individual, and the 2005 Junior Achievement CSRA Business Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. and Mrs. Still enjoyed traveling the world as time allowed and taking annual trips with their children. They also shared a love for animals. Additional survivors include five sons, Edward R. Still and wife, Mary Lou, of Stone Mountain, Jesse M. Still and wife, Jill, of Stone Mountain, Kenneth B. Still and wife, Paige, of Moultrie, GA, Trey Nevils and wife, Julie, of Wrens, and Ronald A. Breazeale and wife, Becky, of Evans; five daughters, Susan Still Kilrain and husband, Colin, of Virginia Beach, VA, Ronda Still and husband, Steve Bracci, of Evans, Gena McNair and husband, Jeff, of Appling, Gabrielle "Gail" Still-Steves and husband, Scott, of Augusta, and Donna Simon Carter and husband, Jimmy, of Augusta; an aunt, Frances Clark, of Columbus, GA; and 26 grandchildren. Dr. Still was preceded in deathby his father, Joseph M. Still, Sr., and mother, Bonner Richardson Still, and a son, Steven Wade Breazeale. Active pallbearers will be J. Nick Shaw, Paul H. Dunbar, Robert F. Mullins, M.D., J.R. Shaver, M.D., William P. Walker, Jr., Hermann K. Orlet, M.D., S.M. Abu Zaheed Hassan, M.D., Claus Brandigi, M.D., Edward J. Law, M.D., Juan Luis Colon-Santini, M.D., E. Lawrence Cook, M.D., Patricia N. Watkins, M.D., Amy M. Sprague, M.D., Beretta Craft-Coffman, P.A.-C. and C. Pete Combs. Honorary pallbearers will be the Joseph M. Still Burn Center Family, including the office staff, Burn O.R., Research Consortium, Research Institute, Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, and Air Med Services. Honorary pallbearers will assemble at First Baptist Church Augusta at 12:15 p.m. on Monday. If so desired, memorials may be sent to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, Inc., 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Augusta, GA, 30909, Interfaith Hospitality Networkof Augusta, 2177 Central Ave., Augusta, GA, 30904 or Columbia County Humane Society, 119 Davis Rd., Martinez, GA, 30907. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, February 5, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, Ga. 30809, 706-860-6166.

The Augusta Chronicle February 5, 2006