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William Rawlings

Male 1918 - 2004  (86 years)


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  • Name William Rawlings 
    Born 16 Mar 1918  Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jun 2004  Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Jul 2004  Old City Cemetery, Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I297699  Martin Family
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2019 

    Father Benjamin Tarbutton Rawlings,   b. 10 Feb 1852, Washington County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1921, Washington County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Annie Mary Wood,   b. 27 Apr 1884, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1966, Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1917  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F135428  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Rae Newsom,   b. 01 Sep 1927, Washington County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 2010, Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1947  Washington County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F135430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Mar 1918 - Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jul 1947 - Washington County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Jun 2004 - Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jul 2004 - Old City Cemetery, Sandersville, Washington, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes  Died:
    • SANDERSVILLE - Dr. William Rawlings, Sr., who practiced surgery and medicine in his native Sandersville for almost fifty years, died Thursday, June 30, 2004 after an illness of a few months. He was 86.

      -Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 2 at 11A.M. at the Sandersville United Methodist Church with burial in the Old City Cemetery. Dr. Jay Harris and Dr. Jimmy Cason will officiate.

      -Born March 16, 1918, to the late Benjamin Tarbutton Rawlings and the late Annie Mary Wood Rawlings, Dr. Rawlings was part of a long medical tradition in Sandersville. His great-grandfather, Dr. Archibald McNeil, was a Scottish physician who settled in Washington County in the late 1700's. His uncle, world-famous surgeon, William Rawlings, founded the "Rawlings Sanitarium" in 1893; that hospital eventually became Washington County Regional Medical Center. -Dr. Rawlings' father died when he was young, and he was reared by his widowed mother during the depression. An older half-brother, Dr. Fred Rawlings, assisted him in attending the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane Medical School. He graduated from Tulane in 1943 and entered the Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps, spending much of World War II on hospital ships caring for wounded American troops being transported home from the front lines in Europe and the Pacific. His fellow surgeons on board included captured German medical officers, from whom Dr. Rawlings learned many state-of -the-art surgical techniques. One famous passenger on Dr. Rawlings' ship was Scottish physician Sir Alexander Fleming, who spent part of the cross-Atlantic voyage discussing with Dr. Rawlings the possible uses of Fleming's newest discovery: penicillin.

      -Returning to practice with his brother at Rawlings Sanitarium after the War and the death of his uncle, Dr. Rawlings became known and loved throughout central Georgia for his surgical skill and especially for his warm bedside manner. He and his wife, Eleanor Newsom Rawlings, reared six children, several of whom followed him into medicine. One grandson has extended the Rawlings medical tradition into its fourth century.

      -During the desegregation battles of the 1960's and 70s, Dr. Rawlings served on the Washington County School Board. He courageously led the public schools through those turbulent times and for the next 14 years was instrumental in creating what is today a much-lauded rural school district.

      -A lifelong conservationist, Dr. Rawlings was instrumental in the creation of the 750-acre Hamburg State Park in northern Washington County, one of the most scenic parks in Georgia. In his 60s, Dr. Rawlings finally realized his dream of seeing Alaska when he hiked for two weeks through the Kenai Peninsula. Over the next several years, until he was well into his 70s, Dr. Rawlings returned to Alaska for annual hiking and rafting trips in the wilderness. He spent the summer of his 68th year as a physician in the small Alaskan fishing village of St. Petersburg, relieving the local doctor to take an extended vacation. For his 50th wedding anniversary, Dr. Rawlings and his wife visited Macchu Picchu in Peru. He spent many days of his retirement walking in the pine bottoms and swamps of his beloved Ogeechee River.

      -Dr. Rawlings was a member of the Sandersville Lions Club for over 50 years. He served as its President in 1961, was named Lion of the Year in 1988, and was recently named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions International. He was also named Citizen of the Year by the Sandersville Rotary Club in 1968.

      -Dr. Rawlings is survived by his wife, Eleanor Newsom Rawlings, and children: Dr. William Rawlings, Jr.(Beth); Mary Eleanor Wickersham (David); Dr. Jean R. Sumner (Joe); Dr. Joe Newsom Rawlings; Benjamin F. Rawlings (Cathy); and Judge Thomas C. Rawlings (Kay). He leaves behind eleven grandchildren: Dr. Penn B. Wickersham; Joseph C. Sumner, Jr., Jeannie R. Docter, Eleanor R. Wickersham, William Rawlings, Allen Rawlings, Elizabeth Rawlings, Sara Rawlings, Will H. Rawlings, T. Charles Rawlings, Jr. and Abraham I. Rawlings. Also surviving him is one great-grandchild, Isabel Wickersham.

      -The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Rawlings residence, 924 W. Church Street, Sandersville.

      -Contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; Friends of the Ogeechee River, P O Box 743, Louisville, GA 30434; or to the Sandersville United Methodist Church, P O Box 611, Sandersville, GA 31082.

      -May and Smith Funeral Home in Sandersville is in charge of these arrangements. Dr. Rawlings, Sr.


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