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Bedford County TN Biographies

Wm. Franklin Clary

Dr. William Franklin Clary, a surgeon of Memphis (Shelby County TN) with offices in the Exchange building, was born in Unionville, Bedford county. TN. March 31, 1875, and is a son of Dr. William Franklin Clary. Sr., who also devoted his life to the medical profession. The father was born in North Carolina and was a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. He then returned to the south, practicing at Greensboro, North Carolina, and later at Unionville, Tennessee, while subsequently he removed to Bell Buckle, this state, where his remaining days were passed, his death occuring in 1909. In early manhood he wedded Tennie Little, who survives her husband and is now living in Bellbuckle, at the age of eighty years. In their family were six children, four sons and two daughters. William Franklin Clary of this review, was largely reared in Bellbuckle and prepared for college as a student in the Webb School at that place. He later matriculated in the Vanderbilt University in 1895 and pursued an academic course there for a year.

He afterward took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for four years and during three years of that period he was on the staff of the Webb School at Bellbuckle. He then again became a student in the Vanderbilt University in 1899, matriculating for the medical course and winning his professional degree in 1903. For a year thereafter he was an interne in a Nashville hospital, after which he came to Memphis, where he has practiced since, with the exception of the period of his service in the World war. In December, 1917, he was commissioned a captain of the Medical Corps, U. S. A., and spent eighteen months in the service, being a year in France on the surgical staff of Base Hospital, No. 57. He was discharged at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, August 20, 1919. Dr. Clary is a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He finds his chief recreation in hunting and he owns a good bird dog, which accompanies him on his hunting trip for duck and quail. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church. He is widely known through his professional connections and has membership in the Southern Medical Association, the Tennessee State Medical Association, the West Tennessee Medical Association and the Shelby County Medical Society, being an expresident of the last two. He has been a frequent contributor to medical journals and his writings have elicited wide attention and call forth deep thought and consideration.
Transcribed and contributed by Christine Walters July 13, 2006
Source: Tennessee the Volunteer State Vol 3

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