Dr. Guilford E. Sharp was born in Sevier County Oct. 26 1852, the son of James M. an Rebecca Cannon Sharp. He graduated from Bellevue Medical College, New York, in 1881 Later he took a post graduate course at Tulane University. He began his medical practice in Sevierville about 1880. He practiced out of his home on Main Street, near the present day Food City Grocery. Some time later he moved to Trundle's Cross Roads and lived in the J. C. Ellis home until his new home could be built. His medical practice extended over Sevier Blount and Knox Counties. He was a member of the Board of Examining Surgeons for persuasions at Knoxville, Tn.
Dr. Sharp married Florence Irene Brabson, daughter of Benjamin Davis and Elizabeth Berry Toole Brabson on Oct. 19,1876. Children born to this union were: Earle Ernest Sharp m. Mary Bruce McMahan; Dr. Benjamin Brabson Sharp b. June 20,1879; d. Oct. 10,1900 James Sharp m. Pauline Fenton; Elizabeth Berry Sharp b. Nov. 29,1884; d. Aug. 29,1971 Sammie E. Sharp b. June 20,1887; d. July 15, 1888.
After the death of his first wife in 1888, Dr. Sharp married her sister, Amelia Brabson 1891. A son, Raymond Cannon Sharp, was born Oct. 25, 1892. After the death of Amelia Brabson Sharp, Dr. Sharp married in 1899, Jennie Cox, daughter of Hugh and Ellen Blalock Cox, Their children were: Irene Sharp Burchfield; Ethel Sharp Kyker, and Dr. John Sharp.
Dr. G. E. Sharp was an original stockholder in the Bank of Sevierville in 1888. and serve as president 1895 - 1921. He was part owner of Dupont Springs Hotel. He died July 2 1921, and is buried in the Brabson Cemetery.
DR. JOHN TIPTON (JACK) SHIELDS 1825 - 1907
John T. Shields was born in Sevier County, on Sept. 27,1825, son of Richard and Susannah Thurman Shields and great-grandson of Robert and Nancy Stickton Shields who brought their family to what is now Sevier County, settling on Middle Creek, about 1786. He was 2nd Sergeant Company A. 2nd Tennessee Volunteers Infantry commanded by 'I. Col William T. HaskeIl John T. Shields was discharged on the first day of September 1846 at Camp Tenn. on the 1 lt Bank of the Rio Grande River below Matamoras by reason of Sergeants Certificate for general debility. (His own description). At the beginning of the Civil War ,John T. Shields took a company of militia to Louisville, Ky. to enlist in the Union Army. Because he was suffering from a deep chest cold, the exam thought he had consumption, and rejected him. He then went on to the vicinity of Seymour, Ind. where he "read" medicine with a kinsman. Dr. Shields married, Mar. 14,1854, Margaret Quintine Hill, dau. of Joseph and Susanna McMeans Hill. They had five children: Susanna Madora Shields (1854-1857); Loyd Cummings Shields (1957-1864); Sarah E. Shields (18581881) m. Archibald R. McMahan); Robert McMinn Shields (1861-1861); Dr. John Alwin Paul Shields (1869-1939) m. Josie Ellen McAndrew. He married 2nd, Mar. 14,1885, Mrs. Mary Jane France Derrick. One child, Martha, died as an infant. Dr. Shields was first affiliated with the Methodist church, but later joined the United Brethren church for which he was a minister. Along with preaching and doctoring, he was also a teacher. He taught "subscription" schools in Cocke, Jefferson, and possibly Sevier County. At one time he was a tax collector for Sevier County. In his latter years, he lived a type of nomadic life. He maintained no regular home, and spent his time with various friends and relatives in Jefferson, Cocke and Sevier Counties. His visits were eagerly anticipated because he brought news from neighboring areas and his fine mind could interpret and explain various topics of interest and necessity to his hosts. He supported himself by his, teaching, practice of medicine, and a Mexican War Pension. Dr. Shields died Oct. 29,1907, and is buried next to his first wife at the Chestnut Hill Methodist Cemetery.
WHITE SWELLING "A receipt for making a poultice for to cure a white swelling in the first stage. 1 hat crown full of ivy leaves `" 3 bunches of 1 double span of safras roots Toss the whole into a vessel and boil until all the strength is out and then strain and boil down to one pint, and then thicken with corn meal to form a poultice and spread on a cloth and then dust the poultice with fine sulphur and then apply the poultice to the affected part. Renew every twelve or twenty four hours until the pain disappears. And when a poultice is removed bathe the affected part with warm water and then put on a new poultice from tie to time as before directed until the pain disappears. The foregoing treatment will not fate to cure a case in its first stage and has cured many cases in the last stage. The foregoing receipt was obtained from an old doctor on Clinch River some 50 years ago by Martian Baker." December 18, 1860 John T. Shields
"One half pint of red pepper powdered well and two Indian turnips also powdered well. Put the powdered pepper into a sufficient quantity of water and boil some time, and then
add the Indian turnips powered and boil again, and then add two table spoonfuls of salt and then enough hog lard to make a point of ointment. and then strain it until the water is all out. The waters hould be strained out of the powders after the strength is all out of the peppers and the Indian turnips before the salt and lard is added, and you must stir it al I the time you are simmering the water out. Put it on the affected part and bake well to the fire. Good for all pain.
December 19,1860 J. T. Shields
P. S. It is thought that the above medicine is much better to use good whiskey in place of the water, and some use the water and a portion of the first shots of whiskey."
Information from Eddie Walker Cocke County Historian
Dr. Ralph Shilling was a native of Columbus, Ohio, and served five years with the Army during World War II, two of them in Europe entering with the Normandy Invasion. He was with the 167th Medical Battalion, executive director of the 47th Field Hospital with which he moved to Vienna. On his terminal leave he was promoted to full Colonel in the Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Late in 1968, he retired as commandant of the Army Reserve Training Center in Knoxville, Tn.
Dr. Shilling began his medical practice in Gatlinburg in 1946. Before building his new medical center, he had a clinic in the Maples Building on Parkway, with personnel on duty 24 hours a day. The clinic also became the fire alarm center with nurses attending fire calls by pushing a button to set off the fire siren. Dr. Shilling founded the Gatlinburg Volunteer Fire Department and was its first and only Chief until his death.
Although he was skilled in every field of medicine, Dr. Shilling considered himself a country doctor. He visited his hillside patients in a jeep. Farmers families paid their bills when crops were sold. For poor famlies there was no charge. I n addition to the heavy load of local patients, Dr. Shilling counted visitors to the Smokies as part of his community, and gave countless numbers of them his medical expertise during emergencies. He and his wife Elenora Innis Shilling had three children: Nancy Lingerfelt; Betsy Jackson; and Ralph Dickson Shilling.
Dr. Shilling died May 21,1972, and is buried in the Smoky Mountains Memory Garden at Pigeon Forge, Tn.
Information from obituary in the News Record
DR. ROBERT SNEAD
Dr. Robert Snead was born Dec. 20, 1820; died Jan. 15, 1882. He lived on Todd Creek near Strawberry Plains in a stone house. He married Malinda Bryan and they had one daughter, Minerva, who died young. All of them are buried in the Saffell Cemetery.
Dr. Snead treated James Keelin, the Confederate soldier who defended the Railway bridge at Strawberry Plains during the Civil War. Mr. Keelin single-handedly defended the bridge against the Yankees. He was wounded badly with many cuts. One of his hands was completely severed and is buried in the Stringfield Cemetery at Strawberry Plains.
From BROWNLOW'S KNOXVILLE WHIG, April 10, 1851:
"After returning, I extend my grateful acknowledgements for the liberal patronage heretofore extended me by the citizens of Knox, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier. I take this method of informing them that I have again permanently resumed my position in the practice of medicine at the Plains. My office, the same as before occupied, where I may be found any hour, day, or night. When absent, my whereabouts can be learned by making inquiry at Butler's store near my office.
During my absence, in addition to attendance at lectures and hospital practices I have procured apparatus, instruments, and medicines of the latest improvements necessary for the successful practice of the various branches of my profession. R. Snead, M. D. From the KNOXVILLE WEEKLY CHRONICLE Wed. 18, Jan. 1882 DEATH OF DR. R. SNEAD
Dr. R. Snead died at his home, Strawberry Plains, about 7 O'clock P. M. Sunday Jan. 15, of pyamia, aged about 60 years. - D. Snead, as was published by us at the time, had one of his legs broken by a kick from a horse several weeks ago, and had only sufficiently recovered from the effects to hobble about the house. It was supposed to be the indirect effects of the hurt that caused his death.
The doctor was one of the oldest and best known citizens of Knox County, a man of extraordinary reading and information on all subjects, and a physician and surgeon of superior attainments and famous in his profession. He had practiced medicine in his neighborhood for perhaps 35 or 40 years and possessed the implicit confidence of everybody in the surrounding country. He leaves a wife, but no children. The remains were buried Tuesday in the old burying ground on French Broad River beside those of his daughter who preceded him about 20 years."
Information from Cheryl Henderson
1892 - 1980
Dr. Thomas, originally from Pennsylvania, was a Methodist missionary in Maylaya when he decided, in 1919, that he needed medical training to heal bodies as well as save souls. After graduation from Syracuse University Medical School and completion of his internship, he planned to return to Maylaya until a fellow physician warned him that his wife's health would not allow another stay in the tropics. In 1926, the Pennsylvania church assigned him, to the Tennessee Mountain Mission at Pittman Center. His territory had a population of about 5000 mountain people and covered some 200 square miles. Dr. Thomas served at the mission until 1964 when he "retired." During this period, on mule and horseback, the circuit riding preacher ministered to thousands and healed them in their homes and at his clinic. It was years before TVA brought electricity and good roads came to the area, so Dr. Thomas used a gasoline generator and a Jeep given to him by a Methodist congregation in Pennsylvania.
In the years that followed, Dr. Thomas setup the mountain area's first asses sible general store and established a cooperative where mountain women could market the products of their skills. He led in the establishment of Pittman Center's first high school, started a sawmill, demonstration farm and forestry program. He helped put Pittman Center on the map with its first post office and took over the duties of postmaster at a salary of $8. 00 a month. Monetary rewards for Dr. Thomas were few. His first salary at the mission was $125. 00 a month, and his annual income upon retirement in 1964 $6000. 00. He gave his medical fees to the mission fund.
Retirement wasn't a word in Dr. Thomas' lexicon. He continued his ministry, holding services regularly in the rustic church at Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge until 1979. He was still "the doctor" to many Sevier Countians who literally owed their Iives to him. He continued to practice from his home "Shinbone" until he died.
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas had two sons: Robert, a representative of an Atlanta, Ga. company specializing in water and wastewater treatment equipment; and Laverne, a mathmetics professor with the State University of New York at Oneonta.
The bodies of both Dr. Thomas and his wife, Eva, who died in 1974, were donated to medical research.
Dr. W. H. Trotter, son of John and Asa White Trotter, was born July 26,1814; died Sept. 14, 1887; married Sarah Trigg Emert, daughter of Phi lipand Elizabeth Reagan Emert. Dr. Trotter attended Grant University at Athens, Tn. , and setup his practice at Middle Creek in an office in his yard. He was also a farmer and built a beautiful two-story white frame house which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is presently occupied by his great-grandson, Glen McMahan and his wife Florita Butler McMahan. There are mementos in the house of Dr. Trotter's medical practice such as scales for measuring medication and saddle bags.
During the Civil War a group of soldiers were camped on a hill at the spring near the cemetery. On another hill a man was plowing the field. It was believed that the soldiers, thinking to have some fun, started shooting nearthe man with the plow. Since the house was located between the two hills, one of the bullets shattered a windowpane, traveled through three wails and dropped down after piercing the third wall. The bullet is still in the wall of the house.
Dr. Trotter and his wife had twelve children: John Andrew Trotter; Maria Caroline Trotter; Newton Edmondson Trotter; Lewis Stevens Trotter; Stewart Erastus Trotter; Elizabeth Emert Trotter; Mitchell Trotter; Malinda Caldonia Trotter (m. T. D. W. McMahan); Adaline Minerva Trotter; Isaac Alexander Trotter; Ashley Wynn Trotter; Mary Angeline Trotter.
Dr. and Mrs. Trotter are both buried in the Middle Creek Cemetery. Information from Glen McMahan
Dr. Peter Eckle Walker son of James Russell and Catherine Eckle Walker, was born May 28, 1842, at White Pine Tennessee. During the War between the States, he joined the 9th Tennessee Calvary of the Union Army where he had the rank of lieutenant.
He graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, and took a post-graduate course at Bellevue, New York City in 1871. He was a member of the Medical Society of East Tennessee and later belonged to the Medical Society of Sevier County.
Dr. Walker began his practice in Sevier County about 1868 and continued for 46 years until 1914 when he retired and moved to Gallatin, Tn. According to Mrs. Otis Hodges, Dr. Walker made his own pills by putting the medicine in damp flour and then rolling it in sugar. He used a special paddle and a plate from the home of the patient.
His office was in his home at Elmwood Farms located at the forks of the Pigeon River on the left after crossing the bridge on highway 66 He rode a very large white horse when making his calls.
On April 12, 1868, Dr. Walker married Frances Jane Chandler, daughter of Barkley McGee and Adella Huffaker Chandler. To this union twelve children were born: Bart Chandler Walker; Alfred Wallace Walker; Annie Kate Walker Tipton; George Wesley Walker, William Timothy Walker; Hal Burton Walker; Leon Roscoe Walker; Benjamin Eckle Walker; Frances Walker Hedick; Loyd Andes Walker, Ruby Walker Marshall; Adella Walker Massey. Dr. and Mrs. Walker returned to Elmwood in 1918 for their golden wedding anniversary which was attended by their family and many friends. It was a galaaff air with the piano being moved to the front porch, and both vocal and instrumental music delighting all those present.
Dr. Walker died February 28, 1936 and was buried in the City View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.
Information furnished by: A. W. Walker, Jr. Jane Willis Rowena Schmutzer
Dr. C. P. Wilson, son of Asbury and Hazy Stooksbury Wilson, was born in Loyston, Union County, Tn. , Sept. 18, 1891, and was educated at the University of Louisville where he received his medical degree in 1917. He returned to Loyston where he practiced medicine for 15 years with the exception of one year spent as in terne at Knoxville General Hospital. In 1929 he took a three months post graduate course at Vanderbilt. At the end of this period he became Director of the Sevier County Health Department, where he served for 15 years. (His accomplishments are told in the article on the Health Dept. ).
In 1934 Dr. Wilson began private practice in Sevierville. His office was located in the old National Bank Building on the corner of Court and Bruce. In 1944 he established Wilson Hospital on the site of the old Methodist Church on Main Street. He practiced medicine and maintained the Hospital until his death.
Dr. Wilson was also a prominent farmer in the Boyd's Creek areas of Sevier County, and served two terms as County Squire. He married first, Lillian E. Dalton and had two children: Dr. C. P. Wilson, Jr. , and Helen Wilson Justus. He married second Helen Irwin and had one son, Dr. Asbury Irwin Wilson.
Dr. Wilson died in May, 1956, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville, Tn. Information furnished by Dr. C. P. Wilson, Jr.
Dr. Wynn, son of Thaddeus and Dialtha Melvina Seaton Wynn, was born Jan. 13,1857 in Sevier County. He attended school in Pigeon Forge and later studied for the medical profession. He had practiced only a short time when he was seized with rheumatism and rendered incapable of traveling. He then entered the Drug Store business, but was forced out because of his illness.
He was a member of the M. E. Church and was highly esteemed as a Christian gentleman. He was a man of positive character and took a decided stand on men and measures.
On Sept. 22,1880, Dr. Wynn married Lizzie Fox. They had 3 daughters: Vola Henderson; Verta Goddard; Lena Robertson; a son, Philip, died young.
Dr. Wynn died Nov. 30,1899, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery. Information furnished by Philip A. Wynn and Elizabeth Lawson
Dr. J. L. Yarberry was born May 11,1859 in Sevier County where he attended school during his early years. His first wife, Eliza Flynn, bore him four children: Maggie, Minnie, John, and George. They moved to Missouri where Dr. Yarberry studied medicine in Saint Louis. After the death of his wife he moved back to Sevier County.
In 1892, Dr. Yarberry married Martha Ann Atchley and they were the parents of 8 children, three of whom died in infancy. The others were: Maude, Otha, Kate, Ruth, and Luther.
Dr. Yarberry began his medical practice in Sevier County in the Allensville Community, now a part ovf Douglas Dam. He worked out of his home and drove a buggy on his calls. His patients were scattered from Wilhoite, Harrisburg, Walnut Grove, parts of Jefferson County, and the community around his home.
During the "Flu" epidemic of 1917, he worked day and night. He was pleased that he did
not lose a single patient during the epidemic. He had one of the first telephones in the county. He dispensed most of his medicine himself since it was such a hard trip to go to Sevierville to Lawson's Drugstore. In the winter the roads were almost impassable.
In case a patient required surgery, a group of doctors, Dr. Massey, Dr. Rogers, Dr. Flannagan and Dr. Delozier, were called in The operation usually took place on the dining room table. This was a big event for the entire community.
Dr. Yarberry was always interested in politics. He served many years as Justice of the Peace for his district. He was a leader in the affairs of the community.
Dr. Yarberry died July 19, 1922, and is buried in the Cemetery at Jones Chapel Church.
Information furnished by Mrs. Ruth Yarberry Williams
Dr. Otha Horace Yarberry, Sr. (1895 - 1978)
Dr. Otha Horace Yarberry, Sr., was born Jan. 15,1895, in Sevier County, Tn. He was the son of Dr. J. L. and Martha Ann Yarberry. His early education was received from the Sevier County elementary schools and Murphy Collegiate Institute. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Lincoln Memorial University, he entered the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis and graduated in 1921. He was honored with a special award for the highest scholarship for his four years of study at the University.
Dr. Yarberry came back to Sevier County and set up his medical practice where his father, Dr. J. L. Yarberry, had practiced before him. He took his internship at Knoxville General Hospital. Post-graduate work was done at Vanderbilt University where he studied surgery under the famous Dr. Barney Brooks, Chief of Surgery. He also studied at the New Orleans Postgraduate Medical Assembly, and at Harvard Medical University.
Dr. Yarberry and Stella Henderson were married in 1924. They had one son, Dr. Otha Horace Yarberry, Jr., who also graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis, and is now an anesthesiologist at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital in Knoxville.
In 1945, Dr. Yarberry built a hospital on Cedar Street in Sevierville, where he worked until his retirement. He lived during the era of house calls, and he was ready, day or night, in any kind of weather, to go to the aid of any patient who needed him even though he, at times, had to ride a mule or walk. His greatest interest lay in the care and treatment of those who were ill. His personality was such that he inspired trust and confidence in those he treated. He could always spare the time to talk about things of interest to his patients other than their health. He was truly a "family doctor."
Dr. Yarberry was a stockholder and director of the Sevier County Bank for many years. He gave his best thought, service, and knowledge of local people and economic conditions to the bank.
After Dr. Yarberry's retirement, the Hospital was acquired by Sevier County, renovated and it now houses the Sevier County Public Health Department and other agencies related to Health Care. It is now called the "Yarberry Memorial Building" and stands as a fitting and [document stops here.]