Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 22, 2013

Remembering Dr. Parrott

-- — Not many communities have the great good fortune to have citizens in their midst who are willing to give of themselves simply because it's the right thing to do.

Today, as Dr. Jesse Parrott is laid to rest in a private family ceremony, let's all take a moment to pause and reflect on the loss of a man who we can only hope will long inspire others to follow his example.

First and foremost, Dr. Parrott was a family man, dedicated to his wife of 58 years, his sons, and his grandchildren. Despite being a very busy physician, he served his beloved community of Hahira twice as mayor, served his church as a Sunday School teacher, served in numerous community organizations, and was always willing to lend a hand whenever and wherever needed. What else would one expect, though, from a member of the Greatest Generation, the men who served their country in World War II. Dr. Parrott was a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre during the war.

Being a physician was a blessing to him. When retelling stories about delivering thousands of children, and helping those with serious illnesses and issues, he took pride in his ability to help. Dr. Parrott didn't complain about money. He didn't complain about fairness. He didn't find the need to compete with other physicians.

For him, there would always be more illness than he could cure in his lifetime and plenty of room for others willing to practice. His was what many today consider an old-fashioned mindset, but it's one sorely lacking in today's world.

Rest in peace, Dr. Parrott, and know that you leave to mourn you a wonderful wife and family, numerous former patients, and both a community and a world that is the better for you having been a part of it.

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