July 14, 1922 - August 3, 2018
Born in Banner Elk, NC
Resided in Maryville, TN
beloved wife of 70 years, Betty, on Friday, August 3, 2018. He was born in
Banner Elk, NC, grew up in Johnson City, TN, was an Eagle Scout, earned
his B.S. from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his M.D. from
University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He married Betty Jean
Wilkinson on September 21, 1947 in Memphis. He enlisted in the U.S. Air
Force in 1943 and served as a Captain and Flight Surgeon until 1949.
After service to our country, he and Betty moved to Maryville in 1950. After being
in general medical practice, he then took additional training in anesthesia at
Duke University. During his medical career, Dr. Isbell delivered
approximately 1,500 babies and administered anesthesia to over 39,000
people. He was a medical missionary to Algiers, Dominican Republic, Haiti,
and the Navajo Reservation.
He served twice as president of the Blount County Medical Society and Chief of the Hospital Medical Staff.
He also served on the board of directors of First Federal Savings, Overlook Mental
Health Center, Maryville College, and Maryville Housing Authority. Dr.
Isbell served as a faithful member, deacon, and elder of New Providence
Presbyterian Church. He loved God, his family, church, and community and
also enjoyed literature and philosophical discussions. He was a listener, lifelong
learner, and a caring encourager to others.
He will be missed by his wife Betty, children Jack, Kay (Terry), Jean (Hal), & Julia (Gordon),
9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and his brother Matt (Barbara).
A celebration of life will be held at New Providence Presbyterian Church,
Monday, August 27, at 3:00, followed by a reception. Memorials may be
made to New Providence Presbyterian Church or Blount Memorial Hospice.
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