Caudill, Carrell Mayo

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Carrel Mayo Caudill, M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep at Longboat Key, FL, on Jan. 1, 2006. “Doc,” as he was known to his friends and colleagues, was born in Pearisburg, VA, on Sept. 2, 1921.

He was valedictorian of Pearisburg High School and earned both undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. He completed a rotating internship at Maryland General Hospital and a surgical internship at Duke University. He also spent two years as an Army Medical Officer at the VA Hospital in Roanoke, VA. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Doc was a board-certified neurosurgeon who spent his entire 32-year career in practice in Charleston. He was a founding partner of Neurological Associates. His professional career was characterized by a dedication to providing the highest quality compassionate care to the people of southern West Virginia. He was instrumental in the hospital merger that led to the formation of Charleston Area Medical Center, where he served a term as Chief of Staff. He also served as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at WVU-Charleston Division. He was also a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and many regional, state, and local medical societies.

His family and his neurosurgical practice were Doc’s two greatest loves. He married Anne Campbell on March 25, 1944, and remained happily married for nearly 62 years. Together they raised four children. Doc had other interests, including being an avid reader and worker of crossword puzzles, an expert in fine wines, and a baseball trivia aficionado. However, he will be remembered best by hospital co-workers by his ever-present pipe and Diet Coke.

While in Charleston, he was a dedicated member of Rotary International, and he was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. After retiring in 1985, he moved to Longboat Key, FL, where he remained until his death.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Cleveland Caudill, M.D., & Mary Cornett Caudill, and by an infant brother, Walter Cleveland Caudill, Jr. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Janet Caudill Cooksey & husband, Ben, of Colleyville, TX, Lucy Caudill Tucker, M.D., of Carrollton, TX; sons, Franklin Terrell “Terry” Caudill & wife, Michela, of Baltimore, MD, James W. Caudill, M.D. & wife, Gloriann, of Charleston; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 in Pearisburg, VA. Givens Funeral Home of Pearisburg is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston with Dr. Robert Newman presiding. A reception will follow the service at the church.