Dr. Richard Yeadon Wescoat, 89, died peacefully at home in Marietta, Georgia, on December 19, 2012 after a short illness.
Richard was born May 23, 1923 in Summerville, South Carolina, the son of Harriet and Julius Wescoat. He was also the grandson of Captain Julius J. Wescoat, an officer in the Confederate Army of the Southern States. At the age of 10, his mother died and he moved to Sumter, South Carolina to live with his older sister Harriet and her husband, Butch Cuttino. Richard graduated from Edmonds High School in 1940 and attended Clemson University and the Medical College of South Carolina where he graduated in 1947.
He began his medical practice as a General Practitioner in Lancaster, South Carolina in 1950. His practice was interrupted for two years when he entered the Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps and served in Korea and served as a MASH physician. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with a V for Valor.
After serving in Korea, he returned to his medical practice in Lancaster in 1953, which was the height of the “baby boom,” and he delivered more than 5,000 babies in Lancaster County along with his general practice. Richard was the first General Practitioner in Lancaster to pass his Family Practice Medical Boards and was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His practice spanned more than fifty years.
Dr. Wescoat was also active in community service where he served as a member and as past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Lancaster.. He was recognized by the state chapter of the Jaycees as “Man of the Year” for his community involvement, and was appointed to serve on the South Carolina Board of Education under Governor Richard Riley. He was very active in Christ Episcopal Church, Lancaster, serving in many capacities through the years including member in the choir, lay reader and Senior Warden. Upon retirement from private practice, Richard and his wife Lucy moved to a retirement community in Columbia, South Carolina. Continuing his community service, he was elected as president of the Resident Counsel and served for 2 years. While living in Columbia, Richard was an active member at St. David’s Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucy Gaddy Wescoat, two daughters Lu Wescoat Hill and her husband Steven of Marietta, Georgia and Harriet Jenette Williamson and her husband Jimmy of Goose Creek, South Carolina, four grandchildren, Jami Harrison Williamson of Morrisville, North Carolina, Jenifer Yeadon Williamson of Atlanta, Georgia, Stephanie Jenette Hill of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Richard Wescoat Hill of Marietta, Georgia, and two great grandchildren, Kaleb James Ridings and Jastin Kent Ridings.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Lancaster, South Carolina, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Summerville, South Carolina; or to the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta, Georgia was in charge of the arrangements. www.mayeswarddobbins.com.