A Simple Seller
Dr. C B Skelton
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C. B. Skelton is a retired family practitioner who served for more than forty-two years in the small town of Winder, Georgia. His practice included all facets of medicine, even anesthesia. For many years, he made house calls as he watched his profession burgeon greatly in scientific accuracy, while it lost much of the trust and love manifested in the patient/doctor relationship.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1926, Charles Bryant “Red” Skelton was the tenth of twelve children born to Newton A. Skelton – the fifth by his second wife, the former Rosa L. Turner. Shortly after his third birthday, the depression took their family home and reduced them to abject poverty. They became tenant farmers and, when he was eight, Doc became a regular plow hand. He may be the only living person who actually plowed a mule on what is now the Atlanta airport.
He graduated from Russell High School in East point, Georgia at age 16, then worked his way through Mercer University, from where he was drafted at age 18 with his AB degree. The Army sent him to officer candidate school, and trained him as an infantry officer for the planned invasion of Japan. Doc feel strongly about his life might have been saved by the atomic bombs which precluded that invasion. He was then assigned in Europe as a special investigations officer for a graves registration group that located, disinterred, identified and gave proper burial to American servicemen buried in graves scattered throughout France Germany and Austria.
After completing his Army tour, he entered Emory University School of Medicine. While there, he married Nora Louisa Hart. With medical school completed in 1951, the couple moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, for an internship, and from there to Monroe, Louisiana, for a residency. The Skeltons invaded Winder in July, 1953, and completed their family of five daughters in fairly rapid order.
Slightly more than a year after Nora’s death in 1988, Doc married Mrs. “Penny” Morris, the mother of two children. Her sudden death in May, 2011, after twenty-one happy years, left him to grieve again. That problem was solved in July, 2013, when Doc married his long-term patient and friend, in a December of life wedding. As a result of these marriages, thought claims nine children/stepchildren, 23 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Doc claims the famous comedian, Red Skelton, as his “last cousin.” His own first grade report card in 1931 came out as Red Skelton because of his natural flaming coif. His humor often reflects in his, newspaper column, “Random Rants in Rhyme”, as it does in his published books, Fil-Osophy/Phool-Osophy; Dirty Laundry Don’t Take no Doctor’s Orders; A Simple Seller of Noodles; Rhyme for All Seasons, and Rock, Further Proof of God’s Sense of Humor. For three years, he appeared regularly as a storyteller and musician on the Paul and Bill Show on TV channel 34 out of Athens, Ga.
Doctor Skelton is a citizen involved in community affairs, a family man, an unabashed Christian with a conservative philosophy. He has an interest in current events, a love for telling stories and teaching life lessons. His poems are often quoted or alluded to in Barrow County churches, some out-of-state Sunday school classes, and even Army Chapel Services in Germany. He loves his work with the Gideons International helping to spread the Scriptures worldwide.