ENOCH, Jack Martin, of Richmond and Kilmarnock, died Thursday, October 25, 2012. Born in 1920, the son of James L. and Helen Martin Enoch, Jack spent his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee.
After completing his education, Jack joined Massey Surgical Supply Co. in Nashville as a salesman. World War II intervened, and Jack spent 35 months in Europe serving with the 451st Bomb Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He and his unit were involved in the Normandy Invasion, the campaigns in Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, and the Battle of the Bulge. Returning to Nashville following the Armistice, Jack returned to Massey Surgical and in 1946 married Betty Gene Boyd, who was his wife for 63 years until her death in 2009. In 1950, along with childhood friend, Max Goodloe, Jack moved to Richmond and founded Richmond Surgical Supply Co. Between the two of them, Enoch and Goodloe had one car and one doctor's bag. One would spend a day calling on prospective customers, while the other stayed in the store, and then they would switch the next day. The company grew rapidly, in time expanding nationwide, and was renamed General Medical Corp. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, General Medical went on to become the No. 1 physician supplier in the country, and the second largest supplier of hospitals. In 1965, Jack sold his shares in the corporation and "retired" with his family to Kilmarnock.
The second half of Jack's life was spent as a farmer, waterman, hardware store owner, realtor, hunter, and golfer. He and his wife, Betty, lived for more than 40 years on Indian Creek in Northumberland County. Jack is survived by his three sons, Jack Enoch Jr. (Nita), Stephen, Scott (Elisa); and four grandchildren, Lee, Caroline, Remy and Wells Enoch. Jack's younger brother, James, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, also survives him. Well known for his business and bargaining skills, Jack encouraged and mentored many younger men and women embarking on careers in business. A child of the Great Depression, Jack's life serves as an example of what can be accomplished with grit, determination, and hard work.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 3, at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Historic Christ Church in Irvington, Virginia.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.