Dr. Belton James
Dr. Belton James Workman, Jr. passed away peacefully at Somerby of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on July 2nd, 2014. He was born March 20, 1925, in Woodruff, South Carolina. Living his entire life in Woodruff, with the exception of school and military service, he and his wife, Emmie, moved to Mount Pleasant six years ago to be near their daughter, Paula. He was the only son of the late Dr. Belton James Workman, Sr. and the late Pauline Wingo Workman of Woodruff, S.C. "Dr. Bud" graduated from Woodruff High School, The Citadel class of 1946, and Medical College of South Carolina class of 1948.
Dr. Bud entered the Navy as an officer and served in the Korean War. Due to medical staffing needs, he was transferred to the Marine Corps, where he served a few miles behind the front line for one year as a Physician. After completing his service in the military, he completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, in 1956.
Following discharge and graduation, he returned to Woodruff, where he practiced medicine with his father, "Dr. Belt," at the Workman Memorial Hospital for 32 years. Dr. Bud was one of eight Workman physicians that practiced medicine in Woodruff and surrounding communities, prompting each to be referred to by their first name, such as "Dr. Bud." He was a 50-year member of the Woodruff Rotary Club, as well as numerous medical affiliations. He has finally returned home to his town of Woodruff and its beloved people.
Dr. Bud was predeceased by his parents; step mother, Kathryn Bruton Workman; sisters, Elizabeth Workman Maxwell, Margaret Workman Hudson, and the Honorable Katherine Anne Workman.
Dr. Bud is survived by his wife of 63 years, Emmie Jewell Workman; sons, Belton James Workman III (Sandra), of Atlanta, Georgia, Frankie Meyer Workman of Columbia, South Carolina; and daughter, Pauline Wingo Workman (Jan Harbison) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Grandchildren, Caroline Emmie Workman, YN2 (IDW) Jonathan Meyer Workman (stationed in Japan), Keri Berger (Scott), and Stacey Marshall (Chris). Great-grandchildren Evan, Leo, Jacob, Mason, and Max.
Family and friends are invited to attend a receiving on Sunday, July 6th at Forest Hills Funeral Home in Woodruff from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. A Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 7th at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Woodruff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helping Hands Ministries of Woodruff. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Somerby of Mt. Pleasant, especially assisted Living 2 and Agape Hospice.
Published in The Greenville News on July 5, 2014