William Mayfield

Dr. William C. Mayfield, Jr.


William Cato Mayfield, Jr., M.D. passed on to be with his Heavenly Father on June 6, 2014 following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 14 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Dr. Mayfield was born in Taylorsville, MS., the son of the late William Cato, Sr. and Jane Mayfield. A long time resident of Jackson, he attended Millsaps College in Jackson where he met his bride of over 40 years, Susan. He completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham, AL. He practiced general medicine briefly in Jasper, AL, and was drafted into the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, in which he served as the doctor at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Mayfield then moved to Jackson and served the community there for over thirty years. He treated thousands of patients for eye disease, and restored vision in countless people. He tirelessly served his community, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jackson Academy, and his family throughout his life. He was a deacon and and an elder at Covenant for numerous terms, and lent his beautiful baritone voice in the choir, as well as gracing the congregation with his skillful melodies on the trumpet on countless occasions. He supported various athletic and musical endeavors at Jackson Academy with his time, efforts, and talents. He was an accomplished rose gardener, and provided flowers to any who needed or wanted them. He loved the outdoors, spending many days at his timberland property in Star, MS blazing trails and identifying all of the trees and birds that he knew by heart. He particularly enjoyed playing in the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band, and loved the camaraderie that was present there. He will be remembered as a devoted physician, a dedicated husband, a loving father, a cherished grandfather, and a steadfast friend. He is survived by his son, William C. Mayfield, III, M.D. and his wife, Julie of Brentwood, TN; Nicholas D. Mayfield, M.D. and his wife, Tanya of Columbus, GA; and Alexander H. Mayfield and his wife, Jenny of Zachary, LA; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Susan. He was loved by all who met him, and will be sorely missed by his family and his community. Memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4000 Ridgewood Rd, Jackson, MS, 39211 or the Misissippi Community Symphonic Band, www.mcsb.us.


Published in Clarion Ledger from June 11 to June 13, 2014