Dr. Charles Robert "Bob" Hand, a native of New Orleans and former resident of Philadelphia, Miss., was born June 7, 1939, and passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his home on Grand Isle.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at First Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Miss. A memorial service will be held on Grand Isle at a later date.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jackie Allen Hand, of Grand Isle, and their sons, David Hand and wife, Jennifer, of Nashville, Tenn., and John Hand, and wife, Shawndell; granddaughters, Mary Blake, MacKenzie, and Lilla, of Atlanta, Ga., and their sons, David Kinnard, and wife, Kimberlee, and grandson, Calvin, of Greer, S.C., Roger Kinnard, and wife, Brooke, and grandsons, Garrett, Ben, and Marshall, of Pensacola, Fla., and Shand Kinnard, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Bob's twin brother, William "Bill" L. Hand and wife, Evie, of Jackson, Miss., and family.
Bob was a beloved husband, skilled surgeon, gifted musician, avid hunter and angler, decorated war veteran, father, and grandfather. While born in New Orleans, Bob grew up in Philadelphia, Miss. He played first chair trumpet for the Mississippi Lions All State Band while attending Philadelphia High School, which qualified for and won the international marching band competition in 1955. He also played high school football at Philadelphia High and was voted "most handsome" of his 1957 senior class. Bob attended Ole Miss and played trumpet for the "Pride of the South," the Ole Miss marching band during his freshman year in 1958. He went on to play in various jazz bands, traveling around the South for performances at clubs and college parties.
Bob went on to Tulane Medical School along with his twin brother, Bill Hand, and then completed his internship at McCleod Infirmary in Florence, S.C. He went on to pursue a residency in Orthopedics at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He then completed a hand fellowship at Vanderbilt University and once treated Chet Atkins for a hand injury. His medical training was interrupted with a tour in Vietnam in Cam Ranh Bay where he served as a captain and surgical medical officer in a M.A.S.H. unit for two years in the U.S. Air Force.
Bob spent most of his career in private practice in Monroe, where he earned his accreditation with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Bob became an avid duck hunter while in Monroe, hunting as much during the season as his career would allow. Bob was also a licensed pilot, earning his VFR license while serving in the U.S. Air Force and later his IFR rating in his 40s. Bob owned an interest in a small plane, which he used for personal travel and scouting out hunting sites. Bob moved to his fishing paradise of Grand Isle, where he supervised orthopedic residents at the Chabert Medical Center in Houma. Post Katrina, Bob practiced at the Jackson VA Hospital until 2008 before complete retirement on Grand Isle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your make memorial donations to the
Samart-Mothe Funeral Home in Cut Off is in charge of arrangements.
Samart-Mothe Funeral Home
4682 Louisiana 1 Raceland, LA 70394
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2014