James AVERY

Obituary

AVERY, James Kelley Born January 16, 1926 in Alamo, TN to the late Judge John Buchanan Avery, Sr. and Josie Kelley Avery. Died at age 85 on March 3, 2011 in Nashville, TN after a brief illness. Known by family and friends as Kelley. He attended Baylor University in 1943-44. He transferred to Southern Methodist University in 1944-45 to enroll in the Naval program for Pre-Med training. While attending SMU Kelley was selected to the All Southwest Conference Basketball team. He then attended The University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, graduating in 1948. He served his internship at The John Gaston Hospital in Memphis in 1949. Following his internship, Kelley served in the United States Navy before establishing his general medical practice in Union City, TN. He practiced medicine in Union City from 1951 until 1982, and was a member of the American Board of Family Medicine and a Charter Member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. He served as President of the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) in 1976 and during his service with the TMA, he also served as a charter member of the Board of Directors of State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC). His work with SVMIC led him in 1986 to begin writing a monthly article for the Tennessee Medical Association Journal, which he continued writing until his death. Spending more and more time in Nashville working with the TMA and SVMIC, Kelley retired from his practice in Union City in 1982 and moved to Nashville. He continued his involvement with SVMIC and served as Associate Director of Medical Affairs of St. Thomas Hospital from 1986-1993, before leaving to serve as Chief Medical Officer for OrNda Healthcorp from 1993-1997. He served as Chairman of Physicians Community Health, LLC, from 1995 until 2001. Kelley also served as the physician member of the Tennessee Hospital Association, as a member of the Health Facilities Commission, and as a member of the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Academy of Family Practice, the Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Medical Association, and The Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Kelley was active in his church. He was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1981. He served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Union City, Tennessee and as a non-stipendiary priest for the Diocese of Tennessee. Kelley loved people and it showed in his practice of medicine, his service to the church, and in his involvement with many professional boards and charitable organizations too numerous to mention. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Handley Avery and children, Pamela Avery Murphy (Jesse B.) of Samburg, TN, James Kelley Avery, Jr. (Glenda) of Bartlett, TN, John Buchanan Avery III (Sarah), Sandy Nevada Walton, Karen Leigh Moore, and Carolyn Louisa Hannon (John), all of Nashville, TN, and Robert Carl Camp (Parker) of Colorado Springs, CO; and nine grandchildren, James Kelley (Jake) Avery III (Augusta), Jessica Avery Murphy, Kelley Jo Murphy, Nathan William Martin, Taylor Craig Martin, Austin Graham Martin (Ashley), Christopher Robert Camp, Madison Lee Moore, Avery Callie Hannon and one great- grandchild, Ashtin Craig Martin. Kelley was preceded in death by his brother, John Buchanan Avery, Jr. and his sister, Sara Avery Emison, both of Alamo, TN. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 1-2 p.m., at St. David's Episcopal Church, 6501 Pennywell Drive, Nashville, TN 37205. Choral Eucharist in the nave will begin at 2 p.m. (with interment of ashes in the Columbarium to follow). Memorials may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church. MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS, (615) 327-1111.
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Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 6, 2011
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