Dr. Vernon T. Baldwin

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Dr. Vernon T. Baldwin

Funeral services for Dr. Vernon T. Baldwin, 85, of Winnsboro will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday May 11, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Winnsboro with Rev. Daniel Corkery and Rev. James Nellikunnel officiating. Interment will follow in Lone Cedar Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home Winnsboro, LA.

Dr. Baldwin died Wednesday May 9, 2012 surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in New Orleans, but was reared in Winnsboro after his family moved here when he was 5 years old. He knew that medicine was his calling early on and wrote in his Winnsboro High School yearbook that his goal in life was to be a physician. After graduating at 16 years old, he went to work on his dream and started college at Tulane University. His plans took a detour, however, when the United States entered World War II, and he left to serve in the Navy as a medical corpsman.

After returning home, Baldwin married his true love, Monnie Sharp of Winnsboro - who would remain his partner in life as well as an asset in his medical practice by helping him keep books and good relations with his patients. Baldwin would return to school after his marriage to finish his degree at Louisiana Tech and LSU Medical School in New Orleans and completed his medical residency in family medicine in Shreveport.

Dr. Baldwin delivered around 2,500 babies, many of which he has had the pleasure of caring for as they grew up and had children and even grandchildren of their own. He gave his patients a listening ear and a kind heart. After years of house calls and office visits caring for the sick in Winnsboro, Dr. Baldwin decided to further his education in 1980 and complete a residency in diagnostic radiology at LSU in New Orleans.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and the Delta Medical Society and has served a chief of staff of Franklin Medical Center many times. His service to the community extends beyond his medical practice and he has been a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a long-time member of the Winnsboro Lion's Club and with Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Baldwin a former Eagle Scout, served as Scoutmaster for Troop 53 for 10 years. He loved golf and enjoyed playing with his many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents G. R. and Elsie Borne Baldwin and one brother Richard Benjamin Baldwin.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Monnie Baldwin; 3 children and their spouses Tommy and Pam Baldwin, Ricky and Joan Baldwin and Susan and Noble Ellington all of Winnsboro, LA, grandchildren Brian Baldwin of Homer, Ben and Angela Baldwin of Minden, LA, Lauren and Chris Lundgren of Baton Rouge, Robert Baldwin of Winnsboro, Leslie and Paul Whittington of Abbeville, LA; Michael Ellington of Baton Rouge, LA; Tyler Ellington of West Monroe, LA; and Elizabeth Ellington of Baton Rouge, LA; three great-grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Baldwin; Ethan and Elle Ann Baldwin.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-laws.

Honorary pallbearers will be R. V. Arnold, Dwaine Boothe, Leo Cheek, Howard Childs, John Cuny, George Gowan, Jimmy Guice, Tommy Hatfield, Buck Hollis, Blake Kramer, James McLemore, Ray Sharp, Nick Stephens and Franklin Medical Center Staff Physicians.

Memorials may be made to the or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com

Gill First National

Funeral Home

Winnsboro, LA

Published in The News Star on May 11, 2012
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