ELON - Dr. George Wallace Kernodle, 92, of Elon, died Feb. 1, 2013 at his son's home in Burlington, N.C. He was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Alamance County, the son of the late Dr. Charles Edward Kernodle and Bertha Barker Kernodle.
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Dr. Kernodle received a BS degree from Elon College, where he served as President of his class. He received his M.D. degree from Duke University Medical Center, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), a national medical honor society. Following a year of internship in pediatrics at Duke Hospital, he served a year of residency at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, then returned to Duke as co-chief resident in the pediatric department. He presented a review of patients treated for lye poisoning to the American Medical Association in 1947. His published work and presentation received a letter of commendation from the U.S. Department of Health.
He entered solo pediatric practice in October 1947. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is believed to be the first Board Certified Specialist Physician in Alamance County. He was a member of the Alamance-Caswell County Medical Society, N.C. Medical Society, N.C. Pediatric Society, Southern Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He served as Chairman of Pediatrics for Alamance County Hospital.
Dr. Kernodle served as a captain in the Air Force from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.
Dr. Kernodle was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher. Dr. Kernodle was a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Development Center and the ARC. Dr. Kernodle was a member of the Burlington PTA Council and received an award of lifetime membership. Dr. Kernodle volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic, which was sponsored by the Women's League and the Alamance Public Health Department. Dr. Kernodle was interested in the Boy Scout Organization and spent many summer Sunday afternoons at Camp Cherokee Boy Scout camp, examining incoming scouts for possible communicable diseases and general health.
Dr. Kernodle retired from active pediatric practice in 1995 at age 76 after 47 years of practice. He became a volunteer at Alamance Regional Medical Center, where he served for several years. He enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening and Duke sports.
Dr. Kernodle was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, May Craigge Jones Kernodle.
He is succeeded by his sons, Dr. G. Wallace Kernodle Jr. and wife Laura of Burlington, Dr. Douglas S. Kernodle and wife Sherry of Brentwood, Tenn., Richard Neil Kernodle, MA, and wife Paulette of Burlington; daughter, Elizabeth Kernodle Hussey, PharmD and husband Brad of Chapel Hill; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Rebecca Dodson and husband Richard of Burlington; brothers, Dr. Charles E. Kernodle Jr. and Dr. Donald R. Kernodle and wife Lucy, all of Burlington, and sister-in-law, Peggy D. Kernodle.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Winifred Kernodle; and two brothers, Dr. Harold B. Kernodle and Dr. Dwight T. Kernodle of Burlington.
The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, N.C. at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington. At other times, the family will receive friends at the son's residence at 807 Warwick Court, Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215 or Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 202, Burlington, NC 27216-0202.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2013