Carl Edward Sills
CUTHBERT - Dr. Carl Edward Sills, 82, of Cuthbert died peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 17, 2014 following a brief illness. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Cuthbert First Baptist Church with interment to follow in East View Cemetery. Rev. Ben Crowdis will officiate.
A well-respected and beloved doctor, Carl was born in Agricola, Mississippi in 1931. In 1958, he graduated from Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana third in his graduation class, he interned at University Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi. The following year he established his practice in Plains, GA before moving to Cuthbert for a surgical fellowship with Dr. Robert Martin. There, Carl raised his family and practiced medicine from 1962 until his retirement in 2013. He served in the Korean War as a marine where he was awarded the Purple Heart.
Dr. Sills has been a member of the Cuthbert First Baptist Church where he taught the men’s adult Sunday School Class. He was fondly called Doc by his friends, Deddy and Daddy by his children and Daddy Carl by his grandchildren. He was married to Elizabeth Hadden in 1957. An avid pilot, he enjoyed carpentry, snow skiing, water skiing and was an amateur photographer. But, mostly he was a man who fiercely loved his children and his grandchildren and where they gathered, so did he. In a crowd, Dr. Sills enjoyed talking one on one with friends. In private, he enjoyed playing cards and games with his family or sitting around the kitchen table in deep discussions with matters relating to books, careers, and life. Of the many qualities that made him a great doctor, his innate ability to listen was what made him an outstanding doctor. He was a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), Board member of Patterson Hospital, Board member of Randolph Southern School, President of the Randolph County Development Corporation, a Certified FAA Medical Examiner, former Rotarian and Lions Club member.
His parents, Carl E. Sills and Louella Sills and his brothers, Walter B. Sills and Lennis D. Sills preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Hadden Sills of Savannah, GA., his sons and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth M. and Carl E. Sills, III, Karen M. and Barry A. Sills, Lori W. and Kirk P. Sills and by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa S. and Carl Rooks. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Ellie Sills, Megan Rooks, Hunter Sills, Blake Sills and Jessica Rooks and many nieces and nephews who visited the “big house” where they enjoyed exploring and playing on the farm in the Georgia red clay.
Memorials may be made to the Cuthbert First Baptist Church at P. O. Box 274 Cuthbert, GA. 39840 or the American Cancer Society at 302 Highland Ave. Cuthbert, GA. 39840.
LUNSFORD FUNERAL HOME
CUTHBERT, GA. 229/732-2148