My heroes from the greatest generation – Gordon Hazard and Tom Braddock. So close, they even share the same birthday!
Can you stand one more retirement story? The citizenry of West Point, Miss. just keeps on sending well wishes to Dr. Tom Braddock who is closing down his medical practice after six decades of faithful service. If I didn’t know better, I’d think they were just looking for any excuse to party down.
Bill Poe, Dr. Braddock’s niece Linda Poe and husband Glenn hear a few stories about Dr. Tom from his best friend from high school – Carl Lee Nance of Ripley.
North Mississippi Medical Center hosted a city-wide reception for the doc and Miss Martha today, and I heard a dozen more stories about him to add to the hundreds he’s already told me.
Dr. B with his grandson Braddock Jones of Starkville – brought into the world prematurely. I watched his hair turn gray during the delivery.
Someone asked Dr. Tom what his patients would do now that he’s retiring.
“Well, I guess they’ll just have to get well,” he retorted. Another patient said her sister who lives in another city was appalled that she would call the doctor at home.
“I told her that’s the best place to catch him,” she explained. He never complained or felt it was an imposition when patients called at all hours day or night. He still makes house calls.
The kids he raised are now senior citizens – from left Bob Marshall, daughter Emily, Marie Portera, and Norma Atkins at right.
Frankly I grew up secretly resenting his dedication to his practice. We could never plan a vacation or even a night out. I think he missed my high school graduation because someone picked that night to have a baby. The nerve!
Now I understand. He was one of those fortunate individuals who recognized early in life his God-given mission. He never wavered from that responsibility and he loved every minute of it. How divine.
Dr. B and Martha at center are pictured with family members who came to help him celebrate a lifetime of service.