WILLIAM SOL SHEILS SR. MD
(Nov 04, 2012)
WILLIAM SOL SHEILS SR., MD, 77, of Huntington, died on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was born June 17, 1935, in Huntington, W.Va., the son of the late Raymond Taylor and Mary Alice Sheils. He was a founder and past president of Huntington Internal Medicine Group, where he served with distinction as a cardiologist until his retirement in 1997. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, where he was an active and dedicated member for more than 40 years. Dr. Allen Reasons, senior minister and treasured friend, will officiate. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of more than 56 years, Barbara Wells Sheils, and their five children, William Jr., MD (Debbie), Douglas (Bridget), Geoffrey (Melinda), Susan (Sean Gatewood) and David (Julie). He is also survived by his identical twin brother, John P. Sheils, MD (Carolyn), of Miami, Fla. He was a proud and adoring grandfather to 14 grandchildren; Sarah Hastings (Hilton), Allison Kays (Adam), Jordan Sheils, Katie Sheils, Henry Sheils, Sam Sheils, Maddie Sheils, Natalie Sheils, Hunter Gatewood, Grant Gatewood, Laura Gatewood, Anna Sheils, Will Sheils and Joseph Sheils; as well as a great-grandfather to four great-grandchildren, Benjamin Hastings, Jacob Hastings, Eliza Kays and Owen Kays. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marshall College in 1957 and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1960. After an internship in Springfield, Ohio, and residencies in internal medicine at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Indiana University, he returned to Huntington to practice medicine, where he served on the medical staffs of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in a variety of leadership positions for more than 30 years. Board certified by the American College of Internal Medicine, he was a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine and was a Fellow in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. As a long-time team physician for the Marshall University Athletic Department, he was inducted into the MU Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2007. He also served as a physician and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, based in Fort Knox, Ky., during the Vietnam War. Entombment will take place at Woodmere Cemetery immediately following funeral services. Pallbearers will be Charles Turner, MD, Earl Heiner Jr., John Mandt Sr., Jack Sheppe, MD, Dev Rellan, MD, and Bernard Queen. Visitation will take place from 5 until 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Beard Mortuary. The Sheils family would like to thank Hospice of Huntington employees Vicky Crook, Mickey Newsome, Connie Jefferies, John Smith and Margy Copley, as well as the nurses, physicians, administration and staff of the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, for their remarkable compassion and the outstanding care they provided Dr. Sheils. In lieu of flowers, the family requests condolences be directed to Hospice of Huntington.