|Birth: ||May 6, 1906|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1991|
Panola County residents lost a dedicated and caring physician Thursday night when Dr. Carl W. Gerardy, 84, died at Panola General Hospital. Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church of Carthage. The Rev. Earl Cantrelle will officiate, and interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Dr. Gerardy died of a lengthy illness.
Born in Norton, Kan. on May 6, 1906, he was the son of Harry H. and Myrtle Howe Gerardy. He attended high school in Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to earn his medical degree from Baylor Medical School.
Dr. Gerardy moved to Carthage from Seagraves, Texas, 43 years ago and married Marie Gray. During World War II, he served in the European Theater as a major in the U.S. Army. Returning to Carthage after the war, he set up a medical practice that continued until 1979, when a stroke forced him to retire.
Bob Gerardy said being a doctor was his father's whole life; he loved the work, and stopped only when his health forced him to do so. Offers to practice in cities other than Carthage did not tempt him because he loved the people and working in a small town. He would even make house calls from one end of the county to another, his son said, because he enjoyed providing personal service to his patients.
"His life was dedicated to his patients," Mae Nichols, a nurse who knew Dr. Gerardy for many years, said Friday. "He always had time to listen to his patients. Lots of times he wouldn't prescribe anything, just listen."
Nichols said little details of working with Dr. Gerardy immediately come to mind: his dry humor, and his teasing of the nurses; his affection for long-time patients and their families, and the nicknames he would give them; the friendship he had with the nurses and doctors he worked with; his pride and love for his family.
Dr. W.C. Smith said Dr. Gerardy was "an excellent physician, well-trained and well-liked by is patients." Both Smith and Nichols said he treated all his patients alike, regardless of race or income level.
"He gave the best care at every occasion," Dr. Smith noted.
A member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Gerardy also served on the Carthage Independent School District Board for many years.
Dr. Gerardy was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, on Feb. 18, 1979. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Becky Gerardy of Shreveport and Bob and Lou Gerardy of Carthage; one sister, Mrs. Joan Heiler of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Lori, Scott, and Shea Gerardy of Shreveport and Raine and Camille Gerardy of Carthage.
Bob Gerardy said that his father spent his last moments in the hospital he loved. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Panola General Hospital.
Published in The Panola Watchman, April 21, 1991
Herman Henry Gerardy (1869 - 1941)
Myrtie Belle Howe Gerardy (1876 - 1964)
Virginia Marie Gray Gerardy (1917 - 1979)
Nelia Carolena Gerardy Sherwood (1899 - 1979)*
Carl W. Gerardy (1906 - 1991)
Herma Jone Gerardy Heiler (1918 - 2003)*
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