|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1965, USA|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 2005|
A beautiful person in every sense, always going out of her way to be sure nothing was overlooked in the care of her patients. She loved to talk about her beautiful son and daughter and always had pictures at the ready. She was one of the most genuine persons I ever met, with vast knowledge and experience for her young years. She devoted herself to family, community and those less fortunate. She balanced efficiency and professionalism with kindness and an eye to what her patients needed, taking the time and thought most would not. You could not be around her without realizing her life was a ministry of yes, medicine, but also love and humor and empathy all of which were just a natural part of her like breathing.
I still cannot believe you are gone.
The world misses you...I miss you.
Dr. Jimmie Denise Clark, the first black president of Alabama's chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, died at her home in Tuscaloosa. She was 39.
Clark, who had suffered from breast cancer, died Thursday.
She earned her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine and finished her family medicine residency training at the Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency Program. She was active in the Governor's Black Belt Action Commission and the Emergency Response Commission on the Health Care Crisis in Alabama.
Services will be held Tuesday at Bailey Tabernacle in Tuscaloosa.
Clark is survived by her husband, Curtis Travis, and children Ava and Justin.
Copyright (c) 2005 The Sun Herald
By Carla Jean Whitley
Published: Friday, June 17, 2005
TUSCALOOSA | Those who knew Dr. Jimmie Clark said that she had a way with her patients -- even the children.
Dr. Cindy Dedmon, Clark's partner at Tuscaloosa Family Practice & Obstetrics, said children who ordinarily would enter a doctor's office screaming would greet Clark with a hug.
Clark died Thursday morning after a yearlong battle with breast cancer. She was 39 years old. Her funeral will be at noon Tuesday at Bailey Tabernacle.
"She was ready to go to her father," Dedmon said. "She knew that God had a plan."
Clark, who was the first black president of the Alabama chapter of American Academy of Family Physicians, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2004. Dedmon said Clark insisted on working even as she underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiation treatment.
The cancer went into remission, but in early May doctors discovered that the cancer had spread to her liver.
Dedmon met Clark in 1992 during Clark's residency. Dedmon was Clark's attending physician and instructor for three years, and they went into practice together in 1996.
"Dealing with the illness wasn't hard, because as a doctor I was treating her," said Dedmon, who was Clark's physician in the final weeks of her life.
"Now that she's gone, I don't know what I'm going to do. She was not only my partner, she was my friend," Dedmon said. "She was my sister. She was a very big part of my life."
Clark's husband, Curtis Travis, a field director for the Alabama Education Association, was at her bedside during the final days. Her children, Ava, 6, and Justin, 3, remained close by her as well.
Susan Clements, a patient and longtime friend of Clark's, said she has seen Clark's personality reflected in the children.
"Ava has the same beautiful, outgoing personality [as Clark]. Her face lights up when you talk to her," Clements said. "Justin is just real sensitive like his mom. If anyone is hurting or upset, he wants to go help."
Clark also was a source of comfort not only to patients and family, but to medical students as well.
Tracey Miles was a student when Clark was a resident, and the two became best friends.
"We had all been kind of hoping for a miracle," said Miles, who practices family medicine at Fort Benning in Georgia. "I certainly realize that Jimmie herself was a miracle."
Miles said she has used Clark's career as a pattern for her own.
"You can get a lot of competent physicians, but it's hard to find somebody who is truly, truly compassionate," Miles said. "I try to do that based on her example."
Miles compared Clark's battle with cancer to the biblical account of Job, a man who lost everything but maintained faith in God.
"She accepted it. She said, 'I'm going to fight this. By the grace of God I'll get through it,' " Miles said. "She didn't give up her faith … It's amazing how she helped us cope with her illness through her faith."
Dr. Jimmie D. Clark-Travis
Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 20, 2005 at 11:00 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA | Dr. Jimmie D. Clark-Travis, age 39, of 620 Hay Market Lane, died June 16, 2005 at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Services will be held Tuesday, June 21st, 2005 at 12 noon at First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa. Rev. W.C. Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in the Travis Family Cemetery, Sawyerville, Ala. with Rollins' Mortuary directing. She will lie in state at the church one hour prior to funeral time. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Jimmie Clark-Travis Children's Trust at Compass Bank.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Curtis L. Travis of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; daughter, Ava Michelle Travis -6 years- of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; son, Justin William Travis -3 years- of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; sisters, Delois Winters of Jackson, Miss. and Sandra Clark of Riverdale, Ga.; brothers, Eddie L. Winters (Katherine) of Jackson, Miss., Curtis Winters (Tracey) of Atlanta, Ga., and Renwick Clark of Jackson, Miss.; mother, Bobbie Jean Harmon Clark of Jackson, Miss.; father, Jimmy Frank Clark of Oakdale, Calif.; mother-in-law, Anna Travis of Sawyerville, Ala.; father-in-law, John Travis of Sawyerville, Ala.; and other relatives and numerous friends.
Dr. Clark graduated from Brown University Medical School in May 1992. She did her three years of residency at the University of Alabama - College of Community Health Services Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency Program, graduating in June 1995. She received her MPH degree in June 1997 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a partner in Tuscaloosa Family Practice until her death. She was current president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was a member of the Alabama Practice Rural Health Board (appointed by then-Governor Don Siegelman), October 2002-present; West Alabama Branch Representative to the Alabama Chapter Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians, 1998-present; secretary for the Emergency Response Commission to the Healthcare Crisis of Alabama, 2004-present; chair-elect to the Alabama Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, 2004-present; Member of the Commission of Public Health, American Academy of Family Physicians, December 2001-present; member of the Healthcare Subcommittee of the Black Belt Action Commission, 2005-present; vice-chair of the Family Medicine Department, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 2004-present; member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, DCH Regional Medical Center, 2004-present; president of the West Alabama Family Practice Association, 1997-present; member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and member of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.
Pallbearers will be Willie Franklin, Waymon Benofield, Stan Pate, Holley Midgley, Senator Bobby Singleton, and Dr. Pedro Lopez.
Honorary pallbearers are Miles Allen, Dr. Cindy Dedmon, Dr. Beverly Joseph, Barbara Gibson, Hazel Hackett, DCH physicians, DCH nurses and staff, 6-North staff, Tuscaloosa Family Practice staff, Hackett Sunday School Class at Bailey Tabernacle CME Church, patients and friends.
Soror Jimmie Denise Clark Travis, a noted and beloved physician in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on June 16, 2005 at her home while surrounded by family and loved ones. Soror Clark was born in Jackson, Mississippi on July 10, 1965, the youngest child of Jimmy and Bobbie Clark. She was educated in the public schools of Jackson, and received a BS degree Magna Cum laude in Chemistry from Tougaloo College. She attended medical school at Brown University and received the MPH degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Soror Jimmie was initiated at Gamma Omicron Chapter at Tougaloo College in 1984. At the time of her death, she was serving as the first black president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was a member of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church and served on the boards of many medical and professional organizations. Soror Jimmie is survived by her husband Curtis, a daughter, Ava, age 6 and a son, Justin, age 3, her parents, four brothers and three sisters and other relatives and friends. Known for her angelic smile, her faith in Christ that she shared often, and her genuine caring for her patients, Soror Jimmie will be sorely missed in the Tuscaloosa community.
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Record added: Nov 30, 2009
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