Granville Tabb, MD
William Granville Tabb, Jr., M.D., 94, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012. A graveside service will be held for family members at a future date. Sebrell Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
Dr. Tabb was born to Flora Virginia Granberry Tabb and William Granville Tabb, M.D., on September 27, 1917. He grew up in Greenwood, MS, and graduated from Greenwood High School where he played the trombone in the band. He attended Mississippi State College on a band scholarship and studied engineering. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduation in 1939, he married Alice Mayes Watson of Brandon. He attended Mississippi Medical School and then went on to graduate with honors from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. He was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, and A.O.A. Honorary Medical Fraternity. After an internship at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, he served in the A.S.F.T.C. as a Captain in teaching and training combat medical personnel. After the service he re-trained at Rush Hospital in Meridian until a residency in Ophthalmology opened at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He then began private practice in Atlanta, GA. While in Atlanta, Dr. Tabb became interested in faceting gem stones, which became a lifelong love and hobby. He and Alice returned to Jackson in 1971, where he practiced Ophthalmology until his retirement. He and Alice were members of the Calliope Club and First Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Tabb is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Tabb Lambert of Ridgeland; granddaughter, Virginia Nicholas Tabb of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandson, Ward William VanSkiver and wife, Desi of Madison; Virginia Tabb VanSkiver Wallace and husband, Ben of Greenville, South Carolina; grandson, William Granville Tabb, IV and wife, Becca of Denver, Colorado; great grandchildren, William Reese VanSkiver of Madison, Emslie Nicholson Wallace, Virginia Granberry Wallace and Sara Tabb Wallace, all of Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Tabb was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Alice, his son, William Granville Tabb III, and grandson, John Wayne VanSkiver.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
Alice Mayes Watson Tabb
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