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Dr. Wayne Paris Hyatt

Dr. Wayne Paris Hyatt

January 26, 2015

Dr. Wayne Paris Hyatt died peacefully at Burns Nursing Home in Russellville, on Jan. 26, 2015, at the age of 100.

Dr. Hyatt was a staff member at HelenKellerHospital and RussellvilleHospital, where he served on the Board of Trustees.  His Russellville practice included being medical director for all three nursing homes and Franklin Apartments.  He was a physician for the RussellvilleHigh School band and football team, as well as the Boy Scouts.

Dr. Hyatt had a solo internal medicine practice in Russellville following his association with the Russellville Clinic from 1958 to 1975 and with the Medical Arts Clinic.  He retired in October 1999 at the age of 84, after limiting his practice to bariatrics in 1997.  Before moving to Russellville in February 1958, he maintained a medical practice in Marks and Hattiesburg, Miss.

His professional memberships included the American Geriatric Society, AmericanCollege of Angiology, American Bariatrics Society, American Medical Association, Alabama State Medical Association, and the Franklin County Medical Society, where he was secretary and treasurer for 20 years.

Dr. Hyatt was born near Tazewell, Tenn., on Dec. 17, 1914, and graduated from CarsonNewmanCollege in Jefferson City, Tenn., in 1939.  In 1944 he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.  After an internship at DelawareHospital in Wilmington, he completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at JohnGastonHospital in Memphis and participated in international medical studies in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, member of the Franklin County Shrine Club, and life member of the CahabaShrineTemple in Huntsville.

Dr. Hyatt was a Civitan Club member and president of the Russellville Lions Club.  He was also a charter member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Twin Pines Country Club.  He participated in school, police, and fire department projects, and many health-related drives benefiting such charities as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the March of Dimes.

His military service included duty in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps.  He was stationed at the Naval air Base, Bremerton, Wash., CampShoemaker and Stockton Naval Base in California and KaneoheBay, Oahu, Hawaii.  He was also a member of The American Legion.

He was an active member of the RussellvilleFirstUnitedMethodistChurch since 1958 and served for many years on the Administrative Board and Finance Committee.

Dr. Hyatt’s hobbies included photography, reading, golf, raising African violets, and traveling.  He had visited all 50 states and at least 35 foreign countries.

He married Louise Windham on March 2, 1946 and was father of two children.

He leaves behind a son, Wayne P. Hyatt, Jr. M.D. and wife Fran, Trussville; a daughter, Carolyn H. Samelson and husband Les, Eagle, Col.; three, grandchildren Jenna Samelson Browning and husband, Dave, Lee E. Samelson III, and Hallie W. Hyatt, and great-grandchildren Alexander W. and Bryson H. Browning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Vinnie Hyatt; his wife, Louise Windham Hyatt; his sister, Zella Hyatt Mills; and his brother, Norman Lyle Hyatt.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church Russellville, Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. in the church with entombment in Franklin Memory Mausoleum.