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Dr. Leroy Sherrill

October 9, 1929 ~ May 1, 2019 (age 89)

Leroy Sherrill, M.D.


Leroy Sherrill, 89, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.


Leroy was born in Big Springs, Tennessee on October 9, 1929.  He attended the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate program.  He received his medical training at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis.  He did his internship in Houston, Texas.  Leroy served his country as a captain in the United States Air Force.  After being discharged, he returned to Houston to complete his residency at the Veterans Affairs Hospital.


In Houston, Leroy met his future wife, Margaret Marshall.  They married in Houston and honeymooned in New Orleans.  For 48 years, Leroy and Margaret devoted their lives to each other.  Even with Margaret's passing, Leroy remained steadfast in his love for her.


In 1958, Dr. Sherrill began his private practice with his partner and friend, John C. Ellis, M.D.  They maintained a family practice in the Rossville area.  From house calls to delivering babies, the doctors served the community much like country doctors.  In 1967, Dr. Sherrill served as chief-of-staff of Hutcheson Memorial Hospital.


His life centered on helping others.  He was a member emeritus of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Alumni Council.  He helped doctors by coordinating with the internship program at Erlanger Medical Hospital by giving practical advice and hands-on experience in family medicine.  In 2000, Leroy and his wife established the Sherrill Scholarship Endowment Fund with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to fund up to four medical school scholarships.


Leroy was a deacon and tithing member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.  His other memberships included the Exchange Club of Rossville, Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society, AMA, and Walker, Dade and Catoosa Medical Society.


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret, by his mother and father, Jesse and Ethel (Blankeship) Sherrill, by his brother, Freeman Sherrill, by his sisters, Ruby Martin Hedrick and Willie Ruth Allmon.


He is survived by his children, Nancy Sherrill and David Sherrill; grandson, David Sherrill, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held, Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00pm in the First Presbyterian Church at 554 McCallie Ave. Chatt., TN with Dr. Chris Ehlers officiating.  Dr. Sherrill will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in the Forest Hills Cemetery.


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The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8pm in the South Crest Chapel & Crematory located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

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