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Obituaries: Benevolent surgeon Jimmy Kee dies at 61

JACKSON, TENN — Dr. Jimmy W. Kee found his greatest rewards in “putting smiles on kids who were born without a smile,” a fellow physician told The Jackson Sun.Kee, a prominent plastic surgeon and missions deacon for the North Jackson church, died May 11 after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was 61.Known for praying with his patients before surgery, Kee founded The Plastic Surgery Clinic in 1980. He later served as chief of staff for the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Kee’s passion was correcting congenital deformities in children,including cleft palates. In 1992 he launched the Clinic for Cranial andFacial Anomalies, a charitable program. He participated in medicalmission trips to Honduras with his church and performed free surgeries.
“There’s no telling how much good he did in his medical practice and inthe community,” minister David Powell told the newspaper.
Kee served on the board of Jackson Christian School for 25 years, andthe school closed for one day in his honor. Kee’s wife, Lisa, was ateacher at the school and preceded him in death in February.
Survivors include two sons, two daughter and two grandchildren.

Alma Biggs
Alma Dukes Biggs, 97, died May 22. A longtime resident of Sheffield, Ala., she was one of the first employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority and later wrote inspirational books. She was instrumental in the restoration of the Larimore House on the campus of Mars Hill Bible School. She was a member of the Annapolis Avenue Church of Christ in Sheffield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland, a grandson and two granddaughters. Survivors include three sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Nell Moore
Nell Moore, 100, died March 31 in Rogers, Ark. She worked as a secretary for several businesses in Rogers, where she lived for 60 years. She was a longtime member of the Downtown Church of Christ in Rogers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, T.C. Moore. The couple had two sons, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bob Neil
Robert Gill Neil Sr., 96, died May 17. He was known as “Brother Bob” by the campus community at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., where he played collegiate baseball and basketball in the 1920s. He was a high school principal and worked with the school system in Nashville before retiring in 1975.
He created the Golden Circle Reunion for Lipscomb and is credited by school officials with “leading a new era of alumni involvement.” Survivors include a daughter, a son, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Dean Patrick
Dean Patrick, 70, died May 26 in Rock Hill, Mo. He worked as a consulting engineer and worshipped with the McKnight Road Church of Christ, St. Louis, where he served as an elder for 25 years. He also was as trustee of Christian Family Services for 25 years. Survivors include his wife Janet, a daughter, a son, four grandsons and a sister.
H.S. Whittington

H.S. “Whit” Whittington, 83, died March 3 in Texas. He was a minister for the deaf for more than 40 years, serving churches in Texas, North Carolina, Alabama and the West African nation of Ghana. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sunny.
July 1, 2006

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