Highland Presbyterian Church
2380 Cloverdale Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
Apr 21, 1924 - Jan 10, 2015
Dr. Eugene B. Linton died January 10, 2015 at his home. Dr. Linton was born to William A. Linton and Charlotte B. Linton on the Presbyterian mission field in Kunsan, Korea on April 21, 1924. He was homeschooled during his early years in Korea. When on furlough, his family lived in Thomasville, Georgia where he graduated from high school. Dr. Linton attended Davidson College and graduated in 1947.
A veteran of World War II, he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was imprisoned by the Germans until the end of the war. He married Anne Ligon Linton of Columbia Tennessee in 1947. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1951. He served as an intern in Wilmington, North Carolina and moved to Alta Vista Virginia in 1952 where he was a general practitioner. In 1956 he moved with his wife Anne and three children to Winston-Salem to begin residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. On completion of his training in 1959, the Lintons moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where Dr. Linton started practice at the Acuff Clinic. In1962 the family returned to Winston-Salem where he joined the faculty at Bowman Gray. After a successful teaching career he left the medical school to start Lyndhurst Gynecological Associates in 1970. Thanks to his leadership and legacy, Lyndhurst is the longest standing private medical practice in the state of North Carolina.
After the death of his first wife, he married Betty Jo Harrell of Winston-Salem. In 1977, Dr. Linton took over as Chairman of OB-GYN at the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital in Knoxville. The couple returned to Winston-Salem in 1984 and Dr. Linton rejoined Lyndhurst Gynecological Associates. Dr. Linton retired from practice in 1994 and moved to Arbor Acres in 2011. He was a long time member of Highland Presbyterian Church, having served the church as a ruling elder since 1956.
Dr. Linton is survived by his three children, Rev. Eugene B. Linton, Jr. and his wife Deb, of Walnut, NC, Dr. Jane L. Thilo of Bellevue, WA, and Charlotte L. Berliner and her husband Ernest, of Asheboro, NC; six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Christian Friends of Korea at 129 Center Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711. http://www.cfk.org or Wellspring, c/o James Linton, 82 Walker Cove Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711. http://wellspringkorea.org/us/. Both of these non-profit organizations are serving the poor of North Korea and were dear to his heart.
Dear Evan and family,
I was very sorry to just recently learn of the passing of your dear grandfather and father, too late to attend the service. I wish I could have been there, Dr Linton was my mentor and teacher. I worked with him as an OBG resident at Forsyth Hospital for four years and then worked at Lyndhurst for my first year out of residency. During this time he mentored me and taught me everything he knew about gyn surgery and that was invaluable training for me, being new to the field. I remain always grateful to him for taking a lot of extra time to teach and thoroughly explain why he did things the way he did. He was a dedicated physician, master surgeon and teacher. Please know that I am continuing to teach his hysterectomy methods to my own residents and always let them know about Dr Linton and that this is his technique that I am passing on. After I left Lyndhurst I tried many other ways but always ended up coming back to his technique as it made the most sense and was the safest way.
He led a long life of service and touched many of us along the way.
Bob and Susan Zammit
We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Linton. He was a long time friend and a great hunting buddy. We hold lots of memories from Forsyth Memorial Hospital. He was truly a great man, wonderful physician and dedicated husband and father. He will be missed by many. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Jane, Gene and Charlotte, I am so sorry for your loss, but am so grateful that I had the opportunity to sit and listen to him and Aunt Betty reminisce when I was in Black Mountain just a few months ago. It was really something --. I know you will really miss your Dad and I will be keeping you and your familys in my prayers.
I was a patient of your father he was
a wonderful doctor and a very special
person. May God Bless Each One of You.
Brenda Brewer (aka McBride)
I am saddened to learn of "My Hero's" passing.
He was a gentle, kind, compassionate human being who dared to make a difference. I had the privilege of working with/for him at Lyndhurst Gynecological Associates from 1970-1979. He was a strong advocate for patient education, during a time when others were not supportive.
He served as mentor, counselor and friend.
I shall remain humbly grateful for having known him.
My thoughts are with you.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Linton in person, but he must have been a remarkable man, given what I know of his daughter Jane. My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
What a privilege to have known your Dad! He and Betty Jo were our neighbors and best friends. My heart felt sympathy to each of you. Love, Martha Williamson
Gayle Patterson Cook
Had the pleasure to know Dr. Linton through work in the ED at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. My condolences to his family.
Sandy (King) Garrett
Dear Charlotte & the Berliner's, Gene & Deb, Jane & the rest of the dear Family... I so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Linton. He was a kind, sweet man. He left behind a great legacy in his offspring. May you all be comforted in the fact that you will be with him again one day. He will surely have a mansion on the hilltop with many rooms! Praying that your special memories of him will serve as a lasting comfort.
"Echos of their laughs bounce off memories and roll to the feet of God."
Scott and Elaine Bauer
So sorry. Dr. Linton was a good man and we feel blessed to have known him. Our prayers go out to the entire family. Scott and Elaine
Gene, Jane, and Charlotte I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father as a great man and he could be very proud of his children. Unfortunately, I am in DC for a job interview or I would be there for the funeral. God bless
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Linton. He was such a kind and gentle person. I am grateful that I had the privilege of working with him at Lyndhurst Gynecologic the last 4 years that he was there and always looked forward to his and Betty Joes visits. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.