(Editor’s note: The following is the eulogy given at the funeral service of Dr. James A Bedingfield by Cathy Cain Atkins. Dr. Bedingfield is considered a legend in Appling for his care of many.)
Born in 1921, James A. Bedingfield was raised in Cadwell, GA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to earn his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. He served in the Army as a doctor for two years before coming to Appling County to open his practice in 1948. He was the father of five children: Kay, Andy, Amy, Barbara and Drew. He also had eleven grandchildren. He was very proud of all of them and kept numerous pictures of them on and above the cluttered desk in his office.
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