PORTAGEVILLE -- Dr. James Dewey Grable passed away at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2007, after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 24, 1927, to Clyde Thomas and Norma Hammock Grable, in Quitman, Ark. The oldest of four brothers, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Herbert C. Grable and Jack I. Grable. He is survived by his youngest brother, Kenneth N. Grable of Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Grable's primary education was from Little Rock Arkansas Public School System. His premedical education was at Little Rock Junior College, now known as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine on June 3, 1950. He served in the military in the U.S. Army Medical Corps 1950-1953, serving in the Korean Conflict in 1951 and 1952. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 4924.
On Feb. 25, 1950, he married Virginia Lee White, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his four children, Thelma Ann Ashbrand and husband Mike of Middleton, Tenn., Martha Kaye Grable of Nashville, James Dewey Grable, Jr. and wife Patty of Hopkinsville, Ky. and Thomas Monroe Grable of Memphis, Tenn. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Chris Ashbrand and wife Heather of Memphis, Amanda Lucretia Cagle and husband Daniel of Gallaway, Tenn., Bradley Austin Grable of Hopkinsville, Timothy Carlton Ashbrand of Lakeland, Tenn., Matthew Shelby Grable of Cape Girardeau, Carey Alan Grable of Hopkinsville and Jamie LeeAnn Vickers and husband Ryan of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., as well as one great-grandson, Parker Reed Ashbrand of Memphis.
He is survived by his wife, Lorene Hoxworth Holland Grable whom he married on Nov. 29, 1980.
Dr. Grable was a well-known practicing physician for over 55 years, with 30 years in Family Practice in Portageville. He was medical director of Doctors' Park Surgery in Cape Girardeau for 18 years. He was currently a practicing physician at A Woman's Life Clinic in Cape Girardeau.
His professional affiliations include the Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society, Missouri State Medical Association, American Medical Association and The American Academy of Family Physicians.
As a 32 degree Freemason, he was a member of Odom Lodge No. 671 in Portageville, Point Pleasant Lodge No. 176 in Conran, Centennial Chapter No. 141, Royal Arch Masons in Portageville, El Camino Counsel No. 52 Cryptic Masons in Sikeston, Cape Girardeau Command No. 55, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry in St. Louis, Order of Eastern Star in Portageville, Chapter No. 286, Sword of Bunker Hill and Andrew Jackson Order No. 43 in Jackson.
Dr. Grable was a charter member of La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. His genuine concern and love for others leaves a legacy for a host of family, friends and colleagues.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel, with Masonic Services conducted by St. Marks Masonic Lodge at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at La Croix United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Watts officiating, with a graveside service at 4 p.m. at the Portageville Cemetery in Portageville.
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The family requests memorials be made to:
La Croix United Methodist Church Building Fund 3102 Lexington Ave. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
First United Methodist Church 110 East Fifth Street Portageville, MO 63873