William Taylor Thistlethwaite

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William Taylor Thistlethwaite

August 12, 1956 - March 05, 2019

William Taylor Thistlethwaite It is with great sadness that the family of William Taylor Thistlethwaite, M.D. announces his passing on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Mayfield, Kentucky.
Born on Aug. 12, 1956 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Dr. James Richard and Mrs. Jeane Long Thistlethwaite.
Bill was a graduate of Landon School, Washington and Lee University, and The George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Bill began his professional career in Bethesda, Maryland, joining his father's surgical practice and working at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also on staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Shady Grove Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. Later in his career, he practiced at T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow and Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield. Throughout Bill's career, he served each community and location with dignity and honor. He held positions of respect, from Chief of Trauma, Chief of Surgery to Chief of Staff.
Outside of his career, he supported various charities and institutions, such as National Rehabilitation Hospital, Choral Arts Society, Washington Animal Rescue League, Museum of Southern Decorative Arts, Ducks Unlimited, The Plaza Theatre and the Governors School of the Arts. He was a successful athlete in his youth at both the Landon School and Washington and Lee University. He continued his love and support of athletics in each community. While in D.C., he served as a basketball coach at Arch Bishop Carol High School. Moving to Glasgow, he coached the lacrosse team at Glasgow High School. Later, he would become a booster and team doctor for both Glasgow High School's and Mayfield High School's football teams. He was a respected collector and preservationist of antique firearms, southern antique furniture and fine art.
Dr. Thistlethwaite is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Jane; and his two sons, William Taylor Jr. (Rebecca), of Alexandria, Virginia, and James Clayton of Louisville. He is also survived by brother J. Richard Thistlethwaite Jr., M.D., Ph.D. (Susan), of Edwards, Colorado; sisters, Patricia Thistlethwaite, M.D., Ph.D., of La Jolla, California, and Margaret Hart, M.D. (Robert), of McLean, Virginia; and brothers-in-law, Richard Young (Cindy), of Edmonton, and Fred Young (Marla), of Edmonton.
Funeral services will be held at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and Sunday from 9 a.m. until time of service. There will be a private burial at the Young Family estate.
Published on March 11, 2019
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15 posts

Kelly Camp, JPMC Radiology
Mar 18, 2019
This family was great until the very end. Speaks volumes to me. Tells me that he was a very loved and respected, Husband, Father, Brother, physician, and friend. RIP Dr T. You will be missed
Marsha Muawwad
Mar 17, 2019
A very special man, gone too soon
Carol a Birge
Mar 17, 2019
He was a good surgeon. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Wendy Van Allen
Mar 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss. He was a very nice and funny man. Prayers for you all.
Mar 15, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to his entire family.
May his memory be a blessing to you.
Teresa Kindred
Mar 15, 2019
We loved him and love Mary Jane. He will be missed.
Billy Joe An Nancy Nunnally Shaw
Mar 15, 2019
So sorry for your lost,prayers to all of you🙏🙏
Lela Brewster
Mar 15, 2019
So sorry for your losd
Marty Lile
Mar 15, 2019
Bill was an amazing friend and great blessing to his family and community. Prayers for Mary Jane, Taylor and Clay.
steve munson
Mar 15, 2019
I wish all the best, during this time of sadness,,He was a wonderful human being and will surly be missed..prayers to the entire family..
Brenda Palmer
Mar 15, 2019
I loved Dr. T. he was a great Dr. an nice man!! So sorry for the loss of this good man an I’ve had his wife in my prayers along with the rest of family! May God be with all of you during this sad sad time in your life! He was loved by many!!
Carol Higdon
Mar 15, 2019
A wonderful surgeon that will be deeply missed at Jackson Purchase.. He was kind, compassionate and understanding. Sympathy to his family 🙏🏻
Bettye Davis
Mar 14, 2019
RIP Dr. Thislewaite. You will be sadly missed in Mayfield, KY. I loved & trusted you as a Doctor. Sometimes it takes a while to build up trust in a doctorbut the first time I met you, you made me very comfortable & treated me with respect & as if you had known me for years. Prayers for the family May GOD comfort each one of you.

Sincerely Bettye Davis
Melva Butler
Mar 14, 2019
The gentle giant!!! A wonderful Doctor and a kind personable man.
Sondra Jameson
Mar 14, 2019
He helped take care of me a few years ago. My grand son worked with him while he did his rotation at Jackson Purchase Hospital. We both felt he was a very nice Dr.