Dr. Charles L. Frost – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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charlesDr. Charles L. Frost, 79, of Bolivar, TN, died Sept. 13, 2013 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital following a brief illness.
Dr. Frost was born July 26, 1934, the son of Max Henning Frost and Evelyn Nelms Frost. He was a graduate of Bolivar Central High School. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and Memphis State University before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He did his residency at John Gaston Hospital and the Shelby County Penal Farm. He established a medical practice in Bolivar with the Medical Arts Clinic in 1960 where he served as a family practioner until his death. He also served as Hardeman County Medical Examiner for several years and was Medical Director for Bolivar General Hospital Home Health and Hospice. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bolivar General Hospital which was established in 1974 and was very involved as a member of the board. Dr. Frost also served as Chief of Staff of Bolivar General Hospital on several occasions. He also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War from 1962-68.
Dr. Frost was president of the West Tennessee Consolidated Medical Assembly and served as a member of the legislative body. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Tennessee Medical Association. He was a member of the Board of Health for the Hardeman County Health Department and consultant for the American Cancer Society of Hardeman County for two years. Dr. Frost was also acting in Boy Scouting in Hardeman County for 20 years and was a charter member of the Partners in Education for the Hardeman County School District.
In 1993 Dr. Frost was elected mayor of the City of Bolivar and served 12 years in that position. Prior to being elected mayor, he served on the Bolivar City Council from 1981-1993. As a council member, he served as vice mayor and as chairman of the Utility Board from 1985-1992.
Dr. Frost was a member of Bolivar First Baptist Church and served on the board for the First Baptist Church Day Care for 10 years. He returned to Bolivar to resume his medical practice after and honorable discharge.
Dr. Frost is survived by his wife, Leatha Doles Frost of Bolivar; three sons, Charles Lindsey Frost and his wife, Cynthia of Bolivar, Loren Bonds Frost of Nashville, and Brian Frost of Atlanta, GA; one daughter, Charlotte Ann Frost of Bolivar; seven grandchildren, Brittany Collins of Jackson, Braxdon Frost of Bolivar, Kayla Breeden of Murfreesboro, TN and Remington Breeden of Bolivar, Brennan, Alden and Garrick Frost of Nashville; two great grandchildren, Whitley and Madlyn; his brothers and sister, Robert Frost and wife, Linda, of Nashville, Bernard and wife, Patricia, of Hickory Valley, Henry Frost and wife, Nancy, of Bolivar, Tony Frost and wife, Sheila of North Carolina, Danny Frost of Bolivar, and Maxine Frost Johnson and husband, Frank, of Texas and his longtime, faithful and loyal friend and co-worker, Frances Baker.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Frost was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Diane Frost of Bolivar and Nancy Frost Hartley of Mobile, Al, one brother, Terry Frost of Bolivar and an infant daughter in 1963.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, First Baptist Church of Bolivar Youth and Children’s Ministry, Hardeman County Arts Council and Bolivar-Hardeman County Library.

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