Hephzibah, Ga., resident and DeKalb County native Dr. Thurman Lee Pedigo Sr., 81, died July 23 at his home.
He was born in DeKalb County on Oct. 13, 1935 and moved with his family to the Shellsford area of Warren County in 1947. He was the son of the late Wesley and Mary Elizabeth Moore Pedigo and was also preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Linda Pedigo and Albert Wayne Caviness of Warrenton, Va.
He graduated from Central High School in McMinnville in 1954 where he received the Hi Y Christian Award as a senior and was a member of the Central High School Bulldogs football team. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958. He took pre-med classes at Tennessee Technological University and attended medical school at UT Memphis, receiving his medical degree in 1964. After his internship at John Gaston Hospital, Dr. Pedigo worked with Dr. Kenneth Twilla and Dr. Jerry Puckett in Smithville prior to moving to McMinnville in 1966, where he entered into a partnership with Dr. Wallace Bigbee. The pair established McMinnville Medical Center in 1978. He later received his MBA from UT while employed at Vanderbilt after leaving his practice and moving to Nashville in 1994.
Dr. Pedigo was a member of the American Medical Association, a vice president of the Tennessee Medical Association and served on the board, and as president, of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. He was affiliated with the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians, was a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was a member of the CHEER Mental Health Association Board and a recipient of the CHEER Mental Health Bell Ringer Award. Dr. Pedigo was also a past president of the Warren County Diabetes Association.
He married his wife of 25 years, Dr. Jeanne Nelson Pedigo, on Jan. 3, 1992. In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Christopher Edwards of St. Paul, Minn.; sons and daughters-in-law Thurman Lee Jr. and Tara Pedigo of Jackson, Patrick Wesley and Carol Ann Pedigo of Murfreesboro; sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelena Pedigo and Mark Ashburn of Smithville, Virginia Pedigo and Gary Newby of Sparta; brothers and sister-in-law, Ralph Walter and RayNell Pedigo, of Murfreesboro, and Charles Wesley Pedigo Johnson of McMinnville; father and mother-in-law John and Dorothy Nelson of Arizona; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
At his request Dr. Pedigo was cremated and there will be no funeral services held in Warren County or in Hephzibah. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in his honor to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neurovascular Addition.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 6, 2017