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Dr. Garnett Jones Sweeney, Liberty, KY (1914-2011)
Dr. Garnett Jones Sweeney. Sr.
His story ended on February 9, 2011 at Casey County Hospital in Liberty, KY. His story began June 19, 1914 when he was born to Dr. William Jasper and Edna Jones Sweeney in Liberty, KY. He married Virginia Robert Bell on September 11, 1939. To this union were born Garnett Jones Jr., Barbara Sue and Donald Bell Sweeney.
"Dr. Garnett", as he was known by his patients and fellow citizens of Casey County, graduated from the University of Kentucky then from the University of Louisville College of Medicine. He did his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He returned to Liberty, KY in 1940 and went into the medical practice his father had established in 1909. After his father's death he continued to practice alone for several years until his brother, Dr George Sweeney, finished his internship and returned to Liberty to practice with him. He served Casey County and surrounding areas for 56 years and retired in 1996 when he was 82 years old.
During World War II, Dr. Garnett was one of only two physicians in Casey County. Dr Garnett also covered large areas of Taylor, Lincoln, and Pulaski Counties during that time. He not only had office hours but also made house calls on horseback, surplus U. S. Army Jeeps, and later when roads were better, by car.
Dr. Garnett was an innovative and insightful physician who, among other accomplishments, pioneered prenatal care in Casey County and the use of penicillin when it became available after World War II.He served on the Kentucky Blue Cross/Blue Shield board for many years and became the chairman of that board. He also served on the board of the Kentucky Medical Association and the Kentucky Academy of General Practice and went on to become president of both. In 1979 he was named Family Practitioner of the Year by the KMA.
Dr. Garnett was instrumental in establishing the Casey County War Memorial Hospital, which opened in November 1950.
He was active in many other groups in Casey County and served as the president of the Liberty Lions Club. He was one of a group that established and built the Hickory Hills Country Club in Liberty, he was on the Liberty school board, he served on the Liberty City Council, he was one of a group of investors who built the original Devil's Harbor Lake near Dunnville, and was an elder in First Christian Church in Liberty. In 1972 The Green River Sprite, a publication out of Columbia, Kentucky, named him "The Most Admired Person in Casey County."
Dr. Garnett is survived by Virginia, his wife of 71 years; his children, Dr. G. J. (and Shelley) Sweeney, Barbara Sue (and Larry) Griffin, Don (and Pam) Sweeney; six grandchildren, and eight great- grandchildren; his brother, Dr. George Sweeney; and several nieces, nephews.
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville RD, Liberty, KY, is in charge of services. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 13 from 12, 2011, 12pm noon ET/11amCT to 3pmET/2pmCT, at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Liberty, KY.
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