Dr. Robert Donnell Bone (10/5/1923 - 9/15/2018)

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Robert D. Bone, 94, passed away at Prestige Estates, September 15, 2018. A brief sunrise service commemorating the life of Robert Bone, M.D., is scheduled for 7am, September 29th at City Cemetery, Jacksonville. A memorial service will follow at First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, beginning at 11am with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Baskin officiating. Reception to follow.

Dr. Bone was born October 5, 1923, to Dr. John N. Bone & Gaynelle Bailey Bone in Jacksonville. Following the completion of his secondary education, Dr. Bone completed his undergraduate education at Texas A&M and Baylor Universities. Following his graduation with his undergraduate degree, he was admitted to Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he received his M.D. degree. He then completed his clinical internship at Baylor Hospital Dallas, and a two-year fellowship in Internal Medicine at LSU, New Orleans.

Following the completion of his medical education, Dr. Bone served in the US Army as Chief of Medicine, Ft. Hood, and Sendai, Japan.

In 1952, Dr. Bone and 3 partners established Medical Arts Clinic, Corsicana. He practiced medicine in Corsicana for 43 years. Dr. Bone became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was elected by his peers to serve as Governor for the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians. In 1990, he was chosen for the Laureate Award for the Texas Chapter of the ACP.

In 1945, Robert and Jenny Kathryn Spalding were married in Jacksonville. From this union were born Kathryn Ann, Gaynelle and Don Spalding Bone. In July of 1964, Dr. Bone took his family to Pucallpa, Peru, where he volunteered medical services to missionaries and native Indian tribes with Wycliffe Bible Translators at their jungle base camp.

Following his retirement from the active practice of medicine in 1995, Robert and his wife Marsha Pace Bone moved to the Emerald Bay Community in Bullard, where they continued to enjoy playing golf, traveling and participating in activities with family and friends. In addition, Dr. Bone became instrumental at Mission House in Bullard, where he volunteered on a regular basis until his health no longer permitted.

Robert was baptized as an infant at First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville. He served as an elder both in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana, and First Presbyterian Church in Tyler. Robert loved to study theology and taught Adult Sunday School for 50 years, where his Sunday School Class was legendary. Primary interests were his family and his patients. Hobbies included reading, classical music, golf, photography and travel.

Dr. Bone is preceded in death by his wife Marsha Pace Bone. He is survived by his children, Ann Parker (Dick) of Gainesville, FL, Gaynelle Newport of Keller, Donnie Bone of Denton. Also, LaDonna Allen of Tyler, Kelly Allen French (Wade) Bullard, Mark Allen (Laura) of Webster, and his sister Dr. Mary Alice Bone Adamson of Jacksonville. In addition are twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and the beloved Dinh family.

Per Dr. Bone's request, cremation arrangements have been made through Corley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler TX, 75701; Bullard Mission House, 226 S. Phillips St., Bullard, TX, 75757; or Legacy Hospice, 1901 Rickety Ln, Ste.103, Tyler, TX, 75703.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2018