November 9 marks the retirement of Hopkins County physician and current County Health Authority Dr. Ichabod L. Balkcom. A party celebrating his career will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Therapy Building parking lot on the grounds of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs.
A look back at Dr. Balkcom’s years of service reveals a dedication to the practice of medicine. Balkcom was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Ike and Shirley Balkcom, who were serving in the Air Force at the time.
After his parents left the Air Force, the family made their home in Miami, Florida. After Balkcom graduated high school, the family returned to their heritage home place in Morris Station, Georgia.
Dr. Balkcom attended and graduated from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. There he met and married his wife, Deborah. Both taught school in Lee County, Georgia, until Dr. Balkcom realized and began to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
Dr. Balkcom first received his medical training in Guadalajara, Mexico. He returned to the states in 1984 and entered residency in Columbus, Georgia at Ross University School of Medicine where he earned the title of chief resident.
After completing his residency in family practice, he and his family moved to Cuthbert, Georgia, where he practiced for four years.
The family then moved to Sulphur Springs, where he had the pleasure of practicing medicine for 28 years. He has practiced medicine for a total of 34 years.
Dr. Balkcom is the proud father of Daniel and Quint and grandfather to 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters.
CHRISTUS’ CJ Duffey contributed to this report.