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Updated on March 23, 2016

Dr. James W. Hellams, Sr.

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A Tribute To Dr. James Willams Hellams, Sr.

2010 marked the 50th year that Dr. James W. Hellams (known simply as "Doc") has given medical treatment to the folks in the Pendleton Area of South Carolina.He retired(January 2013) from working two days a week at the Anderson County Detention Center and was working at his small office at the Pendleton Fire Department three mornings a week. Doc turned 83 years old in June 2014 and due to health issues he had to close this office May 2014. He will miss going to the office and seeing his patients because he loves doctoring - that is what he does - that is who he is. Doc is most appreciative of all his patients and wishes them a healthy future.

Doc, This Is Your Life!

The Photographs and Information on this page are the property of the Hellams Family and are not to be copied in any way. Thank you.Photo Credit: This intro photograph was made as part of his being the Medical Director for the Anderson Co Sheriff's Office Detention Center

Dr. James Hellams - The Early Years

Jimmy Hellams - Doc as a boy
Jimmy Hellams - Doc as a boy

Little Jimmy Hellams

from Gray Court, South Carolina

Little Jimmy" was born in the Dials Community Route 1, Gray Court, South Carolina. He grew up in the 1930s and 1940s in this close knit community made up of mostly kinfolk. His family was very active in Dials United Methodist Church and he attended grades 1 - 11 at Gray Court-Owings School. The 12th Grade was added for the first time in 1948, therefore he had the option to go on to college rather than the 12th grade. He jokingly says that he never graduated from high school. From these early years he never envisioned being anything other than a rural family doctor. He was very encouraged by Dr. Pace who was also the doctor that delivered him. Dr. Pace had a very positive influence on Jimmy. He always talked to Jimmy about being a doctor and kind of put him under his wings.Jimmy was the fourth child in a family of five with one older brother, two older sisters, and one younger sister. He was born in the family home five miles out of Gray Court. His dad was a farmer and during the depression he had a small grocery store that sold primarily meat that was raised on the farm. His mom stayed at home and worked on the farm and raised their family. Jimmy and all the Hellams children enjoyed dancing at Curry's Lake. He worked every summer packing peaches. In school he enjoyed all sports and also took 5 years of piano lessons.

Dr. James Hellams - College and Medical School

Jim Hellams Graduates from Howard College - Birmingham, Alabama

Jim Hellams graduates from Howard College.  Doc entered Wofford out of high school and then transferred to Howard. He had a sister living in Birmingham at the time.
Jim Hellams graduates from Howard College. Doc entered Wofford out of high school and then transferred to Howard. He had a sister living in Birmingham at the time. | Source
Doc Hellams MUSC Class of 56
Doc Hellams MUSC Class of 56

Jimmy Hellams Goes To College and Medical School

Jmmy attended Wofford College for one year and then transferred to Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated with a BS in Pre-Med. He was interviewed at the Medical University of South Carolina (known then as the Medical Collage) on July 4, 1952 and three days later was accepted and enrolled in September 1952. He always says that Medical School was the most fun of his educational years. He graduated in 1956 and had a rotating internship at the Medical University Hospitals. He was licensed to practice medicine or surgery in the state of South Carolina.The freshman class at the Medical University (college at that time) were herded into Baruch Auditorium for orientation. When the President of the college came in and stood before them, he said "Welcome to the Medical College. Look to your right. Look to your left. Probably one of you will not be here next year". They were then taken to the Gross Anatomy Lab and it was there that they were divided alphabetically into groups of 4. This group enjoyed being together at their 50th Reunion from MUSC in 2006. Their class marched in the graduation ceremony as the Golden Grads. The MUSC President issued them a Medallion and made the comment that when they were graduating in 1956, he was still in diapers.Photo: Jim Hellams Class of 56 MUSC

Dr. James Hellams - US Air Force

Captain James W. Hellams

Doc Hellams US Air Force
Doc Hellams US Air Force

Captain James W. Hellams, US Air Force

During his Junior year at MUSC, the draft had just been re-instated for the service. Rather than being drafted out of school, he enlisted as a Captain into the Air Force during his senior year and after his internship he completed his 2 year obligation to the Air Force. He served at Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.While at Holloman Air Force Base, he worked at the hospital on base as well as monitored the EKGs (Heart) on the chimps that were scheduled to go into space. However, there was no way that he could get anywhere near them as they were behind glass doors in somewhat sterile conditions.After 6 months at Halloman, he was released from Active Duty and was attached to a field hospital while on 20 years of inactive reserve. Upon being released, he practiced medicine in Fountain Inn, SC within 8 miles from where he grew up. He was still known as "Little Jimmy". He made sure that people knew that was no longer his proper name and that was when he became "Doc".

Dr. James Hellams - Pendleton SC

Doc Hellams Delivery at Pendleton Medical Clinic
Doc Hellams Delivery at Pendleton Medical Clinic

Doc to many in Pendleton SC

1960 to present

In May, 1960 Doc came to Pendleton SC to practice with his former Medical College roommate, Charles Griffin. They practiced together for 11 years. During those years, they did OBGYN, Family Practice and Minor Surgery and eventually they set up an outpatient delivery office in Pendleton. As far as he knows, they were the first in the area to deliver babies in the office. They both were available for deliveries with one giving the anesthesia and one doing the delivery. It was not uncommon to see over 70 patients a day plus make hospital rounds once a day.After 11 years with partnership practice, he went solo. He saw patients in his home until he moved into the St. Paul's Episcopal Church's Activity Building where he stayed until he built his own office which was located off of Mechanic Street. AnMed now has a family practice in that building."Doc" is now seeing his 5th generation of patients.

5th Generation Patients Speak Out For Dr. Hellams - Ethan and Clay Barnette

Click the arrow to watch this video on this page or you can double click the video to be directed to YouTube where it will be larger but be sure to come back to this scroll down page. Thank you.I have to tell you that these young men brought tears to my eyes.

Dr. James Hellams - Family and Friends

Portrait by Ammons Portrait Studio for their Angels in Pendleton window display
Portrait by Ammons Portrait Studio for their Angels in Pendleton window display

Doc Hellams Loves his family and friends

Doc and Nancy were married in 1978 at Pendleton Presbyterian Church. They both enjoy their family and friends and being involved in the Pendleton Community.During his 50 years in Pendleton SC, he has served on the Pendleton Town Council, Member of Pendleton United Methodist Church, Member of Pendleton Historic Foundation, Lifetime Member of Clemson Little Theatre, Member of Pendleton Golf Association (PGA), Delegate to Twin City in Stornoway, Scotland, Graduate of Leadership Pendleton, Member of Pendleton Merchants Guild, Member of Friends of the Park, Volunteer for the building of Barrett's Place Playground, Team Sponsor for Pendleton Recreation Association, First Golf Coach at Pendleton High School, Team Doctor for Pendleton High School Sports for several years, Clemson University IPTAY member since 1960, On site Doctor for the North Stands at Clemson University's Death Valley, and numerous other volunteer activities.Doc enjoys going to Clemson Tiger Ball Games, playing golf with our grandson, cooking, gardening, reading, eating breakfast at Granny's Grill and Dyar's Diner with friends, meeting friends at The Islander on Friday nights and living life to it's fullest.

Children and Grandson of Dr. James W. Hellams - And Granddogs

Doc Hellams Family Photo by Lynne Parker Photography
Doc Hellams Family Photo by Lynne Parker Photography | Source

"M.D. Means My Daddy" Cross Stitch Made For Us - By My Sister, Joan4

Cross Stitch M.D. Means My Daddy for Doc Hellams - y sister made this cross stitch for us when our son was born. We just love it and it has hung in our Breakfast Nook for 30 years.
Cross Stitch M.D. Means My Daddy for Doc Hellams - y sister made this cross stitch for us when our son was born. We just love it and it has hung in our Breakfast Nook for 30 years. | Source

An Angel of Pendleton - by Ammons Portrait Studio

Papa Doc as Angel of Pendleton
Papa Doc as Angel of Pendleton

Doc is One of the Angels of Pendleton

About 8 years ago,Ammons Portrait Studio had a window display of the "Angels of Pendleton" and chose Doc to be one of the Angels. This portrait shows him with our grandson who was about 3 yrs old at the time.

Doc Hellams - Never A Dull Moment!

Doc Enjoys Fishing! - He even lets me go with him sometime

Doc Hellams enjoys fishing
Doc Hellams enjoys fishing

This article appeared in the Spring 2010 Inside AnMed Health Magazine - A Conversation with Dr. James W. Hellams

Inside AnMed article Spring 2010
Inside AnMed article Spring 2010

My favorite part in this article is Doc's answer to the question about the perks to being in practice in the same town for 50 years. He answered that it was the friends he has made. How wonderful is that! Doc has always known that practicing medicine is about the people and for the people. He always wants his patients to be treated with respect and caring. He also realizes his responsibility to his community and the importance of giving back to a community that has supported him.

Doc Hellams Recognized at Pendleton Town Council Meeting - September 7, 2010 in Pendleton SC

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Mayor Randy Hayes Reads Proclamation - proclaiming September 7, 2010 as Doc Hellams Day in Pendleton SC

Doc Hellams Acceptance Speech - at Pendleton Town Council Meeting on September 7. 2010

Doc Hellams Pendleton Golf Association
Doc Hellams Pendleton Golf Association

PGA Tournament Sept 25, 2010 Award Presentations

Doc receives the "Rookie Award" - Pendleton Golf Association

The Pendleton Golf Association really knows how to put on a fun tournament and party. They presented awards to all the players and Doc received the Rookie Award. You see, Doc used to be a scratch golfer but hasn't played in years and only recently took the game back up again. It has been hard for him not to be playing as well as he used to but he still enjoys all the fellowship of this fun group.

Papa Doc helps grandson with his Science Project - Which cooks fastest? Rib eye or Sirloin Steak

Papa Doc said that the next time, our grandson would have to get his topic approved by him. We had steak for 5 meals while our grandson documented everything to discover that Rib eye cooked faster.

Doc is the 2010 Official Tree Lighter for Pendleton SC - Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pendleton SC

Doc Hellams Official tree Lighter for Pendleton
Doc Hellams Official tree Lighter for Pendleton

Click photo to go directly to the Pendleton Christmas page to see photos from this year's Tree Lighting Ceremony

Doc Hellams enjoys participating in the Christmas Cantata - at Pendleton United Methodist Church

Doc Hellams at Pendleton United Methodist Church Christmas Cantata 2010
Doc Hellams at Pendleton United Methodist Church Christmas Cantata 2010

Doc with Bruno at Pet Smart Puppy School - Bruno graduated December 20, 2010

Bruno at Puppy School
Bruno at Puppy School

Doc Hellams with Bruno in the back alley up town in Pendleton - Doc treats his friends with his special Egg Nog

doc and bruno
doc and bruno

Doc Hellams' Black Bag - has seen lots of doctoring in the last 50 years

Doc's Black Bag
Doc's Black Bag

Doc has no desire to get a new bag. This is the only Black Bag that he has ever carried or will carry.

2010 Ends In A Bang for Doc Hellams

Doc took a bad fall on December 29, 2010 breaking his shoulder - Friends and family continue to show their love for Doc with their prayers and good deeds. Thank

doc hellams and bruno
doc hellams and bruno

The 29th of December is a date we will long remember!

Simply told, it goes like this

No frills at all but you'll get the gist

Doc takes Bruno for a walk

Bruno was happy and did not balk

Doc held the leash and out the door they went

Bruno spotted "orange cat"and wasn't a gent!

Bruno leaped, Bruno ran

Forgetting the leash was in dad's hand

Doc went flying in the air

Confirming that "Life Ain't Fair"

An ambulance ride and surgery, too

One half Doc's body was black and blue!

Recuperating is not much fun

We'll be glad when this battle is won.

The prayers, the food, the cards and all

Have helped Doc mend from this bad fall

So, Thank you is what we want to say

And to wish you and yours a Wonderful Day!

Doc and Nancy

April 2011 Update: Doc has experienced many medical problems since this fall but is getting stronger every day and looking forward to returning to work when he is able.August 2011 Update: We opened the new office and Doc is loving practicing medicine again and seeing his patients.

2011 and 2012

What's Up Doc? - Wally Hampton and Doc Hellams decorate their table for the Spring Brunch Fundraiser

Spring Brunch Fundraiser Doc and Wally
Spring Brunch Fundraiser Doc and Wally

Doc's Table for Spring Brunch 2012 - His theme was Gone Fishing and he enjoyed having some of his friends at his table

Doc Hellams Spring Brunch
Doc Hellams Spring Brunch

Doc had an aquarium in the middle of his table and inside the tank was all kinds of fun fishing stuff including 2 live fish. He had fishing poles coming out of it with a big fish balloon rising able it. He had favors for his guests, too. I think the men had a great time.

Doc purchases a new Air Force cap at Patriots Point - and wears it proudly

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doc hellams

Happy 80th Birthday, Doc Hellams - Doc's friends at Dyar's Diner wished him a Happy Birthday with a delicious Strawberry Cake

Happy Birthday Doc Hellams
Happy Birthday Doc Hellams

Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy Birthday at The Islander!

Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy Birthday at The Islander!
Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy Birthday at The Islander!

WOW! A wonderful Islander Gift Certificate from Friends!

WOW!  A wonderful Islander Gift Certificate from Friends!
WOW! A wonderful Islander Gift Certificate from Friends!

The Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Sept 9, 2011 at 8 am - 108 S Depot Street in Pendleton SC - in the back of the Fire Department

Ribbon Cutting for James W. Hellams M.D. LLC
Ribbon Cutting for James W. Hellams M.D. LLC

Office Hrs: Mon Wed and Fri from 8:30 to 12Call 864-934-5883 for appointmentCash Only!

Program for The Ribbon Cutting - Dr. Hellams Office - Sept 9, Friday, at 8 am

Program for Dr. Hellams Ribbon Cutting
Program for Dr. Hellams Ribbon Cutting

Official Ribbon Cutting of Doc's New Office - September 9, 2011 at 108 S. Depot Street in Pendleton SC

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Candace Gillespie and Peggy Hotchkiss of the Medical University of South Carolina came to Doc's Ribbon Cutting - They presented him with a framed composite of t

Candace Gillespie and Peggy Hotchkiss of MUSC present Doc Hellams with a gift
Candace Gillespie and Peggy Hotchkiss of MUSC present Doc Hellams with a gift

Happy Birthday, Doc Hellams

2 of the gifts that Doc received for his 81st birthday!

Bruno is a daddy's boy

I ordered Doc a set of coasters with Bruno's picture on them and also a coffee mug. He really liked his birthday presents. He had to take his coffee mug with him to breakfast at Granny's Grill and show all his friends. I must say that I was extremely impressed with the quality of both Zazzle products which was good to know since I have a Zazzle Store.

A very special gift from our friends, Hevy and Joyce Mann

Joyce is such a talented artist and Doc was so touched by this painting of Bruno.

Thank you, Joyce and Hevy! Hevy is known for his Funnel Cakes, BlueTick Cola, and Boiled Peanuts among many other things.

Painting of our Bruno by Joyce Mann

Painting of Bruno Hellams by Joyce Mann
Painting of Bruno Hellams by Joyce Mann | Source

Bruno Pillow for Doc's 82nd Birthday - Doc loves his Bruno Pillows

Bruno Pillow
Bruno Pillow

Here is a picture of one of his pillows. He actually got two of them. The other one is a different shape and has a single picture of Bruno standing beside Doc's car. Our friend, Lynn Crenshaw, made the pillows and I had printed out the pictures on transfer paper and ironed them on white fabric.

Doc Hellams in the Pendleton Scarecrow Contest - Doc didn't win but he is always a winner in my book

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doc hellams

This year at the Fall Harvest Festival, they will announce the winner of the Pendleton Scarecrow Contest. Will you vote for Doc?Thank you to everyone who helped put the Doc Scarecrow together and hung.

The Doc Hellams Scarecrow - Pendleton Scarecrow Contest

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doc hellams

Doc Enjoying Trunk or Treat and the Chili Cook Off at PUMC - Doc entered the 2013 Chili Cook Off

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doc hellams

He made a great pot of Chili but didn't win. That's ok. He had fun and it was for a great cause.

Doc and Bruno solving the world's problems

bruno and doc
bruno and doc

Bruno says "Y'all Come Back!" - Bruno is a Daddy's Boy!

Bruno the bulldog
Bruno the bulldog

To: My Friend, My Hubby, My Hero, My Love!

This article is dedicated to the one I love!

Thank you for visiting this story of Doc Hellams - Please sign the Guestbook to let him know you were here.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I really enjoyed scrolling through the pictures of your husband and his triumphs through the years (oh and of course of Bruno)!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love this tribute to a wonderful man. I feel as if I know him personally now

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      What a nice tribute!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Belated Birthday Doc!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy birthday. Hope your special day was great and that this year will be even better.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Doc!!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday to a very special man. Hope you are having an awesome day with your family and friends, Doc .... and hope you have many, many more Happy Years! Much love to you, Cider and Marilyn

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Doctor Hellams! You're the greatest!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doc! We feel blessed to have a doctor and FRIEND in you. You are the best and we love you. Diane & Robbie & Bobby(AKA Daddy)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Happy Birthday Doc Hellams, have a great day!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Dr. Hellams, I hope your day is as special as you are!!! Love you. Sue Ellen Bennett

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      happy birthday doc I remember when i used to be a patient and when i used to see dr griffein when you were together i hope you have a wonderful birthday and many more.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doctor Hellams! Thank you for your many years of faithful service to the Pendleton Commujnity. Though I hated being sick and having to come to visit you always provided me with the best possible care. Though I haven't lived in Pendleton for 40 years I have the fondest memories of you. May God Richly Bless You On Your Special Day. You are a blessing to me and to many! Happy Birthday! Bill Hilley

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Carman LingleHappy Birthday Doc! I wish you many more years of health and happiness!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Have wonderful Birthday!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doc, hope you have a great day!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Happy Birthday from Australia, Doc!

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      Joan4 3 years ago

      Happy birthday, Jim!!!!!!! Celebrate!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is such a wonderful way to pay tribute to such a wonderful man and doctor. Happy Birthday Doc!

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      What a wonderful tribute!! Written with lots of love - that's obvious!!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      What a lovely tribute! *Blessed*

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      You must be so proud of Doc... great tribute for a great personality! Angel Blessings!

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      sittonbull 4 years ago

      Great tribute lens to Doc Ohme!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! What a wonderful tribute. I loved looking at the wedding picture since I was there and remember it well.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      What a wonderful and interesting lens! It was so nice to see all the pictures and share a bit in the busy life of Doc and family. Where do I see medicine in the next 20 years? Hopefully with a cure for many of the diseases that we are familiar with now...cancer, heart disease, MS, diabetes and perhaps even a cure for the pesky and annoying colds and flu!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed the tribute and pictures. Was interested to learn that "Doc" grew up outside of Gray Court and went to Dials Methodist Church. My Mother's family grew up in that community and some are still members of Dials. We still have the "Graydon" reunion there each year in September. The Campbells are still there. The Armstrongs and Abercrombies live nearby.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: My husband's parents were Nancy Campbell Hellams and Ralph Hellams. They are both buried at Dials. I am looking forward to meeting you for coffee one morning at the Village Baker. Thanks for visiting here today!

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      bordercollieluvr 4 years ago

      What a fantastic tribute! He seems to be a great man for sure.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      What a wondrous tribute of love for your Doc Hellams! I love the "M.D. Means My Daddy" cross stichery made by Joan4! You are so right about the changes in the field of medicine over the years. I pray the future holds even greater changes to benefit the daily lives of all humanity (and pets and animals too!) Blessings and a bit o' sunshine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy belated birthday DOC. Sue Ellen and Wayne Bennett

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy birthday, Doc! Hope this one is the best ever! I can add my "thumbs-up" to your culinary skills, having had your bean soup, but most especially, your eggnog!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doc ! I really appreciated your recent help! I knew that anyone who practiced medicine with my grandfather "Dr. Russow" is a man of honor. I hope you have a wonderful day !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOC!!!!! Tommy and Gina Shirley

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy birthday, Doc!! Laura, Tommy & Troy

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Doc appears to be a very well-loved gentleman! He must have done something right over the years. Well done, Dr. Hellams!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy birthday, Doc! Laurie and Denny

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: We will look forward to seeing you in the office. Thanks for stopping by this page.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love Doctor Hellams, he's the greatest of the greats! in fact my bp prescript runs out soon, and I've been waiting for that to happen so I can visit my long childhood doctor Dr. H.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      A beautiful page about such a spirited, compassionate man. You must be very, very proud (and rightly so!)

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      Lynne Schroeder 4 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      What a lovely tribute, Nancy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a nice tribute to Doc! You, Doc and your family are fortunate to have each other. I loved the cross stitch and the Angel of Pendleton photo. All the best to you and Doc.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great human being here, glad that you shared this wonderful story, air ambulance

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      What a lovely man. I've enjoyed walking through his story that you told so well. I wonder if my sister knows your family. She's lived in Anderson for many years. Please thank Doc for me for all the years of service he has done in the copmmunity.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This is an absolutely lovely tribute to a man with just about the greatest smile I've seen. It certainly makes me wish to have the privilege of meeting and knowing "Doc" in person. How lucky you are to have found each other in life!With blessings like that, you don't really need the blessings of another SquidAngel, but here are mine anyway - *blessed* - with best wishes for many more great years. :)

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      Seriously beautiful lens...congratulations.Sounds as though you each found the most perfect partner to share your life with...how blessed you are - and obviously know it.Christine

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to an amazing guy! No wonder everybody loves him!Congratulations on making the front page!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I just had to come back and bless this wonderful tribute now that I've got my wings! :) Hugs! Kath

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a congratulatory front page featured hug and blessing!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Touching lens. It is great to see doctors out there trying to help people any way they can around the onerous medical system we have in this country.

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      batsinthebelfry 5 years ago

      What abeautiful lens...Thank you so much for sharing it.

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      ifuturz 5 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Doc, and congratulations on your new office. 50 years of 'doctoring' is amazing - as you are.

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      I love to hear about folks who have a life well lived. Dr. Hellams has made a great contribution to humanity, and there are so many who are so touched by this man. Beautiful page!

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      Jeimuzu-san 5 years ago

      It's always good to learn about inspirational people who were previously unknown to you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a lovely tribute to an obviously very special man

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      And Nancy, Congrats on this wonderful tribute lens - what an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate your 100th lens! I may have to copy you! I, too, have a terrific husband, and at some point I need to do this for him as well. Good to see you again! Lots of love and hugs, Kath :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Happy (belated) Birthday Doc! This lens is bringing tears to my eyes - I wish I could come to Pendleton just to meet you and Nancy! You are obviously an angel to so many people, and I'm right now sending you a virtual hug across the miles! :) Hugs and love, Kath

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Happy (Belated) Birthday, Doc, and congratulations on your new office. 50 years of 'doctoring' is amazing - as you are. You even 'doctored' me one time when I lived in Pendleton! :) I can see why Pendleton (and your patients) love you! Nancy has 'chronicled' you wonderfully here. Great pictures.

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your new office. You are such and inspiration to others. You have a beautiful family (furred included!). Thank you for sharing your story with us all and for the service you have given our country. God bless you!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Best wishes Doc on your new venture! Love your new office and Martha looks like she is ready to greet all your patients with a smile.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great! What a nice tribute and welcome for Doc's new practice. The best of luck to you both.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Good luck with the new office. Wishing you many, many happy years of practice.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Your new office looks great, Doc!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Always loved this lens! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thus is a beautiful tribute to Doc!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      What an absolutely fun and moving story. I love the "Gross Anatomy Lab." My husband, who is much younger, was also stationed Kadena Air Force base and lived on Radar Hill. Of course this was years after Doc was there. I applaud his years of service to his community and wish both of you brightest blessings. The poem Joan wrote was great too.

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      A belated Happy Birthday to you Doc... and congratulations on continuing an amazing and productive career. Be on alert, because one of the presidential candidates is liable to realize they need to perk up their numbers by drafting your #1 cheerleader for a campaign manager! ;>)

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Awesome Bio!! Can't wait for the next chapter of at least 20 years!!

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      NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

      What an awesome tribute to your husband, and what a wonderful life of love and laughter he has been lucky enough to have. Love the lens, and love what you've done for an apparently very special man.

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      AJ 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A real doctor! It's so hard to find one these days.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Enjoying re-reading this super page and all the updates!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doc!! I well never forget the first time you stuck a needle in my ***. You said it would not hurt but it did. Many great memories.

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      Spook LM 5 years ago

      Happy Birthday daaaaaac, what a great man and a great family. All the best from a Little Irish Leprechaun.

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      GrowWear 5 years ago

      Happy 80th birthday to you, Doc Hellams! Very good to hear you are on the mend. Love, MiMi.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      What a great man and he can cook! Love the photos of him with Bruno. Behind every great man there is a woman. I am sure you contributed very much to this fine man's successes. And wow, what a full and amazing life. Happy Birthday Doc Hellams - they don't make 'em like that anymore in medicine. Sincerely, Rose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Birthday Doc Hellams! I loved reading the story of your life, and hope you celebrate many more happy birthdays and anniversaries. This makes me think back to the days when I was growing up and we had a family doctor who cared for the whole family and knew us all. I miss that!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Happy Birthday to Doc Hellams! I hope you enjoyed your day and ate birthday cake!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy birthday doc hope ya have many more.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Happy 80th birthday, dear Doc! Have a wonderful birthday and a blessed year ahead!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @justholidays: Thank you and yes, you are right.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Your hubby makes me think to our own family doctor - who sadly passed away 20 years ago. Doctors like him are always remembered because they know their patients so well and are always there, when we need them. They generally became some kind of members of our families and we know what we owe to them.Happy birthday Doc Hellams!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Doc! Plus a Happy Anniversary!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Beautiful tribute for an extraordinary man, doctor, father, husband, grandfather, healer, son, and so much more. I loved meeting Doc Hellams and truly enjoyed this loving tribute. **Blessed.**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy 33rd Anniversary, Doc and Nancy! May you celebrate many more! Love you both!

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      I wish you the best. Happy anniversary!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      Happy Anniversary to two wonderful, exceptional people.

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      rwoman 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens about a wonderful person!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Wishing you well and back on your feet very soon, Doc.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @OhMe: yes mam it is . will is looking good in those pictures. does this mean we are getting old ?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: What a wonderful comment. I will be sure to see that he reads it. Thank you so much for the kind words! It is hard to believe that your boys and our Will are grown men, isn't it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      doc,this is from philip and linda long:we were surprised to see this tonight.3-11-11.....we had no idea that this was going on in pendleton.we want u to know that we have enjoyed u being 'our' 'doc' ever since u was in the office behind the church,we don't know how many years this has been,but it was way before you went to shirley st.,right after u left dr.griffins office.we have enjoyed coming to you as our doc.we can talk to u and u listen.we may not like what u tell us ,but we know that what u tell us u r sincere and we can trust u.philip said he could always talk to u and u listen to us. we did not know about your celebration.we would have like to have been there,u were our 3 boys doctor,until they left home,richard,kenny and josh long.u were there 4 them when they played football,all3 of them.our youngest,josh,went to school and played sports with will.he will aways remember when in his senior year,he had phneumonia,and u advised he not play his last game,but could stand on the sidelines,as long as he wrapped up good.he is now 30 yrs old,and he hasen't forgotten.my oldest son richard is 45 yrs.old and kenny is 43 yrs.old u wre their doc too. we miss u at the office and wish u a speedy recovery.hurry back.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Wow! Hard to believe he still works!With Love and Gratitude,Jeremiah

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase! You already know that I consider you one of the best!!!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Doc has shown amazing dedication. Here is a Squid Angel blessing for him.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Congratulations, Nancy. I hope Doc Hellams is feeling better soon.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Saddened to hear that Doc broke his shoulder. You both are in my prayers for a quick recovery. Love.

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      What a great tribute! Congrats on making the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase! Happy New Year!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stopping back in to congratulate you on being one of the Top 45 on the 2010 Giant Squid Best Of List! Well deserved!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey Doc and Nancy, Actually, I remember when you came to Pendleton and was practicing in a house on East Queen Street. I think my first visit to him was...a broken finger, yes of course I broke it playing ball, (it might have been with the boys at that) Thank you for your years of service to all of us. "you did good" Oh yes, your nurse, "Jet" who could forget her. She could give one -the "needle". Loved her too. Your friend. Laura Clark Smith

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Just dropping by to say congratulations Nancy and wishing you both and your families the best in 2011.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Stopped back by to congratulate you on making the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase. Blessed and added to my December Blessings. Happy New Year to you and Doc!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Just came back to wish you both a very happy New Year and congratulations on being included in the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List! Wow! Thrilled for both of you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bless God! Give Doc a hug! Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a sweet tribute - I feel I know him now! And - congratulations on being in the showcase!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I'd already been here for the thumbs up but had to return to say ... Congratulations on being one of the 45 on the Giant Squid 2010 Showcase. Very cool. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations Nancy for being included in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase by the SquidTeam! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Squidhugs from Kathy

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Fascinating story

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      What a loving and inspiring lens! You got yourself a great guy (and he didn't do too bad either! LOL)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      This page gets more wonderful each time I visit. Loved all the photos...your doc rocks {winks}!

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      A truly inspiring story. Wonderful man the Doc is. Hope he continues to serve the community for many more years to come.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on a great guy - Doc. A rich and wonderful life. Very blessed.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      How lovely to meet Doc - so interesting, and I love his old leather Doctor's Bag!

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      VBright 6 years ago

      It was a pleasure and an honor to meet Doc Hellams. How wonderful. Love and blessings to you both!

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      njoylife42day 6 years ago

      Remarkable! I enjoyed reading this lens and learning about Dr. Hellams. What a fabulous man!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Enjoyed this so much. Wonderful...

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Absolutely Fantastic!! One of the funnest lenses I have read. Loved it! And yes I do have my own linchpin.

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      What a sweet and wonderful tribute to your honey, OhMe! Pendleton and your family are very lucky have this great man.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      A beautiful lens and congratulations on the Purple Star! Love that BrunoIII!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute!

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      A wonderful lens about such an important person. Great to see the latest updates, articles and photos too.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      There are people who make a difference in the world ... You belong to this group. Congratulations.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Beautiful proclamation from the Mayor and fantastic response by Jim. Both of you should be proud of all the ways you have served the Town of Pendleton and I know for a fact that Pendleton appreciates you both!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats to you, Doc! Here's to many more!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Oh, I think I know what that nickname was.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I need to add a picture you and he and some of the other PGAers

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, I bombed out on Ohme's nickname for Doc....but he really is the sweetest thang, and so are you, Ohme! I won't say what my nickname was because you can't print it, but I love it so because j called me that and it was all one word, he said!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No one like my Buddy Doc !

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks Charles. I sure appreciate your visiting here. It has been fun to re-connect with my Scottsboro friends. Time sure does fly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nancy, this is a great tribute to your husband and friend . . . Doc Hellams! You both are obviously well-respected members of your community! I was a classmate of yours at Scottsboro High School in Scottsboro, Alabama. May God bless you as you both continue to enjoy your lives together!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      I remember Doc's black bag perfectly...I have seen it so many time over the years! I love this lens of memories, both yours and mine! Thanks, Ohme!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Stopped by to see your new photos. You and Doc are lucky to have each other!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It has been such a pleasure to have "Doc" Hellams as a friend and as our doctor. He has served our family and community well. We hope that he will continue to be there for us in future years. He is a remarkable person!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I'm back for another visit. I just love your Doc Hellams lens! Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel. http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc is a greater than life person. Devoted father, grandfather, husband and friend.. Even more, one of the most dedicated and competent physicians I've ever seen in my life.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks so much Pastor Ben for taking the time to read this. Our Church Family is very important to both of us.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Oh wow, BJ, I know the contents have changed drastically and that would be a very interesting lens. I will see if he will share that info at some point.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: and you know how special you are to us, cuzin Conse!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Yep, you really outdid yourself on that one and we were glad that we were the recipients

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: This is great to see all the Landreth Family on this tribute to Doc. We loved reading each of the comments. Y'all are very special to us, too! How many generations of your family have been patients? I can count at least 4.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey Doc! I really enjoyed your "lens"! It helped me get a fuller understanding of you and your sterling career in medicine. I have a tremendous respect for small-town doctors like yourself. Laura's dad, who is now with the LORD was one in Johnston, SC. Also, I didn't know you spent time in my home state, New Mexico. Hope it was a good experience! Anyway, I appreciate you and all you and Nancy do for the church. It's s great pleasure to be y'alls pastor.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing what Doc can do with that little black bag !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I loved this the first time I saw it, and now it has more, or I just missed something! That wonderful black bag that is the only one Doc ever had...I wonder what he has in it? Have the contents changed over the years? You might do a lens on that, Ohme! I also loved the peach ice cream recipe and the pig barbeque menu. It makes me hungry for those good ole days. I am blessed to have enjoyed your hospitality over the years--in every different season you welcome others!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc Hellams...You have so many people who are just proud to know you and I am one of them.

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      Deb Bryan 7 years ago from Chico California

      @GypsyOwl: those question marks were Hearts when I typed them. So... you would know I LOVE the MD means My Daddy cross stitch!

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      Deb Bryan 7 years ago from Chico California

      How Precious!! MD means My Daddy

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Oh how special to have that cross stitch on here re MD means my daddy. That is probably my favorite of all the ones I stitched. And it shows up so well! Such a precious little verse!! I am delighted you have enjoyed it for so long!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Wow! Wonderful article!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I will never trust anybody's opinion like Doc's opinion! There's not too many people that can say that their doctor has treated everybody in their family all the way back to their great-grandparents. I always know that if I can get an appointment to see Doc, everything will be just fine. Thank you for always being there and telling it like it is, even when we didn't want to hear it! :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We've been your patients since you came to Pendleton. We've always been grateful that we have such a caring doctor. We always say that Dr. Hellams is the best diagnostician around. He can get to the root of the problem quicker than any doctor we know. He is not just our doctor but a dear friend. Pendleton has certainly been fortunate to have Dr. Hellams and his family as major contributors to our community. We've indeed been blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow. This was a great article and tribute to a terrific doctor and friend! Thank you "Doc" for all your hard work, your expertise, your service to our country, and your friendship! We really appreciate you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, thanks for not giving up on getting me to this link. Enjoyed learning about Doc's life and can understand his not wanting to stop practicing. Know there are those who still count on him for their medical care. Of course, he gives so much to the community in other ways and know that adds value to his life and the life of others. Thanks for all that you do.

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      David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      A great tribute lens... and thanks for making me aware of this new format! He sounds like a great man. 5 *'s

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      well done I am proud to call Doc a friend. Ed Wallace

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      Carol Goss 7 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to your hubby. You two seem perfect together. Thanks for sharing

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Nancy, this is a great tribute, I can see your pride and joy of being part of the story.I wish to both of you many returns, with love and joy.Michey

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      VBright 7 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute! Your lenses never disappoint. Thanks for the wonderful read and look into your life.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy this is a very special lens. You have a blessed life, and a wonderful husband to share it with. Congratulations on making this excellent 100th lens! ~ Loving you...

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi. I enjoyed this lens. Conrats for reaching 100. I am very happy that you encourage a newbie like me. Keep up the good work of promoting your beautiful place.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star, I just knew you would be getting for this!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star and 100th Lens. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I remember asking Doc to please move to Danville, Va in 1982 when I had to move there. I couldn't imagine life without my "DOC". I later moved back to S.C. , but alas, not to Pendleton. The closest I could get was Mauldin. But Doc wouldn't moe here either. Lucky for Pendleton, but not for me. Still love yo Doc. You too Nancy! Laura Pruitt Brown

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      mntimms 7 years ago

      Doc, delivered me on July 31, 1962. My roots are deep in Pendleton & I know of no other place I'd rather live. Thank you Doc for bringing into this world safe and sound. God bless you for all you've done over the years for so many. Mary Nan Timms :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc and Nancy are, to the life of Pendleton, like the cinnamon in an apple pie. It just wouldn't be complete without them. (not to mention that they give our town a lot of "flavor and spice") When I married my husband Greg (of Ammons Portrait Studio) and we made our home in my hometown of Pendleton, he could not believe that there was still a doctor who would see you after hours or give advice in an emergency. That type of down home concern and care is what makes Doc Hellams such a good doctor and Pendleton such a good hometown.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Great, great, great, I love the pictures the family is beautiful, but the picture of the black bag is priceless!I just contacted an old friend on Facebook, whose father was a doctor. I remembered him doing house calls and asked if I remembered correctly, She said, yes, and the kids went with him, the trip over was the time they really got to be with him. Such is the life of a small town doc!5* and such a beautiful tribute! So many about parents, its nice to see someone do one about a spouse!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey Darlin'!! Congrads to you. You are truly a great doctor & an amazing man altogeher. We appreciate all you have done & we're s glad youcme to Pendleton.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I'm so glad you got a purple for this, so came back to say, congratulations.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      What a great life tribute page! Congratulations on your purple star.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Congratulations! This lens is totally purple.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Congratulations on this well deserved Purple Star. Blessings to you both!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Oh yes, that purple star was very much deserved! Can you paint one on the medical bag :) Congratulations!!!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on that beautiful purple star!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on that beautiful purple star!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to your husband.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc, The town of Pendleton and my family could never replace your dedicaton and friendship. We are truly blessed to have you in our community. Best wishes.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc, you are one in a million of my friends, my doctor, my buddy, my family's friend, always available when I need advice, Pendleton's best friend in so many ways, and a sweet man if ever there has ever been one in our lives. You have made me laugh during some times that have been rough and I thank you for that. Doc, you are such a compassionate man and a man of integrity. You think of others before yourself, you have a love for all people and we don't find that much anymore, thank you. I thank you for all you have done for Pendleton, the surrounding towns, for all the things that you have done that most of us don't even know about, your unselfish caring for all of your patients no matter the time of day or night, and we are all praying that we have you around for a lot longer on this earth. As Tommy has said, if you ever leave the office, you must have a room at your home so we can come for a shot, call on you for advice, still get our medicines called in on our own diagnosis (HA!), and a place for some of us to just come and chew the fat with you. Take care and know that I am one of your biggest fans to. I love you Doc.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hey this is my papa doc.Be sure to visit every week.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Doc Hellams sounds like the kind of person we all need in our lives, as a Doctor and a friend. Nicely done lens.

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      This is just beautiful! It's so good to learn more about your hubby.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on # 1 in category! Now going for top 100 overall! yippee! almost there!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @OhMe: WOW! You are quick on the response! I congratulataed you for the wrong category (not a Squidoo member, so I have an excuse). Now, congratulations for reaching #1 in "ME"

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Yes, Shelly, I am and so glad you dropped by. I thought you might hear me hollering with joy! Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on reaching #1 in Local--how wonderful for you, I can see your smile all the way from Lake Superior! You must be positively tingling with joy!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Picture this! One very stormy evening, Sept.17,1962, a couple with their third baby on the way. Driving in an old Chevy pickup truck with the passenger side window missing, arrive at Pendleton Family Practice. In a very short while baby girl #3 was born and sent home to meet her two sisters. This baby would be named Kimberly Jane Whitman, For the last 23 years known as Kim Beck. Thanks Doc!!!!! All my love to you, Kim

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc, you're the best...one of a kind, and of the kind I'm proud to call FRIEND!

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      dezwards 7 years ago

      What an excellent lens. A real heartfelt tribute and a total pleasure to read. Also, very many thanks for your kind comments left on my lens. Well done to both of you. Inspiring stuff!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc, I can't say my earliest memories of you were fond. I hated anything about going near a doctor! You had a nurse that worked for you, Jett Campbell, who became a very special person in my life. Her granddaughter, Michelle Hopkins, was my best friend, and when I went to her house to play, Miss Jett let me wear her nursing cap and play with her stethoscope. She influenced my decision to go to school to become a nurse myself. Little did I know, one day I would come back to Pendleton and instead of running from you as a Doctor, I would work for you occasionally. You have been much more than a doctor to our family. We will always love you for being such a good friend. Love you, Tammy Quattlebaum Seaman

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What fun! I especially enjoyed the idea of your working peaches. I, too, had that "pleasure" when I told my dad I didn't need to go to Winthrop. Two days convinced me that I better find an easier way to make a living! I'm not sure either of us found a truly easier way, but it has been a fascinating journey, hasn't it? Thank you for being the first voice to welcome me to worship each Sunday. I treasure you both.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've known "Doc" since I was a teenager. You can always count on him. He has been there for my family and I always trusted his medical advice. The town of Pendleton has been richly blessed to have such a fine man as our doctor. I appreciate all you have done for all activities of our community. God Bless you and your family.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've known "Doc" since I was a teenager. You can always count on him. He has been there for my family and I always trusted his medical advice. The town of Pendleton has been richly blessed to have such a fine man as our doctor. I appreciate all you have done for all activities of our community. God Bless you and your family.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Pendleton is certainly lucky to have Doc. His dedication is certainly not as common today. Here's to many more years of patching up folks. Nancy, thanks for sharing some of the early details.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thank you for being my families doc and our friend. we all love you and your family

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      DOCTOR HELLAMS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN. I CAN SAY ONE THING THAT I BEST ADMIRE HIM FOR. "IF YOU DON'T WANT A STRIGHT AND TO THE POINT ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, DON'T ASK HIM BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL GET. A NO HOLDSBORROWED TYPE MAN". I LIKE THAT IN A PERSON.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Doc Hellams, you are obvious loved by your wife, friends, family and community and they are lucky to have you. You are the epitome of a linchpin, and I am glad to have met you. Nancy, this is a fitting tribute I am honored to have read. Cheers to you both, and thank you for sharing.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great tribute! I may not know Doc Hellams personally but I am much inspired by his story. 5*

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      Novar7 7 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful man!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute. The photograph of your husband's medical bag speaks volumes! Congratulations on a spectacular 100th lens.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Every town needs a "Doc" for that personalized care that is missing in so many areas. Pendelton SC is very lucky, as are the 5 generations he has served. I loved when he said, "I'm not a stay at home kind of guy" :) Nancy, beautiful tribute to your husband; enjoyed it very much. What a beautiful 100th lens. Blessed by an Angel :)

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Every town needs a "Doc" for that personalized care that is missing in so many areas. Pendelton SC is very lucky, as are the 5 generations he has served. I loved when he said, "I'm not a stay at home kind of guy" :) Nancy, beautiful tribute to your husband; enjoyed it very much. What a beautiful 100th lens. Blessed by an Angel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Dr. Hellams what a wonderful story and life...Fifty years of medicine has left you with a large, caring, ever expanding family...Your are a lucky guy and it's a pleasure to be your friend...You are a true treasure to the town and citizens...Now I've gotten this backache :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc Hellams, it is a privilege to get to know you through one of my own Squidoo heroes, your dear wife Nancy. What a beautiful tribute this is - I am all warm and fuzzy just reading it through and that video tribute from the brothers, oh wow.Congratulations on your 100th lens Nancy - how on earth you manage to actually make your own lenses when you are so busy supporting every one else on Squidoo is beyond me!Big hugs, AJ

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is wonderful. Carroll and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though we had experienced a lot of his life, it was fun to read all about him and see the photos. We are proud of you,"Jimmy".We love you,Martha(your older sister)

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      bonan 7 years ago

      What an amazing life you have lived. My mother always told me how wonderful you were to my dad when he was sick and you lived across the street from them. In 1964 you pierced my ears and today the two piercings are still perfect. Doc, thank you very much for all you did for me and my family. You are a very caring person and a very special doctor and I am very proud to know you and Nancy. Sheila Sloan Sellers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      OhMe? Make that Oh My. What an inspiration to us all. Doc you absolutely amaze me. You have set the bar so high with respects to being a servent of the people of your community and state that I can only hope to reach a position that allows me to catch my breath in your shadow. As difficult as my days may seem at times, I am comforted by bright spot in the future. Egg Nog with Doc, Nancy, friends and family in Downtown Pendleton on Christmas Day.We all need something to look forward to. I look forward to many many years of Nog & Friendship. When you look back on your life as we all do, it must be extremely gratifying to know that you are loved not only by your family but your community as well. Just incase you need reminding....DOC: YOU ARE LOVED BY YOUR MAYOR AND YOUR TOWN OF PENDLETON, SC

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      I love the pic of doc and the newborn baby...very sweet lens! 5* and a fav...made me smile from ear to ear!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Came back for a second look and to view the video. This is so special!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great tribute to a wonderful physician, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I miss you guys and hope to get down to visit soon.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations to a great guy !!!!!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your hundredth lens Nancy and I'm so glad it was so special to you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I loved reading these stories and looking at the pictures! I did notice that Nancy forgot to mention all the ladies that are still waiting for you by the railroad tracks in Spartanburg! Thank you for taking care of me all these years!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      Back again (just saw Mimi's tweet that you added Doc's video). What a humble man. I can tell he doesn't know what to think about all the attention. Makes me like him even more.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You are a darn good doctor. the best i ever seen. You have helped me like no other Doctor Ever has or ever would. They don't make em' like Doc anymore !

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Actually Nate, he let me video him willingly but I do think he was a little nervous. lol He seems to be enjoying reading all the great comments as am I. You might be able to talk him into getting on FaceBook. Who knows?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc and that black bag has been at my house a few times. It is amazing what he needs can be pulled out of that one little bag ! I know Doc is not too keen on the video or squidoo stuff. I kept looking for the gun that was being held on him to get him to cooperate. HA. HA.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Had to come back and see the black bag and got a bonus of seeing and hearing Doc Hellams. ...Love the black bag, and I don't blame him at all for it being his one and only. :)

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Nancy--This is a memorable lens. "Doc" is my hero, too. The kind of doctor he was and is is a thing of the past. I loved it when he spoke of not being the "stay at home kind of person." He was born to take care of people and his heart and soul is inspired by his work--then and now!!Wonderful 100th--wonderful memories. Those dear boys are mature beyond their years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i don't think my wonderful memories of summers in pendleton with nana and papa would be the same without the unequivocal doc hellams around. my experience at clemson would be far reduced without tailgating memories with y'all. doc, you've meant so much to me, and i'm so thankful for the friendship that you and my grandfather share. my heart is full of love for the hellams - love y'all so much. hope to see you soon. big hugs from brooklyn! xx.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Great Video, Jim! You're a movie star now!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What an amazing lens and many congratulations on making your 100th Lens - it couldn't have been a better milestone than this lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is fantastic!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for taking care of all the McLellans ! Your are the Best Doc ever-(Doctor Fish)Pendleton has been Bless to have you and your family here-

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh Nancy Lee, How wonderful!! I always knew he was great but did not realize how great!! And handsome, too!! Just want to tell you again how we appreciate him taking the time to help with Lance being admitted to MUSC. By the way, Lance is doing well, opening up a second office in Greenville. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful husband and family. Your friends, Rich and Brenda Masters

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      lwhitelaw lm 7 years ago

      Congratulations on completing your 100th lens and what a great one it is! Your husband sounds like a wonderful man.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I love the Angels of Pendleton portrait. How sweet.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, thank you very much for sending us the tribute to Doc. You did a wonderful job with your precious husbands tribute. Howard and both loved reading about his life.Doc is so very special to us and you are too. I cannot imagine Pendleton without the two of you. I think of all the work that you do to keep us informed about what is going on in Pendleton and all the work you do for our town I think of all my trips to Docs office and his help and advice I think of calling him when our little granddaughter, Reilly, was visiting us in November and was running a fever Doc saw her without question I think about Doug visiting us a few years ago and needing a Doctor Doc was there. He has never said he could not see us!I think about Camp Cripple Creek. Bryan and Doug still have such fond memories of those days. You know I still have the shirts they made and I have Bryans sit upon. Our grandkids wear the shirts often. Nancy thanks for doing this because it makes us do something that none of us do enough of, SAYING THANK YOU. Both of you are so generous with your time with your nursing Pendleton and Pendletonians back to health. Doc thanks for taking my calls when i am sickly, whether I'm at Edisto with virgo and you are the a ball game, you always have taken great care of me. I wish you could bottle your dedication to your profession where it could be taken by the younger generation. Thank you and Jim for helping make our town special .

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, great lens on the Doc!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Doc seems to be an incredibly caring person, dedicated to his family, friends, and patients. I am glad to have made his acquaintance through this lens.

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! And what would a health system be without people like "Doc"!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Best Doc ever!

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      steveffeo lm 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens about a person who has save thousands very well done

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      Home Interior D 7 years ago

      A very nice tribute. I like the picture of him with his 3 year-old grandson.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      What a charming profile of "Doc" ... the love and pride shows through this interesting linchpin bio lens about Doc Hellams. Love the family photo and the cute Angel of Pendleton portrait. Congrats on your 100ths lens ... I see a Giant 100 looming!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, how special! Congratulations on lens #100, Nancy. Congratulations to Doc for choosing you 'way back when!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Wonderful lens. Doc is a person to be admired and honored for his work. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks Doc for all you do and have done for Pendleton ! You have made me a better man. And most of all thanks for just being my friend !!!! And Nancy too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks Doc For all you have done for me.A great friend and the best Doctor ever.

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      Laurel Johnson 7 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful, Nancy. How perfect that your 100th lens is dedicated to your hubby, your linchpin. Thanks so much for sharing this part of your life. 5-fave-lensrolled to some of my linchpin lenses.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful Nancy!!! You have outdone yourself!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a fitting tribute to a very special man......best wishes from Stornoway for many more happy years.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Amazing tribute for an amazing man!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've been coming to see "the Old Man" as I call him for as long as I can remember. He ALWAYS has a joke for me and I in return try to have one for him. What can you say that hasn't already been said. I absolutely love him. I remember when my papa Garland passed away, my cousin Steve called doc and he came out to our house that early morning to pronounce him. Never have forgotten that. He is the doctor for all my family and then my step daddy as well. He is so good to Robert and cares for him so much. It shows. Not only just for him but for everybody he sees. One thing for sure, when you meet Doc, you'll never forget him number one and number two, you will leave knowing that you've just been in the same room with greatness! He is a true gem and us as his patients are so very blessed to have him in our lives. Then we get the special added bonuses of knowing Nancy and Suzanne , Will and especially Tate. (Nobody could love him more than doc.) I love ya old man!! I'll see you next time so have a joke for me. =)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Five generations of patients and all the while loving what he does, now that is quite the story you have so sweetly told us. I could almost see the Valentines hearts strewn among the paragraphs and could certainly feel them. The boys in the video are just so dear, even my hard heart came close to a tear. What an excellent choice for your 100th lens. Now get off line and go snuggle with that wonderful man you love! (I call my husband "Treasure" ~ we just celebrated our 10th year of marriage, so we have a ways to go.)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Nicely done! WHat a wonderful tribute. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't know of anyone who deserves a tribute as much as Doc.He is one of the most caring people I have ever known. He does go beyond the call of duty at times, only because he cares. He cares about his patients and keeps in touch with them. His heart is bigger than anyone I know. He has treated my husband and myself as if we were the only patients.he has. He knows his stuff and is not afraid to say so.When he tells you something,you can trust his every word.i can call on him,at any time (and I have) he has always been there.You will always have a special place in our hearts and our prayers. Thanks Doc for all that you do and all you have done.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, what a wonderful tribute to Doc and one that he richly deserves. Pendleton is very blessed to have a "Doc" who is smart, kind, fun, and loving to all in the community. Congratulations Doc on 50 years of outstanding medical service to the Pendleton area! Thank you Nancy for sharing.

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      PatrickMiller 7 years ago

      This was the best of 100 lenses! And that's saying a lot!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, loved this. Know how much you love that man.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is wonderful! I really enjoyed seeing it and I've forwarded it on to several others. Thanks, Doc, for taking care of me for so long. Good job, Nancy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely the best Doc ever!!!! He is the doctor who can diagnose pretty correctly. Doesn't mind you calling him. Doc, thanks for always being there for me! You ARE the best and always will be. Love you, Pam Powell

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm delighted to be able to claim kin to Doc. He's a prince of a fellow and a credit to the family, the community, the state of South Carolina, and the practice of medicine. Nancy, you did a wonderful job with this story.

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      KathrynGrayson 7 years ago

      Oh Aunt Nancy! I have chill bumps!!!! That was AWESOME!!!! Very touching!!! I even learned something about my Uncle Jim!!!!! Love it Love it Love it! and Love yall so so much!!!!!!! Can't wait to see ya in April! SUPER COOL LENS!!!!!!!

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      MBradley McCauley 7 years ago

      What a lovely tribute. You are blessed to feel so much love and so is he to be so loved and honored.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I always wanted to see Dr. Hellams. He was always nice to me even when I cried as a child. Wow... 50 YEARS! WHERE DID THE TIME GO. Thanks for the memories.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy,What a way to pay tribute to such a wonderful person and my DOC! You both are special and I cherish all of our memories and look forward to new ones. Love, Diane

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy,While I have known and lived near "Dr. Jim" for a very long time, I loved this story of a very amazing man and friend. Some things I was not aware of. I do know he has been our family physician for 4 generations.You presented a great tribute to your husband.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, you have done a wonderful job with this lens. "Doc" was my doctor when I was growing up in Pendleton. Thank you for your dedication and service to our town Dr. Hellams.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My hubby and I are sure enjoying all of these wonderful comments. Thank you so much for visiting. He is truly a man who enjoys life to the fullest and is passionate about his work, his family, and his friends.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good job, Nancy. Thanks for sharing the memories.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Congrats on #100 by the way!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Wow! I had no idea! Your husband sounds like a great guy! Blessing this lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      What a nice tribute to Doc. They don't make doctors like him any more!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, what a wonderful life. I don't think we have doctors like this anymore. Long may he practice. Thank you for the lens.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      What a great lens. You both are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing about your husband. I loved this!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, what a wonderful tribute!!! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us who check in from afar.

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      This is awesome! I enjoyed it.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      What a great tribute to the Doc.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      Wow, I'll bet Doc Hellams is feeling the love that your poured into this beautiful tribute! What a remarkable story. Thank you so much for sharing your family photos and memories. Cheers to you and your Linchpin. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations Dr. Jim (as my family knows you) on your 50th year as a wonderful physician to the town of Pendleton, SC. Our families have been friends most of these 50 years and I thank you for all you have done for the Coles. Nancy, what a great tribute to Dr. Jim, you could not have chosen a better topic for your 100th lens and congratulations to you too on accomplishing your 100th.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an endearing tribute to Doc Hellams who obviously is the love of your life! And he fits the definition of a linchpin perfectly...in your life and the life of Pendleton, South Carolina.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      The photo of Doc with his grandson could be a painting by Norman Rockwell. Very nice bio of him.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on 50 years! Tribute looks great.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Congrats on your 100th lens! A wonderful story of accomplishments, peppered with love and respect.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Lovely tribute to a wonderful doctor and husband. :)

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      It's really touching. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Nancy! Best wishes!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Wonderful story, Nancy, you are obviously a very proud wife and mother. Top marks and thanks for sharing.Norma

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      a beautiful tribute to your husband a wonderful man to many!! a wonderful wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great Tribute.... I knew "Doc" for a year before someone told me that he was an md...just thought that that was his nickname... Great story and shows that he is one of us and the best kind of "Doc" a community can have.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      A great tribute and a great life. What a lovely lens.I love the fact that your husband came back to his hometown area to practice medicine. A lot of people finish medical school and head straight for the big city to make big bucks. His dedication to being in a place where he can make a difference definitely makes him a Linchpin.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Oh Nancy! What a wonderfully beautiful loving lens! I will never forget the telling of the story of how you used to watch him from the school. Love at first sight is beautiful thing. He's very handsome :)

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great lens!5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My hubby and I are thoroughly enjoying reading all these great comments. Thank you all!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to your husband, so nice to see you too! Love this. ~claudia

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great story, Nancy. You left out one part though....how you met him and decided you would marry him!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Awww, this is so sweet! Your husband seems like a wonderful man to many! Thanks for sharing the stories about him. :)

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      It's great to get to know your hubby. He sounds like a wonderful person just like you Ohme. What a tribute!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your husband, Nancy! Your love for him pours off the page. 5*, fav , lensroll, and blessed.Oh, yes, glad to meet you, Doc!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, this is truly a beautiful tribute! Pendleton is blessed to have both of you! Fun to stroll down memory lane ............WE ARE F-A-M-I-L-Y! Hurray!

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      FunGifts4All 7 years ago

      What a tribute!! You did an awesome job on this lens!! Congrats!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Pendleton has certainly been blessed to have such a wonderful doctor in our town. He is not only the best doctor, but my husbands best friend. We think the world of you both.

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Your love shines through in this wonderful tribute to your hubby, Doc Hellams :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Bravo Doc, your are a great story and have given so much. Proud to callyou friend. Marc Cochran.Nancy, Beautiful job!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Awesome tribute!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, what a wonderful, professional tribute to a great man.Doc, thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do for the Barnettes. You are truly a great friend of mine and the entire family.Melvin

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wonderful! Great lens and great tribute to a wonderful person. Way to go for your 100th lens!

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      This is incredible! It was great to learn about Doc Hellams and all his achievements, but it was especially great to get a glimpse into such a great-hearted man and his life. Blessed by an angel!

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      strayspay 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Five stars. What a great legacy you and your husband are leaving to Pendleton, SC.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      Nancy, this is "way cool" and I really enjoyed reading it!!! What a way to hit 100!!

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      This is so beautiful OhMe!!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your wonderful husband, fantastic lens, and on making 100!

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      RuthieRu 7 years ago

      What a great way to celebrate Doc's 50 years and your 100th lens!! This is such a tribute to a great man and the great lady by his side. Pendleton loves you both!

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      sittonbull 7 years ago

      Ohme if this didn't make Doc's Valentine Day "special", we better check his pulse! This is a beautiful "love letter" and a fitting tribute to a great career... and a great man who has impacted countless Carolinians and continues to do so in a positive way. I knew Doc and Charlie practiced together, but never knew they roomed together at med school. Seems I'm always learning something from you! I shouldn't be astounded, 'cause I know how hard you've worked, but it just seems like yesterday you were celebrating 50 lenses and now this is #100. All I can say is you are one of the most fantastic Lensmasters on Squidoo and you are the most fantastic ambassador on the entire web for Pendleton, for your family and for your friends. It's my honor to call you friend!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading all about "doc" he has accomplished a lot in his life. I have enjoyed working and getting to know him for the past two years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a wonderfully done tribute to my "young brother" who has always been very special to me. You are certainly a special person to a lot of people.Love, Sis

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      What a beautiful tribute to your Doc Hellams. The photos you chose show him as a warm, kind loving husband, father, grandfather and doctor. Congratulations on your 100th lens!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      It was a pure pleasure to read this, both because of the person he is, but also for the love that shines through your words. :) This is beautiful 100th, OhMe - OhMy! :))) Congratulations, dear!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow! What a neat walk down memory lane! We are lucky to have stumbled into such a wonderful place full of people like the two of you!

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      Doc truly IS a Linchpin. Five generations of citizens can attest to that, and you know he made impressions along the way.But, mostly, both of you make a Linchpin. A union of love such as this can be nothing else.Awesome lens!And what a 100th stride on the Squidwalk this is ;)

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      Doc truly IS a Linchpin. Five generations of citizens can attest to that, and you know he made impressions along the way.But, mostly, both of you make a Linchpin. A union of love such as this can be nothing else.Awesome lens!And what a 100th stride on the Squidwalk this is ;)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Wonderful tribute to your husband! I hope you showed it to him. So many take their spouses for granted. It's obvious you two love each other and your family and town very much.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is my favorite lens, Ohme and Doc. It is about two sweet hearts, and the stories and pictures warm my heart. What lives of service to others you both have lived! You have made folks feel safe in Pendleton, Doc, because you are so much loved and trusted. You have brought creative joy to so many lives in Pendleton, and who knows where else, now that you are a techie, Ohme! I am honored and blessed to know you as friends. Thank you and congratulations for this 100th lens...

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Beautifully written and crafted tribute/linchpin lens. Doc Hellams sounds like an amazing man, and I think that photo of him with your grandson captures what a lovely, caring and wonderful person he is especially around kids. *blessed*

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      FANTASTIC Tribute..

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great story and a special friend for our town. Thank you for sharing his story. Love to you both.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      What a great linchpin lens! He has obviously lived quite a life and made a big difference in Pendleton, as you have also.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What an awesome linchpin and impressive gentleman! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great lens for such a great man. Congratulations Doc!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Nancy, this is wonderful and Jim is a true Linchpin! 50 years of service! Absolutely amazing! Love to you both!

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