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Leila Daughtry Denmark, 114, retired pediatrician and the fourth-oldest person in the world, died April 1 at the home of her daughter in Athens.

Denmark was a longtime member of Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta prior to moving to her daughter’s home.

In the late 1920s she became the first resident physician of the newly-opened Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children, now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and admitted its first patient. She opened her pediatrics office in her home in 1931 and continued in practice until her retirement in 2001 at the age of 103. She was recognized at that time as being the oldest practicing physician in the nation.

In the early 1970s she published a book outlining her ideas on the care and rearing of children, titled “Every Child Should Have a Chance,” the book is now in its 14th printing.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Denmark Hutcherson of Athens, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Services were on April 5 at First United Methodist Church in Atlanta with burial in Portal Cemetery in her native Bulloch County.

Two of her many well-known quotes include “Being a good parent is the more important job on earth” and “The most important thing that a child can have is good parents.”

More information on her book and life is available at her website at


Preacher and evangelist James Oral Dorriety died April 3 in Macon. He was 87.

Affectionately titled “The Syrup Sopping Servant from Slocomb, Alabama,” Dorriety was an active minister for 62 years throughout not only his home state and Georgia, but the world. While in the Peach State he served as vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, leading the GBC to integrate spiritual components into HUD communities.

After graduating from Mercer University and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he would go on to serve during World War II and the Korean Conflict, the latter as a lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. In Korea he led many formal and informal worship services as an ordained Baptist minister.

Dorriety was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, the late Vonzeal Davis Dorriety; brothers Frank, W.H., Edgar, and Rex; and sisters Allie Mae Bedsole, Rena Hundley, and Mary Martin. Survivors include his wife, Susan Miller Dorriety; children Jim Dorriety, Jr., Jerry Dorriety, and Randy Miller; sisters Eloyce Cox and Nell Walton; five grandchildren; and seven grandchildren.