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Doc Hellams

Dr. James W. Hellams, Sr.

James W. Hellams, Sr

James W. Hellams, Sr

A Tribute To Dr. James Willams Hellams, Sr.

Update: This article was written in 2010. Doc passed away June 29, 2018. Our family cherishes all our fun memories with this very special man. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and doctor and is missed by many


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

Young Jimmy Hellams

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.

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.

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

James W. Hellams MUSC Class of 56

Doc Hellams MUSC Class of 56

Doc Hellams MUSC Class of 56

Captain James W. Hellams

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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".

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.

Papa Doc with his first grandchild

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.

Our Hellams Family

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"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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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. Callout

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.

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 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

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

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

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Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy 80th Birthday at The Islander!

Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy Birthday at The Islander!

Friends Wish Doc Hellams A Happy Birthday at The Islander!

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

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

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

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

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

Bruno Pillow

Bruno Pillow

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

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.

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

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

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

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bruno and doc

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

Bruno the bulldog

Bruno the bulldog

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

Loretta Swaney Hendricks on June 15, 2017:

Happy 86 Birthday Doc.

Wally hampton on June 15, 2017:

Love you and miss you doc ! I learned so much from you and four kindness in treating your patients. My years working with you were The BEST !!

Jonathan Gilbert on June 15, 2017:

Happy birthday doc!!

Emma Knight on June 15, 2017:

This is an excellent tribute to a wonderful man. I really enjoyed learning about my neighbor, Doc. Happy Birthay!!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 30, 2015:

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

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on March 28, 2014:

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

burntchestnut on August 18, 2013:

What a nice tribute!

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

Happy Belated Birthday Doc!

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

Happy Birthday, Doc!!!

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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)

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on June 15, 2013:

Happy Birthday Doc Hellams, have a great day!

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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.

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

Have wonderful Birthday!

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

Happy Birthday Doc, hope you have a great day!

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 15, 2013:

Happy Birthday from Australia, Doc!

Joan4 on June 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 06, 2013:

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

Perrin from South Carolina on February 25, 2013:

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

Vikki from US on January 27, 2013:

What a lovely tribute! *Blessed*

Michey LM on January 22, 2013:

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

sittonbull on January 22, 2013:

Great tribute lens to Doc Ohme!

anonymous on November 28, 2012:

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

HalloweenRecipes on September 10, 2012:

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!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 30, 2012:

@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!

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

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.

bordercollieluvr on August 29, 2012:

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

Ruthi on June 15, 2012:

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.

anonymous on June 14, 2012:

Happy belated birthday DOC. Sue Ellen and Wayne Bennett

anonymous on June 11, 2012:

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!!

anonymous on June 10, 2012:

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 !

anonymous on June 10, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 10, 2012:

Happy birthday, Doc!! Laura, Tommy & Troy

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on June 10, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 10, 2012:

Happy birthday, Doc! Laurie and Denny

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 10, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 10, 2012:

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.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on June 01, 2012:

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

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on June 01, 2012:

What a lovely tribute, Nancy.

anonymous on March 15, 2012:

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.

anonymous on February 15, 2012:

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

Pastor Cher from United States on February 11, 2012:

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.

flycatcherrr on February 10, 2012:

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. :)

Christine Larsen from South Australia on January 31, 2012:

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

Johanna Eisler on January 28, 2012:

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

writerkath on January 28, 2012:

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

anonymous on January 26, 2012:

Returning with a congratulatory front page featured hug and blessing!

Edutopia on January 25, 2012:

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.

batsinthebelfry on January 25, 2012:

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

ifuturz on January 25, 2012:

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

Margaret Schaut from Detroit on January 23, 2012:

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!

Jeimuzu-san on January 06, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 01, 2011:

What a lovely tribute to an obviously very special man

writerkath on October 11, 2011:

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 :)

writerkath on October 11, 2011:

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

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on September 12, 2011:

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.

Showpup LM on August 30, 2011:

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!

clouda9 lm on August 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 29, 2011:

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

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on August 29, 2011:

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

Joan4 on August 29, 2011:

Your new office looks great, Doc!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on August 13, 2011:

Always loved this lens! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

patinkc from Midwest on August 12, 2011:

Thus is a beautiful tribute to Doc!

grannysage on August 12, 2011:

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.

sittonbull on August 12, 2011:

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! ;>)

GramaBarb from Vancouver on August 12, 2011:

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

NYtoSCimjustme on August 12, 2011:

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.

AJ from North Carolina on August 07, 2011:

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

Joan4 on July 26, 2011:

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

anonymous on June 28, 2011:

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.

Spook LM on June 16, 2011:

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

GrowWear on June 08, 2011:

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

sousababy on June 08, 2011:

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

anonymous on June 08, 2011:

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!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on June 06, 2011:

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

anonymous on June 04, 2011:

Happy birthday doc hope ya have many more.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2011:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 04, 2011:

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

justholidays on June 04, 2011:

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!

anonymous on June 03, 2011:

Happy Birthday, Doc! Plus a Happy Anniversary!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on May 30, 2011:

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.**

anonymous on May 06, 2011:

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

Linda Hahn from California on May 06, 2011:

I wish you the best. Happy anniversary!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on May 06, 2011:

Happy Anniversary to two wonderful, exceptional people.

rwoman on May 06, 2011:

Wonderful lens about a wonderful person!

GrowWear on March 21, 2011:

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

anonymous on March 10, 2011:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 10, 2011:

@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.

anonymous on March 10, 2011:

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.

JeremiahStanghini on February 18, 2011:

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

ElizabethJeanAl on January 10, 2011:

What a wonderful tribute!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 06, 2011:

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

javr from British Columbia, Canada on January 03, 2011:

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

KimGiancaterino on December 30, 2010:

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

GrowWear on December 30, 2010:

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

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