Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Kentucky's (and nation's?) oldest working dentist dies at 97

Dr. J.M. Stephenson
Julius Middleton Stephenson, who was Kentucky's oldest working dentist, and may have been the oldest in the nation, died May 5 in Bowling Green. He practiced in the Cumberland River town of Burkesville, population 1,500.

Stephenson worked in his office as recently as March. He was a fixture at the state high school basketball tournament well into his 90s, and was secretary-treasurer of the South Central Kentucky Dental Society for 40 years. His son and daughter, who survive, are both dentists.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burkesville First United Methodist Church with burial in Burkesville Cemetery with military honors. Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky.

Full disclosure: In his youth, the writer of this post was a patient of Dr. Stephenson.

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