Dr. Ralph L. Brickell, Jr. of Tullahoma passed this life on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the age of 89. Ralph was born on June 13, 1926 in Knoxville, TN to the late Ralph Sr. and Georgia Geasland Brickell. Raised in Chattanooga, he graduated from Chattanooga City High School in 1944. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and served on the USS Cabot in the Pacific Theater in the third fleet under Admiral Halsey. After his discharge from the Navy, he went to the University of Chattanooga and then to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine where he received his M.D. degree in 1952. He then served his internship at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, GA. After his internship, he established a family medical practice in Tullahoma, TN, where he was in partnership with Dr. Charles B. Harvey for nearly 40 years. He was instrumental in the construction of John Harton Memorial Hospital where he served as its first Chief of Staff. He was a fellow and Diplomate in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was preceded in death by the love of his life Ruth Elder Moses Brickell in 2004 after 53 years of marriage. He is survived by two daughters Betty Walter (Martin) of Knoxville, TN, and Vicki Weinkauf of Forchheim, Germany; one son Ralph L. Brickell III of Tullahoma; and four grandchildren, Martin Walter, Ruth Anne Walter, Alexander Weinkauf and Nicholas Weinkauf.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Wednesday November 25, 2015 at First United Methodist with a service to follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Paul Purdue officiating. The interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery immediately following
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