Welborn, Terry Winston (1887-1962)

Son of Franklin and Mary Jane Gilliland Welborn of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. His siblings were Clara Ellen, William Franklin, Florence Louise, and Julius Warren Welborn, He graduated in 1915 from the University of Alabama, and in 1919 from the Charleston Medical College in Charleston, South Carolina. That same year he married Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, daughter of William Francis and Mary Elizabeth Sullivan of Charles­ton, South Carolina. He was first a company doctor for the Dunlevie Lumber Company at Allenhurst. He established a private medical practice in Hinesville in 1920.


His children, all born in Liberty County, are Terry Winston Welborn (1919-1928), Mary Palmer Welborn, Julius (“Jule”) Warren Welborn, Catherine Isobel Welborn, Ann Louise Welborn, and Nancy Lowe Welborn. Mary Palmer Welborn married Benjamin E. Pierce Jr. of Augusta, Georgia, and their two children are Benjamin E. Pierce III and Mary Welborn Pierce. Julius (“Jule”) Warren Welborn married Myrtie Long Smith (see Long Families in appendix) and their children are Terry Winston Welborn III and Ralph Smith Welborn.


Myr­tie Long Smith was married first to Louis Smith, deceased, and their children were Ann Mims and Hagan Dudley. Cath­erine Isobel Welborn married (1) Fraser Fleming Robinson, and (2) Harold Waters. Ann Louise Welborn married George M. Waters, and their surviving children are George Randall Waters and Matthew Welborn Waters. Nancy Lowe Welborn married William Arthur Wood Jr., and their children are Ann Wood, Donna Marie Wood, and Kay Kendrick Wood.


T.W. Welborn was a “family” doctor for hundreds of Liberty County families for more than 40 years. He was also a busi­nessman in association with Jesse G. Ryon (see Ryon Fami­lies in appendix). He established the first hospital in Liberty County during World War II on the second floor of a building constructed by Peyton Way on courthouse square in Hinesville. He dedicated the first Liberty County Health Center. He was largely instrumental in securing a Hill-Burton hospital, which became Liberty Memorial Hospital. He was Mayor of Hinesville for several years, and was a prime mover in the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.


From “Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia” by Robert Long Groover; Appendix Number 39, Page(s) 235-236; Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office