William R. McCune, M.D.

JAN. 15, 1922-JAN. 27, 2012

January 27, 2012
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William Richard McCune, M.D., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at his home. 

Dr. McCune was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Gassaway, W.Va., the son of the late Carl and Eunice McCune. 

He grew up in Gassaway with his future wife, Mary Lou Groves. They were both active in 4-H throughout their childhoods. As a Gassaway High School student, he played trumpet in both the high school and state 4-H bands. He was a solo trumpeter in the West Virginia All State Band. He attended West Virginia Boys State in 1939. Dr. McCune graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and in 1946 graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. He then joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed first in Detroit, Mich., and later at a tuberculosis hospital in Corona, Calif. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in July 1949. He then settled with his family in Hedgesville, W.Va., practicing medicine from an office in his home. In 1952, he moved his family and his practice to Martinsburg, W.Va. He practiced general medicine in Martinsburg until 1960, and delivered many of the children born in Berkeley County in the 1950s. The last delivery in which he assisted was that of his youngest grandson, William Richard McCune III, on Sept. 8, 2004.

Dr. McCune returned to medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1960, and graduated as a specialist in urology in 1964. He returned to Martinsburg, where he had not entirely given up practice, and began his career in this community as a urologist. He closed his private practice in 1992, and was then asked by the Martinsburg Veterans Administration to attend temporarily to patients with urologic problems. He expected to stay six weeks. He stayed, practicing urology, at the Martinsburg Veterans Administration for six more years, retiring once more from the practice of medicine in 1998. While he was successful in giving up his practice, he never let go of his patients. As long as he was physically able, he visited old patients in local nursing homes and hospitals. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church from 1953 until 2009, when he became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg. During his practice, Dr. McCune was long active in the Eastern Panhandle Medical Society. With other physicians, he was instrumental in founding the Eastern Panhandle Heart Clinic in the early 1950s. He taught at the nursing schools at Kings Daughters Hospital and City Hospital in Martinsburg for a number of years.       

Dr. McCune served on the board of directors of Merchants & Farmers Bank in Martinsburg from 1979 until 1989. Joining the Martinsburg Rotary in 1950, Dr. McCune left Rotary in 1960, when he returned to medical school. He rejoined Rotary in 1964, and remained an active member until his death. He became a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2002.

Dr. McCune was active in Boy Scouts through most of his adult life. All four of his sons are Eagle Scouts. As an adult Boy Scout volunteer, Dr. McCune received a Statuette Award in 1978, and the Silver Beaver Award in 1980. He served as president of the Shenandoah Area Council from 1987 to 1989. He was given the Distinguished Citizens Award by the Potomac District of the Shenandoah Area Council (BSA) in 2000. Dr. McCune was a 32nd Degree Mason, receiving his Scottish Rite 32nd Degree at the same time with three of his sons, Richard, Brance and Alex. He was a member of Exhausted Roosters. After retirement, he spent much of his time as a gentleman farmer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph McCune. 

He is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth M. Hamrick and husband, Page Hamrick III; four sons, William Richard McCune Jr. and wife, Judy, Christopher Groves McCune and wife, Ellen, Brance Lindsey McCune and wife, Debbie, and Alex Groves McCune and wife, Tammy; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene McCune; and locally by one sister-in-law, Jody Groves. 

Mary Lou McCune, his wife of 68 years, died Nov. 6, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Julie Harris and the Rev. Lloyd McCanna of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

Donations in memory of Dr. McCune may be made to the Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 107 Youth Development Court, Winchester, VA 22602.

Dr. McCune spent a long, productive life in this community, which he was honored to serve. He will be remembered fondly.

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