Dr. David P.'s Story
TAZEWELL, Va. — Dr. David P. Olinger, age 89 of Tazewell, VA passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Commonwealth Assisted Living at Hillsville, VA with his loving wife of 56 years and family by his side.
Born November 4, 1927 in Bluefield, VA, he was a son of the late Thomas Habern Olinger and Marion Murel Ball Olinger. He received his elementary education in Moorefield, Marlinton, and Berkley Springs, WV and graduated from Big Stone Gap High School. He worked in the coal mines at Roda, VA where he was a member of the UMWA. After completing his first two years of study at Virginia Tech, he served in the US Army as a medic with the 24th Infantry Division during wartime in Korea. After his military service, he completed his last two years at Virginia Tech, earning his BS degree in General Science. He then attended UVA Medical School. Upon earning his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, he did post graduate work at UVA and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA and his internship and residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. In 1962, Dr. and Mrs. Olinger settled in Richlands, VA where he joined Clinch Valley Physicians Clinic and worked with Dr. R.E. Bower in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, delivering thousands of babies in this community. He retired from The Clinic in 1993.
Dr. Olinger was a member of Tazewell County Medical Society, Virginia State Medical Society, and the American Medical Society. He was a member of Tazewell Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir, serving as deacon and elder. He was a great lover of music with many musical instruments. He loved being out on his farm with the horses, cattle, pigs, and goats. He enjoyed teaching his children about wildlife and aquatic life.
Dr. Olinger was a kind and generous soul who touched the hearts of many, many people. Whether it was the thousands of patients and newborn babies he cared for, his family, friends, animals, fellow musicians, and church members. He put them all above himself.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Olinger and Katie Mac Millan; and a brother T. H. Olinger, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, DeLois Dawn Fullen Olinger and five children, Amy Olinger, Dr. Polly Billips and husband, Mark, Dr. Melody Heath and husband, Brian, Dr. Jill Moore, and Zachary Olinger and wife, Denice; ten grandchildren, Christina Adams, Rachel Adams, Lydia Billips, Audrey, Billips, Emily Billips, Sara Heath, Nolan Heath, Benjamin Heath, Samuel Olinger and John Olinger.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Tazewell Presbyterian Church in Tazewell, VA where funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM with Dr. Dave Gilbert officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, VA where military graveside rites will be conducted by Barns Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell, VA and Virginia National Guard Honor Team of Gate City, VA. Pallbearers are Mark Billips, Zack Olinger, Brian Heath, Brett Riley, Evan Henry, and Eric Clifton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to Mountain Valley Hospice, 1477 Carrolton Pike, Hillsville, VA 24343 or Tazewell Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 26, Tazewell, VA 24651.
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