Dorothy Weaver Ptomey

July 30, 2020

Dorothy Weaver Ptomey died on July 29, 2020 at the age of 98. She was born Dorothy Oreve Weaver on July 19, 1922 to Lumon Dewey and Teresa Gordon Weaver. Although she was born in Pine Hill, Alabama, the family soon moved to Flomaton, Alabama. She was the eldest of four siblings.

Dot was preceded in death by her parents and both brothers, Jack Gordon Weaver and Dewey Franklin Weaver. She is survived by her son, William Reagan Ptomey, Jr. and is wife, Susan, and her grandsons, Joshua and Luke, all of Plantation Key, Florida. She is also survived by her sister, Lunette Weaver Ptomey; two sister-in-laws, Sue Watson Weaver and Margaret Weaver Smith; six nieces and three nephews.

Dot was the last surviving member of the Flomaton High School Class of 1940. In 1943 she entered the Mobile Infirmary School of Nursing. Several months into her freshman year, the school came under the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp, a World War II Program. When the war ended so did the Cadet Nurse Program and the school closed. Dot transferred to Mississippi Baptist School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi for her senior year, graduating in 1946.

She was recruited by Dr. Sam Turberville of Turberville Hospital in Century, Florida to return home to work. This move was the pathway of her professional years, eventually becoming a co-owner of the hospital . The years rolled by and finally the hospital partnership was sold to Escambia County, Florida. The partnership donated the property to the county where a new larger hospital was erected.

Dot was always an operating room nurse and returned to school to become a nurse anesthetist graduating from Baptist Medical Center School of Anesthesia, Birmingham, Alabama. She served as the only anesthetist for the county facility and was available to the other local hospitals. After 39 1/2 years devoted to her profession, Dot retire in 1985.

Dorothy Weaver Ptomey was a lifelong member of the Flomaton United Methodist Church. She served on every church committee at one time or another, even being the first woman to serve as chairperson of the Administrative Board. In later years she attended both Bible study and church services at Century United Methodist Church with her family and friends.

Mrs. Ptomey was very civic minded. She was the first woman to serve on the Flomaton Town Council. She was a long time member of the Flomaton Research Club and was instrumental in the preservation of the Log Cabin (Renfroe Home). The U.S. Bicentennial Celebration and the establishment of the Lions Park were just a couple of her many civic projects.

Dot loved Flomaton and was particularly interested in preserving the history of not only the town, but of the local medical community.

Following a family only memorial service, there will be a graveside service open to all on August 1, noon Flomaton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Flomaton Cemetery Trust Fund c/o Escambia County Bank, P.O. Box 601 Flomaton, AL 36441 or the charity of your choice.

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