Pioneer Atlanta doctor Asa Yancey laid to rest
By Bekitembe Eric Taylor Contributing Writer | 3/22/2013, noon
Despite his hundreds of accolades, however, Yancey was renowned for his humility, calm demeanor, civility and commitment to service. To his four children – three of whom became doctors themselves – he was just “Dad.”
What the Yancey children said they appreciated most about their father’s bedside manner is how it extended to the home. Before his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Dunbar Yancey, succumbed to age-related dementia in 2010, he administered her medication, made sure she had comfortable pillows, and catered to her every need until her passing, they said.
“The Canadians say that when your father passes, you run out of excuses,” remarked Asa Yancey Jr., the youngest of the four siblings and self-proclaimed troublemaker of the brood. He said that one of his fondest memories was of the nurturing his father gave him when the family dog, Duke, was run over by a car.
“I can still feel that warm hug wrapped around me,” he said. “I also remember that dad smell – the smell of Vitalis and the hospital.”
His sister, Carolyn L. Yancey, said she’ll always remember how much her father invested in family time.
“We would sit and watch our favorite television program, Gunsmoke, together as a family with popcorn made on the stove – the old-fashioned way,” she said.
Few tears were shed during memorial services for Yancey last weekend, attended by scores of civic and political leaders, including by U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Atlanta City Council members C. T. Martin and Michael Julian Bond.
“It was just a warm and dignified tribute to a quiet warm and dignified man,” one observer said.