Tuscumbia, Alabama , United States
Apr 19, 2017 02:02pm
|Info||Larry Stutts was born at Colbert County Hospital (now Helen Keller Hospital) in Sheffield, Alabama in May, 1954. Growing up in Cherokee, Alabama, the son of an accountant and a registered nurse, Larry was instilled with the core values of honesty, hard work, belief in God, and respect for others. These core values define him today. |
In high school Larry’s interest in government grew as he represented Cherokee Vocational High School at the American Legion’s Boys’ State. He was also an avid athlete, playing basketball and running track for Cherokee.
Upon graduation, Larry moved to Auburn to attend Auburn University. While at Auburn, he was active in numerous campus activities during the school year. In the summer months, he came back to Cherokee to help his family on their farm. His dedication to his studies was rewarded through early acceptance to Veterinary School. While attending veterinary school Larry served in Student Government, was elected Inter-Fraternity Council President and tapped into the Spade Honorary (top 10 men at Auburn). He was graduated from Veterinary School in May of 1979 and moved just across the Alabama state line to work as a veterinarian in Columbus, Georgia. Larry remained close to the Auburn campus to visit his future wife, an Auburn pharmacy student, Jackie, from Donalsonville, Georgia. Upon her graduation from Auburn University in August of 1980, the couple married and moved back to Larry’s hometown of Cherokee.
Larry opened a veterinary practice with Charles C. King of Leighton. Their practice grew, and Larry put the skills of hard work to use has he built a business over the next 3 years. Larry and Jackie attended First Presbyterian Church in Tuscumbia, with their eldest daughter, Elizabeth (Thompson), born in January of 1982. While in veterinary practice, Larry was active in the Tuscumbia Kiwanis Club, Shoals Area Quarterback Club and Shoals Area Auburn Alumni Club, where he was President. He also taught Biology classes at Northwest Shoals Community College in the evenings, passing on his love for science and also raising extra money to pay for his past school expenses. In July, of 1983 Larry and Jackie welcomed their second daughter Rebecca (Hovater).
After careful consideration and much prayer, Larry applied to medical school and was accepted to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He and Jackie moved their worldly belongings to Mobile in their cattle trailer and started medical school. While in Mobile, Jackie worked full time at Mobile Infirmary and University of South Alabama Medical Center. She worked part-time at local retail pharmacies in the Mobile area. Larry worked weekends and summers at numerous veterinary practices around Mobile to cover school expenses.
Larry was elected class representative all four years of medical school and served as President of the Medical Student Body his senior year. While in Mobile, Larry and Jackie, and their 2 daughters were founding members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Mobile. In October of 1987, Larry’s third daughter, Sarah was born in Mobile. As graduation neared, Larry was encouraged by the faculty to consider further research in comparative medicine–researching and studying similarities in animals and humans, using both his doctoral degrees. But rather than a career in academics, Larry desired to pursue a private practice of medicine and applied to residency programs around the Southeast. He matched with his first choice of obstetrics and gynecology at Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama—a program that put emphasis on the private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Larry and Jackie moved to Birmingham with their 3 daughters. They lived in the Medical Center housing next to the hospital in downtown Birmingham. Jackie worked as a home health pharmacist while Larry was completing his residency. To obtain extra money to support the family and pay off student loans, Larry continued to work on weekends at smaller regional hospitals in the emergency room. The Stutts joined Briarwood Presbyterian Church, and their two oldest daughters started school at Briarwood Christian School. In October of 1989, their last child was born, a son, Collins, named after Larry and his great-grandfather, H. Collins Stutts. The family moved into Vestavia at the end of 1989 and lived there until the end of Larry’s residency. Larry received the honor of Chief Resident while at Carraway. He was also asked to present his senior research project at the World College of Gynecologic Laparoscopy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larry and Jackie considered several options about where to move and open his medical practice. Ultimately, they decided to move back to the Shoals, as it was a place they wanted to raise their children and be active in the community. Tuscumbia became their hometown and the medical practice was located in Sheffield.
In 1992, Larry opened Colbert OB/GYN. Today, his practice has served over 18,000 patients. He has delivered more than 10,000 babies and performed over 7,000 gynecologic surgeries.
Their family has been active in their church, First Presbyterian of Tuscumbia since returning in 1992. He serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher for the church.
Today, Larry enjoys being with family and friends, while also appreciating his time on the farm with his horses and cattle.