Dr. William Waitsell Cuthbertson

Born: Fri., Jul. 23, 1937
Died: Sun., Feb. 24, 2013

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William Waitsell Cuthbertson, 75, of Clayton, GA, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013.

He was born in Duck Town, TN and was the son of William Pyrd Cuthbertson and Lena Mae Casteel Blakley.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Cuthbertson was preceded in death by a son, John William Cuthbertson, one brother, Dr. Paul Young Cuthbertson, and a sister, Shirley Cuthbertson Gordon.  He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Cuthbertson; two daughters, Debra Lynn Cuthbertson of Clayton and Donna Cuthbertson Galloway and her husband Dale of Clayton.  Also surviving are two grandchildren, William Trent Galloway and Torie Galloway Lancaster and her husband, Michael and a special niece, Paula Cuthbertson Nichols..

Dr. Cuthbertson was a self employed optometrist and was a member of the Georgia Optometric State Board of Examiners for 2 terms and was an Optometrist in Clayton for 24 years and 38 years in Cornelia, GA. He also founded the Visual Education Foundation in Dunwoody which then became the Omni Eye Center.  He was also instrumental in the passage of the Right To Know Bill.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cornelia.

Services will be private.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.

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Jeff & Cheryl McGahee
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
We loved Doc very much! All of you are in our prayers and our thoughts.
May God Bless and keep you.

Madison and Dianne Mccrackin
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
We loved him.

Kathy Galloway Snead
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Donna, Dale and family. We are so sorry, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy & Shane

Amanda Loudermilk Kimbrel
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Doc and my dad, Joe H. Loudermilk were best of friends. My dad passed away when I was 2 years old and Doc made a promise to him to take care of me. He kept that promise and as I was growing up Doc always made sure I had what I needed. He was a great person and I will always be thankful. My deepest sympathy is with his family. Amanda Loudermilk Kimbrel

Ray and Mary Barrett
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Doc was a friend who can never be replaced. his passing leaves a big hole that nobody can fill. Our thoughs and prayers are with each of you at this time with your loss.

Janie Henderson
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
I will certainly miss Doc. I enjoyed working with him while he was a Commissioner in Cornelia from 1998 to 2006. He was always very honest with me and helpful when I needed it. When I came to work in Cornelia in 1997 he was one of the first citizens that I met. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Charles & Margaret Tench
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to all the family in their loss of Doc. He was a friend and helped so many. He will be missed.

   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
BILL WAS A YEAR AHEAD OF ME at Southern College of Optometry , so I have known him and his family including his brother Paul and their children for almost 50 years. He was a leader in Optometry during all of his career, and was always willing to help younger optometrists if we needed advice. Bill lived life to its fullest- always.And usually got his way whether as an optometrist or on the Cornelia City Council !

My condolences to Elaine and the two girls and the entire family. And I pray that your healing will be fast. Sincerely, Bill Sharpton / Lake Rabun

Dr. Cliff Courtenay
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
We've lost a great visionary leader in our profession. Very sorry to hear the news.

Dr. Ken Schneider
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Freda and I were saddened to learn of Bill's death. I met Doc almost 38 years ago when I opened my practice in Toccoa. Please accept out heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Pamela rowe
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
Doc was one of a kind. He was always good to me. I am thankful to have known him.

All of you will always be in my prayers.

Dr. Brock Garrett
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
Bill was a leader for Optometry in Ga. He helped me and many others to establish our practices. He will be missed.

Linnie Robinson
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
Trent, we are so sorry about your grandfather. You and your family are in our prayers.

Dr. Don Robbins Optometrist Cleveland GA.
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
I met Bill when I was doing my externship at Ed Shannons office in 1984. I spent a day observing him in the office. He was a master of the art. So sorry for your loss.

Dr. Holton King
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
Doc was a friend, a visionary in our profession, a mentor, a dedicated citizen, a servant in his church, and one funny guy! He will be missed by the many people he came across during his life.

Yovonda Kimbrell Loudermilk/Michael Loudermilk
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Donna, Lynn, Elaine, and other family members,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed visiting at your house when we were in Junior High together. Doc was always friendly and made everyone feel welcome at his home. The Lord is your strength, lean on Him.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Shuman
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Bill Cuthbertson was a dear friend. My heartfelt sympathy to Elaine and
other friends and family.

David and Mya Greene
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
"Doc" will be missed by all who knew him. He was a true pioneer and all of Optometry should be grateful for his leadership. May God give you peace.

Dr T. Joel Byars
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Bill and I served on the State Board together and he had the ability to look at the future of our profession and make great decisions that gave us the ability to prepare for the future. The entire Optometric Profession will miss him greatly along with his family. My condolences to you, his family for your loss.

Paul Ajamian
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Dr. Bill Cuthbertson is the reason I am where I am at Omni Eye Services, and why the profession of optometry has Co-Management Centers all across the nation. He was the visionary leader who realized there had to be a better way for optometry to interact with ophthalmology, and by forming the VEF Clinic, he changed the landscape of relationships between the two professions forever. I will miss him dearly.

Anne Bell
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers, as well as your memories give you comfort to help you endure the days ahead. The Bible also offers comfort. “For God is near to those broken at heart. “ Ps 34:17,18. Our Creator promises that there will soon be a time when “death will be no more.” Revelation 21:4. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at: theoneforson@yahoo.com

Dr. William Y. Cuthbertson
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Waitsell was a dear uncle and a great leader in Optometry-A pioneer of the "Co-Managment" principle that brought optometrists into a new age. He worked very hard for the equal rights of Optometrists and he served the profession well. On a personal note, He led our family with a great deal of patience and compassion through a very tough time after my father passed away, and I will be forever greatful to him.

Dr. Ann Cuthbertson
   Posted Tue March 19, 2013
To our Family-
My uncle Waitsell lived life to the fullest. I will alway think of him and the good times we had with our cousins at Destin, at SkyValley, at Lake Allatoona and at Saluda. It was the best of times when we were all together- John, Gordon, Van, my dad Paul( or Doc) and everyone else thrown in together. Waitsell made the best biscuits in the world. It was a great way to grow up. We were lucky to have been in the presence of a true original.
May you all be blessed with peace-

Pam Strickland
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
I heard of Doc's Passing this week. I am so sad I did not know before. Doc was a wonderful man, doctor, and boss. He would go out of his way to help you, always gave great advise, and was absolutely a man who could keep you laughing with some of his escapees. I will always have the fondest of memories and appreciation of him. Prayers to Elaine and girls.