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Julius Stephenson, Kentucky’s oldest practicing dentist and possibly nation’s oldest, passes away

Dr. J.M. Stephenson

Julius Middleton Stephenson, who was Kentucky’s oldest working dentist when he retired last year at 96, and may have been the oldest in the nation, died May 5 in Bowling Green. He practiced in the Cumberland River town of Burkesville, population 1,500.

Stephenson was a fixture at the state high school basketball tournament well into his 90s, and was secretary-treasurer of the South Central Kentucky Dental Society for 40 years. His son and daughter, who survive, are both dentists.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burkesville First United Methodist Church with burial in Burkesville Cemetery with military honors. Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

Full disclosure: In his youth, the writer of this post was a patient of Dr. Stephenson.

From Kentucky Health News

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