John Wilson David, MD
of Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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John Wilson David, M.D., was a native of Mexia, Texas (August 27, 1893 - December 19, 1973) the oldest son of Dr. (D.D.S.) and Mrs. John White David, formerly May Watson, and moved with the family to Corsicana in 1900.  The Davids had two other children: Kathleen (Mrs. Ralph Waltman Stell) and W. Lewis David who raised their respective families in Corsicana, Texas

Wilson David graduated from Corsicana High School in (1911) and Southwestern University (1915) where he was active in Kappa Alpha fraternity; the manager, soloist and violinist with the University Glee Club and football letterman.  Upon graduation, he coached football and taught Texas History in Gilmer, Texas High School.

He attended Columbia University Medical School and graduated from Texas University Medical School in Galveston in 1920.  He taught physiology at Texas University Medical School until moving to Corsicana in 1922 to establish his medical practice.

Dr. David was a co-founder of the Navarro Clinic and Hospital that was completed in 1928 and was one of a group of professional men who through their interest in Corsicana and its welfare made possible progress and growth in the area.  He was a leader in the professional and civic activities of his day.

He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Country Club and an instigator promoting the organizations of Civitan Club, Heart Fund, Community Theater and Civic Music - serving as president at various times.  He served 17 years on the School Board and was made a "Life Member" of the Salvation Army for 36 years of service.  Dr. David also served as the District XII Councilor for the Texas Medical Association and was a "Fifty Year Member" of the American Medical Association.  Texas Medical Association and Southern Medical Association.  He served as Navarro County Treasurer during World War II for two years donating his salary to the Navarro County Health Unit.  He was a life long member of the First Methodist Church and served on the Board of Stewards.

Dr. David married the former Frances Gillett of Georgetown, Texas on October 6, 1919.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Green Gillett.  Mrs. David (April 13, 1895 - January 18, 1967) graduated from Southwestern University in 1917 and was president of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.  She was always active in her support of Dr. David's interest and her own.  She was a member of Kinsloe House, past president of Robert E. Lee P.T.A., Zeta Tau Alpha Alumna and "Fifty Year Member", and the Navarro County Medical Auxiliary.  Their home address was 1619 West Park Avenue where their daughters now reside.

Dr. and Mrs. David are survived by two daughters, Dorothy David and Frances David Look, both of whom graduated from S.M.U. in 1949.  Their two grandchildren are Mrs. Donald E. (Frances) Conrad, Fort Worth, and David Barrington Look.

Article Submitted by Frances (David) Look

OBITUARY - Corsicana Daily Sun
Long-Time Physician Here Dies
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Dr. John Wilson David, 80, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. Jack Riley will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a native of Mexia and had lived in Corsicana since 1909. He was a member of First Methodist Church. He practiced medicine in Corsicana for 50 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Miss Dorothy David of Corsicana and Mrs. Frances David Look of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; a brother, Louis David of College Station; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph Stell of Corsicana.

Dr. David was a graduate of Corsicana High School and Southwestern University. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He helped organize the Corsicana Little Theatre, Civic Music Club, the local health unit, and the Medical Auxiliary for Navarro County. He was a member of the Civitan Club and the Navarro County Medical Association.
Dr. David was co-founder of the Navarro Clinic and an honorary member of the Salvation Army. He was also active in the Navarro Heart and Cancer Associations, a member of the Texas Radiological Society, and the American Medical Association. He served as counselor of the 12th district for the Texas Medical Association and was a member of its 50-year club.

Pallbearers for the service include Bill Register, Elmer Butler, Rusty Gaston, Dan Hamill, Dr. James Whitten, Rib Lang, Gene Cordell, and Jim Stephenson.


  • Dr. David delivered my father, Charles David Williams, and later attended to my grandmother when she passed away.  Dr. David was so respected by the family they gave Charles his middle name after Dr. David.   ...ed williams
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