Sep 16, 1916 - Dec 12, 2014
Dr. William Byrn Alsup, Jr. (Will) died peacefully on Dec.12, 2014 at Salemtowne Moravian Retirement Community, the home he shared with his dearly loved wife, Martha McRae Alsup, until her passing in 2008. Dr. Alsup was born September 16, 1916 in Memphis, Tenn. to William B. Alsup and Margaret Seward Alsup. He grew up in Dublin, Ga. where he completed High School. He attended Univ. of Georgia, Athens, Ga. and South Ga. Teachers College, now Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. Dr. Alsup graduated from Univ. of Georgia Medical College, Augusta, Ga. in 1940.
After a one year Rotating Internship at the Univ. of Georgia, he entered the Army of the United States in October, 1941 and served until October 1945 when he was honorably discharged as a Major in the Medical Corps. He served in the United States, in Alaska and in the European Theater.
Dr. Alsup completed a 3 year Residency in Ear, Nose and Throat at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. He then practiced Ear Nose and Throat in Winston-Salem from the fall of 1948 until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of The American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Forsyth-Stokes-Davie Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Rhinologic Society. He took many courses over the years in Otorhino-laryngology and gave willingly of
himself where needed as a physician and surgeon through his medical practice and through private consultation.
Throughout their marriage, Will and Martha Alsup embraced and supported Winston-Salem's many community resources including being Charter Members of Wake Forest Baptist Church, members of Winston-Salem Little Theater, Symphony and Opera Company, Old Salem, The N.C. School of the Arts, and participation in their children's public schools through PTA and extra-curricular activites. Dr. Alsup was an avid gardener and environmentalist throughout his life and was at the forefront of organic gardening and farming. He loved family projects including raising honeybees, chickens, pigeons and helping his grandchildren with their science projects. The Alsup family visited and explored the coast, the mountains and various landmarks especially in N.C. Will Alsup was an enthusiastic reader of history, science, environment, biography and poetry. For recreation, he enjoyed golf with good friends, hiking, walking, fishing and attending Wake Forest basketball games. His greatest passion was helping others, being present to his family and friends and sharing his unique gift of recognizing the positive aspects of the individual or the situation. Will Alsup lived with strong faith, love, wisdom, kindness, humility and generosity of spirit.
Surviving family of Dr. Alsup includes three children, William B. Alsup III and wife Sunny Jung Alsup of Washington, DC.,Robert Martin Alsup, M.D., and wife Jean Enderle Alsup, of Winston-Salem, and Ellen Alsup Worth and husband, Robert P. Worth, of Greensboro. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kimberly Alsup McGriff and husband Robert William McGriff, of Charlotte,
John McRae Alsup and wife Maria Toro Alsup, of Buffalo, N.Y., Lt. Benjamin Enderle Alsup, U.S. Navy and wife Bridget Webb Alsup of Norfolk, Va., David Alsup Worth and wife Erica Gooden Worth, of Greensboro, Martha Worth Whelan and husband Robert W.Whelan of Charleston, S.C. and Jonathan McRae Worth of Charleston, S.C. Dr. Alsup's six great-grandchildren include Ella Grace McGriff, Robert W.(Will) McGriff, William (Liam) Alsup, Elsa Worth, Fitzsimons Worth, Percy Worth, Carolyn Whelan and R. Worth Whelan. Also surviving Dr. Alsup is his devoted sister, Martha Alsup Leibell of New Canaan, Ct., along with her children, Peggy L. Jockman, Vincent Leibell, Kathy L. Pasternak, Pat L. Tisi and his sister-in-law Julie Alsup of Hendersonville, N.C., her children Lynda Alsup and husband Robert Bailey, John Alsup and his wife Melissa and their families. Other nephews surviving Dr. Alsup include Cameron McRae, Douglas McRae and nieces Rose Marie McRae, Joni McRae and their families. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 precious years, Martha McRae Alsup, his brother John Seward Alsup of Ridgeland, S.C., his brother-in-law William H. McRae and nephew John A. McRae III.
The family of Dr. William Alsup wishes to send special thanks to the generous, kind and ever present support of the Salemtowne Moravian Retirement Community administration and all staff members. The family is grateful to the devoted residents and dear friends of Salemtowne since his and his wife Martha Alsup's move to the Community in 2003. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorials be made to Salemtowne Residents' Assistance Fund, 1000 Salemtowne Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106, The Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616, Wake Forest Baptist Church, 108 Wingate Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106 or a favorite charity.
The family is in the process of making arrangements for a private family memorial service in Winston-Salem. Arrangements are by Salem Funeral & Cremation Services, online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com
Lynn Setzer and Randall Washington
So sad to hear this news. "Dr. Will" as Randall and I called him was truly one of the kindest people we met while living in Winston-Salem. Indeed, we are hard-pressed to think of nicer, more generous person. The friendship he showed my father while the two lived at Salemtowne is something our entire family treasures.
Claude and Karen Bruce
Karen and I are sad to receive the news of Dr. Alsup's death. He became a dear family friend and memorable part of Irish Oaks many years ago. We are indeed fortunate to have known such a rare individual. Truly our lives are better for having been associated with Dr. Alsup. Please accept our condolences on your loss.
Don & Bonnie Byerly
Dear Bill Bob and Ellen,
You have lost a beloved father and we have lost a wonderful friend and neighbor. Our hearts go out to you at this time, but we know that great comfort comes knowing what a beautiful life he led ,that he was a loving husband and terrific dad.Don laughs when he remembers how many times your dad was able to coerse the neighbor kids into " have lots of fun" planting trees in the country,or the good fortune to break his nose in your yard. I remember how greatful I was when your folks became our first visitors (moving day) and came bearing a fully cooked turkey!Your parents were truly magnificent people and we will miss them until we see them again in God's time. With Love, Don and Bonnie
Some 50 + years ago when I was a child my parents called Dr Alsup when I had an ear ache. I was in so much pain and it was late at night. They found him at the ER. He returned there call, and haven never seen me he call in medicine and John Andrews open up the drug store. I was able to get relief. That kind act has never been forgotten or will be. He was really a great person and doctor.
He used to tell my mother that it was all the cakes she baked, and sweets I ate that caused the problem. They do not make Doctors like him any more.
I will never forget his act of kindness.
My family has been blessed to know Will and Martha Alsup many years. Will and my father Henry Nading spent a trying time in WWII In Alaska helping each other survive. Will and Martha knew my mother who died in 1949 because both couples moved around the country together compliments of the army .They stayed friends throughout their lifetime.Will was a great doctor and he and Martha were two of the most caring people I ever knew. I loved the fact that Will stayed close to the earth with his gardening and driving his tractor.We have lost a great man and a great friend but what a blessed life he had!!! Will and Martha will always have a special place in my heart. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family. Sending love and strength to get through this transitional time. My father called it graduation. Love to you all! Lea
My co-worker Wendy and I greatly enjoyed helping Dr. Alsup at his local post office. He stopped in often to send care packages, peanuts he informed us, to his children and grandchildren. We really enjoyed getting to know him and will miss him greatly. Please accept our condolences.
AGNES M. CANZONA
I FONDLY REMEMBER YOUR FATHER WHEN I WAS
A TEACHING DIETITIAN FOR THE STUDENT NURSES AT CITY HOSPITAL. I HAD ACQUIRED 2
LARGE WHITE RATS,CHUBBY & CHECKER, FROM THE NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL FOR A NUTRITION EXPERIMENT..GOOD DIET VERSUS A
BAD ONE. AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THEY WERE NEEDING A NEW HOME SO DR. ALSUP TOOK THEM TO HIS FARM. LATER I ASKED
HOW THEY WERE DOING & HE SAID HIS WIFE
WAS NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT THE RELOCATION.
FROM TIME TO TIME I HAD ENT ISSUES & HE
ALWAYS FOUND THE PROBLEM & SOMETIMES HE
WOULD RECOMMEND A SIMPLE REMEDY I.E. ITEMS FOUND AT HOME. I HAVE MISSED HIM
& HIS APPROACH TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.
HE WAS A FINE MAN AND PHYSICIAN.
Henry L Harper
Dr Alsup was a very lovingly caring Physician, I was a teen (Miller St office) and his distinctive voice was so friendly and assuring everything would be fined. To the family God bless!!!
Dr. Bob Alsup I am so sorry for your loss. I still miss working with you. Your family is in my prayers
Joe & Sharon Eskridge
Dear Bill, Bob and Ellen,
Sharon and I have many wonderful memories of our friendships growing up and particularly for your sweet parents. You were blessed beyond measure with a sweet mother and father and, while we share in your grief, we rejoice that they are together again. Because of their faith, we can all embrace the Apostle Paul's words of admonition that "we do not grieve as those that are without hope!".
I have warm memories of playing cowboys & indians on Queen Street as youngsters. I can still remember your mom making peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches with cold milk after a hard day fought on the range!!! What fun we had only to continue when your family moved to Westview. Ellen, I know Sharon has great memories as well of you two as young girls growing up together.
You dad took out my tonsils! I can remember that calm, assuring voice asking me to count backwards...... Only to pass along that caring gift of healing to you, Bob, who did the same procedure on our youngest son, David.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers both now and in the days ahead. We are very thankful that we had the privilege and pleasure of knowing your parents and the wonderful influence they had on our lives.
Joe & Sharon
Shannon Marler and Family
Kim is a dear friend of mine, and spoke so often of her loving and unique relationship with her sweet grandad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.
Buddy Weiss and Susan Weiss
Please accept our deepest sympathies at this time of your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dr. Alsup took care of my son when he was a little boy. Such a thoughtful physician and caring person. My thoughts are with his family during this time.