Charles A. Stump, M.D., 84 - Daytona, Florida

Charles A. Stump, M.D., 84, of Daytona, Florida, died peacefully at home on December 25, 2011.

He was born on March 8, 1927 in Grantsville, West Virginia to Albert and Gladys Weaver Stump. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in Grantsville and graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1945. During his high school years he was an outstanding athlete and was Captain of the All-Conference Football team in his senior year. He continues to hold the record for the longest punt return in Calhoun High School history.

He was mentored throughout his adolescence by his family physician, Dr. Curtis Artz, and from that point on was determined to become a physician. Upon graduating he immediately joined the United States Navy. Soon after enlisting, he was placed in the Officer Training program and sent to Swarthmore College in Philadelphia and then the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

After completing his active duty to the Navy, he entered medical school at George Washington University and graduated with high honors with his MD degree in 1952. He interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He decided to return to his home town of Grantsville to practice general medicine, which he did for four years. He was recalled to active duty in 1956 and was stationed for two years at Quantico, Virginia where he served as a medical officer for the Marines. He retired from naval service as a Lieutenant.

Upon leaving the Navy, he entered the OB/GYN Residency program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He left Johns Hopkins in 1959 to become Chief Resident at the newly formed OB/GYN Residency program at the University of Florida. Upon completing his residency he came to Daytona Beach in 1961 to begin his first OB/GYN practice joining Dr. Cleland Cochrane.

After two years, he opened his own OB/GYN office where he practiced for 35 years. In 1998 he became employed by Halifax Health where he continued practicing until his retirement in 2008. He was an unhappy retiree and decided to continue seeing his patients one day a week at the Daytona Beach Women's Center. He also regularly volunteered at the Jesus Clinic in Holly Hill.

Dr. Stump was Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Upon arriving in Daytona Beach, he immediately became an active member of the Volusia County Medical Society. He was an active member of the local and state medical community serving as President of the Halifax Medical Center Medical Staff where he actively practiced for 50 years, President of the Volusia County Medical Society and President of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He was a member of both the Florida Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He served for over 20 years as a Delegate from Volusia County to the Florida Medical Association. In September of 2000, Dr. Stump was one of 7 recipients statewide who was awarded the Florida Medical Association of Appreciation at its annual meeting.

His awareness of the privilege and responsibility of being a physician caused him to serve mankind with a 2-month tour of duty in Brazil with the U.S.S. Ship Hope, a 2-month tour of duty in Columbia also aboard the Hope and a 1-month stint on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Ganado, Arizona with Project Hope. His last medical mission trip was to Camanchaj, Guatemala with the medical-surgical-dental team from Coronado Community United Methodist Church in 2006 at the age of 79.

Early on, Dr Stump felt that he was losing too many patients to breast cancer and the early detection of the disease became a passion for him. He pioneered the use of mammography in the area as an early detection tool.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach.

While the practice of medicine was his passion, he also greatly enjoyed music, sports, painting, cartooning, gardening, his Saturday morning golf game at Oceanside Country Club and spending social time with his friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, JoAnn Campbell Stump. They grew up next door to each other in Grantsville as childhood sweethearts and were married in 1952. He is also survived by his son, Michael Stump and wife Jeanie of Ormond Beach FL, his daughter, Ann Martorano and husband Richard of New Smyrna Beach FL, and his grandson, Michael Charles Stump of Wilson, NC.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, 336 S. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach, Fl., 32176 at 4:00 p.m. with a reception for friends and family to follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach or to New Start of Daytona (Youth Organizations & Centers) 616 Harvey Ave., Daytona Beach, Fl 32118.