Dr. Jack Winfield Cope, 68, of Baxter, died May 18 at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Benham to the late James and Beatrice Cope, he was a physician, a world traveler, and pianist.
Dr. Cope spoke eight languages and enjoyed hiking, fishing and golfing.
He was graduated from Lynch High School as Valedictorian, and was then graduated from the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine with honors.
Following a residency and post-graduate training at Maricopa County General Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., he began his career in medicine at the Valley View Community Hospital in Benham.
Dr. Cope worked for Lonesome Pine Hospital, Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital, and the Cumberland Valley Medical Group in Lynch.
In 1989, he returned to Arizona for more than 14 years and was named as one of the Top Ten Doctors in Phoenix. Later, as a member of the Kentucky Academy of Family Practice and the American Academy of Family Practice, he became a certified Diplomat with the American Board of Family Medicine in 1999.
He was the lead physician at the ARH Tri-City Medical Clinic, and had semi-retired.
Dr. Cope is survived by two aunts, Pearl Cope of Benham, and Mary Cope of Medford, Ore.
Graveside services were held May 28 at the Monte Vista Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held immediately afterward at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn.