Funeral services were held Tuesday for popular Whitesburg surgeon Vincent C. Arroz Jr., who died December 6 after battling leukemia.
Dr. Arroz, 78, was a native of the Philippines and a well-liked and highly respected general surgeon at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Santo Thomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, which was founded in 1871 in the Philippines.
Dr. Arroz first came to Whitesburg to practice surgery in December 1965, seven years after he graduated medical school. In the meantime, he interned at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and served two years of a general physician residency at Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Arroz served the first year of his surgical residency at Colorado State Hospital, Pueblo, and the second year at the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital.
When he came to Whitesburg in 1965, he was scheduled to be here for only six months while working under Dr. Robert Schofstall, then chief of surgery at the ARH here.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid University of Kentucky sports fan.
A son of the late Vincente and Emilia Claridad Arroz, he was born in the Philippines on June 14, 1936. He died Saturday at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Dr. Arroz, of Mayking, was married to Shirley Gilbert
Arroz on August 31, 1968, who survives him.
Other survivors include three sons, Brian Arroz and wife Chanda and Keith Arroz and wife Dana, all of Myrtle Beach, S. C., and Erik Arroz of Mayking; one brother, Verne Arroz of San Francisco, Calif.; three sisters, Evelyn McCarthy of San Francisco, Estella Ramirez and Velva Piansay, both of the Philippines; and four grandchildren, Chasen, Gracelyn, Laykin and Dylan.
Dr. Arroz was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Simplson and Rufina Acma.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg, with the Rev. Tony Brown and the Rev. Bill Mackey officiating. Serving as pallbearers were his sons, family and friends.
Burial was at Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine.