WILMINGTON — Henry Pate Singletary, M.D. died October 9, 2021, at the age of 94 after several years of declining health. He was born in Palestine, Texas, the third and youngest son of the late Coyle Edward Singletary and Ollie Pate Singletary. He was predeceased by his brothers and their wives: Coyle Edward Singletary, Jr. (Dorothy) and John Thomas Singletary (Mary), and a nephew, John Henry Singletary.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Gorda Crowder of Knoxville, TN, and their children and spouses: Carol Meier (Robert) of Atlanta, Henry Singletary, Jr. (Cathy) of Wilmington, and Greta Barnes (Watson) of Wrightsville Beach; grandchildren Colin Meier, Jennifer Meier, Elizabeth Barnes, and Ian Barnes. Other survivors are nieces Dorothy Franz (Charlie) of Carrollton, TX, Mary Singletary of Philadelphia, PA, Jenny Neville of Yorktown, VA, and nephew Ed Singletary (Carol) of Stevensville, MT.
At the age of 17, after becoming an Eagle Scout, Hank enlisted in the Naval Reserve where his skill as a typist was soon discovered. He served in the Navy Department in Washington, DC as WWII ended.
Hank attended Texarkana Junior College in Texas, and the University of Texas, Austin. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago. Following his medical internship at Evanston Hospital in llinois he began his residency in pathology there. Hank continued his residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham and completed it at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where he remained on the faculty as a board certified anatomical and clinical pathologist.
At the end of 1959, he moved with his young family to Wilmington to begin practice as a pathologist at James Walker Memorial Hospital, moving on to New Hanover Memorial Hospital when it opened. After practicing pathology for 36 years, Hank retired in 1995. He had served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology and was a founding member of the Wilmington Pathology Associates which also provided services for Cape Fear Hospital and other hospitals in surrounding counties. Hank was a lifelong learner, enjoyed teaching and was an adjunct professor of medical technology at UNCW. In retirement he served as a medical examiner of New Hanover County.
He was a past president and a life member of New Hanover – Pender County Medical Society and was also a life member of the North Carolina Medical Society.
Hank competed in numerous triathlons, swimming, and running events, frequently winning his age group. He also enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, hiking, and traveling, visiting six continents over his lifetime.
Hank was a member and former board chairman of the Wilmington Family YMCA, a member of the Carolina Yacht Club, and a member and former vestryman at St. James Parish in Wilmington.
The family wishes to thank his caregivers, especially Suzanne, Tyler, Orlando, and the staff at Trinity Grove.
Memorial Services will be held at Mt. Lebanon Chapel on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with interment following in the All Saints Garden nearby. We kindly ask that you wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. James Parish, 25 S. Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or to the Wilmington Family YMCA, 2710 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.
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Thursday, October 14, 2021
11:00 AMMt. Lebanon Chapel