Obits: Irvin George Scherer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

Irvin George Scherer

Dr. Irvin George Scherer, MD, of Statesville, died on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at The Gardens of Statesville.

Scherer was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Kansas City, Kan. and was the son of the late George Jacob Scherer and Dovie Deloras Jones Scherer. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Kansas and on June 18, 1954, was married in Asheville to Lois Anita Varner Scherer, who died Jan. 17, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant from 1954-1957 and in the Navel Reserves until 1962. In July of 1957, he came to Hamptonville, at Windsor Crossroads and opened a medical practice along with being a doctor with the Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville. He served as an assistant pastor at the Fair Oaks Gospel Church in Winston-Salem. In April of 1976, he and Dr. Jim Ward opened the Tri-County Medical Park Family Practice between Harmony and Union Grove. His office served patients from Iredell, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, and Alexander counties. He continued his association with the medical park until his retirement in 2009, at which time he gave the building back to the community. He was associated with Iredell Memorial Hospital for 50 years and served 17 years on the board of trustees. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church at Mt. Mourne. Scherer was called to be a missionary but because of only one kidney, could not be accepted so he made the medical practice his mission. He did not charge ministers, missionaries, or Christian workers a fee. He had a love for teaching the Bible and had Bible study in his home on many Friday evenings for years followed by foods and desserts prepared by Mrs. Scherer. He was a supporter of the Gideons Organization.

Survivors: a son, George Joseph Scherer and grandson, Jesse Alexander Scherer, both of Monrovia, Calif.; a niece, Annette Ladd and husband Ernie of Winston-Salem; and a brother, Alfred Scherer.

A service to celebrate his life was conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with his longtime friend and minister, the Rev. J.R. Speece, officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Iredell County Veterans Burial Detail followed in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Mourne. The family visited with friends Thursday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home.

Memorials: Gideons International, PO Box 148, Statesville, 28687; or to Doctors Without Borders via