Jeff Bethurum Obituary, Death, Funeral Details

Jeff Bethurum Obituary, Death – We were shocked to learn of the demise of former Franklin Mayor Dr. Jeff Bethurum, who presided over the municipality from 1977 to 1987 and worked as a vascular and general surgeon for 47 years on the medical staff at Williamson Medical Center. We greatly appreciate Dr. Bethurum’s crucial contributions to making Franklin a lovely place to live since he was a dependable colleague, friend, and advisor.

Elizabeth Jefferson Bethurum and William Johnson Bethurum, Jr. welcomed Dr. Bethurum into the world on August 30, 1943 in Franklin, Tennessee. He was a 1961 Battle Ground Academy alumnus who was raised in Franklin. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was an active member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. As an office and surgical assistant to Dr. Harry Guffee, a trailblazing Williamson County doctor and surgeon, during these years, he sparked an interest in a service-driven medical profession.

He continued his study by earning his medical degree in 1968 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Before returning to Memphis to finish his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship, he completed an internship at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He had been a board-certified general and vascular surgeon at Williamson Medical Center for 47 years, and he was happy to return to his hometown of Franklin. Throughout his career, he held the positions of hospital chief of staff for nine years (1982-1989), chief of surgery for eight years (1990-1998), and hospital board chair for 37 years (1981-2019).