Collection of the late Dr. John P. Bing
John Paul Bing was born in Kistler, WV on 13 June 1921 to coal-miner, John Entsminger Bing and his wife, Adele Barbour Bing. The family later moved to New Hope, WV where the elder Bing was a grocer and where the younger Bing grew up. John P. graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1939, Marshall University in 1942, University of West Virginia in 1944 and received his MD from Medical College of Virginia in 1946. He was an intern at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, WV for a year, worked as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force in Germany from 1947 to 1949 and was a resident at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, OH from 1949 to 1950. He married Joan Louise Price on 2 Sept 1950 in Toledo, OH and had a medical practice in Fries, VA for 5 years before moving to Bassett, VA in 1955. Dr. Bing had a general practice in Bassett for 20 years, then he was an Emergency Room Physician at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County from 1975 to 1986. He served as the Medical Examiner for Henry County from 1960 to 2001 and for Pittsylvania County from 1998 to 2001. In addition, he served as Medical Examiner for the cities of Martinsville and Danville.
Dr. Bing authored a book in 1978 entitled The Hands. The book is the history of medical personnel and facilities in Henry County. He served as the first and only president of the Martinsville and Henry County Historical Society when it met in the Bassett Public Library. That society later disbanned. He was a past member of the Virginia-North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Paleopathology Association and the Medical Society of Martinsville and Henry County. He was also involved with numerous clinics held in the area.
For over 20 years, Dr. Bing enjoyed showing American saddle bred horses. He liked hot air ballooning, ultra light flying and kite flying. He collected books on county histories, Egyptian history and cattle, horse and pigeon raising. He enjoyed spending time at the Bassett Historical Center and many items he collected over his lifetime are now housed at the Center. Amongst these are his Bassett medical office cabinet which now holds items from his medical practice. Dr. Bing passed away on 11 Mar 2014.