It is with deep sorrow we announce the recent passing of Dr. John Poynor. Dr. Poynor was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 11, 1940, the son of Wilmer Smith Poynor, Jr. and Helen Worrell Poynor.
Dr. Poynor graduated from Indian Springs School, Washington and Lee University and The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. After completing an internship, a surgical residency, a residency in Otolaryngology at The Medical School, as well as a Fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, he joined Dr. Jack Odess and Dr. Morton Goldfarb in July, 1971 at ENT Associates of Alabama and practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital for forty-seven years, up to one week before his death. Dr. Poynor was committed to education on all levels, he served and supported the institutions that greatly impacted his life.
Dr. Poynor’s outside interests focus on elementary, secondary, college and post-graduate education – from reading to first grade students at Hill School near Legion Field to serving on the board at Highlands School; alumni boards at Indian Springs School and Washington and Lee University, and the Admissions Committee to the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The Mountain Brook Library Foundation and the Birmingham Museum of Art boards also were commitments important to Dr. Poynor as a source of pleasure and a chance of giving back to the community.
Dr. Poynor was a member of The Cathedral Church of the Advent and a past Vestry member and Junior Warden. Dr. Poynor is survived by his wife, Nancy McCall Poynor; his brother, Wilmer Smith Poynor III and his wife, Carol Perkins Poynor; his niece, Helen Poynor Crabtree and her husband, Reaves; and nephews, Wilmer Smith Poynor, IV and his wife, Elizabeth and Hamilton Perkins Bouchelle Poynor and his wife, Kim; and great nephews and nieces.
Dr. Poynor’s wife, Nancy, is especially grateful for the tremendous and generous expressions of friendship and sympathy and wanted all to know how grateful Dr. Poynor was for his ENT Family and his patients, spanning several generations. He truly was interested in each one of you.
Dr. Poynor will be sorely missed by his patients, fellow physicians, audiologist and entire staff at ENT Associates of Alabama.