Flora Masonic Lodge honors Waddleton with award


A Quitman native who came home to practice her gift of medicine received the Quitman Flora Lodge #119 Community Builder Award for 2019. Dr. Beverly Waddleton, on staff as a doctor and faculty member for UT Health Science Center, received the award.

Waddleton is a 1970 graduate of Quitman High School and received the award which is given to a non-Mason who has distinguished themselves through service to the community.

“This award can be given to a man or woman who year in and year out quietly and without fanfare show their devotion to the community and its people without expectations,” Mason representative Ken Johnson said.

Waddleton was raised in Quitman, and her 4-H activities resulted in a scholarship to Iowa State University. She did her graduate work at the University of Texas at Dallas and in 1977 entered the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated in 1981.

In 1982 she returned to Quitman to set up a private practice she ran for 22 years. She joined East Texas Medical Center, now UT Health East, in 2005 where she is medical director of the rural health clinic and cardio pulmonary rehab. She has served twice as chief of medical staff at East Texas Medical Center Quitman.

Her civic activities have included being a member and chairperson of the QISD Health Advisory Council and helping start the school backpack program. She has been a Cub Scout den leader, a 4-H leader, school volunteer, member of Wood County Child Welfare Board, and member and vice president of Wood County Central Hospital Board. Her honors include Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, KLTV Black History honoree and Physician of the Year in 2016.