This monument stands in memory of Dr. Gilmer Odell McClellan of Lincoln County. Dr. McClellan, a rural, general practitioner physician, was well known and loved by a vast number of people in Lincoln and surrounding counties. The section of highway that runs through Lincoln country, from Cabell to Logan counties, is also dedicated to the name of the late Dr. D. O. McClellan.
Dr. Gilmer Odell McClellan was born on August 23, 1910
and was raised in Branchland, WV. He was a graduate of Guyan Valley High School
and pursued higher education at the University of Tennessee Medical School in
1936. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. G.O. McClellan returned to
Lincoln County and started a medical practice which served people of the
Lincoln County community for fifty-two years. Dr. McClellan was said to have delivered
thousands of babies and provided much needed medical care for little to no
compensation.4 He was considered a rural medical doctor, and
was widely respected by his community for his Christian faith.
died on February 14, 1995 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Succeeding his death, a
monument was constructed in his honor and placed near the junction of Route 3
and Route 10 in West Hamlin, WV. A section of Route 10 has since been renamed
as “Dr. G.O. McClellan Highway” as it runs from Cabell County to Logan County.
According to the Lincoln Journal, a non-profit organization known as Lincoln County
Friends of the Arts was responsible for the construction of the Dr. G.O.
McClellan monument, along with supporters of the effort who donated monetary
funding. The committee in charge of the project had originally envisioned a
statue to be erected in honor of Dr. McClellan, however, the anticipated cost
of this endeavor would have totaled approximately $150,000; the committee felt
this goal would never be attainable due to lack of funding. Therefore, a marble
monument was finally constructed in honor of the late Dr. G.O. McClellan.