LIBERTY — Liberty residents, local officials, and members of the community turned out to Freedom Park on Wednesday to honor Dr. Jake King Holcombe for his 50-plus years of service with the dedication of the Doctors Memorial and Meditation Garden.
Holcombe, a native of Easley, began his medical practice in 1960 and continued to serve his community for some 53 years, retiring in 2013.
“Cannon Hospital prides itself on being a member of the community and it takes leaders to be a part,” said Steven Evans, director of community relations for Cannon. “Because of a leader like Dr. Holcombe, we are a part of this community. Dr. Holcombe invested himself in giving a better quality of life.”
The creation of the memorial was more than the efforts of one group and took time to come to fruition.
“There was a lot of effort that went into making this a reality,” Liberty Mayor Eric Boughman said. “There were both public and private donations and the idea actually began several years ago with former Mayor Michael Sheriff. The idea started then.”
Although the memorial is intended for the community’s enjoyment, Boughman emphasized what the garden and the day were about.
“Yes, doctors are well compensated for their profession, but sometimes people forget how important they really are,” he said. “They give up time with their families and we put our faith and trust in them, our lives. They’re dedicated to helping others, like Dr. Holcombe, and that needs to be remembered.”