Longtime Manila physician dies

Thursday, December 14, 2006
Dr. E.A. Shaneyfelt

Dr. E.A. Shaneyfelt, longtime Manila physician, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro at the age of 77.

Born at Leachville he was the son of the late Eugene Lloyd and Pauline Edwards Shaneyfelt and was a 1948 graduate of Osceola High School. He was a graduate of Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and served his residency at St. Vincents Infirmary in Little Rock. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church. After completing his education he spent six months practicing medicine in DeWitt before coming to Manila in 1959.

Dr. Shaneyfelt took care of the medical needs of his patients for almost 50 years. He not only opened his medical practice in Manila on Highway 18, he made Manila his home taking part in the community and the schools. Through the years he served on the Manila School Board and the Manila City Council.

His practice grew and Dr. Shaneyfelt saw the need and opened a larger office and hospital in Manila. Shaneyfelt Hospital grew from a nine bed facility to a 19 bed facility. Babies were delivered and minor surgeries were performed, along with maintaining a staff to care for the illnesses of patients.

Dr. Shaneyfelt had one of the first cardio-resuscitators between St. Louis and Memphis.

When rural hospitals were forced to close, Dr. Shaneyfelt worked with others in the community to help obtain a hospital, Buffalo Island Community Hospital, in Manila. He served as chief of staff several times during the years of its operation.

Dr. Shaneyfelt also was past president of Mississippi County Medical Society and a member of the Arkansas Medical Society.

He relocated his office to its present location on main street in Manila in 1995.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, a great-granddaughter, and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Bell Shaneyfelt, of the home; four daughters, Paula Spencer of Austin, Texas, Geneabeth "Bug" Shaneyfelt of Manila, Cindy Holiman of Jonesboro, and Shing Hall of Cave City; a son, Gene Shaneyfelt of Pinckneyville, Ill.; a brother, Dr. James L. Shaneyfelt, of Kennett, Mo.; a sister, Barbara Satterfield, of Little Rock; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Manila First United Methodist Church with Rev. Craig Russell officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.

The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Shaneyfelt Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Heritage Bank in Manila.

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