William W. Kerley, M. D. Doctor Kerley in his professional service has been prompted by a laudable ambition for advancement as well as by deep sympathy and humanitarian principles that urge him to put forth his best efforts in the alleviation of pain and suffering. He has gained recognition from the profession as one of its able representatives and the trust reposed in him by the public is indicated by the liberal patronage awarded him. Doctor Kerley has been a resident of Anadarko since the opening of this city, in 1901, and he served as county coroner and as city physician for a number of years.
At Blue Mountain, Stover County, Arkansas, June 4, 1871, occurred the birth of Dr. William W. Kerley, who is a son of James and Nancy (Meadows) Kerley, the former of whom was born in Hardin County, Tennessee, in 1848, and the latter in Wayne County, Tennessee, in 1846. As a young man the father removed from Tennessee to Blue Mountain, Arkansas, in which latter place he was married and where he continued to reside until the death of his wife in 1907. He is a farmer and stockman by occupation and is now a resident of Cordell, Oklahoma. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kerley, as follows: Dr. William W. is the subject of this review; James W., twin of the above, was graduated in the National University of Tennessee, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and he is engaged in the practice of his profession at Cordell, Oklahoma; Melissa A. is the wife of Joseph Smith, a druggist at Bessie, Oklahoma; P. A. is a farmer and stockman and maintains his home in Oil City, Oklahoma; Albert M. is a railroad man and lives in San Diego, California; Ollie is the widow of Joseph Dodson, who was a United States marshal in Arkansas and who was killed in service; she resides in Arizona; and Joseph E. is a railroad man in San Diego, California.
After completing the prescribed course in the common schools of Baxter County, Arkansas, Dr. William W. Kerley attended Searcy College for three years, at the end of which he was matriculated as a student in the University of Arkansas, in the medical department of which excellent institution he was graduated, in 1898, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He pursued a post-graduate course in the New York Polyclinic in 1904; attended the Chicago Polyclinic in 1907; and spent the year 1911 studying in the New York Post-graduate School. In his New York work he made a specialty of the diseases of women and children, and in this line he has met with marked success. He was engaged in the active practice of his profession in Thaver, Missouri, from 1898 to 1901 and on September 5th of the latter year came to Anadarko, being the pioneer physician in this city, where he has since resided. His offices are in the Whitlock Building and he controls a large and lucrative general practice. In connection with his life work he is a valued member of the Caddo County Medical Society, the Oklahoma State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is a republican in politics and at the present time he is a member of the County Board of Insanity. For several years he was coroner of Caddo County and he has likewise given efficient service as city physician. He is a stockholder in the National Bank of Anadarko and has always evinced great interest in all matters pertaining to the general improvement of his home community.
In a fraternal way Doctor Kerley is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and with the time-honored Masonic fraternity, in which latter organization he is a member of Anadarko Lodge, No. 21, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Valley of Guthrie Consistory, No. 1; and India Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Oklahoma City.
July 27, 1897, at Mountain View, Arkansas, was solemnized the marriage of Doctor Kerley to Miss Salena Alberta Winston, a daughter of the late Simpson Winston, formerly a merchant at Mountain View. Two children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Kerley; Virginia, a pupil in the public school of Anadarko; and William Roberts, who died at the age of thirteen months.