STERLINGTON -- A local doctor is being honored in the city of Sterlington on Sunday. A dedicated resident commissioned a bronze statue in his honor.
"He was my doctor, and my employer, and a friend," said Sterlington resident Sandra Nixon.
Recognized by locals as a real country physician, Dr. Henry Eugene Jones was honored at the Sterlington town hall Sunday afternoon.
"There's not another doctor like him, never will be another one like him," Nixon said.
For over thirty years, Henry served as a general practitioner to the Wisner and Sterlington areas.
"He loved everybody and he them so. He did anything they wanted him to do, never asked anybody for a dollar," said resident Ora Wheeler.
Henry passed away in 1975 at the age of 64, but his legacy has lived on.
Nixon commissioned a bronze bust to be made, and it was unveiled during the ceremony.
"I just felt like it needed to be done, needed to be done for our community because he took care of everybody around here," Nixon said.
Nixon contacted Will Lambert for the casting to be done. His daughter, Nina Lambert-Bolton said it has been an honor to help in the creation of the bronze bust.
"It's just been a great privilege for us to be able to do this for this wonderful family," she said. "It's a great accomplishment for me."
Henry was known to travel to remote areas, either by boat or even horse back to help people in rural areas receive care.
"Had his own plane," said Nixon. "He would fly to different places to take care of people. I was sick in this hospital, he was my doctor, and he flew to Shreveport several times."
Back in the day, he was even paid in chickens, horses and other livestock.
"He was just a gentle soul, a man that really was bigger than life," Nixon said. "He'll be here in this town hall foyer for years to come for people to admire him and think about the good times."