Wayne Morris Memminger, D.C., returns to Walterboro to serve his community | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 8, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm
By Anna Stevens Bright
One of Walterboro’s “homegrown sons” has returned to serve his community as a result of years of study and training in chiropractic care.
Dr. Wayne Morris Memminger was born in Walterboro to the late Charles Timothy and Lorraine Gelzer Memminger. He graduated in 1978 from Walterboro High School.
Though, he said, he appreciates all of his teachers for their positive influence on him, he will never forget what Margaret Barnes taught him about setting goals and objectives — and to this day, he sticks to that. His aunt, E. Juanita Gelzer Gerald, (also one of his teachers) and her husband Robert have always been mentors in his life. He remembers that he had to work just as hard as everyone else in her class and came close to failing it, but he soon realized that was not an option.
Growing up in Walterboro, Memminger said there were many others who served as guiding lights in his life: his maternal grandmother, Lela Daniels Gelzer; his aunt and uncle, Deacon Kalip and Rev. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens; and longtime friends and neighbors of the family, James Edward and Louise R. Newton.
After graduating from Walterboro High School, Dr. Memminger studied at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. “I wanted to go to a school that would challenge me and teach me a lot about life as an African-American male. In other words, I felt that Tuskegee, established by Professor Booker T. Washington, would give me the self-identity that I desperately needed to find,” said Dr. Memminger. “My cousin, Minister Anna J. Stevens Bright of Walterboro, who has always been a very close mentor to me, lived in Montgomery, Ala., at the time, so given her knowledge about the university, she encouraged me as well to enroll at Tuskegee.”
He majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. On Mother’s Day 1982, he graduated from Tuskegee University —a very proud day for his parents, who remained committed throughout his four years to see their youngest son march across that stage. Several family members made the journey to Tuskegee to celebrate one of Memminger’s dreams.
After graduating from Tuskegee, Memminger enrolled at MUSC in Charleston and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, studying other health science courses. During this time, he served as an intern at Tracy’s Pharmacy in Walterboro and Sea Island Clinic in Johns Island. He joined Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “Manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift,” the fraternity’s cardinal principles, encouraged Memminger to continue with his studies, even through the challenging times in his life.
Later, he married and had a family. He has two daughters, Shameka (Antron) Jordan of Charlotte, N.C., and Latreis (Vintez) Polite of Moncks Corner and one son, Wayne Morris Memminger, Jr. of Spartanburg. He also has six grandchildren.
Although he had to overcome some obstacles in his life, Dr. Memminger never gave up on his dream of becoming a doctor. After working in the retail and restaurant business for a number of years, he decided to go back to school, enrolling at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg in 2005. His dream became a reality when he graduated in 2010. Although his mother had gone to be with the Lord in August 2007 and could not be there to witness this dream, his father, as well as many other family members and friends, were there to celebrate. His father passed in June 2012. The next few years involved Dr. Memminger’s continuing to work and studying for and passing his boards. On Feb. 24, 2017, he received his license from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
During the week of Sept. 10, Dr. Memminger will officially open his office at 101 Lands End Road (located across the street from Foodland) in Walterboro, 843-782-4575.
Dr. Memminger said he is looking forward to serving the community where he was born and raised.