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William Hubbard Cain, M.D.

William Hubbard Cain, M.D.
  • December 19, 1928 - February 10, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • St. Philip's Church
    142 Church Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Hello Parham,I just wanted to send you a brief note to let you know that I did read about your father in the paper this week. What an outstanding...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: David Parler - Charleston, SC

“What a reunion this must be with Chicken Head, Tadpole, Monkey, Moosehead, Efie and Pepe!! ,ect. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Clare Cochran - Charleston, SC

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. My fondest memories are childhood days from Charleston and the wonderful family we share. Love to all, ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Roger Guerard - Beaufort, SC

“My heartfelt condolences to the Cain family for the loss of your beloved Bill. May the God of all comfort be with you and give you strength beyond...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“It was an honor,a privilege and a great joy to work with Dr. Cain at Social Security Disability. He was smart, kind, down to earth and had the most...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Judith Von - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My dearest life long friend, Parham, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how close you were to your father. Dr Cain practically raised me as well,...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Athena Manos - Charleston, SC

“The passing of a truly great man. I met Dr. Cain working at Disability Determination. He taught me so much that I have carried forward with me to...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Willaim (Bill) Schandall - SC

“Susalee,Just wanted you to know that you and you family are in the prayers of the Vestry at St. George's and a memorial honoring your father has been...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Cam Sorenson

“I will always remember how kind and caring Dr. Cain was. He saw my dad everyday that he was in hospital except one even knowing that there was...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Katherine Sturdivant Johnson - SC

“Julia and John - my son Bo (Baxter) and I send our love to you. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Anna Blythe - Columbia, SC

“So sorry for your loss. We worked together at Voc. Rehab DDS and was a great friend. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Gill Mclaurin - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I met Dr. Cain when I began working with him at DDS. He always made you smile and usually had something witty to say. ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Carter - Cottageville, SC


William Hubbard Cain, M.D., husband of Julia Bethea Cain, died February 10, 2018 at his home on James Island. Born in Charleston on December 1928, Dr. Cain was the youngest son of Francis Gendron Cain, M. D. and Parham Atkins Cain.

William attended the public schools in Charleston and graduated from the Citadel in 1948. He graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1952 and following his internship he served in the U. S. Army as a battalion surgeon in Germany. Upon completion of his service he returned to Charleston to pursue his medical career. After completing five years of surgical resident training in Charleston teaching hospitals, William began the private practice of surgery.
In the surgical field he was certified by the American College of Surgery and a Fellow of the American Society of Surgeons. As a dedicated physician, he was also involved in administrative activities which included serving as President of the Medical Society of Charleston, Chief of Surgery at St. Francis and Baker Hospital Chairman of the Board.

In 1992 William retired from private practice and embarked on a new career as a surgeon with the Veterans Administration. His first assignment was in Danville, Illinois and in 1994 he transferred to Fayetteville, NC where he served as Chief of Surgery until his retirement as a surgeon in 1996 and moved back to Charleston. His continued his working career as a medical consultant for Social Security Disability until his final retirement in 2013 at the age of 85.
William was a member of the South Carolina Society, St. Andrews Society, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Society of Widows and Orphans, the St. John's Hunting Club, the Huguenot Society and the Carolina Yacht Club. A lifetime member of St. Philip's Church, William had taught Sunday School and served on the Vestry.

William is survived by his wife, Julia, of 37 years, his daughters Parham Mikell Cain and Susalee Cain Spruill (Leigh) and his step-son, John A. Dunn, III, his grandchildren, Emily and Susanna Stutler, and Eleanor, Peter, and William Spruill. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Eleanor Cain Stutler, and his brothers, Francis Gendron Cain, Jr. and James Ravenel Cain, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Philip's Church, 142 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401 or The Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Rd., Charleston, SC 29406 would be appreciated. Services will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Philip's Church at 11:00 a.m.