June 14, 1939 ~ April 6, 2021

Born in: Jamestown, NY
Resided in: Arden, NC

It is with great sadness that the family of David O. Lincoln, MD announces his passing after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

David was born June 14, 1939 in Jamestown, NY to the late Daniel Freemont and Mary Hartley Lincoln. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Medical School. He taught at Dartmouth College before moving to Asheville. David was an Emeritus Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and had a long and distinguished practice in Asheville as a general orthopedic surgeon.

David enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hiking with his wife Carolyn or playing golf.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carolyn Helms Lincoln.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina Asheville Office, 31 College Place, Suite Doppler 103, Asheville, NC 28801.


Celebration of Life: April 17, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel


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  1. Carolyn,
    I am deeply saddened to learn the passing of your beloved husband. You will be in my prayers now and in the difficult days ahead.

  2. I dealt with Dr. Lincoln in several cases in my Claims Adjusting career with Nationwide Insurance in the 1970s and 1980s regarding injury claims and found his reports to be very thorough and precise. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Gerry Huntley, CPCU (Retired Nationwide Insurance Claims Adjuster). gerryh1947@yahoo.com

  3. I was the nurse manager and worked with Dr. Lincoln in the Emergency Dept. at Mission for many years, and he cared for my husband after an auto accident that permanently disabled him . They became good friends and I will
    never forget him…He was not just a good doctor but a good man. May God be with all who loved and miss him…

  4. Dr Lincoln was such a humble man. I was a nurse and had contact with him a lot.He was a devoted man to his practice and to his home . Rest in peace

  5. Dr. Lincoln served as my physical therapy department advisor for several years. His style of discussion was straight forward leadership to arrive at the most effective result. Thank you for being an great mentor. I’ll miss you even more now. Rest in peace.

  6. So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Lincoln. I loved Dr. Lincoln. He treated my late husband and my daughter, in the 70’s and 80’s. He was wonderful! He truly was one of the best physicians I have encountered over many years.

  7. Dear Family,
    I was sorry to hear pf Dr. Lincoln’s passing. He was a good man and a good doctor and I was privileged to know and work with him. May God give you His grace and strength for this time and in the days to come.
    Gretchen W. williams

  8. Carolyn,
    So sorry. Neal loved him as a great friend. I loved him as a surgeon and later a friend. He was a humble and wonderful man. He will be missed by many. Prayers, Denise Hanks

  9. David was a great neighbor, friend and doctor. He was always cheerful and would do anything to be of help. I will miss him and best wishes and prayers to his wife, Carolyn.

  10. I had the good fortune of getting g to work with Dr Lincoln in the OR at Mission. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  11. Carolyn,
    Scott and I were so sorry to hear of David’s passing this week. Please know that we are thinking of you and our prayers go out to you as you mourn his loss.
    Your Neighbors at Deerhaven,
    Scott and Donna Toth

  12. Dr. Lincoln was a kind and caring surgeon. I knew him when I worked in Medical Staff Administration at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He would come in to work early or stay late seeing his patients and would be in Medical records reviewing his documentation until late in the evenings. He put his heart and soul into his profession. In my many years working with physicians he was one in a million, unforgettable, and I am proud to have known him. I pray for peace for him and for his family.

  13. I learned of David’s passing at a meeting of the Jamestown High School reunions. We were in the same grade, therefore graduated from high school together – 1957. We also went skiing together – so spent quite a bit of our growing years together. We also belonged to Moonbrook Country Club – he played golf and I did not. My sister, Mary Karr and David were good friends too. What a loss to one of my really good friends as wee grew up. I wish his family and wife much love and stability. Kathy Karr Lieberman


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