ASHBY CURTIS NORFLEET, M. D., a member of the medical profession, now connected with the Tarboro Clinic, was born in Tarboro, May 19, 1899.  His parents, Dr. Leon Edward and Mabel (Curtis) Norfleet, are also natives of North Carolina.  The father, born in Edgecombe County about 1866, attended a private school here and afterward was a student in the Eastman Business College and in Columbia University, where he won his M. D. degree.  He began practice as interne in Sloan’s Maternity Hospital in New York City, where he remained for two years, after which he devoted a two-year period to postgraduate work in Columbia University, studying diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat.  He then came to Tarboro, where he still continues in active practice, and he belongs to the Edgecombe County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  Politically he has always been a Democrat and his religious faith, as is that of his wife, is in accord with the teachings of the Episcopal church, Mrs. Norfleet taking quite an active and helpful interest in church affairs.  She was educated in a private school in Hillsboro.  Her family numbers four children: Ashby Curtis, whose name introduces this record; Mabel; Robert, a resident of Wilson, North Carolina; and Mary, the wife of Dr. Borden Hooks, of Tarboro.

After completing his high school course in Tarboro, Dr. A. C. Norfleet matriculated at the Porter Military Academy of Charleston, South Carolina, as a member of the class of 1917, and upon this foundation of literary training he built the superstructure of his professional knowledge by attending the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania.  At the former he won his Bachelor of Science degree in medicine with the class of 1923 and at the latter gained his M. D. degree at his graduation with the class of 1925.  He has since taken postgraduate work at Harvard in internal medicine.  He initiated his professional career as interne in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he remained for a year, and then spent five months at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, gaining broad and valuable experience which can never be acquired as quickly in any other way as in hospital practice.  In 1926 he came to Tarboro, where he has since followed his profession, and he belongs to the Edgecombe County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

On the 22d of June, 1935, at Tarboro, Doctor Norfleet was married to Dorothy Edwards, a daughter of John and Martha (Pittman) Edwards, of Edgecombe County.  Mrs. Norfleet attended the public schools of Tarboro and then went into training at the Edgecombe General Hospital.  By her marriage she has become the mother of a son, Edgar, born April 2, 1936.

Doctor Norfleet recognizes the duties and obligations of citizenship and supports the governmental policies in which he believes by voting with the Democratic party.  His college fraternities are the Sigma Chi and the Pi Chi, and his religious belief is evidenced in his membership in the Episcopal church.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume III, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, pages 207-208, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 4 April  2021. 

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