With heavy hearts, the community of Chapin, South Carolina bids farewell to Dr. David Isbell, who left us on the 7th of September, 2023. At the age of 51, Dr. Isbell was a luminary, not just in his professional field, but also as a pillar of kindness, unity, and unwavering dedication to his family and the community he held so dear. His loss leaves an indelible void, but his legacy remains a shining testament to a life fully lived.
David Isbell Obituary
Columbia, South Carolina – With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Dr. David Connor Isbell on September 7, 2023. A Chicago native, born on January 8, 1972, David was the cherished son of Dr. Jerry W. Isbell and Brenda Isbell. He was a proud alumnus of Colonial Heights High School and further honed his academic skills at The University of Virginia, where he obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees. Following a residency at Duke University, David specialized in cardiovascular disease during his fellowship at UVA.
As a seasoned cardiologist with over 17 years at Prisma Health Cardiology in Columbia, SC, David was more than just a medical professional; he was a cornerstone of his community. Held in high esteem by peers and patients alike, he led the cardiac imaging department at Prisma Health. Notably, he played a key role in forging a partnership between Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina Athletic Department.
Beyond his career, David was a quintessential family man, devoted father, and beloved son. He reveled in travel adventures, culinary escapades, and lakeside moments with his sons. David took immense pride in his Irish roots and never missed an opportunity to celebrate his heritage.
Preceding him in the transition to eternal rest is his dearly missed daughter, Ann-Claire Isbell. Surviving him are his sons—William Connor, David Harrison, and Henry Grant Isbell—along with his parents and sisters, Deirdre Portwood (David) and Ann Burns (Andrew). His nieces, Lauren Hancher (Chad), Kathleen Burns-Boyd (David), and Emily Portwood, as well as numerous cousins and his Irish uncle, Terry Carmody, also mourn his loss. Other pivotal figures in David’s life include Morrisa Roche, Mary Katherine Grimoskas, and Sarah Isbell.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated team at Prisma Health Cardiology for their unwavering support during this challenging time.
A visitation service is scheduled at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15. The funeral ceremony will follow on Saturday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane, Columbia, SC. A reception for friends and family will take place immediately after the service.
Who Was Dr. David Isbell?
Born in the serene community of Chapin, South Carolina, David Connor Isbell was not just an ordinary child in an ordinary town. From a young age, he exhibited qualities that hinted at the remarkable person he was destined to become. Raised in a close-knit community that prized genuine connections, David fostered enduring friendships that stood the test of time, notably his heartfelt bond with Tony Milan. To Tony, David wasn’t just a friend; he was a cherished “little brother.”
Navigating the halls of Colonial Heights High School, David was more than just another student. It was here that he began cementing lifelong relationships and honing the traits that would make him an esteemed figure in his future endeavors.
After bidding farewell to his high school years, David embarked on an intellectual quest at the esteemed University of Virginia. Hungry for knowledge and imbued with an insatiable curiosity, he delved into a plethora of academic disciplines before deciding on a career in medicine. It was not just about acquiring a degree for David; it was about laying the groundwork for a life dedicated to making impactful contributions in the medical field.
Dr. Isbell continued his educational journey at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, where he achieved his doctorate in medical science. Located in Charlottesville, this renowned institution furthered his academic exploits and set the stage for his specialized training.
Upon completing his coursework, Dr. Isbell was accepted into a fellowship program focused on cardiovascular diseases. This achievement marked another pivotal moment in his flourishing career. But the journey didn’t stop there; he proceeded to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, for his residency. Here, he specialized in internal medicine, a discipline that would play a significant role in his professional life.
Staffed at Prisma Health Cardiology as a highly regarded cardiologist, Dr. Isbell’s exhaustive training and compassionate care have allowed him to positively affect an untold number of lives. He didn’t just practice medicine; he personified it, embodying the very ideals he’d nurtured from his formative years in Chapin to his rigorous academic pursuits.
Dr. David Connor Isbell was far more than a list of accomplishments or titles. He was a person whose life was a testament to the power of enduring friendships, relentless academic pursuit, and a deeply rooted compassion for humanity.