Joseph S. Woodard

Published 10:36 am Friday, June 20, 2014

CONWAY – Joseph Scott Woodard, 58 years of age, passed from this life at the Hospice House in Greenville, North Carolina on Father’s Day, June 15th, 2014.  A long-time resident of Conway, NC, he was husband to Barbara Draper Woodard where they lived at 111 Garriss Street.

Folks knew him as “Joey” and those who knew him well, knew that he was extremely proud of his Native American heritage. Both he and his uncle John Woodard would team up many times in searches for arrowheads or pottery and other artifacts.  Joey loved trains – of any size and would travel places to actually observe them in person.  In addition to that pastime, he also loved radios, short wave and other electronics to a fault – almost as much as his passion for trains.

His education was from Conway Elementary School and Northampton East for high school years with the next stop being N.C. State where he loved to see “red”.  Work involved everything from cost analysis, projection theories, drafting to even utility duties.  An injury on his last job rendered him disabled and later from diabetes considered legally blind.

His special gifts and talents touched many people during his time here.  He was all about the Creator and how his Spirit works – and yes, in very mysterious ways.  Many people do remember he was a person who wanted to keep much to himself until and unless you needed him – really needed him.  From giving divine energy from above using himself as a conduit to clearing unwanted energies from houses.  This, he would do.  The Almighty was and still is a true friend to him and as Native American he knew the importance of both God the Creator and Mother Earth, respecting her by only taking what is truly needed and to always give or place back for others.

Life was riddled with many pets through the years from dogs to birds.  He was a giving person and also wanted desperately to be known as a person who “paid his debts” most of the time before due.

A struggle with diabetes was on-going and the complications from it was the cause of his untimely demise.

Preceding him in death was his father, A.O. Woodard, Jr.; mother, Grace Horne Woodard, her death being last November.

His siblings are, in order, Aubrey O. Woodard, III and his wife, Diane from Brevard, NC; his older sister Lynn W. Johnson and her husband, Don Johnson of Murfreesboro, NC, next would be Joey and then Lisa Gaye Woodard from Raleigh, NC. Barbara and Joey did not have children of their own however, he regarded Jade Jones Wilkinson, Barbara’s daughter as his own, not just a stepdaughter. Her spouse is Steven Wilkinson and they reside in North Port Charlotte, Florida.

As per his wishes, cremation was following the passage “from dust to dust, ashes to ashes”.  However, a celebration of his life will take place at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Please do come to share your unique memories with what has now become an even smaller family.

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