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February 09, 2013
Missing you my brother.
February 07, 2013
I recently had a colleague at work comment on my presentation and writing skills. I went online to look up Prof. Woodyard to let him know that he continues daily to influence my career almost 25 years after my graduation from Shippensburg. I was so saddened to see that he had passed. He was, by far, the most influential and inspiring professor I had at Ship and my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family whom I am sure continue to mourn the loss. His public speaking class should have been a mandatory class for every student. The skills learned there are invaluable. Much love and gratitude. - Barbara Horn DiBrito '89, Palmyra, PA
December 30, 2012
To a man who was an inspiration, a mentor, and most importantly a friend. I was a student at Shippensburg University who was blessed to have met Dr. Woodyard. I was going through some old videos and came across a panel discussion on race relations where Dr. Woodyard's words inspired. Made me want to look him up online to let him know that his words continue to inspire and was saddened to hear of his passing. You can be sure that in heaven there are some lively debates going on and Dr. Woodyard is coming out on the winning side of those debates! God bless you and your family Dr. Woodyard. Gone but never forgotten!
December 31, 2011
One of the greatest minds and motivators God ever created! He was a life lesson to be learned by all every second in his presence. May the Heavenly Father enjoy having him back in his fold as much as we enjoyed having him w us on earth. Much love from your SU alum-- deirdre derick (cape cod, ma)
November 04, 2011
I was a student of Professor Woodyard's Basic Oral Communication class in 1985. He gave this unprepared, too-shy student hope and praise; I now teach high school English and wanted to thank Dr. Woodyard for being such a wonderful role model for me, so searched his name. I'm saddened at his passing - the world lost a great man. I still remember his use of MLK Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and class, and would like to think my use of it every year is a tribute, in part, to him.
October 28, 2011
i was a student at shippensburg university 1991=1995. I have met him several times as a professor. I am saddened by his demise. may god bless him. he was a good man..
June 07, 2011
I was a student of Proffesor Woodyard at Shippensburg University in 1987 & 1988. I was on the forensics team & he was one of the coaches who would take us to our speech/debate events. I was just thinking about him so I googled him name...needless to say I was surprised. He was also a speech professor of mine. He will be missed. (Ken Gaskin Glendale, Ca)
May 06, 2011
My classmate and friend at Gordon-Conwell Seminary Theological!! He is missed!
March 09, 2011
As a shy 18 year old at Shippensburg University, I struggled through Speech class with Dr. Woodyard. I attended for a couple weeks before deciding never to go again. This wasn't a reflection of Dr. Woodyard's teaching ability, rather it was due to my immaturity. Despite my obvious failure, Dr. Woodyard was a supporting and nurturing educator. Over the next few years I would see him on and off campus and he'd buoyantly yell "Mr. Hartranft! The first kid I ever failed!" He'd shake my hand and ask what the h*ll was wrong with me. I have very few vivid memories of my college professors but I'll never forget Dr. Woodyard. Rest in peace, friend.
December 25, 2010
Brother, the quest for education and knowledge goes on. I miss the verbal debates, most important I miss you.
December 21, 2010
My professor in AA studies at Georgia State University. You kept it controversial and candid. People thought we looked alike. Nah...I had you beat in the handsome category. Honor and respect. You will be missed.
October 17, 2010
Missed but never forgotten.
October 16, 2010
I knew Jeff as Professor Woodyard from my days at Shippensburg U from 88-92. He was a great mentor, teacher and neighbor to me during my senior year at Bard Meadows. He also was a great personal friend to many college students as a support system and motivator to guide us all into adulthood. Good Bless You Jeff.
October 16, 2010
Jeff has left an indelible impression on the lives of many individuals. He shared unselfishly with his students, colleagues, family and friends his wisdom, spiritual depth, passion for education, and concern for liberation of marginalized peoples and the advancement of humanity. He was a soldier whose every waking heartbeat seemed to be used productively toward enhancing the lives of others. He was an endeared colleague and friend of mine and will be sorely missed. He was so energetic and, as others in this guestbook have characterized him, "spirited." In many ways, his attitude about life and his penchant for making a profound difference made him seem richer than most. Now, he gets to live in one of the many mansions that God has prepared for his believers/children. Even in heaven Jeff gets to live an affluent life! Much love brother.You spent your life embracing others; now it's your turn to enjoy the largest embrace God has to offer his children. Rest in peace and be blessed!
August 08, 2010
It has been many years since "Woody", as we called him back in the day, influenced so many of our young lives at Shippensburg University. He was a friend to all of us from the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity in the early 90's. I wish now that I would have stayed in touch with Woody, but I didn't. Time moves so fast. You impacted my life Woody and you will be remembered by many Sig Tau's. RIP my friend! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
July 31, 2010
I was very saddened to just read about Jeff. We attended seminary together (GCTS) and we learned from each other about so many things concerning theology to friendship. I was very blessed to know Jeff. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.
July 26, 2010
Jeffrey was a good friend and great colleague. I will always remember being on an Afrocentric panel with him and Ron Jackson at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Baltimore in the late 90s. He was an intellectual..pure and simple..Now he is having intellectual debates with God..Rest well my friend....
July 25, 2010
Jeffrey was a wonderful friend and mentor to me when we worked at Shippensburg together. He gave me advice that I still use to this day to be successful at work and in life. I will always cherish the many fun and funny times we shared.
July 13, 2010
Condolences to the Woodayard family and especially Ms Janet.
July 10, 2010
Jeffrey--you were and are still loved by those you connected with in life. We treasure our shared moments. . I willalways remember you at my first Birthday party. Your feet did not reach to the end of the chair. Mom and Aunt Ree held me up over the cake as they blew my one candle out. This is how I remember you—in our better times.
July 09, 2010
Rest Lovely To One Of York High's Best Substitute Teachers Ever..You Were Very Funny And Will Be Missed Dearly..I'll Never Forget You Getting The Empty Chip Bag Out The Trash And Trying To Eat The Crumbs Out Of It..Good Times With You
July 06, 2010
Although Jeffrey left Stetson University several years ago, many of his colleagues here still speak of his courage, forthrightness, integrity, and intellectual skills. Jeffrey never feared a challenge or a good philosophical debate/discussion. He was an educator in the fullest sense of the word. I'm sure Jeffrey's spirit, honesty, and essential goodness will be missed greatly by all who have known him.
July 04, 2010
Jeffrey , you will always be a shining star of this world. The enthusiasm that you shared with the world will never go out. You have shared the spark of love and God's work with everyone you have ever come in contact. I have not seen you since high school but you were often in my thoughts and prayers. Till me meet again.
June 24, 2010
Jeffrey, you are one of God's most spirited soldiers. We are all so fortunate to have been the beneficiaries of you wisdom, laughter, and love. You are by God's side now, continuing your journey of inspiration. That is truly a blessing.
June 24, 2010
I was terribly saddened to learn about Jeffrey's passing. I will always remember his warm and energetic spirit as he welcomed me as a new faculty member at Shippensburg State 20 years ago. I can still hear his rich and inviting voice and will forever remember his engaging and infectious smile. I know from reading so many of the messages from others that Jeffrey's influence spanned his lifetime. He touched so many, including me, and I was made the better for it. My prayers are with Jeffrey's family and friends. God has spoken and said to Jeffrey, "Take your rest. Take your rest."
June 23, 2010
I was saddened to see the obituary for Professor Woodyard. What a wonderful person. How wonderful to know that we will all see him again someday in heaven. God bless.
June 23, 2010
Life has a way of bringing us full circle. I wish we had more time to play as children and reflrct as adults. I will always hold dear the song you sent me on my 50th birthday. From all that I've heard and read about your life and accomplishmets... "You Wear It Well" DeBarge
June 23, 2010
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Jeffrey while he was a student at Gordon-Conwell back in 1982. He did a rotation at my church as Youth Director. At that time, I was only 15yrs of age. Over the years we kept in touch off and on. I last saw Jeffrey back in 2005 when I visited him in Florida for the weekend. It was there we shared alot of our personal self and even shed a few tears.

I will always remember Jeffrey. While he was different in so many ways, I could never forget his goodness.

May God comfort his family and friends. You will be missed my good brother.
June 22, 2010
I knew Jeff from Christian Fellowship at Shippensburg. He was kind to a freshman who needed a friend. Once I was to have gotten a visit from my cousin who couldn't make it at the last minute. Jeff appointed himself my "Cuz" for the evening. From that day on we greeted each other as "Cuz" whenever we met, even after we graduated. He was a wonderful person, and I know he is in the arms of our loving Lord.
June 22, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 20, 2010
Dr. Woodyard was the first African American studies proffesor. He helped inspire me to get my undergrad and Masters degree in African American studies. He will be missed.

Ahmon Keiler-Bradshaw (Atlanta, GA)
June 18, 2010
So sorry never to have made his acquaintance. My sincere condolences to the family ... prayers for unity strength and peace.
June 18, 2010
My condolences to the Woodyard family. I had the pleasure of knowing Jeffrey through the PMA program with the state and I have to say that it's because of his encouragement that I made it throuhgh many rough days. Jeffrey was a wonderful colleague and friend. He was an inspiration to me to return to the field of education to help our youth and to further my own education. I thank God for knowing you Jeffrey.
June 16, 2010
To the Family...
My thoughts and prayers are with you. The memory of Jeffrey will remain in my heart. I'm glad we had the opportunity to become good friends. May God continue to comfort you with His Perfect Peace.
June 16, 2010
My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Woodyard one of my favorite teachers. I will always remember our Black History Play written and produced by Mr. Woodyard - it was an enlightening experience and how he helped every student show off their full potential with this project was amazing and not to mention it how educational and fun it all was. Mr. Woodyard you will always be an inspiration to you and all that you have acheive. Love Adrian "AA" Kent.
June 15, 2010
My sincere condolences to Jeff's family and his dearest and closest friends. Memories of Jeffrey from High School always make me smile! Thank-you for sharing his life story with us. His accomplishments are inspirational.
June 15, 2010
This is shocking to hear....I just saw Mr. Woodyard recently at a function at York High. We were reminiscing about the "good ole" days when he was a teacher at York High...he was joking about the "times" he had with the class of 1979...a good person with a kind spirit gone too soon. On behalf of the Class of 1979 Our prayers are with his family at this time. May God give you all strength to bear the burden of loosing Jeff.
"The Bearcats Class of 1979"
June 15, 2010
The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
Rest in Peace Dr. will be missed
June 14, 2010
My prayers go out to the Woodyard family in this your time of need. Jeff was a big part of our Bethel Carlisle family while he was at Shippensburg. He always tried to inspire us young people to be active and do positive things. He will be missed!
June 14, 2010
Dear Woodyard family, Let not your heart be troubled for God has received one of his own. Bless are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Hold tight to your memories for they will always be with you. I will miss my classmate as we went to elementary, jr high, and high school together, then took different life paths. May the abundant Grace and Mercy of God strengthen and keep you.
June 14, 2010
I had known Jeff from our time in Jr HS He always had a gentle manner and a kind word for everyone. He's resting now in order to continue his good works in Heaven You remain in my thoughts....
June 14, 2010

My prayers are with the family, it is very hard for are mother to lose a child. May you receive the comfort from God to fill your heart.
June 14, 2010
I was fortunate to have Mr. Woodyard as a teacher when he taught at York High back in the 80's. To a troubled teen who didn't appreciate school very much, he was a shining light that "got through" to me on the days I decided to attend was evident to me back then that he had a special gift. I am saddened to read of his passing but I will continue to remember him very highly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Heaven has gained a wonderful teacher...
June 14, 2010
No more suffering cousin, rest in peace, I love U always n forever Jeff...peace 2 my other cousins, his brother n sister's, I love U all. U all will always b in my heart n in my prayers. God has a way of fixing things. Always lean on him for support.
June 14, 2010
To the Woodyard family:

We are sure beyond the shadow of any doubt that Jeffrey is with the Lord; for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Hold onto the legacy that he has left behind. Many never reach the halfway point of his legacy. Embrace that and know that he will never be gone completely with all that he has left behind. Praise God for his life, his work, and his love. You are truly a blessed family and may God's comfort bring you the peace that only He can give at this time.
June 14, 2010
To the Woodyard Family
you have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your love one, he will be sorely missed. Jeff apparently touch many lives and did plenty good his soul will be rewarded in heaven and we must not let his work be forgotten or taken in vain. Rest on little brother you have done a good work and now its time for you take your rest! Louis, Debi, Monica and Mrs Woodyard don't worry about a thing Jeff is alright!
Peace & Love
Deb Dennison
June 14, 2010
My condolences goes out the the family. It is the good Lords way to keep our children close to him. I will always love him. Rest in Peace Jeff.
June 14, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 14, 2010
To my Family, we must remember our loss is God's gain. As Jeffrey is now pain free, we rejoice that he has joined Our Father in Heaven, sitting around with our ancestors having a ball! Until we met again Jeffrey,
Cyndi (Woodyard) Thomas
June 14, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. We've reconnected in the past year or so, and I'm so glad that we were able to do so. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. Jeff, yours is a smile that will never be forgotten. GOD BLESS
June 14, 2010
He lived for those who loved him;
Whose hearts were pure and true
He served his Heavenly Father
Doing what God ordained him here on earth to do
He always chose to give to others of himself his very best
If he was a part of your precious life
Count yourself by God to have been blessed.
An educated man of very high degree.
A man of inner strength, courage and deep integrity
He leaves for those us who knew him ,a tremendous legacy
Today we celebrate the magnificent memory of his life
Right now he rests peaceably free from illness, pain and strife
He taught in many institutions along the eastern seaboard shore
As professor, manager and speaker and oh, so much more
As an academian his credentials were sound
Neithera better friend nor family man could easily be found
A mentor and theologian with extraordinary skill
We honor your life now and in our hearts we always will.
Your sudden passing may fill our grieving hearts with sorrow
But Rejoice dear friend for we’ll meet again on that great Rapture of tomorrow
In Christ we live for all eternity if on God’s son Jesus Christ we truly do believe.
Salvation, and forgiveness through his blood we shall receive.
He hung bled and died upon that old wooden cross that tree,

He gave his life for the sins of both me and you that we’d live with Him for eternity.
To honor Jeff’s life what tribute can you wholeheartedly give
Live a life that pleases God and to do your very best in all you do in every day you live:
Jeff we know that this is not the end;
For i n Jesus Christ we’re forever siblings and forever friends.

Lovingly submitted to the family and friends of Dr Jeffrey Lynn woodyard
By his for ever friend “May the God of all Comfort bring you peace during this season.Amen.

Rev Deborah Baxter wedley
June 13, 2010
To all the friends and family of Jeff, I offer my condolences and sympathy. I knew Jeff since High School. What a great human being.

Keith A. Oberdick
June 13, 2010
To the Woodyard Family:
I am truly sorry, most of all, for your loss, my loss, and community's loss. The short time Jeffrey re-entered my life, he'd made such a great impact. He was there with me when I received the very sad and difficult news of the death of my son. He stepped in and handled things when I could not, and for that, I will always be grateful. May God bless you and keep you in the very hollow of His hands at this unfortunate time. Surely, he will be missed by the many, many lives he touched.
June 13, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Saw Jeffrey a few months ago when I was home for a visit and it was so good to talk to him. May God grant you all peace in this very trying time. Let Him comfort you and ease the pain.
June 13, 2010
I want to extend my sincerest condolence to the Woodyard family in Jeffery passing. I was shocked and saddened upon open the obit page of the YDR website to read about Jeff.It was just last week that he request me to be his friend on Facebook. He and I was passionate about African American History. We attend the Annual PA Black History Conference held annually in various locations through out the Commonwealth. Several standout to me, one held at University Park, the one in Harrisburg, and the one held in York. He would often call me about Black History in York, at Crispus Attucks, or the Black Churches in York. Jeffery will be sorely missed but we know that he is in a better place. May God bless his family and keep them in the spirit of the Lord.
June 13, 2010
Jeffrey was a bright, intelligent and wise scholar and teacher and he added an enormous amount of wit and insight to African American studies. He will be missed by his colleagues and students. All condolences to his family from his friends and teachers at Temple.
June 13, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 13, 2010
"Jeffrey though you have pass this earthly veil I know that your spirit is still with us watching and guide our way. May we be worthy of being called a member of your family and honor your name in word and deed. Love you always. " To My Aunt Janet, and Cousins Lousi, Debi and Monica and my family share you lost. May Yahweh bless and keep you. Love the Miller Family (Warren, Sue, Cammie and Ericka and Aunt Nettie) (Los Angeles,Ca)
June 13, 2010
A heart that is focused on others will not be consumed with self....

Jeff, was that person that always did for others , he will truly be missed by many, my prayers reach out to his family and all who knew him.... "Go Bearcats " class of 1974 Sandy Hoffman {Maryland}
June 13, 2010
Uncle Jeffrey,
You are deeply missed. Im glad you were apart of my life. Even though you are gone you will always be carried in my heart. You have done more in your short amount of time here on earth them most have done. You are truly love. I miss you Uncle Jeffrey!
June 13, 2010
Jeff and I were friends in high school. We were in the drama club together and played mother and son in "Once Upon a Mattress." I have such fond memories of him and am so sad to learn he was taken from the world too soon. I am so happy, though, to see how much he accomplished in his life and how many lives he touched. He made a difference and will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences to his family.
June 13, 2010
So long to a good friend from way back, he will sadly miss, as we all wait on Christ's return i'm sure he will ot be forgttenwhen this event happen.
June 13, 2010
Jeffrey your spirit/energy will never cease to exist in my mind and heart. May I be an example of service to others, in which you exemplified so diligently in the lives of many people. Rest my friend.
June 13, 2010
You helped me understand a lot more than I would have had I not had you as my friend in high school. Through you, and lately through fBook connectivity, I gained insight to higher understanding that transcends all that we are and all that we hope to be.
My thoughts are with you and your family and may they draw upon the good memories to carry us all through the day.
June 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 13, 2010

May the Lord bless and keep you. I ll never forget the great times we had like a family growing up together. Rest in peace, my brother. Tam
June 13, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 13, 2010
Dear Woodyard Family,

My condolences and prayers I extend to you. May God continue to bless you with peace and strength during this time.
June 13, 2010
Rest in Peace little brother. You are missed but never forgotten. Your earthly work speaks of the man.
June 13, 2010
My deepest sympathies to the Woodyard Family (also my second family). Jeffrey was a great and very funny man. He always had me laughing even if i was feeling down. I will miss you very much Jeffrey. Thank you for being a friend. Lots of love.
June 13, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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