Woodard, Charlie Houston
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Father, husband, friend, Charlie Houston Woodard, passed away on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 from natural causes. Houston was a quiet, handsome man who was loved by all. He was a family man who took great care of his wife, Jean; daughters, Nancy, Chery and Jan; and their home on Adele Avenue in Whittier where he lived for 55 years.
Born in Blue Ball, Arkansas on April 26, 1913 to Beta and
Charlie Woodard, he was the fourth child of seven and started raising animals and working on the farm at an early age.
After graduating from high school in Arkansas, he bought a car and drove to California where his aunt, uncle and cousins lived. He worked for a while, met his future wife, Jean, and then joined the Navy serving in Maui during World War II as a cook.
When he returned from the Navy, Jean and Houston eloped to Las Vegas for a wedding on February 7, 1946. They were married until Jean passed away on February 7, 1971.
Houston worked for his cousin, XX Mitchell, as a chef and bartender until he retired. As a member of the Whittier Elks Club for over 60 years, he enjoyed providing service to those who needed it. Having been a chef, he made hundreds of pancakes for charity breakfasts and was entertaining to watch as he swiftly and deftly chopped food for appetizers and meals. He always had a beautiful garden and shared its fruits and vegetables freely.
During his final years, he lived at Legacy Manor in Long Beach and was well taken care of by Marivik Dela Rosa, her family and staff at their board and care where they helped him live to be almost 99 years old. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 31st at Rose Hills Cemetery. Houston will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Published in Whittier Daily News on April 13, 2012