Leonard Cleon "Woody" Woodyard
Leonard Cleon "Woody" Woodyard, 85, of Port Huron, was born on March 19, 1928 to Upton and Melvina Easton Woodyard. He was the oldest of seven children.
Leonard grew up in Port Huron, Michigan where he attended public schools and graduated from Port Huron High. He later enlisted in the U. S. Army
and served with an honorable discharge. Leonard came home to help Melvina (Mother) manage 'Grand Tearoom' restaurant from 1949 - 1953. Leonard attended Macomb Community College and received a certificate in automotive mechanic and an Associates Degree in Engineering. Leonard retired from Michigan State of Highways after working 26 years. After retirement Leonard went into 'Junk Collection' and was highlighted in The Times Herald.
Leonard was a long-time member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and has served in several departments as Deacon, Elder and Chorister. His favorite song and scripture is "I'll Fly Away" and Psalms 23. Leonard enjoyed cooking and was very creative in making new dishes, such as his own variation of Monkey Bread, and Blueberry Dumplings (fresh blueberries picked by his children from his family backyard).
Leonard Cleon Woodyard departed this life Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Marwood Manor, in Port Huron, Michigan where he resided for the last five months of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Upton and Melvina Woodyard; his wife, Charlene; Sister, Virginia McMillan; and Brothers, Nathan Woodyard and Dalton Coleman; and grandson, Leonard Christopher Williams.
He leaves to cherish his memory, children, LaNette Williams, Suzette (William) Batton, Jr., Leonard Woodyard, Jr., Gail (Anthony) Adams, Lisa Rigmaiden, Petter (Michelle) Johnson, Charletta (Ken) Johnson, and Marquita Woodyard; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Upton (Julie) Woodyard, Robert Woodyard and Cheryl Miller; Elizabeth Woodyard, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 in Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock Street, Port Huron with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. Military Honors will be conducted under the auspices of the St. Clair County Veterans.