James Woodard

YORK Before the breaking of dawn on Thursday morning January 31, 2013, Jimmy Woodard answered a call from Jesus and went home to Glory according to God's plan and purpose. Born September 22, 1941, in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Woodard Lee. He leaves to forever miss his presence and his love, friend, life partner and wife of 43 years Barbara Mulkey Woodard. He also leaves his sons, James, Jack and Aric Woodard of York, and Willie Williams of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Parrysh Williams of Tampa, Fla., Savannah, N'Jimi and Utrena Woodard of York and Lydia Hewlett of Augusta, Ga.; grandchildren who adored him, Tyrique Jones, Trajan, Brandy, and James Woodard of York, Sydney J. Williams of Tampa, Fla., Nadia Williams of McAllen, Texas; his dog "Stavi" who moved when Jimmy moved; siblings, Ronald (Kim) Woodard, Edward C. (Daisy) Woodard of York, Faye (Pam) Patterson of Salinas, Ca., Ray (Connie) Patterson of Phoenix, Ariz., Judy C. Woodard and Gwendolyn (Ray) Becker of York and the late Donald Woodard; Aunt Lottie Johnson of York the matriarch of the Woodard family; his loving Savannah, Ga., and Florida Aunts Earthalean Riley and Davita Henderson; Uncles Benjamin, Jr., Wilburn (Ceil) and David (Rose) Dempsey; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that thought of him as one of the best guys in world. Jimmy was a member of the William Penn High School graduating class of 1960. A retiree of Caterpillar Tractor Co., with 28 years of service and was a part-time worker with York City at the city parking garage and Bob Hoffman field after his retirement. Until his illness Jimmy was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in York, serving as a Trustee, on the Usher Board and as a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church Male Chorus. This gentleman will be always remembered for his manners and kindness, distinct smile, aromatic fragrance, melodious voice and impeccable wardrobe. People enjoyed having him in their presence and their life because his laughter was as contagious as his love for people. Such a courageous battle of life and it was so well fought to the finish with his faith and strength that came from his relationship with God. The Lord and family came first in his heart and nothing came between that love. A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by funeral services, Friday, February 8, 2013, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 474 S. Pershing Ave., York, with his friend and Pastor, Rev. Dr. Aaron Willford, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Rose Cemetery. Boulding Mortuary, inc., 471 Madison Ave., York, is in charge of arrangements. www.Bouldingmortuaryinc.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 5, 2013