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Woods Talman Jr.

1948 - 2018
Woods Garth Talman, Jr. 69, died January 29th, 2018 in The Good Shepherd Home, Bethlehem. Born in Bessemer, Alabama, he was the son of the late Colonel Woods Garth Talman and the late Martha (Richardson) Talman. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Allentown and Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, Alabama. Woods, also known as "Woody" was born in 1948 with severe cerebral palsy. His parents were pioneers in mainstreaming and inclusion before the terms existed. He was front and center for all family events and milestones. Though non-verbal and in a wheelchair for his life, he was bright and expressive and made his wishes and dreams known to all. Most importantly was his desire for a sibling to share his journey through life. By constantly placing one hand on his father's lap, the other on his mother's tummy and then waving them like wands and laughing, he successfully "conjured" a sister who was born in 1957. His father, a Colonel in WWII called his efforts, The Campaign. From birth she was nicknamed Woody's Order! and has been honored to fulfill this assigned destiny as a guaranteed guardian and caregiver. Woody took his last breath peacefully in her arms while looking into her eyes and smiling surrounded also by his brothers-in-law Charles and Bruce. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 2:00 P.M. at The Good Shepherd Home Bethlehem 2855 Schoenersville Road in The 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 1st at 11 A.M. in The Cedar Hill Memorial Park 1700 Airport Road, Allentown where he will be laid to rest next to his parents. A gathering across the street at The Copperhead Grille on 1731 Airport Road will be immediately following. All are welcome to the service, the burial and the gathering afterwards. Arrangements by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. www.jsburkholder.com
Published in Morning Call on Jan. 31, 2018
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