He was born May 30, 1942, in Lakeland, Fla., to loving parents Harvey F. Woodard (deceased 1984) and Cora C. Woodard O’Mary (deceased Dec. 27, 2010).
He was brother to David L. Woodard (wife Sandra) of Cleveland and Carolyn E. Woodard of Land O’Lakes, Fla., Sarah (Beth) Culpepper Woodard “Honey” of Charleston was his adoring wife/partner/fellow traveler of 51 years. They were married at a very young age and the basis of their relationship was “You and me, babe, and God can do anything.”
His children: loving son, Todd A. Woodard; and devoted daughter, Wendy Woodard Jaynes (husband C.J.), all of Charleston. He was adoring “Papa” to granddaughters: Dara Shell, Denia Webb, Dakia Taylor, Derika Woodard, McKenzie Jaynes and Madison Jaynes and awesome great-grand “Papa” to Katee, Coty, Dylan, Devin, Kamron and Kaden.
His life was filled with music. He played piano, organ, trumpet, saxophone and accordion. He and Beth led the “praise and worship” at Charleston Church of God for many years.
He attended high school in Lakeland, Fla., and Lee Bible School in Cleveland. He finished a degree at Lee University. While attending Lee in the early 1960s he worked for the Cleveland Daily Banner as a courier, and as a service attendant at the Village Amoco.
He was a retired carpet manufacturing executive; introducing international sales to the Dalton, Ga., area. He was an entrepreneur of many successful businesses including Cleveland Carpet Company, Rebel Sky Diving Company, Satellite Dish Company, Smokey Bend Ventures and River Adventures.
He was a man of diverse talents and vision who knew no boundaries. His retirement project was the beautiful River Pointe Luxury Waterfront Community in Charleston, a premiere development in Tennessee.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police having served as deputy sheriff with Sheriff Wendell Davis. He was involved in many civic and community events, including manager of Polk County Fair and Main street Christmas Parade.
He lived in Lakeland, Fla., moving to Cleveland to attend Lee University and was a resident of Cleveland for 47 years. Upon retirement, he and Beth spent their time between their homes in Florida and Tennessee. He enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and family. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying for more than 25 years.
He loved life, God, family and was known for his funny stories and teasing manner with his family and friends.
A “Reunion of Family and Friends to Celebrate the Life and Times of Harold Woodard” will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God Dixon Chapel, 335 11th St. in Cleveland. Friends are invited to join the family for this celebration to share fond memories of Harold.
Memorial donations can be made to the H.F. Woodard Scholarship Fund at Lee University, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, TN 37320-3450.
“To God be the Glory, Great things he has done!”
His life was so gentle, and the elements
So mix’d in him, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, “This was a man!”
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.