Ray Gene Woodard

Ray Gene Woodard

Ray Gene Woodard was born on Nov. 14, 1948, in Carthage to the late Charlie Woodard and Estelle Silcox Woodard.

Along with his parents, Ray was also preceded in death by: his son, Ray Gene Woodard Jr.; brothers, James Woodard, Willie Woodard, Elzie Woodard, Bobby Woodard and Wick "Red" Woodard.

Ray married the love of his life, Margaret Harp Woodard, on July 12, 1975. They were blessed with six sons and more than 41 years together.

Ray worked at Lafayette Manufacturing in maintenance for more than 25 years.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed working on cars, mowing the yard, being in his garage, and spending time with his family.

He was saved by the sweet Lord's grace at a young age down on the creek bank, only him and the Lord were there. However, he has said that there was no doubt where he was going, and I am sure he is there rejoicing now.

On July 24, 2019, at the age of 70, Ray was called to his Heavenly home. He is no longer suffering. Ray's soul is resting easy with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Ray is survived by; his wife, Margaret Harp Woodard; sons, Charlie Woodard (and wife, Lois), James Woodard (and wife, Connie), Billy Bowman (and wife, Kimberly), Jeffery Woodard (and wife, Karen), Timothy Woodard (and wife, Kristy); daughter-in-law, Ann Woodard; brother, David R. Woodard; sisters, Bettie King, Jo Anne Sherill, Eliza Gutherie.

Fifteen grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were conducted on July 27, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, with Jeff Likens and Barry Brawner officiating. Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.