Thomas Troy Woodcock, Jr. departed this life on May 1, 2015 surrounded by his family at his home in Raleigh. Thomas was a native of Pender County and other than his time in service in the US Navy during the Korean War, he has lived in Raleigh where he met and married his wife of 59 years Helen Aldridge Woodcock. Thomas was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Susie W. Jordan and his parents Thomas Troy Woodcock and Janie Elizabeth Pridgen Woodcock. Thomas is survived by his wife Helen, his oldest daughter Neva (Beth) W. Robinson and husband Andrew, his oldest son Troy Alexander Woodcock and wife Cynthia, and youngest son Joseph Isaiah Woodcock, Jr and wife Shirley. Thomas is also survived by his grandsons Brandon T. Jordan, Casey Trogdon, and his two granddaughters Meredith R. Jones and husband Rashaad, and Caitlin F. Robinson. Thomas is also survived by his pride and joy, his “Buddy” and great grandson Ryder Jones.
Thomas’s legacy to his family is his joy for life. He was an avid NASCAR fan, fisherman, and wonderful weaver of tall tales. He passes on his love of laughter and joy for life to his family and everyone who knew and loved him. He always had a joke to tell or something to teach you, no matter who you were. While we all are blessed in having known him, the true blessings will come to us over the remaining years when we recall a word of advice or a wisdom he imparted to each of us, or perhaps just a good hearty laugh shared.
Thomas will be missed and while we are saddened and feel the loss so deeply we all are comforted by the fact that he is no longer enclosed in the shell that this disease, Alzheimer’s had made of him. He is once again that handsome, fun loving man. The man who worked harder that most men ever imagine. He is again truly who he was, a wonderful and caring son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Arrangements for Thomas are being taken care of by Cremation Society of North Carolina. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10012. There will be a private Celebration of Life for Thomas at a later date.