The Johnston Community College Board of Trustees recently honored the late Durwood Woodall for his years of service to the college.
Woodall, of Smithfield, was a JCC trustee for eight years and was vice chairman of the board when he died in April at age 70.
A tool and die maker who was the co-founder of Tarheel Tooling, Woodall had a passion for people and for education, the college said. With his background in machining, he had a special fondness for the advanced technology programs at JCC, supporting the programs, instructors and students long before he became a trustee.
Lyn Austin, chair of the JCC trustees, said Woodall was a tremendous asset to the college. When the Johnston County Board of Education appointed Woodall to the JCC board, former Princeton School principal Fred Bartholomew called and said “we are sending you as trustee the best man you will ever work with.”
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And he was, Austin said of Woodall. “The best trustee and a man who was good through and through,” she added. “He worked tirelessly for JCC, and he will be missed.”
Brian Worley, director of advanced technology programs at JCC, worked for Woodall at Tarheel Tooling. Worley went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from East Carolina University. Worley said Woodall was a special mentor who put him on a path to success.
“He made an impact in my life from the day I met him,” Worley said. “He’s been making a difference in people’s lives for a long, long time, and I hope that I can keep it going and impact students’ lives like he impacted me.”
In honor of Woodall, the advanced technology programs at JCC plan to dedicate their capstone project in his honor this upcoming spring.
Woodall’s widow, Melba, thanked the college for honoring her husband and said he loved JCC. “He really enjoyed serving as a trustee,” she said. “He looked forward to it, to all the challenges, and there were many, but he thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this college.”
In addition to his service at JCC, Woodall was a 26-year member of the Princeton High School Advisory Council and a 15-year member of the boards of Johnston County Industries and the Capital Area Workforce Development. He also served 21 years with the Brogden Fire Department.
Woodall was a lifelong member of Tee’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and music and choir director for 40 years.