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William Ray Woodall

William Ray Woodall, age 76, died late Saturday night at his home. He was born March 16, 1938 in Johnston County to late William Elton and Blanche Starling Woodall. After returning home from Germany, he was stationed in Durham where he worked as a U.S. Army Recruiter. While in Durham, he became a member of Holloway Street Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon. Later, after he retired as a Sergeants Major from the U.S. Army, he moved back home to Selma where he then moved his membership to Branch Chapel FWB Church and served as a Sunday School Teacher. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Masonic Lodge #617 and the Eastern Star, both in Princeton. Ray was a former Post Commander in the American Legion Post 405 in Pine Level. He served on the Johnston County Board of County Commissioners for 12 years and also served on the Johnston County Hospital Board and Johnston County Health Board for 8 years each.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Branch Chapel FWB Church with Rev. Rickey Evans, Rev. Ashley Turner, and Rev. Terry Dennis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Starling Woodall of the home; sons, William Sandy Woodall and wife Ute of Selma, and Ed Woodall and wife Lynn of Waxhaw; brothers, Freddie Woodall of Virginia Beach, VA, and Gerald Woodall of Fayetteville; sister, Ann Langston of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Blake Woodall, Monica Woodall, William Woodall, and Benjamin Woodall.

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