Cary News: Obituaries

H. Earl Woodard

H. Earl Woodard, Jr., 91, of Raleigh, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Hospice of Wake County.

Mr. Woodard was born November 8, 1920 in Raleigh, NC to the late Hubert E. Woodard, Sr. and Bess Franklin Woodard. He was a 1939 graduate of Cary High School. It was in 1939, he started dating the love of his life, Margaret Horton Woodard and they enjoyed 73 years of love. Mr. Woodard was a WWII veteran where he honorably served in the US Army Air Force as a Military Policeman in the Pacific Theater for over 3 years. After returning, he became a skilled plumber where he was initially employed by Bashford Plumbing and later retired as the Chief Plumbing Inspector for the City of Raleigh. He was a devoted Christian and member of Macedonia United Methodist Church. He also loved sports, especially college basketball, baseball and golf; gardening and working in the yard. He regularly participated in community baseball games on Sunday afternoons. Most of all, he loved his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mr. Woodard was also a descendent of the famed “Franklin” family from the Revolutionary War era along with our founding father Benjamin Franklin.

Mr. Woodard was preceded in death by his parents Hubert E. Woodard, Sr., Bess Franklin Woodard, and brother Branson L. Woodard, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Horton Woodard; daughter, Gail Woodard Henderson and her husband, Charles Henderson of Fayetteville; brother Jay W. Woodard of Fayetteville; sister, Gwen W. Pitkin of Palm Bay, FL; and grandchildren, Clinton Gregory Woods of Raleigh; and Stephen Douglass Henderson and his wife Hayley of Clayton; and great grandson Graham Parker Henderson of Clayton.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, August 31, 2012 at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 2700 Jones Franklin Road, Cary, NC 27518. Burial will follow the service at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 pm prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia United Methodist Church; or Hospice of Wake County.

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