March 6th, 2011
Woodard, Ernest T.
“Woody” – Age 84 of Hendersonville. Passed away March 6, 2008. Mr. Woodard served in the Army in World War II in the 398th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Crew, 14th Armored Division, attached to the 3rd Army European Theater, which was responsible for shooting down 43 enemy aircraft in a two-day period. He was a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, the Jere Baxter Lodge for 50 years, VFW, American Legion and The Hundred Club of Nashville. He worked at Cooper and Martin for 20 years and founded Woody’s Restaurant in 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Woodard; brothers, Charles and Bradford Woodard; sisters Ava Doris Givins, Shirley Pratt and Agnes Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eloise S. Woodard; daughter, Brenda (Buddy) Carr; sons, Ernest T. “Butch” (Sandra Woodard, Jr. and Paul Dwight Woodard; grandchildren, Cheryl (Jimmy) Douglas, Eric Woodard, Landan Woodard, Bryant (Vanessa) Woodard, Chuch Woodard and Duane (Amy) Woodard; nine great grandchildren. Grandson will serve as Active Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Max Torlay, J.D. Vandercook, Bob Barker, Soony Weatherford, Jim Sloan, Bill Pass, Bob Cole, Gene Hoffman, Early Riley and the Round Table at Woody’s Restaurant. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 10, 2008 from the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with Pastor Roger Thaxton officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital ro St. Jude’s Children Hospital. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 Eat Main Street, Hendersonville, TN (615) 824-3855
Source: Newspaper clipping from Tennessean, March 8, 2008, page 7B located in the Woodard surname file at the Tennessee State Library and Archives