March 13th, 2011
“Westmoreland mayor dies after choking” [Tennessean, Sunday, June 20, 2010, p. 3B]
Westmoreland Mayor Ricky Woodard died Saturday, reportedly after chocking while dining at a Goodlettsville restaurant. He was 55.
The official cause of death was not known at press time on Saturday, but Westmoreland Alderman Brad Penick and City Attorney John Bradley said Woodard was dining at Red Lobster in Goodlettsville Saturday evening when he choked on a piece of food.
He was rushed to nearby Skyline Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
“This is a real tragedy for Westmoreland,”
Jennifer Easton, Gannett Tennessee
Source: Newspaper clipping from Woodard Vertical File no. 2, Tennessee State Library and Archives