"Her children rise up and call her blessed." (Proverb 31: 28
"Being an adult means nothing to your mother; you are getting bigger and older, but you are always her baby." (Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987 paraphrase)
Nobody loves you like your mother. Our loving mother, Syble Irene McCoy Woodard, answered her Lord's call to come home on Sept. 6, 2012. She was also a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother known to them as "Granny."
Mrs. Woodard was born on May 31, 1924, in Jamestown to Thomas Jesse McCoy and Ida Wates McCoy. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 55 years, Jesse Ozell Woodard; her brothers, Jesse Leroy McCoy, David Leon McCoy, Billie Ray McCoy and Jimmie Albert McCoy; and sister, Johnnie McCoy Smith.
She is survived by her sisters, Casciel McCoy Person of Bossier City, and Rubie McCoy Bramlett of Longview, Texas; son, Donald Woodard and wife, Lane of Baton Rouge; daughter, Carolyn Sexton and husband, Larry of Benton; grandchildren, Patrick and wife, Jennifer, Chris and wife, Brandy, B.J. and wife, Krissy Sexton, John and wife, Amy, Sarah, Seth and wife, Aimee' and Mark and wife, Tamara Woodard; as well as great-grandchildren, Reed, Emma, Regan, Issaic, Eli, Abram, Hayden and Ben Sexton and Jake, Abby, Luke, Ben, Hannah, Lucy, Caroline and Penelope Woodard; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Mrs. Woodard and her husband, Jesse Ozell Woodard were residents of Springhill from 1945, when he and his brother, Floyd Woodard opened Woodard Brothers Grocery and operated it for more than 30 years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Springhill for more than 65 years.
Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home.
A memorial service led by Rev. Tommy Patton celebrating the life of Syble Irene McCoy Woodard was held at Central Baptist Church, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery following the service under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Patrick, Chris and B.J. Sexton and John, Seth and Mark Woodard.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord , the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Tim 4:7-8.
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