Dr. Louis Herman Woodard went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 1, 2019.
Louis was born in Kinston to the late Rufus and Effie Woodard. One of seven children, he spent his childhood in the Kinston area and later attended Campbell University, Wake Forest University and Duke University, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. A lifelong learner, Louis also received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary.
A retired minister, he served with distinction the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Louis was an avid sports fan and ardent supporter of the Duke Blue Devils. He was also a biblical scholar who found comfort in the study of scripture and religious texts. A wry sense of humor belied Louis’s introspective nature, and one of his greatest joys was preaching the gospel. Also, Louis nurtured his physical health as enthusiastically as his spiritual health and enjoyed vigorous walks, treadmill runs and lifting weights.
He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Sandra Woodard; sons, Mark (Sharon) Woodard and David (Debbie) Woodard; grandsons, Josh Woodard, Gavin Woodard and Owen Woodard; and sisters, Alice English and Linda (Steve) Wright.
A celebration of Louis’s life is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Clemmons United Methodist Church, 3700 Clemmons Road, with Dr. Matthew Burton and the Rev. Paula Northrup officiating. There will be a gathering of family and friends immediately following the service at Bermuda Village Retirement Community in Bermuda Run.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
Mitchell News-Journal • July 10, 2019