A celebration of her life will be at First Baptist Church Minden at 11a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2015, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Officiating will be Brother Leland Crawford, Brother Jimmy Eppinette, and Brother Bill Ichter.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:10 & 28.)
Jerry was a graduate of Louisiana Tech where she met and married her husband of 64 years, R.E. (Jack) Woodard, Jr. She was a true beauty inside and out and served as State Fair Queen and Homecoming Queen while at Tech.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Minden for 47 years where she volunteered as Sunday School Teacher, Department Director, and on various committees. She loved serving others through the Homebound Ministry and Bereavement Committee. She was an excellent cook and spent most of her days delivering an encouraging word and her beloved chocolate pie to those who were ill or in need.
“Booie” as she was lovingly known to her children and grandchildren, had a true servant’s heart and was happiest when she was helping her friends, family, and community. She was a gracious southern lady who loved others and her Lord above all else. “I love you” was spoken at every greeting and every departure. Booie left no words unspoken.
She is survived by a large family, all of whom she called by name each morning in prayer: husband, R.E. (Jack) Woodard, Jr; sons, R.E. (Mike) Woodard III and wife Laura; Pat Woodard, and wife Kelly, daughter Pam Woodard Teague, and husband Barry, and son, Gerald Mark Woodard and wife Lisa, son-in-law Greg Burke and wife Jennifer, eight grandchildren: Chad Teague and wife Anna Marie, Clay Teague and wife Sarah, Mason Woodard and wife Jennifer, Paige Woodard Mitchell, Noah Woodard, Katharyn Woodard, Reagan Burke Spengler and husband Sam, and Mallory Burke as well as 6 great-grandchildren: Jack, Anabelle, Adelyn Grace, Jake, Bowen, and Mann.
Jerry is also survived by brothers, Ed Cheek and wife Barbara, Ken Cheek and wife Helen, a sister, Sherry Cheek Baldone and husband Charles, and a special sister-in-law, Mildred Woodard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Gerald Cheek, and her precious daughter, Susan Woodard Burke.
We thank God for her complete healing and the blessed assurance that we will see her again in heaven.
Pallbearers will be her four grandsons and Sam Spengler, David Ogwyn, Steve Lee, and Marvin Jones.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FBC Building Fund, Baptist Children’s Home, or St. Jude.
A special thank you to Ina Warren who has been such a blessing these past few months, as well as Karen, Becky and Deanna.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6-7)