OBITUARY: Carol R. (Rutherford) Woodard

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Carol R. (Rutherford) Woodard

Carol R. Woodard, age 90, was welcomed into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Mrs. Woodard was born in Neenah, WI in 1931. She is preceded in death by her parents, Wylie and Ester Rutherford, her brother Jimmy, her sister Jan and her beloved husband William (Bill) C. Woodard.

After over 30 years of service, she retired as an employee of the State of TN.

She trusted Christ as her personal Savior in 1956 at Grace Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Throughout the remainder of her life, she was an active member of her local church teaching Sunday School, serving in the nursery, and volunteering wherever possible. Mrs. Woodard was a charter member of South Haven Baptist Church where she was faithfully involved. Carol loved her Savior, her church, her pastors, and her family!

Proverbs 31:27-28, 30 “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Carol was immensely grateful that both of her sons are in full time gospel ministry. Jim (Carole) is the pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Springfield, TN. David (Debbie) served on the pastoral staff of South Haven Baptist Church of Springfield, before transitioning into missionary work with the Baptist mission board, ABWE. David and Debbie ministered in England for 22 years before moving back to the US to serve at the International Headquarters. Carol was blessed with 6 beloved grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield on Monday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Frank Gagliano officiating. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens with family serving as pallbearers – Caleb Woodard, Micah Woodard, Cody McCarter, Mike Click, Jonathan Hammond, Cameron Collier. Honorary pallbearers are special friends, Nall Hensley, Mary Nicholson, Jerry Fugua, Orville Gilley, and David Randolph. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 noon until the hour of the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ministry of Love at South Haven Baptist, which blesses those in need with gifts of encouragement. All donations may be sent c/o the Robertson County Funeral Home, who is in charge of Mrs. Woodard’s funeral arrangements.

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