Pastor Lester Dean Woodard

Passed 06/04/2021

Obituary for Pastor Lester Dean Woodard

Pastor Lester Dean Woodard went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 4, 2021. Pastor Woodard will be open for public viewing Friday, June 11, 2021 starting at 9:00AM. His wake will be held 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Woodard Funeral Home. The funeral will be 12:00PM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at United Holy Church of America, 5104 Dunstan Rd, Greensboro, NC. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park.

He was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Redmond and the late Mamie Ennis Woodard in Johnston County, NC. He worked in the paint department at Gilbarco (now Veeder-Root), where he retired in 1997 after 40 years of dedicated service. It was in 1998 when he fulfilled his dream with his family and opened Woodard Funeral Home, under the guidance of his son, the late Reginald Woodard who was already in the funeral business.

Left to cherish his loving memories are: his wife, Carmen Cruz Woodard; his children, Donzell Woodard (Tara) of Siler City, NC, Laura Woodard Scott (Stratford), Tiffany Woodard Brown both of Greensboro, NC; a granddaughter he raised as his own, Tarra Woodard Whitsett (Terell) of Greensboro, NC; two stepsons, Christopher John Thompson of Bunn Level, NC and Jeffrey Thompson of Connecticut; fifth-teen grandchildren, Crystalynn Woodard Starr (Mark), Donzell Casey Woodard, Todd Pittsley (Suzie), Miranda LaDawn Hill, Travis Woodard, Curtis “CJ” Williams, Jr., Aaron Woodard, Chandlar Lewis, Kaelin Brown, Lauren Brown, Miyanna Brown, Danielle Spruill-Davis (Alex), and Alexis Scott-Whitley (Taurus), Jake C. Thompson and Chase M. Thompson; 22 great grandchildren; two sisters, Bessie Mae Jones of Newark, NJ and Mamie Pearl McCray (Andrew) of Wilson, NC; brothers-in-law, Larry Spinner of Greensboro, NC, Melvin Lawson of Washington, DC, Gregory Cruz of Tulsa, OK, Ismael Cruz of Puerto Rico and Leo Mulero of Shirley Long Island, NY; sisters-in-law, Annie Woodard of Wilson, NC, Eloise Fields of Baltimore, MD, Paula Cruz of Puerto Rico, and Naomi Mulero of Jamaica Queens, NY; and a host of special nephews, nieces, in-laws, other relatives and friends.

Woodard Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Guest Book

Pastor Woodard was a client at my small gym. I saw him once or twice a week for a half hour. He was more than a client but a good friend. I admired him for many reasons and I always looked forward to seeing him. My business and life will be a little empty without him. I guess the Lord was missing him more than us and brought him home. Prayers and best wishes to his loved ones.

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To my friends,your father was a strength to many people.GOD keep you in this time,a neighbor

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Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Pastor Woodard was a long time customer at PetSmart and always brightened my day. Wishing the family blessings and comfort during this time. Peace be with you. M. C. Rimmer

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A great man, he will be missed but never forgotten. A man of many lesson, I will always cherish and remember. thank you Rev. Love Torrie

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Prayers to the Woodard Family. We were neighbors for many years before moving to Richmond, Virginia. Praying for strength during these difficult times. Blessings, The Herbin Family, Richmond, Virginia

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My sincere condolences to the Woodard family. I will continue to pray for all of you. - Emily Gause

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HE WAS MY PASTOR MY 2ND DAD MY FRIEND ALWAYS A WELCOME ARM PASTOR WOODARD IS TRULY HEAVEN BOUND HE WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THAT DAY TO GO HOME TO JOIN HIS FAMILY HIS WIFE HIS SON AND ANGELS WORD NEVER REPLACES OUR LOVE ONE'S BUT OUR THOUGHTS WILL MAY WE ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED THOSE WHO KNOWN HIM THE GREAT BLESSING RECEIVED FROM ALL WHOM WERE GIVEN TIME WITH PASTOR BECAUSE YOU RECEIVE A BLESSING OF FAITH HIS ALWAYS SPOKEN DEMANDS AND ALSO HE WOULD SAY LET GOD LEAD CAUSE IF YOU TRY ON YOUR OWN YOU WILL FAIL A BROTHER WHOM CAN'T BE REPLACED BUT TRULY A BROTHER WHOM WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ALL HIS GREAT DUTIES TO OUR COMMUNITY RIP PASTOR TO WE MEET AGAIN AMEN AMEN AMEN

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My deepest condolences to the Woodard Family. Uncle Lester Dean would always greet everyone with a smile and it was such an honor to have known such a wonderful and humble person. He will be truly missed and the family will certainly have my prayers as they journey through this time of sorrow. May God Bless.... Continue to Rest In Peace.... Hershall Forsythe

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Our deepest Sympathy to the entire Woodard family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow not only today but the days to come. May you reflect on all the cherish memories to keep your hearts warm and tenderly heal your sorrow. With sympathy, Bernice Bass Cherry and family

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Rest in peace Rev. You were a real friend to me and helped me when I was starting my own business and always asked about my family and always had a helpful positive words of encouragement my prayers to all your family during this time. John Owens (John boy)

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I am praying for your family. Pastor Anthony Spinks

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My deepest condolences to the entire woodard family.

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Our hearts and prayers are with the Woodard family. Pastor Woodard was such a kind and real person. I treasure my conversations with him. May God's peace and Spirit hold up the family during this season of grief. Gregory & Doretha Headen

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Our hearts go out to you and to everyone who knew and loved Reverend Woodard. This is such a huge loss for your family and the communities he served for so many years. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fultz

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To Tiffany and Lauren and the entire wooded family our deepest condolences to you and your family may God continue to bless you each and everyone of you mr. Wood was a very nice man he would deeply be missed. Stephanie Smith and family

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My deepest sympathies to the Woodward Family. Pastor Woodard was my pastor when I joined Fairgrove Missionary Baptist Church. He was truly a man of god and always had a smile for his parishioners. Rest In Peace Pastor.

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Deepest sympathy for the family praying that God will give you strength Reverend Dr. Larry Smith and family

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We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Woodard Family we pray for peace and comfort for you at this difficult time. Pastor Woodard was truly a servant of God and a light to the community. May his ministry continue to live inside the souls that he touched. God Bless the family. Mr. and Mrs. Shaun & Jimeetre Miller Greensboro, NC

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To Lauren and Tiffany and donzell and all the family you have my deepest sympathy from your cousin Glenn may God give you all strength that was my uncle I will miss him he was a sweet Hall working man may he rest in peace I love you Uncle Lester.

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OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE WOODARD FAMILY; MAY GOD STRENGTHEN YOU AT THIS HOUR OF NEED. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. BE BLESSED! BISHOP AND ELECTLADY TYRONE D. HUNTER ( ST. THOMAS CHAPEL - HIGHWAY 150 WEST - G'BORO , NC

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To the entire Woodard Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers. Renee M. Donnell

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To Tiffany and the entire Woodard family and Staff, I want you all to know how heartbroken I was to hear of Pastor's passing on this past Saturday (06/06/21) and just know that earth holds no sorrows that heaven can't heal and it's my sincere prayer that God holds you all in His loving arms and comfort you all till the sunshine of joy returns. God Bless you all. Rev. Terence A. (Tony) Farrar

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My deepest condolences to the Woodward Family, Praying for you. Margaret Evans

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To Tiffany and family, We express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you during this time. Sorry to hear of the passing of Rev. Woodard as this is a tremendous loss to our community. Our prayers are with you now and days ahead. Reggie Bennett and family

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From Henry Woodard and his family to Tiffany and the family we send our deepest condolences and our prayers are with you all.

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My deepest sympathy on the passing of my uncle he was a sweet person he worked hard down through the years he will be missed I love you Uncle Lester rest in peace.

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My deppest sympathy and prayers for loriann and family. Pat keith and family

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Keeping the Woodard family in my prayers. Beverly Meadows

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Our family is so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Woodard. He did so much for my brother (James Donnell McCormick) during his illness and death. We will not forget him and will pray for his family during this difficult time. Love Johnnie M. Baskin and family.

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Our family is so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Woodard. He did so much for my brother during his illness and death. Our family will never forget him and pray for his family during this difficult time.

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Praying for the Woodard Family, sorry for your loss.

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To the Woodard Family, I was sadden to hear of Lester Dean's passing. We will be praying for the family. Milton "Toot" Mitchell and Woodard Family from Wilson NC.

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To the WOODARD FAMILY you have our deepest SYMPATHY WALLACE AND SHARON O BOOKER

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My condolences go out to the entire Woodard Family.Trust in God, for time will heal all wounds. James and Sheila Jones Reaves

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My prayers go out to the Woodard's Family. May God comfort the Family at this precious time. I also thank Pastor Lester Woodard and Staff for helping my family during our bereavement of loss. May God give the Family Peace... Prophetess Matthews ( The Matthews' Family )

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My condolences go out to the entire Woodard Family. Trust in God for time will heal all wounds.

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Blessings to The Woodard Family, you served so well now you should be served. Denise Dawkins (Family of Valerie S. Caldwell)

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Deepest and sincere sympathy to the family of Pastor Woodard. He truly was a man of sound wisdom and knowledge of the word of God and he lived the life he preached about to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Audra Kittrell

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My sincere condolences to The Woodard Family. Rev Woodard was an outstanding and impressive man. Sleep in Peace kind Sir!!

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Woodard family , so sorry for your loss, praying for all during this difficult and trying time. Mr Woodard was always nice, I will miss our talks at the funeral home and helping him ...May God bless each and everyone of you! Deshawn Sellars

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To Tiffany and the Woodard family , so sorry for your loss, praying for all during this difficult and trying time. May God bless each and everyone of you! Love Maxine Lea and family

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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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