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David Eugene Woodard “Dave” was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 1, 1967, to the late parents, George Friday Woodard, and Doris Deloris Woodruff. He was the baby boy of seven. He transitioned from this life into Heaven when God whispered his name on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021.
Dave is preceded in death with open arms by his father, Friday and mother Doris, grandmothers Emma Woodard Johnson & Katherine Thompson, sisters Cookie, Deborah, Diane, and Donna, uncles Tommie Lee Woodard and Buford Woodard, great-nephews Deion and Shawntarius, and friend Ms. Ernestina.
Dave, proudly known by his friends as “Wheat” received his education from Metropolitan Nashville Public School System, attending Kirkpatrick, Cora Howe, Meigs, Hume-Fogg, Stratford, and Pearl High School, graduating class of 1987. He was employed at Richland Place and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital as a dedicated, hardworking, and loving spirit cook for 20 + years.
Dave professed his hope in Christ at an early age at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Elder James Thomas. He continued his membership under Senior Pastor Aaron X Marble, where his faith continued to remain strong even in his last days.
Dave laid back and quiet was known for his beautiful smile with that gold tooth that lightened up a room like a twinkling star to his family and friends. He had a calm, kind, caring, and willing spirit and would do anything for anybody. He was most definitely a women’s man who loved his family, friends, and co-workers dearly. Dave was the life of the party. He knew all the twines and enjoyed dancing. He was a DJ, loved listening to music, cooking, spending time with his family, friends, and co-workers, and most definitely eating. Dave had a heart for Football. He was a Baltimore Raven and Alabama Roll-Tide Fan. He would bet whoever and whenever on a game.
So many people loved Dave, and his presence will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Dave leaves to cherish his memories to his devoted sister Shirley (Wilbur) Waddey and brother Anthony (Michelle) Woodruff; God-grandsons Derrick Tucker; uncles and aunts Frank Russell, Robert Russell, Linda Williams, Anita Cartmell, & Thomas Russell; devoted nephews Antwan Gregory, Eric “Tyjuan” Woodruff, Chris (LaKesha) Waddey, Marcellous Woodruff, Micheal (Lenora) Woodruff, & Andrew Woodruff; loving nieces Denise Waddey, Tanyenika “Keona” (David) Woodruff, & Shenika “Shay” Gregory; great-nephews & nieces Lil Antwan, Lil Ty, Deontre, Juan, Jasmine, Royalte, Sam, Rondarius, Lil David, Tyron, Rontavious, Makayla, Dayvon, Amiyah, She’Niya, Ayden, She’Nariya, SheNariyona, Keyla, Eryn, Eunique, Eriona, Eri’A, Malachi, Maliyah, & Malaysia; special cousins Patricia Bell, Rosalyn (Rev. Eugene) McKissack, Kimberly McKissack, Sharon Waggnor Leslie (Lisa) Woodard, Karen Young Darrin Bell, & Shelida (Derrick) Talley; special-friends Victor “Moe” Moore, Latrell Wiggins & Robert Perkins, and a host of devoted great-great nephews, nieces, cousins, family, and friends. Viewing Friday January 7, 2022, 1-4pm at fh. Visitation Saturday, January 8, 2022, 10-11 with funeral to follow at Jefferson St. Baptist Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery North.
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