Raymond Allen Woodard was born June 4, 1955 to the late Dorothy Jean Holman and Raymond J. Woodard.
He transitioned to be with the Lord, February 19,2021. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death, by his sisters, Renita L and Pamela J. Woodard. He married Carolyn Elaine Payne on September 4, 1976 for a total of forty-three beautiful years. Within this bond of marriage two beautiful children were born, Leslie RaCarol and Randall Allen.
Raymond was educated in Robertson County Schools and a proud graduate of Springfield High School, Class of 1973. He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Later, a Special Education endorsement was added. He furthered his education at Trevecca University receiving a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.
Raymond was employed by Robertson County School System for forty-one years. Within these years he was on the Springfield High football coaching staff that won the State Championship in 1993. In 1992, 1993, 1994 the Springfield High wrestling team had three state runner ups. In 1989 the only state individual champion, Travis Kirby. He was a teacher and administrator in the following schools; Judges School, Bransford Elementary, and Cheatham Park Elementary. He also served as Assistant Director of School Bus Transportation. Raymond was an active member of the Robertson County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, and National Education Association.
Raymond was baptized and became a member of First Missionary Baptist Church at a youthful age. He was a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, member of Male Chorus, dedicated Deacon, Tennessee State Congress, Little Fork District Association, Brotherhood, and served in the Church Culinary. He was an active member of King David Lodge #187 PHA, R.E. Boyd #12 Holy Royal Arch Mason, A. M. Webb #10 Royal Select Mason, G.C. Jenkins #25 Knights of Temple, Kelly Consistory #227, United Supreme Council 33 degree. Past Master (King David Lodge #187), Past District Grand Master District #19, Grand Lecturer. Currently, serving as District Deputy Grand Master District #19. Worthy Patron of Pearl Paradise O.E.S. #121. Raymond was an active member of ICARE Inc. He helped many people in the community young and old that needed assistance with rent, food, transportation to doctor’s appointments, volunteering at the voting polls, and other acts of kindness. He served on the City of Springfield Hospitality committee. Many young people that he taught or encountered considered him as their mentor.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted and loving wife Carolyn; two children, Randall Woodard of White House, TN, and RaCarol Woodard, Springfield, TN; grandsons, Noah Allen Woodard and Elias Charles Woodard of White House, TN; brothers, Phillip Woodard of Elkton KY, and Robert D. (Carolena) Woodard of Clarksville, TN; nieces, Joycelyn (Remel) Davis of Clarksville, TN, Robyn (Greg) Lawrence of Clarksville, TN, Tiffany Woodard of Elkton, KY; great nephew, Kylan Gardner; great niece, Symphony Lawrence; uncle, Donald (Ruth) Holman of Chester, VA; devoted aunt, Irene Holman of Springfield, TN; aunts, Ann Lee of Springfield, TN, and Earlene Holman of Springfield, TN; first cousins, Vincent (Constance) Holman, Staci Holman, and Kevin Holley; sister-in-law, Cathy (Greg) Ford. Special friend like a brother; Harold (Vicki) Barbee, Marlon (Janet) Pate; godchildren; Janelle Lawson, Gordon Bell, Dominique Barbee and Ormonda Gregory; a host of relatives and friends.
Viewing, Visitation and Masonic Service was Friday, February 26 at First Missionary Baptist Church and Funeral Service, Saturday, February 27 at Springfield Civic Center with Pastor Robert Gardner, Officiant and Pastor Emanuel Haygood, Eulogy; Interment was in Springfield Memorial Garden.
W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.