Richard Minter Woodard passed away at his home January 9, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Guthrie, OK on October 29, 1953 to Eugene and Meralyn (Thomas) Woodard. After graduating from Guthrie High School in 1971, he went to work for SW Bell. Richard worked several years in Guthrie and Edmond for the phone company before furthering his education.
Attending the University of Oklahoma, he completed his BA degree in May 1982. He then moved his family to San Francisco and received a Master of Divinity in May 1987 from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Richard worked in the ministry for several years, serving in San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Kansas City, MO. In 1996 he completed a 2nd Master’s Degree in Nursing Home Administration from the University of Kansas. The last 20+ years of his career, re-organizing continuing care retirement communities became his passion. He hopscotched across the U.S. for the remainder of his career working in Jacksonville, FL, Atlanta, GA, Oklahoma City, OK, Washington D.C. and lastly, Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, TN.
Richard was fun loving, laid back and made friends easily everywhere he went. He never met a stranger and could easily fit in anywhere with anybody. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. All who knew him have great memories of the times they spent together with him.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Meralyn Woodard in 1986, his Father, Eugene Woodard in 1992 and his grandparents Harvey and Irene Donnell.
Survivors include his wife Tracey Barnes, Crossville, TN, son Arch Woodard (Jill), Atlanta, GA, daughter Sage Goldenberg (Jeff) Toronto, Canada, Stepchildren Jackson Hughes, Sydney Hughes and Tristan Hughes Crossville, TN, grandchildren Sophia, Nadia and Piper-Anne Woodard, Jackson and James Goldenberg, brothers Stephen Woodard (Pat),Pearland, TX, William Woodard (Jennie), Guthrie, OK and sister Kathryn McGee (Jim),Guthrie, OK, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends at Bilbrey Funeral Home this Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4:00-5:30pm with a Celebration of Life beginning at 5:30. Services in Guthrie, OK will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Elisabeth Mitchell Charitable Trust for camper scholarships. All donations are tax-deductible. Camp Nakanawa 1084 Camp Nakanawa Road, Crossville, TN 38571. www.campnakanawa.com
The family will receive friends at Bilbrey Funeral Home this Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4:00-5:30pm with a Celebration of Life beginning at 5:30. Services and burial in Guthrie, OK will be scheduled at a later date.