Monroe Avinel “Woody” Woodson received his eternal healing Saturday, November 5, 2022, surrounded by his family at Brookdale Assisted Living. He was 90 years and 10 months old (he loved to count down every month to his birthday so he would love that we added the months here).
Woody was born January 6, 1932, to Monroe Jervis and Tressie Belgard Woodson in Deville, Louisiana. He attended Buckeye High School through 7th grade at which time he dropped out to work to help support his family and at 16 years old started building board roads for land rigs in the swamp.
Woody enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honored to serve during the Korean War. After the war, he went to work in the oil field where he spent all of his working career on various land rigs across Louisiana, then in the Gulf and overseas for Penrod, Henley, Keydril, and Nabors Drilling companies.
In 1955, he met and married a pretty waitress from DeQuincy named Betty Lou Copeland Woodson. The two were married for 63 years and raised three daughters. Woody loved raising cattle, growing a garden, and hauling hay which inevitably became a community event with neighbors from all over working to cut, bale, haul, and store the hay.
Woody attended Bethel Baptist Church in Colfax. He came to know the Lord as an adult and he was secure in his salvation. He could be found on Sundays at Brookdale watching multiple church services on TV or in person.
Woody suffered for the last 20+ years with dementia and later Alzheimers. This disease slowly stole his short term memory then eventually took over every other facet of his life up until his death. His family rejoices that his memories have been fully restored and his body is healed.
Woody was proceeded in death by his wife, Betty L. Woodson, his parents, Monroe J. and Tressie Woodson, his brothers, Hilton Woodson and Ambrose Woodson, and his sister Corrine Vail.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Adonica “Donnie” Woodson, Guenell Whitstine, and Prudence Budemer (Jeff), grandchildren, Amanda Wiggins (Ryan), Tanner Whitstine (Morgan), Jared Sandifer (Jessica), Bailey Budemer, and Carson Budemer, great grandchildren, Bankston, Beckett, Addi, Ella Claire, and Ava, his sisters, Mary Louise Price, Charlie Dean Belgard (Harmon), and Janis Jolly (Darrell), brother, Wayne Woodson (Shirley), sister-in-law Margie Woodson, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Those honored to serves as pallbearers are: Larry Woodson, Ken Jenkins, Tanner Whitstine, Jared Sandifer, Jeff Budemer, and Ryan Wiggins. Honorary pallbearers are Bankston Whitstine and Beckett Wiggins.
The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, Clare Bridge, and passages Hospice for loving on our daddy and caring for him like he was family.