Paul Woody

Mar 07, 2017

A Special Man

CANTON — As the morning sunlight shone down across the mountains, Paul White Woody, a man who was a wonderful daddy, a loving papaw and a man who lived his 95 years of life as an example for each of us to follow, entered into his glorious eternal home in Heaven on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Paul was born at the Woody home place in the Little Cataloochee Community of Haywood County during the winter season of Dec. 6, 1921. He was born into a loving and Christian family and was the oldest of six children of the late Carl William Woody and Lou Ellen White Woody. Proudly, he was recognized as one of the last living individuals that was born at home in the Little Cataloochee Community.

As a young boy, he attended the historic Cecil School and later graduated from Bethel High School where Paul made many treasured friendships that have lasted throughout his lifetime. At the beginning of World War II he began his honorable service to his country by enlisting in the United States Army. As a member of the 320th Infantry, he was deployed to Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Mr. Woody was awarded the EAMET Campaign Medal with five bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal and the prestigious Purple Heart. He was also a lifetime member of the DAV Chapter #89.

Paul was a man of many talents. He was a self-employed carpenter and also worked as a farmer. He took great pride in his garden and he spent many hours working in his tobacco fields. Paul was honored to be chosen and employed as the first camp ranger to take residence with his family on the Camp Daniel Boone property, where he was responsible for “keeping watch” and caring for the camp.

Mr. Woody was a man of great faith, a devoted Christian and a member of Laurel Grove Baptist Church, where he had also served as a deacon. Paul deeply loved the mountains where he was born and raised, and he enjoyed sharing happy memories and stories of the past with his family and friends that will never ever be forgotten.

He held a great love for his family, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. To know Paul was to love him, and we shall forever remember him as a man of faith, a man of courage, a man who was dedicated to his family and a man who we were proud to call our friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Christine Hendrix Woody, who passed away in 2012, and together they had shared 68 years of a wonderful marriage; his brothers and sisters, Frank Woody, Frankie Ledbetter, Clay Woody, Nell Caldwell and an infant baby brother, Carl William Woody Jr.

Surviving are his children, Wayne Woody and Linda Woody of Canton; Brenda Teague and Ted Underwood of Clyde and Ruth Owenby and Marshall Owenby of Canton; grandchildren, Anthony Woody and Sherry, Kristy Pless and Johnny,  Joy Teague, Amanda Little and Danny and Stacy  Owenby and Kayla and Ashley Welch and Justin; great-grandchildren, Hannah Snell, Andrew Woody, John Paul Pless, Chloe Little, Ely Pritchard, Paul Owenby, Kenzie Mathis, Natalie Owenby,  Caden Little, Natalie Pless, Maddie Mathis and Mark Daniel Owenby; step-grandchildren, Meagan Beck and Tyler Beck; step great-grandchildren, Brayden Haney, Auburn Winters and Ellie Beck and many wonderful friends.

The funeral service will held at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 8, in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The Rev. Gary Putnam will be officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Community Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 12:30 until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service.

The Woody family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Silver Bluff Village and their staff for the excellent care and heartfelt concern given to Mr. Woody.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Woody’s memory to Laurel Grove Baptist Church, 83 School House Branch Road, Canton.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Woody family and words of comfort may be shared at