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Sunday January 3rd, 2021
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Darrell Wayne Woodard

Darrell Wayne Woodard, 66, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord. Tuesday December 29, 2020. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Cecile Woodard. 

A Member of Victory Baptist Church and former Member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Darrell was the Chief of the Savannah Fire Department since 1984 and was an active firefighter for over 42 years. He served as Jackson County Fire District Services Coordinator. He had previously worked for Jackson Paper and was owner operator of Woodard Christmas Tree Farm.

Darrell had a huge heart and was a very well liked and admired community man. He would help anyone in need and touched so many lives through the years. He will be missed by the entire community. 

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Regina Frady Woodard and his brother; Ronald Wayne Woodard

He is survived by his wife of 13 years Leigh Woodard

Daughters; Cheryl (Joel) Rogers of Cleveland, TN

                   Monika Woodard of Raleigh

StepSon-    Jared Zullo of Austin, TX

Granddaughter-  Eden Regina Rogers

Brother- Gene Woodard of Wendell, NC

Sister- Frances (Thomas) Cloer of Bryson City

Several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews also survive

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday January 3, 2021 at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Rusty Wolfey officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 3:00 pm prior to the services at the Church. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family encourages all that will be attending to take the necessary precautions by wearing masks and practice social distancing out of respect. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either the Fallen Fire Fighters Association, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727 or to the Savannah Fire Department, 18 Ralph Tatham Rd, Sylva, NC 28779 

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Thinking of you at this time. I only knew him as Genes younger brother. He apparently contributed significantly to our home town. Rest In Peace Darrell. Gene, praying for your peace as you remember the good times.

Paulette Green Gaddis Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

We are thinking of the family and praying for Gods comfort during this time of loss.

Aaron & Patricia Mills Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

I've known Darrell and the Woodard family all of my life. He had a big heart and a big smile. One year when Brad and I were little, our parents took us to the Sylva Christmas Parade. When the Savannah Fire Truck came by in line there was Darrell on the back of the fire truck. When he saw us he asked if we wanted to ride with them thru the rest of the parade. We both immediately said yes and got on the top of the truck. We were so excited! This is a special childhood memory I have and it was all made possible by a hero named, Darrell Woodard. Thoughts and prayers. Beth Stillwell Reeves

Beth Stillwell Reeves Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

I always remember Darrell smiling and laughing. Tim worked with Darrell at the Paper Mill for 24 years and he was always joking and laughing. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you all. Tim and Vicki Coggins

Vicki Coggins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Darrell Woodard

Vicki Coggins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

I first met Darrell in 1998 when I started working the gas station at High Country. When I saw the fire chief plate on the front of his truck, I immediately respected him for what he did. After he stopped in a couple more times and I got to have some conversations with him, I was able to respect him for who he was. I always looked forward to him stopping by, he always had a smile and knew everybody there. I was in a rough patch of life at the time and he knew it. He didn't have to talk about directly, though sometimes we did, he had his own special way of checking on me just by having normal conversation and finishing with an encouraging word. When I met my future wife, Karie, he was an enthusiastic supporter. A few years later Leigh started working at High Country. Darrell had become a widower, I tried to be an encouragement to him as he had been to me earlier but don't know how successful I was. After some time Leigh and Darrell became interested in each other. Leigh asked me one day what I thought about "that guy Darrell'. I told her he was one of the finest men in the community and if she was considering dating him she could do no better. What she didn't know was during the same time, Darrell was asking me about her! I told him I'd pray for him and he was on his own, then couldn't contain my laughter. His stops at the station became longer and more frequent. It was so much fun to watch their happiness grow into love and marriage. They were always such a blessing to me and my family, through tragedies and triumphs they were always quick with thoughts and gifts of love. Everything Darrell did was based in love, to Christ, to family, the department, and the community. He wasn't one of the good guys, he was one of the best guys.

Mark and Karie Lanning Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of Darrell I spent 14 yrs on savannah fire dept. He was a great man,mentor to young and old. Darrell was always happy and joking around at the station. He will be missed rest easy my friend we will take it from here.

Timothy Brent Allison Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

To family and friends, we wish the peace and comfort that only God can give.

Darlene & Scott Crisp Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Darrell Woodard

Darlene & Scott Crisp Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of Darrell. I just saw him in mid November and we had a good visit. He always had a big smile and a servant's heart. May God Bless and comfort you all during this most difficult time. Your family will be in my thoughts and Prayers. God Bless! Lisa Marrow, Crescent Health Solutions

Lisa Marrow, RN Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

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