September 30, 2021

Rufus Wilkes Woodard passed away at home on Thursday, September 30th, at the age of 82. Born in Campbellsville, TN, he was the son of James Robert & Nora Isabell Woodard. Click here for obituary.

June 13, 2021

The death of Willie Joe Woodard in Pulaski, TN at the age of 75. Willie Joe was the son of Charles 'Allen' Woodard (1918 - 1992) & Viola (Carpenter) Woodard. Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A brief obituary is available here.

February 03, 2021:

Thanks to cousin Rick Brooks for writing to us with corrected and updated information about his Woodard lineage. Rick is the g. grandson of Charles Woodson 'Charlie' Woodard, grandson of Lois Louise (Woodard) Russell, and the son of Zelma Christine (Russell) Brooks. The additions/corrections given to us by family members are always greatly appreciated and updates are applied as quickly as possible. We also owe our thanks to another descendant of that same lineage, Kristi Russell-Carter, daughter of Charles Eugene Russell, for providing the bulk of the initial information about their family branch.

June 04, 2020: Follow up re: Thomas E. Woodard

After forwarding all our currently available information about Thomas E. Woodard to Mr. Pascal Foret in Belgium, we've received the following reply, and we're very grateful to him for his care of one of our WWII family members buried far from home. If anyone has a photo of Thomas, please let us know. Also, thanks to J. Eslick for contributing information about Thomas's lineage.

  • "Hello, Thank you very much for all this info. I applied to be his sentinel at the Henri Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium where more than 7000 US service members are buried. I look forward to having more info about him. Best regards, Pascal"

May 24, 2020: Thomas E. Woodard

We have recently been contacted by someone who lives in Belgium who has sent us the email message to the right. >>

The writer's statements are correct; Thomas E. Woodard (Service Number 20450713)

  • was born in Giles County, TN in 1922

  • enlisted on 24 Feb 1941 in Pulaski, TN

  • served with 456th Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division

  • was awarded the Purple Heart

  • was killed in action on 30 Jan 1945

  • was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrndissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium: Plot G, Row 2, Grave 35

We will be posting current documentation pertaining to Thomas within the next few days; and in the meantime, we're asking anyone with information about him to please contact us.


Let me introduce myself first. My name is Pascal Foret and I live in Belgium. I have always been interested by WW2. In 2003 I found a set of dog-tags that belonged to a paratrooper of the 82nd airborne 456 parachute field artillery. I made contact with his family and returned them to their rightful owner who died in 2000.

During my research of the unit (456 PFAB). I found a paratrooper of the same unit that was buried in a American cemetery (Henri Chapelle) in Belgium. His name was Thomas E. Woodard. He died (30 Jan 1945) at the end of the Battle of the Bulge.

During my search for more info about him. I found out that he originates from Giles County, Tennessee and was born in 1922. He enlisted in Pulaski on 24 Feb 1941 and ended up in the parachute field artillery.

I found your website during my search for information. Is it possible that he is part of your family? If so do you have more information or a picture of him?

Every bit of info is welcome."

Thank you,

Pascal Foret

(In the interest of security, we withheld the writer's name until we were given permission to publish it).

May 06, 2020: Added page.

James Frederick May page has been added to the site -- the lineage of Amanda Elizabeth 'Lizzie' (May) Woodard.

May 02, 2020: Additional generation.

Both the Home page and the Woodard Family Tree page have been updated to reflect a significant early Woodard generation - Chesley Monroe Woodard (1821-1852), researched and kindly provided by Maurice Woodard of Pulaski, Tennessee. We send our heartiest "thank you" to Maurice for sharing his work. Also, the basic site reconstruction is still underway and is expected to be fully completed within another few days.

April 30, 2020: Site changes.

We are pleased to announce that The Woodard is getting a new look! Several years have passed since the last design changes were made, and the time had come to update the site to a more current, mobile-friendly style that would function just as well on phones and tablets as on computers. Most of the site has already been completed, and the remainder is expected to be finished within another few days. We hope our readers will enjoy the new, refreshed pages and we apologize for any inconvenience during this final reconstruction period. Broken links are currently being repaired and the entire site will soon be fully functional.

April 04, 2020

The death of Jessica (Woodard) Pipkin (age 39) in Lynnville,TN. Jessica was born in Pulaski, TN., and she was the daughter of John David Woodard. Place of burial - Lynnwood Cemetery, Lynnville, TN.

April 09, 2019

The death of John 'David' Woodard in Pulaski, TN at the age of 62. David was the son of Charles 'Allen' Woodard (1918 - 1992) & Viola (Carpenter) Woodard. Burial is in Lynnwood Cemetery, Lynnville, TN.

December 08, 2017

The death of George B. Woodard (age 92) in Pulaski, TN. George was the son of William Hicks Woodard & Nina Belle Fralix Woodard.

Burial in Maplewood Cemetery.

August 03, 2013

A new page has been added to the site re: Lois Louise (Woodard) Russell, with research provided by Kristi Russell-Carter.

January 27, 2012

The death of Peggy Sue (Woodard) Massey in Pulaski, TN (age 59).

April 14, 2011

The death of Susie May (Woodard) Dugger (age 67).

November 03, 2010

The death of James Eldridge Woodard (age 76) at NHC Healthcare in Pulaski, TN. James is the son of J.K. Woodard and Charity Collins. Burial is in Giles Memory Gardens, Pulaski, TN.

March 05, 2010

The death of June Marie (Woodard) Watkins (age 78).

February 28, 2010

The death of Lois Mae (Woodard) Rose (age 80).

November 14, 2009

The death of Helen Marie (Woodard) Fralix (age 83).

February 22, 2009

The death of William Stanley Woodard, Sr (age 61).

November 29, 2008

The death of David Leonard Woodard (age 65).

November 21, 2007

The death of Margaret Charlene 'Pinky' (Woodard) Park (age 94). 'Pinky' was the 5th-born child (of 10) of Charles Woodson 'Charlie' Woodard and Amanda Elizabeth 'Lizzie' (May) Woodard, and the wife of George 'Everett' Park.

February 04, 2007

The death of John Franklin 'Johnny' Woodard, Jr. (age 61).

WOODARD, John Franklin Jr., 29 Jul 1945 – 4 Feb 2007 in Columbia, Tn. “Father”. Military marker: “PFC US Army Vietnam” (Giles Co. native; son of John Franklin Woodard, Sr. and Roberta Fralix Woodard; married 31 years to Elizabeth Marie (Dodd) Woodard of Columbia; preceded in death by son Rodney Joe Woodard in 1988 and sister Jewell Downing).

Burial in Lynnwood Cemetery - Lynnville, TN.

September 16, 2007

The death of Herbert Woodard (age 62).