Mr. Earnest Eugene “Gene” Woodyard, age 86, of Smyrna, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 10th. Funeral services will be held 2PM Sunday, July 13th at Carmichael Funeral Home Chapel in Smyrna with the Rev. Jackie Sanders officiating. Interment will be in Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Woodyard served in the U. S. Army. He retired from Yellow Freight after over 40+ years in the trucking industry where he developed many special friendships. He was a loving father and grandfather and spread kindness and a quick playful smile with everyone he met. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise W. Woodyard, his sister and 2 brothers. Surviving are: Loving Companion, Margaret Pyren of Smyrna; 3 Daughters-Sandra Woodyard of Lilburn; Kathy Shiner and her husband Tod, of Talking Rock; Betty Jean McGraw “BJ” of Lynchburg, VA, 2 Grandchildren, Stephanie McGraw of Charlotte, NC who shared their avid love of the Braves, and Cindy McGraw Hall and her husband Brandon of Norman, OK who most recently was sharing with everyone the excitement of the arrival of his first great grandson in August. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 PM Sunday, July 13th at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna (770) 435-4467.
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