Evelyn Sonya Jenkins Woodard

February 2, 1938 - May 24, 2020

02/02/1938 - 05/24/2020

Past Services

Sunday May 31, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Monday June 01, 2020
11:00 am
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Evelyn Sonya Jenkins Woodard, 82, of 145 Corella Road, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

She was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Sonya was born on in Henderson, NC on February 2, 1938 to the late Willis Austin Jenkins and Evelyn Beddingfield Jenkins. Besides her parents, Sonya was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Billy Glenn Woodard. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Jonathan Glenn Woodard and wife Karen Perry Woodard of Ahoskie, NC, and Craig Austin Woodard and wife Christe Moss Woodard of Raleigh, NC; two granddaughters, Kimberly Woodard Hines and husband Dennis of Greenville, NC, and Ashley Caitlyn Woodard of Raleigh, NC; two grandsons, Jonathan Chance Woodard of Ahoskie, and Austin Cole Woodard of Raleigh; two great-grandsons, Colton Harper Hines, and Cash Harrison Hines of Greenville, NC.

Sonya also leaves behind one sister, Jeanette J. Oaks, and her late husband Franklin Oaks of Oxford, NC; two brothers, Jeff Jenkins and wife Janet of Macon, NC , and Sherwood Jenkins and wife Joyce of Youngsville, NC and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

After moving to Ahoskie with her husband, Billy, she was employed with Sears and Roebuck until she retired. She was a member of Creech Memorial Baptist Church where she served as their pianist for many years. She enjoyed cooking, riding her golf cart, visiting the neighbors, and taking care of her Pomeranian puppies. She just loved people and family and loved being around them. She was a true Christian and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Due to the circumstances with COVID-19 restrictions from the CDC and NC Board of Funeral Service, family and friends are welcome to come pay their respects and sign the guest book for Sonya on Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A private graveside celebration of life funeral service will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Henderson Baptist Church, 112 Garnett St., Henderson, NC 27536 where she and Billy were members before moving to the Ahoskie, NC area or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Woodard family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.


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Patricia Carson
3 years ago

I can’t believe I’m just seeing this! Ms. Evelyn was such a sweet lady and I visited with her every time my church went visiting on Thursdays at the nursing home. We talked a mile a minute about anything and everything, and she really had a soft spot for the sugar-free chocolate covered coconut candies I would bring. She made me feel like I was a member of her family and talked about her family constantly. COVID-19 stopped our visits to the nursing home but I always had my “besties” at the nursing home on my mind. I am so, so sorry to know she is gone. I will miss her terribly when we are able to go back and visit again. Ms. Evelyn, you were such a sweet lady and I loved you dearly. See you again sometime.

Gail Holloman
3 years ago

I really enjoyed knowing Sonya. When I went to Creech Memorial Church the highlight of the service was always listening to Sonya tear that piano up! She could play so beautifully & looked as though she enjoyed playing.

Laverne Perry
3 years ago

Glenn, Craig and families
So sorry for your loss. I remember when your Mom and Dad came to Ahoskie with the telephone company. That first day I knew I had met new friends. Always enjoyed their company. You are in my thoughs and prayers.

Donny Venable
3 years ago

Rest peacefully Ms. Sonya. You will always have a special place in Vickie and my memories.

Donny Venable
3 years ago

Rest peacefully Miss Sonya. You will always have a special place in Vickie and my memories.

Amy Daniel Franklin
3 years ago

On behalf of my mother, Frances Falkner Daniel, please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Sonya. Mother, Jeanette, Sonya and Billy were childhood friends growing up in Henderson and have remained friends throughout the years. There are many fond memories of growing up on Church Street, being bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, celebrating births and being there for one another during times of loss. My you find comfort and peace in your own memories of Sonya. Know that we are lifting you up during this time.

Donna (Woodard) Robbins
3 years ago

Ms. Sonya always made me laugh. I loved her! Heartfelt sympathy to Glenn and family. I am so sorry. She will be missed.

Linda Askew
3 years ago

What precious person. So glad that I could call her friend..Will miss the singing, praying together.. She blessed my life.

Sarah Turner
3 years ago

What a sweet precious lady she was whenever we got together we had a lot of laughs together enjoyed each other’s company she will be greatly missed I’ll keep the family in my prayers

Sarah Turner
3 years ago

What a sweet precious lady she was I always enjoyed her company we had more last time a little bit we only got together she will be greatly missed I’ll keep your family in my prayers