Mr. Shirley Wrenn Woodard

June 17, 1929 - March 2, 2023

06/17/1929 - 03/02/2023

Past Services

Sunday March 05, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel
314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-396-0202 | Directions
Monday March 06, 2023
Conway Cemetery
North Church Street
Conway, NC 27820
Funeral Service
Monday March 06, 2023
11:00 am
Conway Baptist Church
229 North Church Street,
Conway, NC 27820

Conway, NC – Shirley Wrenn Woodard, age 93, of Garriss Street passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Pine Forest Rest Home in Potecasi NC.

Mr. Woodard was born on June 17, 1929 to Aubrey Otis Woodard, Sr. and Beatrice Boothe Woodard in Severn, North Carolina. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Shirley was the Owner/Operator of Small Motors and Service Company in Murfreesboro for 50 plus years. He was a lifelong member of Conway Baptist Church, a Charter member of Conway Volunteer Fire Department, a Mason/Shriner and a Veteran of the Naval Reserves. Shirley was married to Essie for 70 years. Shirley and Essie raised six children and inspired many others. He enjoyed his yard, gardening, and working in his shop making chairs and stools. He was self-taught in caning chair bottoms and stools and proudly gave them to family and friends. Shirley was loved by his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey Otis, Sr. and Beatrice Woodard, his wife, Essie Braswell Woodard, his great-grandson, Hinton McGee Meyer and brothers Aubrey Otis, Jr, Kenneth, Linwood, and John Woodard.

Shirley is survived by four daughters, Kathy Sumner (Leo) of Windsor, Becky Holloman (Jim) of Tulsa, Ok, Debbie McGee (George) of Severn, and Cindy Coombs (Dave) of Conway; two sons, Stewart Woodard (Sebrina) of Conway, and Melvin Woodard (Pam) of Pendleton; thirteen grandchildren, William Edwards, III (Bri-Anna), Kristen E. Proulx (David), Jon Holloman (Lauren), Thomas Holloman (Victoria), Daniel Holloman, Melissa M. Meyer (Kevin), Mark McGee (Danielle), Michael Woodard (Malinda), Joni W. Gray (Steven), Landon Woodard, Wrenn Woodard (Megan), Kirstie Snodderly (Bret), Taylor Coombs; five step-grandchildren, Timmie Turner (Tabitha), Travis Turner (Lauren), Trent Turner, Jesse Sumner and Ashton Weller (Brian); seventeen great-grandchildren, Cloey and Colton Edwards, Nathan and Evan Proulx, Emily and Nathan Holloman, James Anthony Holloman, Elsbeth and Lane Meyer, Avery and Anna McGee, Linley and Michael S. Woodard, Ian, Eli, and Dylan Gray, Emmett Woodard and three on the way; three step great-grandchildren, Riley Turner, Carly and Claire Turner; sister, Onita Sexton; brother, Lefty Woodard and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Garrett- Sykes Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, NC, and other times at Mr. Woodard’s home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023, at 11:00 am at Conway Baptist Church with Reverend Willie McLawhorn officiating. Burial will follow in Conway Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Forest Rest Home, 3277 NC Highway 35, Woodland, NC 27897 or you may donate online by clicking here

The Woodard family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you for the love and care that was shown to Mr. Shirley by Pine Forest Rest Home staff and Dr. Michael Alston.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Woodard family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Celeste Simmons
1 year ago

Henry and I send our deepest sympathies to the Woodard family. Shirley was a great man and you can’t think of Murfreesboro without remembering him. Enjoyed our conversations. Heart felt condolences to the family.

Margaret Vann
1 year ago

My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. Prayers of comfort in the days ahead.???

Jeff and Sandy Daughtry
1 year ago

Thinking of you all and praying for peace and comfort during the upcoming days and weeks.

Steve & Sherry Allen
1 year ago

Thoughts and prayers for all the family.