Harold Everett Woodson
In honor of his request, there will be no services for Harold Everett.
Woodson, known fondly as “Woody,” age 92, resident of Bishop for 38 years, passed away Aug. 25, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center after greeting one of the staff with a “Good Morning.” Woody was born July 22, 1919 in Hampton, Iowa to the late Loretta Hagan and Everett Woodson, the third of six children. The family moved to Ladonia, Mo. in 1922.
He graduated from Ladonia Public High School in 1937, migrated to Michigan where he met and married the late Virginia Mary Stierle on Jan. 31, 1941. Woody served in the United States Army from May of 1943 to February of 1946, in Honolulu and Okinawa. When he returned, he worked as a service grinder operator, and later worked for Krogers Grocery Store in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Woody and Virginia moved to Long Beach in 1952 and in 1959 Woody began his 24 year career with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He transferred to Bishop in 1973, retired as a traffic controller in 1982.
They enjoyed traveling, bowling, making crafts together and were members of The Merry Melody Makers, entertaining at the nursing homes in Inyo County until Virginia’s death in 1997. Woody married fellow Melody Maker, Helene A. Newton, on Jan. 29, 2000, and they continued to travel the country, dance, sing and enjoy the casinos for a few years.
Woody was quite an independent boy. He ran away at the age of 12, was brought back home and left again at age 14. He traveled the country by hopping trains, hitching rides and walking, doing any kind of work he could find, including picking crops in the fields of California. He promised his mother he would finish school, so he would study during the school year, but when the term was over he was back on the road again.
After graduating, Woody, who wasn’t much for working inside, left to follow the wheat harvest from Oklahoma to the Canadian border. It’s no wonder he ended up working on the roads. Woody was one of those unforgettable characters, always a grin on his face, a wink, a smile, hugs for the ladies, quick to laugh and make everyone smile. He had many stories to tell and songs to sing. His family is thankful for his devotion and care to Virginia and Helene when they could no longer care for themselves.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helene Woodson; three sisters; and a brother.
He is survived by his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Kiki and David Moore of Big Pine; stepdaughter, Li Newton; stepsons, Terry and Jim Newton; sister, Claretta Fennewald of Hartford, Ill.;sisters-in-law, Joan Chambers and Lucille Campau; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eastern Sierra Friendship Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop, CA 93514.