Woodford A. Sherrill
Woodford A. Sherrill, 90, of Ellerbe, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012, at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, in Rockingham, following a brief illness.
A service to celebrate Woodford’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Suzanne Simpson officiating. Interment will be held privately, in Ellerbe Cemetery. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Carter Funeral Home, in Ellerbe, and at other times at the home.
Mr. Sherrill was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Richmond County, a son of the late Roderick Webb and Lula Dora Rankin Sherrill. He was a graduate of Ellerbe School, class of 1939, and later served on the Ellerbe school board. He was an active member of Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, where he was appointed as a deacon at age 24, later served as an elder for 50 years, and had taught Sunday School.
He was a custom home builder by profession, and used his carpentry skills to do repairs in and around the church as needed, and to help build Camp Mackall. He built a gazebo at Jones Springs United Methodist Church in memory of his mother.
He had a great interest in genealogy. He helped list all the cemeteries in Richmond County, which are in book form and placed in local and other libraries, and helped many people locate family graves and also trace their family trees.
He was awarded a life membership in the Richmond County Historical Society for all his work in various projects of the society. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Bostick School House, of which he and his wife, Lillian, served as caretakers.
Woodford had a wonderful life. He counted his many blessings every day for his family, church family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lillian McFayden Sherrill, of the home; son, David Sherrill and wife, Jackie, of Ellerbe; daughters, Brenda Baucom and husband, Thomas, of Rockingham, and Nancy Robbins and husband, Ray, of Rockingham; grandchildren, Brian Baucom and wife, Genny, of Rockingham, Trey Robbins and wife, Emily, of Rockingham, Ryan Baucom, of Chapel Hill, Sherri R. Boyle and husband, Johnathan, of Ellerbe, and Ashley Sherrill and fiance, Andy Cagle, of Southern Pines; and great-grandchildren, Braden Baucom, Carson Boyle, Levi Boyle and Caroline Robbins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Alex Sherrill.
Memorials may be made to Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 7, Jackson Springs, NC 27281; or to the Alex Sherrill Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o BB&T, P.O. Box 1028, Rockingham, NC 28380.
Online condolences may be made at www.carterfuneral.net.