Darrell Woodard


Darrell Wayne Woodard, 66, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Cecile Woodard.

A member of Victory Baptist Church and former member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Darrell was the Chief of the Savannah Fire Department since 1984 and was an active firefighter for more than 42 years. He served as Jackson County Fire District Services Coordinator. He had previously worked for Jackson Paper and was owner/operator of Woodard Christmas Tree Farm.

Darrell had a huge heart and was a very well liked and admired community man. He would help anyone in need and touched so many lives through the years. He will be missed by the entire community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Regina Frady Woodard; and his brother, Ronald Wayne Woodard.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Leigh Woodard; daughters, Cheryl (Joel) Rogers of Cleveland, Tenn., Monika Woodard of Raleigh; stepson, Jared Zullo of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Eden Regina Rogers; brother, Gene Woodard of Wendell, N.C.; sister, Frances (Thomas) Cloer of Bryson City. Several nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

Funeral Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiating.

The family received friends from 1 until 3 p.m. prior to the services at the church.

Burial followed at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Fallen Firefighters Association, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727; or to the Savannah Fire Department, 18 Ralph Tatham Road Sylva, NC 28779.