Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at South Park Cemetery for Paul Victor Woodruff, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who peacefully passed away at Mission Arch Care Center on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
Paulâ€™s grandson, Marc Stewart, will officiate at the service. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Paul was born Aug. 12, 1914, in Cicero, Ind., to loving parents, Roy and Alice Bell Woodruff. At the age of 5, he, his mother and brother rode the train to Waco, Texas, where he attended school and spent most of his formative years. As a young man, Paulâ€™s favorite job was driving trucks. He later enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in El Paso and at Roswell Army Air Field, where he served as an aircraft mechanic. After leaving the military, he worked for many years at Roswell Motor Supply. During that time, he met and married Lois Evelyn Sallee Stewart.
A few years later they moved to Cucamonga, Calif., where he worked at General Dynamics and Graves Auto Supply. They returned to Roswell in the mid-1980s to spend the remainder of their lives. A man of tireless patience and unwavering integrity, Paul forever had a twinkle in his eye, a quiet sense of humor and a ball cap on his head â€” in just the right position. He loved music â€” country western was his favorite â€” but having a wonderful voice, he could also â€œbelt outâ€ a great Al Jolson. He could recite many poems and â€œdittiesâ€ from his childhood, and he delighted in telling stories about his truck driving days. Cars were his passion; taking great pride in keeping his own in excellent condition, he never passed up an opportunity to work on others. He loved to help people and was meticulous with all his projects whether it was his job, carpentry, crafts, cars or recording music. Playing cards with his neighbors, Jolene and Leroy, was a special joy. Paul is survived by his children: Sherry Stewart Stevens and her husband, Marc, of Fort Worth, Texas, Dennis Stewart and his wife, Mary, of Ruidoso, Norman Renfro of Ruidoso; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews and dear friends, Jolene and Leroy Goins and Wanda Frost and his Mission Arch family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Evelyn Sallee Woodruff; daughter, Marla Stewart Renfro; parents, Alice Glaze and Roy Woodruf f; stepfather, Henry B. (Doc) Glaze; brothers: Max Woodruf f and Walter Bell; and several aunts and uncles.
Paulâ€™s family wishes to extend its warmest appreciation, deepest gratitude and love to Dadâ€™s Mission Arch Care Center family for their loving, tireless and outstanding care during his last years. There will never be enough words of thanks for the extraordinary dedication of the caregivers and staff who have held him in their hearts. Heartfelt appreciation, also, to Dr. Evan Nelson for his genuine concern and guidance through the years.
If you wish, please honor Dadâ€™s memory with a remembrance to the Salvation Army, 612 W. College Blvd., Roswell N.M., 88201; Assurance Home, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell N.M., 88201-7532; the Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey St., Roswell N.M., 88203; or a favorite charity.
â€œNothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.â€ Pearl S. Buck You may give your condolences online at www.largronefuneralchapel s.com. Services are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Home.