Willis Josey Woodham

Published 11:13 am Monday, March 8, 2021

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BISHOPVILLE, SC—Willis Josey Woodham, beloved husband of the late Polly Hill Woodham, went to his heavenly home on March 2, 2021, passing in Spartanburg. He was born at home in Stokes Bridge, SC, a small farming community in Lee County, to Alva Leslie Woodham and Mattie Vera Chappell. He was a  graduate of Bishopville High School and Wofford College (1951). It was there that he met the love and light of his life, Polly Hill, who predeceased him on April 3, 2019. They married in September of 1951 and enjoyed 68 years together. After he graduated from Wofford, he worked as a fourth-generation family farmer growing cotton, oats, and soybeans. He was a collector of things and friends. He never met a stranger and would often query with questions if he thought someone might be kin to someone he knew. He was a jokester who loved a good story, good friends, and good home-grown vegetables, especially Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. He was a life-long member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and belonged to American Legion Post 29 where he was honored for his support of veterans. He and Polly were active in the American Agriculture Movement. He was an avid tennis player and supported all his children’s and grandchildren’s athletic endeavors by attending many games, horse shows, and competitions.
Mr. Woodham was predeceased by his son, Willis Josey Woodham Jr.; his parents Alva and Vera Woodham; a sister, Margery Woodham Jeffords; a brother, Alva (Tunky)Woodham Jr. He leaves behind his loving daughters: Martha Adger Woodham, Susan Chappell Woodham, Mary Woodham Randall (Tom),  Margaret Katherine Woodham (Steve Wong) and Katherine Warr Woodham (Jerry Laney) and seven grandchildren: Harrison Woodham White (Will), Wesley Woodham Randall, Adam Leslie Woodham Wong, Willis Josey Woodham III (Stephanie), Allyn Woodham Wong, Margaret Randall Bagwell (Curt), and Conner Farley Woodham, and also sister-in-law, Harriet Woodham, and brother-in-law, Gabe Hill III.
Graveside services will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Pinchum Sly Road, Bishopville, Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church (PO Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010) or Lee Academy (630 Cousar Street, Bishopville, SC 29010). Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Serving as pallbearers will be Wesley Randall, Adam Wong, Will Woodham, Conner Woodham, Will White, and Curt Bagwell. COVID protocols will be followed.


Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home

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