W. Preston Woodall, Sr.
May 28, 1921 – Oct 15, 2017
The body of W. Preston Woodall, Sr. died 15 October 2017 of cardio respiratory arrest. He was 96 years of age.
Born 28 May 1921 in Kuttawa, KY to Elbert and Georgiann (Scott) Woodall, Mr. Woodall was the fifth of six children. The family moved to Libertyville, IL when Mr Woodall was age four. He graduated Libertyville Township High School in 1939, then studied at Eureka College, Eureka, IL and Illinois State Normal University. During World War II, Mr. Woodall worked producing plasma at Frederick Stearns Pharmaceuticals, Detroit. He came within one semester of a bachelor degree at Wayne State University, Detroit.
After the War, Mr. Woodall, began a septic tank service which morphed into a sewer and watermain construction company that by the 1960s had operations in three states. He developed a laser application for aligning pipes during construction.
After marrying Ruth Marie Barth in August 1953, they had three children: Preston, Jr. , Priscilla Marie , and Philip Melvin.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Woodall moved his family west, settling in Issaquah and later, Burien, WA. Here he sold lasers for underground utility construction. He later became a real estate broker and invested in properties, beautifying the south Sound area and eventually creating a stable retirement.
Shortly after the death of his wife Ruth’s body, December 2003, Mr. Woodall moved to Wesley Homes, Des Moines, where he lived for almost 14 years.
From early childhood, when Mr. Woodall made a commitment to Christ, until his body’s death, he has lived a God honoring life as a committed Christian. A leader in the churches he attended, he was also active in the Gideons, the Christian organization that distributes Bibles worldwide. He was an honest, ethical man who put God and his family as priorities in his life.
A favorite Scripture and a credo to his life was Psalm 119:105: “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Throughout his life, Mr. Woodall turned to God’s Word for direction, comfort and strength.
In addition to his three children, W. Preston Woodall, Jr., D.O., Tacoma; Priscilla Woodall Hemphil (Scott), Normandy Park; and Philip M. Woodall, D.O., (Courtney), Round Rock, TX, Mr. Woodall is survived by nine grandchildren: Lydia Woodall Johnson (William) Normandy Park; Abigail Woodall Rodeheaver (Kyle) Normandy Park; Hannah Woodall Baisch (David) Burien; and Cassidy, Audria, Aaron, Eric, Grace, and Faith Woodall of Round Rock, TX. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Samuel and Blake Baisch, Abram Johnson, and Elsa, Kate and Colt Rodeheaver.
Mr. Woodall invested his life to God’s service and to others. ”Well done, good and faithful servant.” [Matthew 5: 21]
There will be a memorial service in Mr. Woodall’s honor on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 2:00 PM, at Wesley Gardens, 816 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198.
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