Tommy Gene Woodberry was born in Poston, South Carolina on October 11, 1939, to the late Tom Vant Woodberry and Maggie Eaddy Woodberry. He was the eldest of eight children. Tommy Gene departed this earthly life and entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 24, 2019.
Tommy Gene or “Bo”, as he was affectionately called, made a profession of faith, was baptized and joined St. Mark A.M.E Church in Johnsonville, South Carolina at an early age. He was a life long member of St. Mark A.M.E Church where he served as a trustee, church secretary and church custodian for many years. He passionately loved to hum along to songs.
He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He began his early years in school at Battery Park High School in Stuckey, South Carolina and graduated in 1960 and remained an active alumni member with his class. During high school, Tommy Gene worked as a bus driver, at Shaw Construction Company, and on the farm to earn extra money. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, DC and worked at the Sand and Gravel Corporation. In 1963, Tommy Gene enlisted in the United States Army and served active duty until 1965. Then he continued his career with the US Army Reserves- 413 Chemical Unit in Florence, South Carolina where he retired after 21 years of service to his country. Tommy Gene simultaneously worked at Delta Mills (formerly JP Stevens) where he retired after 35 years of service. After retiring, he worked at the Waste Management Incorporation in Johnsonville, South Carolina as a Site Operator for several years until his passing.
Tommy Gene married the late former Rebecca Reese in Holy matrimony on August 12, 1968 and to this union, they were blessed with three children: Norman, Teresa and Tabitha.
Tommy Gene enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a kind-hearted person and was willing to lend a helping hand.
In addition to his parents, Tommy Gene ”Bo” was preceded in death by four siblings: Helen Woodberry, Mary Elizabeth Graves, Frank Woodberry, and Thomasenia Woodberry Bell.
Tommy Gene leaves to cherish his memories: His children, Norman (Amanda) Woodberry of Johnsonville, South Carolina; Teresa (Tyrone) Timmons of Florence, South Carolina and Tabitha (Frank) Celestine of Columbia, South Carolina; nine grandchildren: Allardrekia Cain, Allarquashia Cain, Kaneshia Durant, Courtney Durant, Allarquashia Cain, Joshua Timmons, Kiersten Crawford, Kennedi Timmons and Kelsi Crawford; eight great-grands: Jha’lieel, Nahla, Landon, Taylor, Karter, Cari Bella, Noah and Karson; god-daughter, Bridgette Allison of Johnsonville, South Carolina; one brother, Ellerbe (Betty) Woodberry, Sr.; two sisters Patricia W. Kelly of Florence, South Carolina and Cathy W. Allison of Johnsonville, SC; mother-in-law Lydia Louvenia Reese; a sister-in-law Judy P. Woodberry of Kannapolis, North Carolina; five brother-in-laws Ricky (Lorine) Reese of Pamplico, South Carolina; Sammy Reese of Johnsonville, South Carolina; David(Gwenevera) Reese of Johnsonville, South Carolina; Harry (Carla) Graham of Florence, South Carolina and Willie Bell of Johnsonville, South Carolina. One Aunt Sarah Ann Williamson of Columbia, South Carolina, Best friend Henry “Mae” Allison of Johnsonville, South Carolina and a host of cousins, relatives and special friends.