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Captain Tommy Ray Woodard
December 15, 1957 ~ November 3, 2018 (age 60)
Captain Tommy Woodard passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the age of 60.
Tommy was born December 15, 1957 in Houston to Ray Dowling and Donna Fay Woodard. Both of Tommy’s parents were involved in hot shotting for the oil field - his dad drove while his mother worked as a dispatcher. Growing up with his little sister Donna Kay, his mom saw to it that Tommy had a great childhood. He played football and baseball at the YMCA and the Oaks Dads Club. Tommy enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best buddy Mike McArver and spending time between their two houses. The pair were always together and are still close today. Mike has always been like a brother to Tommy. He graduated Eisenhower High School in 1976, where he excelled at football and baseball.
Family was always the most important thing in Tommy’s life. He married Kathy Woodard on September 3, 2011 in the Barbara Bush Rose Garden at the George Bush Library. He was the proud father of four children and two step-children and loved being a grandfather to his four granddaughters. He was very protective of his family. He always told them to “shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will land among the stars.” Tommy also always told his children they were winners.
Tommy served the city of Houston as a firefighter for 30 years, and was extremely proud of his career and the work he did for his community. He was willing to do whatever he had to do to be a great provider for his family. In addition to being a firefighter, he also worked as a sales representative for a local freight company. Later after retiring from the fire department and meeting his wife Kathy, he then moved to College Station and Tommy took on a position at Lochow Ranch as a DOT and safety compliance officer. As hard as he worked to take care of his family, he also knew how to enjoy life. He loved playing softball and being out on the lake on his boat skiing, tubing, and sometimes fishing. Tommy was fun and outgoing and never met a stranger. He always chose to make the best of a bad situation, seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. He was strong in his Christian faith and was an active member of Central Baptist Church in College Station, participating in the Lifeway Sunday school class.
Tommy leaves behind his wife Kathy Woodard, his son and daughter-in-law Aaron and Emily Woodard, his son Cody Woodard and his girlfriend Heather Paul, his son Dakota Woodard, his daughter Savannah Billot, his step-children Paris Gonzales (and her husband JJ) and Gentry Kinchloe, and his granddaughters Halle (Hal-ee) Woodard, Hannah Woodard, Chanell Paul, and Jillian Woodard, parents, Ray and Donna Woodard, sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Donna Kay Smith, mother and father-in-law Hubert & Billie Jean Horcica, brother-in-law Ronnie Horcica brother-in-law Michael and wife Cara Horcica sister-in-law Peggy and her husband Aaron Almanza and three nephews and one niece.
To honor Tommy’s life, his family has planned a Life Celebration Gathering beginning at 9 am followed by a Celebration Service at 10:30 am on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station with Final Fireman's Honors to follow at College Station Memorial Cemetery. A Celebration Reception will then be held at Hope Evangelical Free Church at 5376 Raymond Stotzer Parkway.