Wiley Edsel Woodall was born to Cirt and Mildred Woodall on September 13, 1948 at home in Amity, Pike County, Arkansas. He passed from this life on March 16, 2020 at the home of his sister Margaret Rehbine in Mustang, Canadian County, Oklahoma.
Cirt and Mildred, his parents, lived in many places during his growing up years, Arkansas and Oklahoma then finally in the community of Gerty. He attended school in Gerty and graduated from Gerty High School in 1966.
He soon after went to work for the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot at McAlester. In 1972 went out to Guymon for work and lived with his brother-in-law. He soon received his reserve call up. While in the military at Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts he met his beloved Ann. At the end of his enlistment they moved to Oklahoma, making their home in Stuart. There he worked for the local school. While there he met and got to know many of his community members. For a short time, he and Ann went back east, then he returned to Stuart alone.
He attended East Central University and was just short four hours of earning a bachelor’s degree. He worked for Jerry, his brother in Agra, doing cattle management, and got to know and pal around with Jerry’s fatherin-law Bob. They were fine friends. Mark was his housemate for a short while he was going to college nearby. He had a severe accident while hard at work. During his rehab, Ann returned to him and they later moved to Vermont.
While living in Northfield, Vermont he worked for a locally owned distribution company for which he delivered many display setups throughout the northeast states of Vermont, Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Canada. In 2012 Ed lost his companion, Ann. At this time he was nearing his retirement. He got several more years to enjoy Ann’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and got such joy seeing the twins as they grew. In 2016 he returned to Oklahoma to scout for a place to live. He returned to Vermont to pack and say his goodbyes to his loved ones.
In September of 2016, he moved to El Reno where he would walk and talk to all of his neighbors and the many people of his community. At this time he became active with the Masonic lodge and became a master mason. He often went to the Yukon lodge where his brother-in-law Carl also attended.
His family would say there would be the usual family quibbles over the years. During the retirement years in Oklahoma, his family enjoyed many dinners and long conversations with him. He was a great listener. Ed was kind and caring to all he came to know. He made friends very easily. He loved to tinker on mechanical things which was something that seemed to run in the family in a uniquely manifested way.
Ed was a husband and companion to a few. Ed had two sons, William R. McCollum and Jason D. Williams. He was stepfather to Michelle and Steve whom he helped to raise and also helped raise Ashleigh one of Ann’s granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Curt and Mildred Woodall; his beloved companion, Annette O. Tracy Menard; and other siblings.
Survived by sons William R. McCollum and Jason D. Williams; grandchildren, Dakota McCollum, Dylan Williams, Ethan, and Lakota Williams; greatgranddaughter Aspen Elise McCollum; Ann’s stepdaughter Michelle Tiffany; her daughters Samantha McGuire; grandchildren Jacques and Shaylee of Williams Town, Vermont, Andrea Neville of Chapel Hill, South Carolina, Leeann Sweet grandchild Javier of Northfield, Vermont; stepson Steve Tiffany and his children Ashleigh Ricciarelli, grandchildren Astella, Rhoswen and Steven of Northfield Vermont; son Kyle Tiffany and grandchildren Jade and Ryder of Fort Riley, Kansas; daughter Makayla Atwood; grandchildren Arianna and Victoria; grandson: John DeLong and his daughter; siblings Florene Deckard, Lola Bolton, Coy Woodall, Margaret Rehbine, Dianne Jackman, Deborah Wood, and Jerry Woodall and their respective spouses; along with many nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews, and great-great-grand nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be Monday, March 23 rd , at 11:00 a.m. in the Gerty Cemetery. Following the service, a family dinner will be held at the home of Jennifer Hamilton on Hwy. 75, on the right just south of the old Toot’s BBQ building.