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Valerie Woodard, a longtime  and regular Forum participant, died on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 in Charlotte.
The next Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 7 opened with a number of tributes to Woodard,
who served on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners from District 3.

 

A Memorial Prayer
Valerie Woodard
Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum
Tuesday 7 October 2008
By Vernon M. Herron, D. Min.

 

Sunset and evening Star and one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning at the bar, when I put out to sea.

Servant of God well done; rest from thy loved employ.

The battle fought, the victory won, enter the Master's joy

 

Usually, we gather here as the TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM to discuss issues, but today we also worship, eulogize and memorialize your creation, known to us as Valerie Woodard but is known to you as your "creation" and "servant."

 

Many lives have been touched by this servant, who conducted ministry as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, a County Commissioner and other roles, who showed moral authority, maverick leadership, individual conviction and personal persuasion.

 

We thank you for such a life and now seek your Spirit as we, in our own way, reflect on the life one we knew and loved.

 

For all the saints, who from their labor rest,

All who by faith before the world confessed,

Your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.

Alleluia

 

Now, O Lord, support us all the day long,

until the shadows lengthen

and the evening comes

and the busy world is hushed and the fever

of life is over and our work is done.

Then, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging and

A holy rest and peace at last.

 

A-men

 


"This is a difficult time for those of us on the commission who served with Valerie Woodard. Being here I half expect to see her walk in the door any minute. It's not going to be until this meeting is over that I'm going to realize that she's not going to be walking in the door. We'll take some time at our commission meeting tonight to remember her. There will be folks from the community coming at 6 o'clock to have a few words and to remember her as well. Her family will be there. That will be a nice opportunity for the community to grieve and to share in the joy of her memory as well, and to remember the legacy and all that she has done for this community."

                          Jennifer Roberts, chairman, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

 

 

 

 

"Thank you for coming. Welcome to the Tuesday Breakfast Forum as always.
This morning, I'm sure most of you know that the Honorable Valerie Woodard passed away. Thomas [Moore] wants to sing and I told him if I let him sing I'm going to cry. I'm going to try not to cry.

    "Valerie was an institution in this community.... Valerie was the only elected official who came here on a regular basis. We're going to miss her, and I hope all of us will keep her family in our prayers."

                                                          Sarah Stevenson, co-founder of the Forum

 

 

 

      

Dr. Thomas Moore, a cappella

 

 

So now we'll be done with the troubles of this world,

The troubles of this world, the troubles of this world.

So now we'll be done with the troubles of this world.

I'm goin' home to live with God.

No more weepin' and a' wailin'

No more weepin' and a' wailin'

No more weepin' and a' wailin'

Goin' home to live with God.

So now we'll be done with the troubles of this world,

The troubles of this world, the troubles of this world.

So now we'll be done with the troubles of this world.

I'm goin' home to live with,

Goin' home to live with,

She's gone home to live with God.

 

 

 

 

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