Mrs. Virginia Nalley Woodward died under the care of GHC Hospice on October 4, 2022, following a long illness. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, on November 6, 1925, and graduated from Savannah High School in 1943. She was the daughter of George Thomas Nalley and Daisy Anne Waters Nalley and was the youngest of seven daughters. On December 25, 1943, she married Erwin “Woody” Woodward, Jr., who was in the Navy, and she lived with his parents in Atlanta until he was discharged following WWII. They returned to Savannah and lived at Tybee for years until moving back to Savannah in 1962 where they spent the remainder of their lives. They celebrated their 70th Anniversary on Christmas Day, 2013. Mrs. Woodward worked with her husband in his jewelry/engraving business for many years and was always active in Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Savannah and in Puerto Rico, where they served as missionaries.
Besides her parents and six sisters, Mrs. Woodward was preceded in death by her husband in 2014, her beloved in-laws Erwin Woodward, Sr. and Gertrude Tullis Woodward, her sons Erwin “Woody” Woodward, III, and George Thomas “Tommy” Woodward; her grandson Kenneth M. ”Kenny” Ashman, Jr.; and her great-great grandchild Zion Julius Linton.
She is survived by her children Virginia Anne Brown (Fred), Gary Christian Woodward, Kathleen Sue Nalley, Kelley Jay Woodward (Angie), Charles Eugene Woodward (Samantha); Daughter-in-law Frances Wallace Woodward; Grandchildren: Laura Anne Thibodeaux (Les), Lisa Virginia Fonte, Wallace Erwin Woodward, Laura Frances Ford (Andrew), Dr. Melissa Lynn Jones (Dru), James Daniel Groover IV, Jeffrey Douglas Groover (Jovana), James Erwin Woodward, Rachel Dianne Woodward, Michael Thomas Woodward, Lydia Anne Woodward, Virginia Laura Woodward, Catherine Elizabeth Daniels (Dylan), Haley Elizabeth O’Neal (Cole); Greatgrandchildren: Nikki, Kacy, Gerigail, Andrew, Alan, Alyssa, Aaron, Victoria, Hannah, JJ, Jackson, Eve, Cali, Will, Trey, Caleb, Eli, Ivy, Callen; Great-great grandchildren: Haley, Caleb, Tobias, Aiden, Skylar, Arya, Ezra, Callum, Aleigha, Charlotte, Aubrey.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at COMPASSION CHRISTIAN EAST CAMPUS (9150 Old Montgomery Road). The burial will follow at Greenwich Cemetery.
The family would like to thank GHC Hospice for the great service they provided to our mother for the past 6 months.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassion Christian Church Missions Fund at https://compassionchristian.com/faith-promise or the P.A.C.K Savannah Ministry at https://www.packsavannah.com/
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With deepest sympathies and regards for the Ellzey Families.
Henry Tullis (Hank)
So sorry to hear of Virginia’s passing, but am comforted to know that she is with Uncle Irwin in heaven now! Look forward to seeing you all next week!
Love Hank and E’Lane, Reid and Bo
Thanks Hank! Mama and Daddy truly loved you all.
Tim and I send our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Woodward. She was such a kind hearted sweet soul. Prayers for you all!
Linda & Dan Walker
Our love and deepest sympathy.
Linda and Dan
Pamela DuBose Fabiano
My deepest sympathy to the Woodward family who our family has had the pleasure of knowing for many, many years. Though she will be dearly missed by her family and friends, she can now rest in peace with the saints in heaven.
To the Woodward family, we were saddened to learn of Virginia’s passing. My parents , Macon and Willie V Parrish and Virginia and Irwin were the best of friends for so many years. We were told so many sweet stories as children. Praying for your family at this time.
Anne and family, I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. You are all in my prayers.
William & Jessica Morris
To the Woodward family,
Mrs Woodward (aka Mama Woodward) will be missed by everyone that ever met her! Always a lady and one of the strongest Christians I’ve ever met. She worked continually to help the Church, the family, friends and the less fortunate.
I’m 58 now and I met Charlie and his family when we were at Church when we were 13. From that point that I have loved the Woodward family! So many great years of friendship, Church and family. I went to so many Woodward reunions on Tybee that some thought I was a Woodward child or grandchild!! Any chance to eat with Mama Woodward cooking was a great day! I can’t count the trips to Church camp, swimming in the creek, bowling, and trips to Tybee! They were all good days!
Her home was always spotless and the kitchen smelled great!!
I love the Woodward family and I pray Gods comfort and peace are with you all! Todays she’s with her husband, Woody, Tommy, Bro. Fred, and all her family that have gone on before us!! It has to be a great homecoming in Heaven!!
I thank the entire family for their love and kindness throughout my life! Love to all of you! Thank you! William Morris
What a legacy of family, love, kindness, sweet Christian lady she leaves! Truly the sweetest, kind, genteel Southern lady she was. So many sweet memories of your mom and dad, the whole Woodward family. One of the sweetest spirits ever!
Love to you and Fred.
Debbie Hosey (Cope)
Dear Woodward Family and especially my very dear old friend, Kathy,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I know your precious mother is celebrating her arrival in Heaven with your father, Woody and Tommy! May you find peace and comfort in God’s amazing love.
-Debbie Hosey (Cope)
Beth and Samp Lewis
Our deepest condolences and prayers for the family.
Edward (Ed) Cope
I spent many days at the Woodward home on Salcedo ….Mrs.Woodward was one of the sweetest ladies I’ll ever know…but she is now in her Heavenly home…prayers now for her family.
Lisa & Drew Dyson
Charlie, Samantha & Family,
We are truly sorry for your loss. Your dear mother is in heaven now with Jesus and your father. Keep the good memories close to your heart. God Bless you all and give you peace.
I have such wonderful memories of Virginia. Most prominent when I think of her is her smile. The same beautiful smile she shared with her sisters. I am praying for grace and peace for you all. I like to think she is co-piloting Erwin. She was always selfless and taking care of others but loved her family the most. With sympathy and love, Mandy
I hope each of you feel the love I have for you today. We are separated by so many miles, but I thank God for you each time you cross my mind. I can hear sweet Virginia saying my name when she saw me, and I felt so loved. May you all feel her love for you today as you celebrate her life.
Love to yall,
Steve, Sherrie Jarrad, Jenna, Melissa and Katherine Weinhold
We will be forever grateful for all the love, stability, guidance, and care that Virginia gave her extended family over the years.