William Jasper Woody, 89, of of Benton, TN, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah.
Jasper was born in Benton on December 2, 1923 to James Newton Woody and Mattie Wiley Woody; and was also preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Frances Rose Woody; two sisters, Lorene Woody Beard and Golda Woody Ellis Jones; and step-mother, Thelma Woody.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Brian Cox of Knoxville and Jennifer and Jim Palecek of Gardiner, MT; grandchildren, Brady and Logan Cox of Knoxville and Sarah Palecek Newsome and husband Charlie of Livingston, MT; sons, Larry Woody of Mississippi and Steve Woody of Texas; daughter, Linda Woodland of Nevada; grandchildren, David, Kim and Shawn Boothe and Ron and Christopher Woody; great-grandchildren; siblings and their spouses, James and Mary Woody of Benton, Carol and Ken Pirtle of Decatur, AL., Pauline and Charles Barnett of Alabam, and Debbie Carver of Benton; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and wife’s family.
Jasper always wanted to “make a positive contribution to Polk County.” He was a Southern Baptist minister for over 50 years, having pastored Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Alabama, Wetmore, Pleasant Grove, Shiloh, Clear Springs, and Antioch Baptist Churches in the Polk County Baptist Association, along with performing a multitude of funerals, weddings, and baptisms.
He was owner/editor of the Polk County News for 21 years and founder of WBIN radio, owning it for 22 years. He was a Benton City Commissioner for 2 terms including 2 years as mayor and city judge. He was involved with the Polk County Fair, Polk County Baptist Association, Polk County Chamber of Commerce, Benton Lions Club, Scottish Rite, and Shriners. He was an originator of Benton Family Health Care Center as well as People’s Bank of Polk County. He was a big fan of the Tennessee Vols football and basketball teams, the Atlanta Braves baseball team, and Fox News. In 2004 he had a book published, “Know That He Is” in which he tells how his relationship with God influenced his ministry and business careers.
He was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Benton, teaching a Sunday School class and a weekly Bible study group, as well as greeter for the church’s “Happy Hearts” monthly ministry to the community until age 89. “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Monday, February 4 at First Baptist Church of Benton with funeral services to follow at 7 p.m. Pastor Reverend Robbie Speights as well as Reverend Harrill Millsaps will officiate. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at Benton Memorial Gardens with a white dove ceremony concluding the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Jasper to “Happy Hearts Ministry” in care of First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 326, Benton, TN 37307.
Higgins Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.