|Wilmer Tracy Woodfork was born to the union of Wilmer and Beatrice Pierce Woodfork in Plaquemine, Louisiana on February 8, 1959. He attended Lukeville Elementary School and received his high school diploma in 1978, from Brusly High School. He was baptized on May 12, 1963, by the late Reverend Robert C. Smith, his godfather.
On May 21, 1978, he delivered his first sermon at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Lukeville. Wilmer obtained a Preacher’s License from the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association. Eager to further his education, Wilmer enrolled in Bishop College of Dallas, Texas where he studied during the fall of 1978 and the spring of 1979. After completing the spring of 1979 at Bishop College, he transferred to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
After the completion of his studies at Dillard University, Wilmer entered Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and became a candidate for ministry in The United Methodist Church. During this period, he served as Associate Minister it St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
After graduating from seminary in 1986, he was appointed to the New Orleans-Houma District to serve as pastor of the Wesley-Mount Vernon Charge. His next appointment was to the St. Mark United Methodist Church in Opelousas, Louisiana.
His affiliations were numerous...
Assistant to the Consulate General of the Republic of Liberia (Atlanta, Washington DC., West Africa); Free-lance writer for African World News Network, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; Teacher’s Assistant, Interdenominational Theological Center, (Gammon Theological Seminary), Atlanta, Georgia; Student Intern, Ethnic Minority Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Free-lance writer for the State Times/Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge; and author of ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD, BOOK I, a book of sermons.
He finished his course on Wednesday, November 23, 1988 at M. D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his father and mother, Wilmer and Beatrice Pierce Woodfork; two brothers, Dennis Woodfork of Castro Valley, California, and Dale Douglas Eric Woodfork of Lukeville, Louisiana; five sisters, Sandra Woodfork and Donna Woodfork O’ Bear of Lukeville, Lou-isiana, Janet Woodfork and Nelda Woodfork of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Pamela Woodfork Harrison of Warner Robins, Georgia; one sister-in-law, Marsha N. Woodfork of Castro Valley, California; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd O’ Bear of Lukeville, Louisiana, and Floyd Harrison of Warner Robins, Georgia; two uncles, Percy and Joe Pierce of Gonzales, Louisiana; three aunts, Thelma Woodfork of Lukeville, Louisiana, Ethel P. Watson of Chicago, Illinois, and Geraldine P. Gray of Gonzales, Louisiana; one great uncle, one niece and two nephews, three godchildren and a number of cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, one aunt and three uncles.
Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1989, p.188 By Roger D. Lathan|