Dennis Ray 'Denny' Woody
Dennis Ray “Denny” Woody, 61, of Hayesville, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a year long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He was a native of Macon County, N.C. but grew up in Clay County and lived in Georgia for 13 years before moving back to Clay County in 1989. Denny was a tool and die maker with Wither Tool & Die in Atlanta, Ga. In 1981, he founded Clint Woody Southern Company, which is also in Atlanta. After returning to Clay County, he ran a Pepsi-Cola route in Hiawassee, Ga. In 1996, Denny became a partner in Hayesville Hardware. He then started his own business, Smoky Mountain Manufacturing Stone. Later, Denny worked as a tool and die maker for Moog. He was a member of the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blairsville, Ga.
He was the son of Clarence and Joann Hogsed Woody, of Hayesville. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mattie Jo Woody.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 39 years, Leslie Anne Moore Woody; two daughters, Stacy Woody and Megan Woody, both of the home; five sons, Clint Woody and wife, Susan, of Savannah, Ga.; Reid Woody and wife, Shandalee, of Brasstown; Clay Woody and wife, Lauren, of Blacksburg, Va.; Chad Woody and wife, Erin, of Hayesville; and Joseph Woody, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Debbie Patterson and husband, Wade, of Roswell, Ga.; Clara Reffit and husband, Gary, and Vickie Benson and husband, Wade, all of Hayesville; and 10 grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Juan Areiza and Father Richard Wise officiating. The interment will be in Eagle Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clint, Reid, Clay, Chad and Joseph Woody and John Taylor Baker.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Ivie Funeral Home of Hayesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of ALS Association, NC Chapter Catfish Hunter, 4 North Blount Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Ivie Funeral Home: www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com, Hayesville is in charge of all arrangements.