Alvin “Smokie” Woodard, III.


Alvin “Smokie” Woodard, III., 75, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Funeral Service: 10AM Thursday, June 20 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. No visitation is planned.

One of eight children, Alvin Woodard, III. was born August 9, 1948 in Oakland, CA to Betty Jean (Pritchard) and Alvin Woodard, II. Alvin went to Peabody High School where he excelled as an honor student and section band leader. He attended Paul Quinn College in Waco for 3 ½ years where he was an honor student as well, majoring in History.

Alvin “Smokie” Woodard served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he achieved high honors including National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and was a sharpshooter rifleman. After discharge in 1971, he worked at Park Rite for 5 years, then completed 12 years with Dana Corporations in the warehouse, then retired from Allergan after 7 years of tenure.

In 1969, Alvin met Vandolyn and were married a year later. Alvin loved his wife, son, and grandkids dearly. Alvin also loved the Lord. He devoted a lot of his time reading and studying The Bible and literature. He was known to be an easy-going, caring and positive man. He also loved music and was a collector of many albums.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Joseph, Joanne, and Cynthia; and dear grandmother, Octavia Harris.

Smokie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vandolyn Woodard; son, Marcus (Maggie) Woodard; grandchildren, Teaeria, Marcus Jr., and Nakethalin, and bonus grandchildren, Levonte and Daneecia; great granddaughter, Zaria; brothers, Reginald, Marvin, Anthony, and Douglas; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lynn, Bruce and Clyde; and many more family and friends.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Friendship is a link that does not deteriorate in death, but rather strengthens for those who remember.
    I am grateful to have had Alvin Smokies Woodard III as a friend in life and will continue to be there in death, honoring
    them in whatever I do. We had some great times together. I’m going to miss you my buddy.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers to you and the family.

  3. To the Woodard family you have my condolences. May God give you peace during this difficult time.


    Love you Big Bro. I will miss you very much, your wisdom you shared with me, and your love of music…and the we sang those Temptations songs and those other great Motown hits I was David Ruffin and you were Smokie. You are home now in a much better place. No more pain or suffering. You are anew you are a KING YOU DID A JOB WELL DONE you inspired me to join the U.S. Army. I might still be in California low riding. Love you and miss you ..praying for our family to stay strong during these times. Your wisdom will stay with me always.. Love you Alvin. You will be gone, but your sprint will last forever from the seeds you have planted. Thank you for everything you have done for me when I was stationed at Fort Hood from 1974..1977..and the first job you got for me at Pak-Rite Plastic. Miss you. Love you with all my heart. Best brother in the world…love Antiono..

  5. Sylvester Eldridge

    My prayers go out to the family. I am a member the Class of 1966, and long-time friend going back to 1957.

  6. Constance Chrishon

    Condolences to the family of Alvin Woodard. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. I remember Alvin as a member of the mighty Class of 1966. A great classmate. Rest easy my friend

  7. Condolences to the family of Alvin Woodard. I can remember his smile. Class of 1966. Rest in Peace.

  8. James Woodley

    Condolences to the Alvin Woodard family.
    Alvin were classmates from first grade through high school. A good person….

  9. Bernice Burks

    Condolence to the Woodard Family.I worked with Smokie at Allergan.

  10. Lucretia (Renee Patrick) Bryant

    My condolences to your family. I am so blessed
    to have had an opportunity to reconnect
    with my cousin and enjoy our conversations. You will
    missed. RIP❤️

  11. Leroy “Priest” Helire

    Condolences to the family of Alvin Woodard, Alvin and I were high school classmates who played in the band together in junior high school and we we shared the same walk home from school because we lived in the same neighborhood. Alvin was a good friend and classmate. He was the first person to give me the nickname, Priest, that has followed me even up to this day.

  12. Condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you all. Class of 1966

  13. Virgie (Julius) Guillory

    To Marcus &Maggie Woodard and family. We send our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. We pray God’s strength would continue to guide and keep you daily. We love you . Julius & Virgie Guillory and family

  14. Esther A.Williams

    Condolences to the family of Alvin Woodard. We were classmates and attended the same church. Cherish those precious memories. He will be missed. Peabody Class of 1966. Gone but not forgotten.

  15. Edward D. Larry Jr.

    Condolences to the family of Alvin Woodard. He and my twin brothers were classmates and we all attended the same church. God comfort and bless your family.

  16. I was just coming to know this wonderful big hearted man and to have just that short time with smokie tells me I missed out on getting closer to a true man of men, God bless this family with many cherished memories, RIP sir…

  17. Candy & Maurice Greer

    Van & Marcus you both have our sincerest condolences for the loss of Smokie. Maurice and I worked with him at Allergan. He always talked about how much he loved his family especially his grandchildren. We also talked about his love of music. He would always take his break in his car so that he could listen to his music. Always keep in mind what the Bible tells us in Rev 21:3,4.
    Maurice & Candy Greer

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