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Obituary for Lonnie Ray Woody

Lonnie Ray  Woody
Lonnie Ray Woody, 86, of Nicholson Loop, Morgantown, passed away Sunday morning, March 6, 2022. Pap was born July 29, 1935.

Pap was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served from 1958-1964. While enlisted, Pap was stationed in Germany and Korea.

He worked at Seneca Glass Factory until it closed. Later, he worked at East Oak Grove Cemetery and the Mountaineer Mall. He was an avid WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Pap was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his parents Delmar and Nellie Woody; his wife Mary Costello Woody; his son Leroy Boyers; his step-parents Pat and Gert Gilmore; three brothers Roscoe, Junior and John; five sisters Agnes, Mary, Mable, Annie, and Mildred; and his step-sister Carolyn Dalton.

Pap is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ed Nicholson with whom he made his home; two sons James Costello and wife Joanna, and Darrell Costello and his wife Savilla. Pap is also survived by his grandchildren MaryLee Hart and husband Rodney, Delta Duckworth and husband Brian Duckworth, Gregory Costello and wife Laura, Richard Costello and companion Candice, Ernie Costello and his wife Melissa, Chrissy Lazelle and her husband Gary, and Eric Costello; and his great-grandchildren Jenny and Jimmy Hart, Lexie Duckworth and her companion Justin Stark, Gary, Jr. and Russ Lazelle, Jana and Ethan Costello, Hayden and Hazel Costello, Bailey and Whitley Costello, Jacob and Jackson, and his little buddy Dustin Duckworth; his great-great-grandchildren Creed Hart, and Scarlett and Aubree Gifford, and Reese Costello, who is due in April; and his sisters-in-law Connie Dalton and Liza Costello.

He is also survived by his extended family, including sisters Norma Stimmell and her husband Date, Martha “Bill” Hart; and brothers George and Ronnie Gilmore.

Pappy was our world and will be missed but loved every day.

The family wishes to thank Amedisys Hospice, especially Pap’s nurses Molly, Sara, and Rebecca for their love and care.

Friends may join the family to honor Pap’s life and legacy at Nicholson Chapel Church, 1326 Summers School Rd., Morgantown, on Wednesday, March 9th between the hours of 3:00 – 11:00 PM, and again on Thursday, March 10th from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 PM co-officiated by Reverend Elmer “Scoop” Nicholson and Pastor Donna Dalton. Following the funeral service, Pap will be laid to rest with his wife in the Davis Cemetery on McKinney Cave Rd., Morgantown, where Full Military Honors will be accorded by members of Westover VFW Post 9916 and Camp Dawson WVANG Funeral Honors Detail.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave, Westover / Morgantown is providing care and guidance to the family.

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