William Clay "Hootie" Woodall was born on April 29, 1932, and passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019. He was 87.
He was preceded in death by his parents Minor Edward "Big Daddy" Woodall Sr. and Adele "Della" Moss Woodall; his brother Minor Edward "Buck" Woodall, Jr.; and sister Dale Woodall Fletcher.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Norman Woodall; children Lee Woodall Ward (Jim) of Guntersville and Kim Woodall (Jennifer) of Destin, Florida; grandchildren Chris Hoggle (Ashley) of Guntersville and Page Hoggle of Boca Raton, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hootie grew up and lived in Guntersville.
After graduating from the University of Alabama and then being in the Army stationed in Germany from 1954 to 1956, Hootie joined his brother, Buck Woodall, in the real estate and insurance business.
He and Pat were married on May 24, 1958.
Hootie was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville all his life and was the longest tenured member there. He loved working in the church’s memorial garden, which was begun with a memorial fund created at the passing of his father. Hootie’s grandmother, Sadie Moss, was one of the founding five members of Epiphany, dating back to around 1905.
Hootie loved life and was well-known for his contagious laugh. He was an accomplished athlete, excelling in water sports, tennis and baseball in his younger years and becoming an avid golfer in his late twenties. After completing MCHS, he tried out with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, but was cut because he was too small, weighing only 130 lbs. He won or placed in numerous Val Monte Golf Club Tournaments.
He was a past Jaycee, Lion and Rotarian. As a Jaycee, he was in charge of the Miss Guntersville Lake beauty contest at one of the earliest boat races. Hootie was an avid Alabama football fan, often assisting in chartering buses to the games.He loved his family most and enjoyed being a part of his children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
The family suggests memorials to the Church of the Epiphany Memorial Garden Fund, P.O. Box 116, Guntersville or Marshall County Home Place, 1221 Blount Ave., Guntersville.