Mr. Terry G. Woodings, 76, died at his residence Tuesday, January 21, 2014, following several years of failing health, due to pulmonary fibrosis. A native of Elyria, he was the husband of Jan Woodings, who survives; and son of the late Clarence Raymond Woodings and Dorothy Lowe Woodings.
Terry was a Music Educator in both Elyria and Burlington, North Carolina, as well as Cultural Arts Director with the Alamance-Burlington School System. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as organist at Ft. Benning and Ft. Knox. Terry was selected by Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Green to serve as the founding Musical Director for “Trumpet in the Land,” Ohio’s official bicentennial outdoor drama about the Moravians. He served in this capacity for the production’s first seven years.
Terry was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church where he served as organist from 1978 to 2005 and, upon retirement, was honored as Organist Emeritus. He was a member of the Men of Macedonia. He was Dean of the Lorain County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. While in Ohio, he was a professor of Instrumental Music at Cuyahoga Community College as well as conductor of the North Olmsted Community Orchestra and Director of Music at St. John’s UCC in Lorain. He was a former member of the Burlington Lions Club.
Terry loved to travel and visited all 50 states as well as various countries overseas. Prior to the opening of East Berlin, Terry traveled with and documented the Cummings High School Show Choir’s trip to Sochi, Russia. He was also an avid rail fan and he and his wife traveled around the perimeter of the United States by train and attended many rail fairs nationwide. He was a member of the National Historic Railroad Society.
Surviving, other than his wife at home, are a daughter, Christy Woodings Newell of Raleigh, North Carolina; two granddaughters, Ellery and Taylor; brother-in-law, Ramon Echeverria; two stepbrothers, Don and Stan Austin and their families.
Terry was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Woodings Echeverria.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 2 P.M., at Macedonia Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stephen C. Rust and the Rev. Shadra Suzanne Shoffner officiating. The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral & Cremation Service in Burlington, North Carolina, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., Friday, January 24, 2014, and at other times at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Macedonia Lutheran Church, 421 W. Front St., Burlington, NC 27215 or the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.