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Wiley Gray Woodard, 1942 – 2021


 

Wiley Gray Woodard, 78, departed this life on Friday, February 5 with his family at his side. Wiley was born in Sylvester, Georgia, on February 13, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents Wiley and Ruby (Nichols) Woodard. Wiley was an outstanding and compassionate physician, a loyal friend and a mentor to many. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Wiley earned his BS in Biology from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. His interest in science led him to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa receiving his Master’s degree in Food Technology. While at Iowa State he met his wife, Ramone White. The couple married in 1968 and moved to Baltimore, MD. Wiley worked as a Food Technologist at Nestle developing Nestea and Cross and Blackwell products. His next professional endeavor was to attend the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He then completed his residency at Mount Carmel Health where he was the first black resident in obstetrics and gynecology. Wiley was a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, Lambda chapter. He gave generously of this time as a 12 year board member of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. He also served on the boards of Goodwill Industries and the Hilltop Health Center. He was always willing to support and guide medical students and residents. As a result, he was recognized by Mount Carmel for 33 years of service to the OBGYN residency program and the Franklinton Community. Wiley is survived by his wife, Ramone; daughter, Jacqueline; son, Wiley, Jr. (Melissa); grandson, Grayson; sister-in-law, Rosalind White; special friends, Kathy and Ben Espy; and many other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 12, from 10-11:30AM at the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington. The funeral will follow but is private and limited to family only. Livestream will be accessible at www.schoedinger.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Albany State University, 504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705, in memory of Wiley Woodard, MD. The Woodard family wishes to extend so much appreciation to the staff and administration of Riverside Hospital, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Mount Carmel Grove City, DaVita Graceland Dialysis Center and the Wexner Medical Center. Thank you to Dr. Mark Ricaurte and Dr. Kevin Hackett for your always kind and consistent care. As our family begins a new reality, we are grateful to all of you as caregivers, family and friends.

 

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