Obituaries

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Melvin Lewis Woodard, affectionately known as “Woody,” passed away in Alameda on July 31, 2019. Born Jan. 20, 1955, in Haley, Tenn., Woody joined the U.S. Navy. He served for four years, including during the Vietnam War. Aboard the USS Enterprise in 1976, he was stationed in Alameda and became a permanent resident in 1984. 

He began a position with the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department in 1994. He worked there for 35 years until the day of his passing. 

He was a long-standing member of Calvary Alameda and The Alameda Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Woody loved to sing, took great pride in his family and enjoyed helping others and serving in his community. 

He is survived by his mother Elsie Alberta Davidson; his siblings: Larry Woodard, Francis Woodard, Jimmy Woodard and Daniel Woodard; his children: Nathan Woodard, Anneka Bass, Pecolia Tubb, Daniel Perreira, Gena Batres Montoya, Shasta Holder-Lane and Trisha Lane and his 14 grandchildren. 

Woody was preceded in death by his father George Edward Woodard, his brother Clarence Woodard and his wife Patricia Woodard. 

Friends and family are welcome to join in celebrating Woody’s life at Calvary Alameda, 1516 Grand St. this Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at www.gofundme.com/woodardful.

John Rudolph Williams, 96, passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2019. He was blessed to be active until he was more than 95 years old, riding his tricycle decorated with two American flags around town, giving to people in the community, playing his harmonica and singing. 

John served in the U.S. Navy amphibious forces during World War II and always had a story to tell. One of his favorites was meeting John F. Kennedy at Subic Bay and telling us he “knew JFK would be something.” 

John was an avid baseball fan and played senior softball into his 80s. His team won the Senior Softball World Championship, AAA division in 1994. John did his part by hitting two grand slams to secure the victory.

John was predeceased by his wife Mavis and daughter Cheryl (John) and survived by his four children: Karen, John (Dee), Michael and Craig (Madilyn); his nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

John’s entire family would like to thank those in the community who helped John in a variety of ways, including Audrey, Albert’s Café, Ole’s, the Mastick Senior Center and all the drivers who gave him a wide berth while he rode down the middle of the street.

As a World War II veteran, our beloved John will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon with private services.

May the Glory of Love give him eternal peace.

Paul C. Schmidt, 98 passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019.

Paul was born in Petaluma. Calif., to Albert G. and Maude L. Schmidt. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.

Paul is survived by his loving family: wife Marilyn; sons Gary (Veronique) and Mark (Suzanne); stepdaughter Donna Fuller (Stan); grandchildren: Stephanie Lowrence (Kevin), Michael (Jennifer), Gregory and Juliet; great grandchildren Dominic and Delaney Schmidt and several nieces and nephews.

Paul was a building contractor in Alameda since 1951. Retiring in 1998, Paul went on to enjoy his family life and could be seen on many occasions strolling the neighborhood hand in hand with Marilyn. He was a devoted and encouraging “Grandpa” and thoroughly enjoyed his annual family reunions with his extended family. 

Marilyn and Paul made the most of their many travels together. Paul was quite fond of golf and was a long-time member of Contra Costa Country Club. He was an active member of the Alameda Elks Lodge since 1990, attending many lodge activities. 

Paul will be remembered in a celebration of life on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Any donations in Paul’s memory may be sent to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1015. 

For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).  

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