|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1947|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 2010|
James E. Woodford passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2010. Jim was born February 20, 1947 in Barberton where he lived most of his life. He joined the Navy right out of High School and served in Vietnam. Jim was the co-owner of Skoops Ice Cream in Barberton and also enjoyed his job at Tenable Security. He enjoyed time on his computer or a book in his hand. He spent many nights with his friends at computer meetings. He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Woodford and his grandmother, Zelpha Franks who was also a twin. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Beverly; mother, Martha Chapin; twin brother, Jack (Linda) Woodford of New York; sister, Judi Zirinski of Kansas; sons, Robert (Tonya) of Michigan, Ryan (Eleonora), U.S. Navy; daughters, Pamela (David) and Patricia (Paul) of Barberton; ten grandchildren and a great- granddaughter; special friends, Jerry and Lila Smith of Doylestown and Paul and Pat Bush of Grand Island, N.Y. Jim will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 4 at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd. in Rittman. Attendees should meet at the cemetery promptly at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214.
Jim was a good friend of mine. We worked security together at a local hospital back in 2002. That's where we met. We stayed friends ever since. He came over to fix my computer and we went to car shows together. Jim was an honest guy and anyone would feel proud to be his friend. I know I was.
Jim and I first met when I was assigned to a local hospital security staff. I walked into the security office at the hospital and saw Jim sitting at the desk. He was the man in charge of security. Jim was a stern looking, rather tall and husky person who fill out his uniform pretty well. He was a good authority figure for security. I remember that, at first site, my thoughts were, "I don't know about this. He looks like he can be a real -----! But before the night was over, I knew that we would get along just fine. We became good friends and I learned to have a lot of respect for him. Jim had served in the earlier years of Vietnam in the U.S. Navy. He talked about his kids a lot, he was really nuts about his kids. At the time that I knew Jim, his son was in the miltary stationed in Japan. Jim and his wife visited their son in Japan. Jim and I was always going to car shows together. I owned a 1930 Chevy and Jim had a 1972 Corvette. My computer frose up and I called Jim for help. He was really into computers and the internet. Without a second thought he asked if I was going to be home that day. He said he was on his way. Jim worked for several hours and got my computer back to normal. He would drop whatever he was doing and come to your aide at a moment's notice.
Jim loved to read. He always had a paperback book within reach. At the hospital where we worked, he spent his lunch break reading. Jim was just a lot of fun. We joked all the time. He made my job soooo much easier and pleasent and I thank him for that.
Jim and his wife owned "Skoops" ice cream stand in Barberton, Ohio. Jim loved people and loved mingling with them when they stopped by the stand. My wife and I visited him at the ice cream stand several times. He never let me pay. When I would demand paying for ice cream, Jim would simply say, "I'm your boss! If I say it's on the house, it's on the house." I really, truely miss this guy every day.
Dale E. Woodford (1924 - 1974)
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Created by: Mr. Ed
Record added: Sep 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58976346