January 5, 1939 ~ August 31, 2020

Born in: Macon Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

William Hoyt Woodard, 81, of Candler, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Macon County, he was a son of the late William and Nina Brooks Woodard. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Guyer as well as three brothers, Cleve, Joe and Jack Woodard.

A United States Army veteran, Hoyt was the owner and operator of Asheville Powertrain for 36 years as well as owner and operator of Hayes & Hopson Auto Supply for 14 years. He served on several boards and committees to include the Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Mid-South and Power Heavy Duty of America.

Hoyt is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Garnetta Vanhook Woodard; two sons, William Hoyt Woodard, Jr. (Stephanie) of Asheville and Barry Earl Woodard (Susan) of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Savannah, Meredith and Will Woodard as well as several nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Service will be held at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. However, those who wish to see Hoyt and sign his guest register may do so at the funeral home on Friday, September 4, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

A public Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery, Lakey Creek Road in Franklin, NC.

In lieu of flowers, Hoyt’s family asks that you consider making a contribution in his memory to Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Clara Wiggins, 408 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.


For those who wish to pay their respects: September 4, 2020 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: September 5, 2020 2:00 pm

Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery
Lakey Creek Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Garnetta, Hoyt, and Barry

    We are so sorry to read about Hoyt. We are thinking of you. All our love,
    Peggy and Mike Hembree
    Cindy and Robert Reeves


  3. Garnetta, Hoyt and Barry,
    We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Hoyt’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May God help you find peace. Pam,Tony & Megan Davis

  4. Garnetta, I know you must feel like your right arm is gone. 59 years of a happy and productive marriage – how proud you can be! I am thinking of you. Bless you.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

  5. JR, I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know that you have many fond memories. Prayers to you and your family.


  6. I am so sorry for your loss, but Hoyt is in a better place. Hoyt was a founding father of my company Power Heavy Duty. He served om many committees and was on our Board of Directors. He was very instrumental in the success of our early years and was a leader in our industry. He will be truly missed. If there is a Black Jack table in Heaven I am sure Hoyt is sitting there now. Good Luck my Friend.

    With Love,
    Brett Upton
    Power Heavy Duty

  7. Garnetta, Hoyt and Barry
    We were so sorry to hear about Hoyt. We have great memories from the years when the kids were growing up and I will always miss him saying, “Shut up, Mary”!
    Arnold and Mary

  8. Garnetta
    So sorry for your loss!! Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time…Hoyt was a wonderful man. Sure will miss him giving me a hard time! Always a good time while you guys were at the shop..

  9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Woodard’s from our family to yours. He will be missed. He was always someone I looked up to.

  10. Garnetta and family: May God give you peace and comfort at this time. Heaven is a better place and you can have comfort knowing you will see Hoyt again.

  11. JR and Family: Hoyt was a great person, and will be greatly missed by all who interacted with him. I always enjoyed stopping by the shop and listening to Hoyt share his history and past experiences. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. So sorry to hear about Hoyt. He was always so good to so many of us young kids going through Hominy Valley. Rest assured he is in a better place now. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Andy Taylor

  13. Robbie and I have sweet memories of spending time with Hoyt and Garnetta. Our daughter Stephanie could not ask for a better family to be a part of. Our prayers for the days ahead – we celebrate that Hoyt is with the Lord and out of pain, and we pray for peace and comfort for those who loved him.


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