To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven…Ecclesiastes 3:1
Joe Woolfolk was born June 8th in Grovania, Georgia. He was the 5th of 7 sons born to the late Mr. Major Woolfolk and the late Mrs. Minnie Mae Allen-Woolfolk. He and his twin sister, Minister Josie Woolfolk-Grace, were the 6th & 7th of 9 children born through Major and Minnie’s union.
Mr. Woolfolk received his Christian training in the local churches of the Grovania and Haynesville communities. He was educated in the Houston County school system, earning his diploma from Houston County Training School (now Perry High School). He later enlisted in the United States Army and bravely served his country in the Vietnam War as a soldier in the 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed “Tropic Lightning”). Joe was wounded as he drove a tank through heavy enemy fire to deliver artillery to his fellow servicemen. In recognition of his valor, Mr. Woolfolk received a Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Service Star (Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal). He also earned the National Defense Service Medal Expert (Rifle) during his military career. After honorably completing his service, he was discharged and returned to Houston County, Georgia. Later, he became a member of the Army National Guard while also employed at Robins Air Force Base, from where he would retire after years of dedicated service.
On August 31, 2019, Mr. Woolfolk departed this earthly life as God called him home, to rest from the labors of this world. He is lovingly remembered and cherished by his two children: son, Joe C. Woolfolk, Jr. of Decatur, GA and daughter, Elethia Woolfolk-Tillman (Anthony) of Atlanta, GA; 3 grandsons: Donovan D. Woolfolk, Michael A. Tillman, and Isaiah A. Tillman; 3 siblings: Josie Woolfolk-Grace (twin sister) of Kathleen, GA; Lewis Woolfolk (Carolyn) of Pineview, GA; and Robert Lee Woolfolk (Ruth) of Hawkinsville, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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