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Brad Crawford Woodard, 51, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Hayesville, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. He was a native of Clay County.


He was a 1984 graduate from the University of Georgia with a BA degree in Journalism and a minor in Russian.


He had served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in Jet pilot training.


Brad was an award winning journalist with extensive background in anchoring, producing and reporting on location as well as broadcast scriptwriting. He had worked at WSAV-TV (NBC), Savannah, GA, WTVF-TV (CBS), Nashville, TN, KARE-TV (NBC), Minneapolis, MN, and most recently, KHOU-TV (CBS), Houston, TX.


Brad’s accomplishments include 26 time Emmy Winner, seven National Genesis Awards, three National Press Club Awards, Sigma Delta Chi Award, New York Festivals World Medal, National Edward R. Murrow Award, Numerous Regional Awards, Worldfest - Houston Gold Medal Award, and National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award.


Brad was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by a niece, Sarah-Faith Spach.


Surviving are his parents, Donald and Nell Crawford Woodard of Hayesville; two sisters, Donna Trull and husband, Scot of Hayesville and Christy Spach and husband, Chris of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; four nieces, a nephew, and a great niece.


Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. Chad Chandler and Lewis Walker officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Stan Woodard, Jim Milton, Gregg Hamilton, Jason Whitely, Kevin Reece, and Tom Empey. Jake Empey served as honorary pallbearer.


The family received friends from 6-8 Tuesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville where the body was until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Brad Crawford Woodard to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 Marvin Cabe Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904 or the Humane Society of the United States at


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

#54 Steve Yancey 2015-06-17 02:55
I only now found out of Brad's death but felt I must share my condolences with his family. As my first college roommate at UGA Brad was a special friend and we shared many heartfelt talks, happy and sad. Knowing him is a cherished part of my life, and apparently of a host of others' lives as well.
It was clear back then Brad would accomplish much and he did.
#53 Robbin Mills 2014-08-02 09:59
I just heard of Brad's passing. I didn't know him personally, but he was hands down my favorite reporter ever. His pieces on animals especially were so wonderful--I wrote him once to say thank you after his post Ike reports. I will miss his thoughtful and soulful reporting.
#52 Carole Mwnninger 2014-07-19 11:17
I saw several segments where Brad featured animals and was so impressed by his genuine concern. So many in the media dismiss the plight of animals in our society, He was truly unique.
So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
#51 Alecia Burch Mensik 2014-07-17 23:31
Dear Donald, Nell, Donna and Christy,
All of you have been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I have been remembering Brad as the cute and sweet little boy in church, always quiet and perfect. I know you are very proud of the fine young man he became and all he accomplished. Praying for your comfort. With love, Pug
#50 Debbie Matheson 2014-07-14 21:55
It makes me sad to hear of your loss. I had not seen Brad in many years. Memories of him at HHS. He was a fine young man and I hear many stories of how he became an outstanding citizen. I know you were proud of his accomplishments and all the kind words said about him, however at the end of the day there is still an empty space I know. I pray for God to fill this void and give you all peace as only he can. My heart breaks for your family.

Debbie Matheson.
#49 Dorina Ross 2014-07-14 15:53
Today I learned that my dear friend had died. Just a few weeks ago he and I stayed up late texting each other while watching his favorite movie " A Family Thing". Brad loved his family, he loved his friends and all animals great and small. He was loved so much by so many. He will always be in my heart. Wishing everyone in his family peace and prayers. He is absent from our sight, but never from our hearts.

Dorina Ross
Houston, TX
#48 Pat Hardin Ackerman 2014-07-10 21:33
Dear Nell
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. Just wanted to let you know that your old friends in Cherokee County Barbara, Sonya, and myself are thinking of you and will hold you in our prayers. God Bless you
Par Hardin Ackerman
Barbara Stewart Kykendall
Sonya Kephart
#47 Gail Plewacki 2014-07-10 17:17
My deepest condolences to the Woodard family. Brad was an exceptional journalist and a wonderful man. I worked with Brad at KARE and called him a friend, not just a colleague. The world is a sadder place without him in it.
#46 Sally Fraley Hobson 2014-07-10 14:55
Nell and Donald, I am so sorry to hear about your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Much love to you all.
#45 Melanie Blake 2014-07-09 15:28
My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Woodard family. Brad was one in a billion, one of the kindest most beautiful and gentle souls and brilliant at his work. Brad is mourned by many who loved him and miss him. We met through our common deep love of animals. He was such a powerful voice for the voiceless and he is going to be so sorely missed. We will keep him forever in our hearts. A star in the heavens will be shining very brightly tonight. Rest in peace dear Brad.
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