Lucy Woodall Harris passed away peacefully in her home April 1, 2023. She was born on August 15, 1940, and lived most of her life in Virginia on her parent’s farm in Buckingham County and their Lynchburg home, except for the time the family lived in New Orleans, Louisiana when her father served in the Navy.
Lucy graduated from E.C. Glass High School and attended Central Virginia Community College and the Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri. Her major was History, and she kept that interest throughout her entire life. Lucy had a long career which included: working as a substitute teacher in the Campbell County School System, she then developed and owned a local stenographic service. Upon her marriage to Kenneth, she and her husband were equal partners in their private investment and rental property business until it was sold in mid-2005. She ended her working career by teaching Parliamentary Procedure classes and Leadership Development workshops.
Lucy has been a dedicated volunteer in her community for years including: The Virginia Federation of Woman’s Clubs, the Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation where she served as a trustee, the Friends of Lynchburg Public Library, the Lynchburg Museum System, served as a docent at Point of Honor, was a past President of The GFWC Lynchburg Suburban Woman’s Club, and was active in her church at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of the Adult Bible Class.
Her hobbies included: fashion design, art, genealogy and historical research, antique restoration, gardening, reading, and historic preservation.
Lucy is survived by two brothers, Thomas “Jack” Woodall of Spout Spring, and David Christian Woodall (Glenda) of Dillwyn, two stepsons, Kenneth L. Harris of Lynchburg, and Peter V. Harris of Madison Heights, and one sister-in-law Charlotte Woodall of New Kent, and numerous close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Lee Harris, Sr., her parents James Abbitt Woodall and Virginia Townsend Woodall, and one brother James Abbitt Woodall, Jr.
Lucy never had children of her own, so she had a great interest in young people in today’s society, thus her interest in the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.
The family would like to express extreme gratitude to Lucy’s wonderful caregivers, all of whom showed Lucy love, tenderness, and kindness. The family will be forever grateful to Cheryl Edwards and Brenda Ware for their regular assistance, the many caregivers from The Key Home Health Services, and Melissa Floyd and her team from Amedysis Hospice.
A Celebration of Lucy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Cox officiating. A short service of committal will be held at Old City Cemetery Columbarium at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. A friend’s reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers please consider making memorial donations to the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust www.lynchburgtrust.org
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.