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Woodrow Wilson Doe was born on September 7, 1939, to
Robert Doe and Alverta Lovett-Doe in Sylvania, GA.
He was very sick as an infant; therefore, he was raised
by his grandmother, Anna “Tay” Doe, in Claxton,
GA. Growing up in Georgia, he was surrounded by
cousins whom he often lovingly referred to as his
brothers and sisters. He attended Screven County
Public School in Sylvania, GA.
Years later, Woodrow moved to Florida and became
reacquainted with his actual brothers and sisters and
developed a lifelong bond with them. Woodrow left
Fort Lauderdale, FL following after his sister Idella, who
had moved to Flemington, NJ. He made his way to Flemington without even a
known address, in order to find his sister and employment. He found successful
employment as a skilled roofer for Strober & Sons Roofing Company based out
of Flemington, NJ, and roofing became his lifelong occupation. In addition to
finding work, Woodrow found an amazing woman named Mary Lee Long.
Woodrow and Mary were married on August 18, 1961. From their union, they
had four children: Katherine (adopted), Carol, Kimberly, Debra, and son Jeffrey
S. Doe (deceased). Woodrow and Mary raised their children to be faithful
believers of the True and Living God. Commitment to church and the ministry
of preaching and music was his focus. Mary often said, “If Woodrow didn’t
preach you happy, he would sing you happy!” They began their ministry work
together at New Hope Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor
Edward Wolfe. Later, Woodrow left to pursue his leadership calling and joined
House of God Church, Inc., Delran, NJ, where he served as Assistant Pastor to
Rev. Franklin D. Washington. He was later a faithful member of Bethlehem
Missionary Baptist Church under the Leadership of Pastor James Ray. He was a
part of the #1 choir and lead singer of the Male Chorus.
In 1976, Woodro
w returned to live in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He later met and
married the lovely Lena Snell in December 1976. With Lena he had a son,
Woody (Casey) Casavettes, and three step-daughters Patty, Terry, and Jasmine.
Woodrow graciously committed himself to the care and the needs of Lena until
her passing in December 2012.
Woodrow has the following brothers and sisters and in-laws, some of whom
preceded him in death: Robert “Bobby” Doe (deceased), David and wife
Carolyn Doe, Idella Doe-Slater, Lillie Mae Doe-Nixon, Hubert “Short” Doe,
James “SugarBoy” Doe (deceased), Johnny Lee Doe, Raymond Doe, Anna Mae
Doe (deceased), Louise Doe and husband Bubba, Ronnie Hervin, Charles Doe,
Samuel Bernard Doe, Rosemary Doe-Brown, and Irene Doe-Smith.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his children Katherine E. Cancel, Carol L.
Hunter, Kimberly A. Mode and spouse Dave R. Mode, Jr., Debra I. Doe-Gonzalez,
Woody Casey Doe, Patty M. Demetrius, Terry M. Harris,
and Jasmine S. Morrison; seventeen grandchildren,
Kevan, Elijah, Breanna, Daniel, Jordan, Jamison,
Kendra, Rachel, Sarah, Isaiah, Anthony, Cocoa,
Cornelius, James, Richard, Sterlin, and Jakeya;
twenty-five great-grandchildren; and a host of
cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Woody’s Salutation: “May the Lord watch
between me and thee while we are absent one from
another” Genesis 31:49 “And Have Love One For
Another, In The Name of The Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost.