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Ernest Woodrow Killingsworth, Sr.
  • December 6, 1918 - September 3, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers
  • Bethany United Methodist Church
    1853 Maybank Highway
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“Prayers to the entire family. Jim, Sarah, and Brenda I will continue to pray for your strength through this difficult time. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Nicole Horlback - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Mrs K and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you soon. Love, Elaine843-607-4251 ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Elaine Hayes - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I did not have the honor of meeting Mr. Killingsworth but have become friends with his daughter Brenda. I can tell she adored her dad and will miss...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Rosalyn Morris - Charleston, SC

“We will all miss Woodie. We were lucky to have him so many years. A great man and a noble veteran. Our prayers are with Henrietta and all the family....Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Weise - Summerville, SC

“So sorry we couldn't be there as we are out of tow with our deepest sympathy. Neal and Arla ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“You have much to be proud of, sir. Many accomplishments and a fine family. You will be missed. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Cliff & Joni Weise - FL

Presentation of his new Ahiman Rezon. “Woodie and I met for the first time in December 2018; meeting him and Henrietta at the Franke Home. He is a Brother Mason of James Island Lodge No....Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Albert Balzano - CHARLESTON, SC

“I am a friend of Jim and Carol Killingsworth. Mr. Killingsworth was an incredible person and very much loved by his family. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kelli Shugart - Union, SC

“Etta, I'm so sorry I can't be there. I am in the North Carolina mountains and have to go to my granddaughter's wedding. May you find peace. Jim...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“I will always remember him as one of our church Dads. He will certainly be very missed. Condolences to you all, his family. Nancy ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Evans Allegood - Charleston, SC

“Prayers for our family ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Barney Howard - Martinez, GA

Ernest Woodrow "Woodie" Killingsworth Sr., long time resident of James Island, entered into eternal rest on September 3, 2019. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and devoted husband of Leila Henrietta Snipes Killingsworth for 76 years.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1853 Maybank Highway, James Island, SC. Interment, Carolina Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends on Thursday, September 12 from 5:00p.m - 7:00p.m. in the J Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun St.

"Woodie" as his friends affectionately called him, was born December 6, 1918 in Blundale, Georgia, the fourth of seven children of the late Ernest Buford Killingsworth and Mamie Thompkins Killingsworth. After attending schools in North Carolina and Charleston, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940. He served in the Panama Canal Zone, participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands and swept the beaches for Japanese mines prior to and during the invasion of Iwo Jima. There he witnessed the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi. Woodie continued his service as Senior Master Chief Engineman in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 30 years providing formal instruction and leadership to countless young sailors. He was employed at the Charleston Naval Shipyard for 38 years retiring as Planner and Estimator. After retirement he and his beloved wife, Henrietta, enjoyed extensive travel abroad as well as in the United States.

A charter member of Bethany United Methodist Church of James Island founded in 1950, Woodie served on the first official board. He was Superintendent of Education and Sunday School, as well as a Sunday School teacher for many years. He attended church regularly and participated in church activities until his health no longer allowed. Woodie was also a member of the Masonic ... READ MORE →

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