He was a 1984 graduate of 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 script writing.
He had worked at WSAV-TV, NBC, Savannah, Ga., WTVF-TV, CBS, Nashville, Tenn., KARE-TV, NBC, Minneapolis, Minn. and most recently, KHOU-TV, CBS, Houston, Texas.
Brad’s accomplishments include multiple Emmy awards, National Genesis awards, three National Press Club awards, a 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, S.C.; four nieces, a nephew and a great niece.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. Chad Chandler and Lewis Walker officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stan Woodard, Jim Melton, Gregg Hamilton, Jason Whitely, Kevin Reece, and Tom Empey. Jake Empey will serve as honorary pallbearer.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., 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, N.C. 28904 or the Humane Society of the United States at humanesociety.org/donate.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville was in charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.