Carolyn Camille Woodside begins a new journey. The cherished Daughter of Francis Wilton Woodside left her mortal coil to ride the eternity train with her beloved Father and other prior departed family and friends on 18 May of 2018. Her grandfathers, Jack Herman Knox and Hubert Frenau Woodside (Senior), are surely commanding that ethereal vessel. Her grandmothers, Mary Jane Satterfield Knox and Lucia Verlie Bauknight Woodside are surely providing delicious foods and delightful dialogue. It is, more than must be, a huge gathering in that V.I.P. car with eleven aunts and uncles, a couple of cousins, and dozens of dear friends - there to celebrate Carol.
Carol's surviving family -- (Mother) Beverley Anne Knox Woodside, (Brother) Robert Woodside, and (Sister-in-law) Barbara Jarrett, four aunts, three uncles, two nieces, one nephew, dozens of cousins and grandcousins and grandnieces and grandnephews -- and countless friends will recall the inspirational courage and determination in her time among us. Memorial plans for July are incomplete at this time.
Her auspicious birth, on 7 February 1958, was considerably complicated with Spina Bifida, Club Feet, Congenital Hips, Hydrocephally and Mother will add, "more things doctors bothered not counting. They did not expect her to live nine months." In the following months and years, there would be long hospital stays, numerous surgeries for fluid management, and skeletal and organ deficiencies.
The remarkable Carolyn would spend her life with engineered function and exclusion from much social interaction. Still she would never think she was incapable to her ambitions. Carol graduated from public school in Morris County of New Jersey because she felt denied a proper education by special schools for other mentally and physically challenged schoolmates - these were her friends, but she pursued greater horizons. She learned walking with crutches; she would learn to excel in many other ways.
She supported herself with employment and retirement as a Data Entry Clerk of Alcatel/Lucent. She drove a 1976 diesel Chevette. She lived independently. She experienced true love. She received multiple first place awards in Battles of Atlanta as a black belt; she has been literally embraced by her inspiration, Chuck Norris.
Her body has deteriorated steadily since her birth in Marietta (GA) and during her later time in NC, NJ and back to GA, but her spirit never diminished. She had a passionate, full life; when attendants talked with her on that last day and assured Carol of her brother's boundless love, she said these final words, "I love him more."
Then she began the next part of her journey through eternity.