Arlene Hill Woodruff

January 3, 2023

CHARLOTTE – Arlene Hill Woodruff, 89, of Charlotte passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2023.  She was born in Rock, WV to Violet P. Hill and Henry T. Hill.

Mrs. Woodruff graduated from Matoaka High School in Matoaka, WV, Concord College in Athens WV, and earned a master’s degree in education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  She began her teaching career at Shamrock Road Elementary and ended her teaching career at Windsor Park Elementary after 28 years. 

Mrs. Woodruff was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and First Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.  She was a prolific reader, and traveled extensively, always up for adventures with her family and friends. However, she was most known for her crafting talents, including toll painting, quilting, sewing, baking and canning.  In recent years, she made greeting cards and sent them to friends and family and church members who cherished these handmade notes.

Mrs. Woodruff had a generous spirit and supported countless ministries and organizations around the globe focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. One particular ministry in India counted her as a partner for 50 plus years.

Mrs. Woodruff is survived by her children, Joseph F. Woodruff III and his wife, Shirley Stephens Woodruff, Douglas S. Woodruff and Julia Woodruff Brookshire; grandchildren, Sarah Catherine Woodruff, James Morton Brookshire III and Joseph Thomas Brookshire.  Also surviving is her sister, Charlotte J. Hill.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Joseph Forrester Woodruff, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 6, 2023, at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson Street in Charlotte.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Mrs. Woodruff to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Ann Morris

    Arlene was longtime friend from Shamrock Gardens school. I admired all her artistic talents, especially her beautiful handmade cards.
    Roy, my husband , sends his condolences to Doug . We both send special thoughts to the whole family.

  • Constance Pawlowski

    Arlene was a wonderful media specialist and participated in the Shelved Librarians after retirement. Her baked goods were always a "hit" at the Beta Sigma Christmas auction. She was energetic, had many interests, and was a delightful conversationalist. Most of all she was a loving sister to you, Charlotte. Hers was a life well lived. My thoughts and prayers are
    with you and all of her family. Connie, a fellow librarian.

  • Tamra Davis

    Arlene was a special friend for several years as we were in a group of card making friends together. We always had fun, and there was usually some sort of silliness going on and Arlene was right in the middle of it! She enhanced our lives with her talents and attitude and I do believe being in our group of 'TaDa! Stampers' enhanced hers as well. We loved her very much and she has been and will be missed by all. RIP my friend.

  • Yvonne Bowen

    Yvonne and Bob Bowen
    Arlene was a special friend since the late sixties. We will really miss her.

  • Michelle & John Martelle

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss.