Some years of frail health, climaxed by a severe fall sustained some months ago, resulted in the death of Mrs Nathan Etta Laffoon Woodruff last Saturday morning, October 7, when she peacefully slipped away in sleep.
She was born June 12, 1862 in Hopkins county, the daughter of John Henry and Zerelda Engleton Price Laffoon. She was a member of the prominent Laffoon family who have been prominent in the annals of Hopkins county since its beginning.
On December 22, 1886 she was united in marriage to Willis Byron Woodruff and in 1896 they moved their residence to
Cadiz. Mrs Woodruff was a loyal member of the Christian Church from her girlhood days and soon after taking up
residence here she moved her membership to the Cadiz Christian Church. While content with the members of her
family and home she remained an active personage in all church affairs. In her social life, her neighbors and friends found her ever gentle and lovable. Her charities were many to ones in need.
Funeral services of Mrs Woodruff were held Monday at 2:30 with her pastor, Rev. E.B. Bourland officiating. Interment was made at East End Cemetery.
Pallbearers were E.R. Street, Sr; E.R. Street, Jr; R.A. Magraw, Shelby Street, Fred Major and Porter Piercy.
Surviving are her children, Mrs E.R. Street, Sr; B.A. Woodruff, H.B. Woodruff, Dr. John G. Woodruff, instructor at
Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.; and Mrs D.L. Street, of Louisville. Also there survives 11 grandchildren and 3
great grandchildren. Among those attending the funeral from out of the city were: Mrs L.B. Wilson, Hopkinsville; Mr
and Mrs Byron Williams, Mr and Mrs Newell Smith, Mrs John Stites, Hopkinsville, Mrs Dixon and Mrs Phil Chappell,
of Hopkinsville. Cadiz Record Oct 1944 d Oct 1944


W.B. Woodruff Dies Sunday
Funeral services were held Monday for Willis Byron Woodruff, 81, who died at his home in Cadiz, Sunday, January 7,
Mr Woodruff had been in ill health for four years but his condition became serious about a week before his passing.
Mr Woodruff was born February 17, 1859, in Hopkins county, the son of Benjamin Bales Woodruff and Ann Croft Woodruff of Crofton, Ky; where he spent most of his childhood.
In December 1886, he was married to Miss Nathan Etta Laffoon of Hopkins county and to this union were born six children, one of whom died an infant.
In November 1897, Mr and Mrs Woodruff and family moved to Cadiz where he became engaged in the retail lumber
business, founding the Woodruff Planing Mill Company, the first retail lumber firm in Western Kentucky. He proved
himself to be a man of keen judgment in business and made a remarkable success of the enterprise which he organized. Four years ago, however, Mr Woodruff retired from active business life because of ill health and was confined to his bed a great part of the time.
He was a member of the Cadiz Christian Church having been an elder in the organization for many years. He was well known over Trigg county due to the many friends he made through the lumber firm.
Besides his widow, he is survived by five children: Mrs Edward Street; Mrs Dan Street, Louisville, Ky;
Aubrey and Hollis Woodruff, Cadiz and John Woodruff, Hamilton, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs Byron Williams, Pembroke,
Ky; one half brother, John Davis Woodruff, Hopkinsville; eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral and burial was at the East End Cemetery with services conducted by Rev. Bailey Davis. Pall bearers were: John D. Woodruff, Hollis, Aubrey and Byron Woodruff, Edward R. street, and Edward R. Street, Jr. Cadiz Record Jan 1940
Cadiz Record Oct 1944

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