Max "Pat" Woody, age 89, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the John F. Keever Solace Center.

A native of McDowell County, Max was born on January 24, 1929, to the late Claude and Fannie Arrington Woody. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Chapman and Margaret Woody. Max was a sixth-generation Master chair maker who has been producing chairs for sixty-six years. His chairs are in all fifty states and owned by many famous people. Max was known to donate many of his chairs to charity to help raise money for those less fortunate. His work has been featured in many magazines, as well as Good Morning America and even CBS news. He was a member of West Court Baptist Church. Max enjoyed making bluegrass music and was an accomplished fiddle player. He had a book named "A Legacy in Wood" written about him, and also received the Hudson Brown Folklore Award. When children would visit his shop, he would make the boys a bat and the girls a rolling pin. Max was also a United States Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of fourteen years, Pat Woody; two children, Carey Woody and Myron Woody (Ivee); three step-children, Regina Johnson (Chris), Kimberly Willis (Mike) and Gregory French (Rosa); and one sister, Anna Lee Stroud (Harold). Also surviving Max are one grandson, Zachary Woody; five step-grandchildren, Joseph Adkins, Lance Adkins, Ashley Branham, Jake Willis and Justin French; and three step-great-grandchildren, Braxton, Jessa and Noah.

A funeral to celebrate Max's life will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 2 p.m., at West Court Baptist Church, with Reverend Jeff Burchette officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in Max's memory are asked to consider, CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Woody family.

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