Terry Arthur Woolfolk, 70, was born on January 22, 1947 in Corvallis, Oregon to C.A. (Art) Woolfolk and Dixie J. (Stewart) Woolfolk. As a young boy he lived in Harlan, Tillamook, Newport and finally Toledo where his family moved across the highway from the Heer family. Terry graduated from Toledo High School in 1965, then moved to Portland where he lived and worked with his long time friend, Lloyd Cody, for a few months. Afterwards he came back to Toledo and an on December 7, 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended boot camp in San Diego and on March 11, 1967, while on leave before going off to Guam, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon (Heer) Woolfolk. After about 18 months in Guam, Terry transferred from Boatswain’s Mate Striker to Seabee and was sent to Port Hueneme Naval Base in California for training. After that, he was assigned to the MCB 3 Battalion and sent to Okinawa for readiness duty to Vietnam. Terry was honorably discharged in March 1970.
After he was discharged, Terry worked for many of the businesses on the bay front, for Guy Roberts Lumber Company, and at Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Toledo. He worked at GP for a couple years and then moved to Tillamook where he worked at several mills until they shut down. During his time in Tillamook, Terry got reacquainted with his uncle and long time friend Butch Heegle and his family. After not being able to find adequate work Terry came back to Toledo and was rehired at Georgia-Pacific in December 1975. Terry held a few different hourly positions during his employment there but spent the majority of his career as a cat skinner on the huge chip pile and as a storeroom clerk, where he stayed until his retirement in April 2002.
Terry loved camping, fishing, hunting and just being outdoors unless he was doing yard work. His favorite places to camp were those where he could look for gold (panning or sluicing). He didn’t have to find much and was happy just looking for it. He also enjoyed watching a lot of the gold prospector shows and one summer, we sent him on a two week trip to one of the claims in Alaska. He enjoyed that trip immensely and always hoped to go back. Another of Terry’s hobbies was creating stained glass art. He took a class and made many beautiful items to hand around the house. Terry loved to make and fix things, and he loved garage sales where he would find treasures to repair or repurpose. He also liked to buy and sell things. At one point, he owned a used car lot for while and then he had a shop on Main Street in Toledo. He enjoyed running these businesses until he found it too difficult to balance them with family and working at the mill. Terry was also involved with Toledo city government, serving on the Toledo Planning Commission and the Toledo City Council.
Terry was called home to a much better place on September 1, 2017 after a short fight with a rare and very aggressive cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1959 and his father in 2000.
Terry leaves behind his devoted wife of 50 years, Sharon of Newport, OR; his precious daughter, Dixie Smith of Toledo, OR; his loving son, Mike (Kim) Woolfolk of Newport, OR; grandchildren: Hakeem and Kiara Smith, and Michael Jr., Nathan and Taylor Woolfolk; his wonderful brother Mike (Sharon) Woolfolk and their family in Idaho; loving sister, Sherry Dooley and her family in Eastern OR and WA; Terry also leaves behind his long time friends and best buddies Butch Heegle of Gaston, OR and Lloyd Cody (Mary) of Eagle Creek, OR; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His friends and loved ones will miss him dearly and will love him forever.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2pm at Eureka Cemetery in Newport, OR. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club at 750 SE Bay Boulevard in Newport immediately following the graveside service for any who want to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, American Cancer Society or the Make a Wish Foundation.