Arthur Woodford Sr., 76, union official


Arthur Woodford Sr., a retired Teamsters official and active church member, died of cancer Friday at Sinai Hospital. The Ashburton resident was 76.

Mr. Woodford was born in Baltimore and raised on Brunt Street. He was a 1948 graduate of Douglass High School.

During the 1950s, he worked as a freight handler for Mason-Dixon Trucking Co. at its Baltimore terminal, where he was also a steward for Teamsters Union Local 557.

In 1965, Mr. Woodford left the trucking company and went to work for his union local full time as its business agent. He was secretary-treasurer of the union at his 1987 retirement.

"He was always an advocate for the workingman," said a daughter, Yvonne L. Cunion of Joppatowne.

As an active member of Trinity Baptist Church, Mr. Woodford brought the same level of enthusiasm to his church work that he brought to his union career, family members said.

"He worked in the church soup kitchen serving the needy and making sure they got the respect they deserved. He also volunteered with the clothing ministry, drove senior members to their doctor's appointments, and visited the sick and shut-ins," Ms. Cunion said.

Mr. Woodford enjoyed feeding birds with day-old bread he purchased from a Pikesville bakery and working on maintenance projects at his home.

He was an avid Colts and Ravens fan and had played semipro football.

Mr. Woodford was a member of the Ashburton-East Arlington Neighborhood Association.

His wife of 30 years, the former Doretha Taylor, died in 1979.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at East Baltimore Deliverance Church, 101 N. Caroline St.

Also surviving are two sons, Arthur Woodford Jr. and Jason Woodford, both of Baltimore; four other daughters, Yvette A. Stevenson of Columbia, Sheila M. Woodford and Latricia Dowdy, both of Baltimore, and Shenetta Bowling of Randallstown; two brothers, Robert Woodfork of Washington and Franklin Tyler of Lincoln, Mass.; a sister, Louise Woodfork of Silver Spring; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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