2023ObituariesMurphy Woodruff

June 21, 2023by SealeUser6

Murphy Woodruff, a very beloved husband, father, brother and son died peacefully at his home on June 19, 2023, after a long and debilitating illness. He was a Christian who had a simple faith – he believed that when your time was up, the Lord would take you home. He was born on December 16, 1953, in New Orleans and was a long time resident of Denham Springs. He was retired from Weststar Construction where he was the Shop Foreman. He was an avid bowler and loved to fish. It didn’t matter if he caught anything or not, he just loved to be on the water in a boat. He had a heart of gold under a gruff exterior, and my daddy summed him up perfectly when he told me: “Niki, you got a good man”. Yes, Daddy, I sure did. He is survived by his wife, Antoinette Nicholas (Niki) Villamil Woodruff, two daughters, Dana W. Haley and husband Ryan, Dianne Woodruff and a son, Murphy Woodruff, Jr and wife Cheryl, stepson Jason Villamil (Joanne Velardo) and stepdaughter Antoinette (Nena) Lyman (Doug) , brothers Dan Woodruff (Nellie), Charley Dan Woodruff (Patricia), three sisters, Mary Anne Lemoine, Vivian Delrie, Linda Courville, a sister-in-law, Regina Woodruff and a dear friend Linda Aiken, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley Dan and Vivian Howard Woodruff, a stepson, Joseph Villamil, brothers Ronald and Willie Carl Woodruff, half-brother James Woodruff, three brothers in law and a great nephew. His body will be cremated and burial will be private in Palmetto Cemetery. There will be no services according to his wishes. A very special thank you to his hospice nurse, Laterria, who treated him with much kindness, and to his daughter Dana, his brother Charley, and our friend Linda, who looked after us and always helped us whenever we needed them. “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces”. Isaiah 25:8




  • Vince Giaccone

    September 13, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Niki, our condolences in the passing of Murphy. I remember him at the 555th Reunion selling 3 for a dollar raffle tickets. That was a wonderful gathering. May the moments you shared grant you comfort and peace as you grieve. God Bless, Vince and Rhenda


  • Antoinette Villamil

    July 7, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    Gruff exterior with a heart of gold – yes, indeed. You are missed, Murphy. We love you.


  • Kimberly kimble

    June 28, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Sorry to hear about Uncle Murphy!! I love you very much Uncle Murphy fly high. send Mawmaw and Logan my love. I love you and you will be missed


  • Tommy Phillips

    June 22, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    It’s so sad to hear of your passing Murphy To the hands of the Lord, we commend you! To your family, and friends, may the Lord give you strength and peace. Be in the young ones in the family we must endure the pain of the loss of our love ones seems to be unfair, but it is a pain that we all must endure.
    May the peace of Christ be with each and everyone Murphy has touched!


  • Wayne Settoon

    June 21, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Am so sorry to hear of Murphy’s passing. Knew him during my time working with him at Weststar. And must agree with Nikki, Murphy was rough on the outside, but a nice man to know and talk with.


  • Teressa Lemoine

    June 21, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Awe this a sad day uncle Murphy you were a great Uncle to us.And the words in your obituary could not have been said any better .I can hear that laugh and totally hear you saying when the lord is ready he will take you.Gosh I’m so heart broken though.But know you were so loved and weee a great uncle,as well as father,husband,son,brother and friend to a lot and will be sadly missed.FLY HIGH uncle Murphy may you RIP and no more suffering .Tell my daddy hello and give all our loves ones a kiss .Until we see each other again I love you uncle murphy.


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