Bernard Woodard, a professional barber, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. He was 66.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1952 to the late James and Gloria Woodard. Affectionately called “Bernie,” he was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. After high school, he graduated from barber school in 1977 becoming self-employed ever since. He also worked for LHS for a short time before becoming disabled.
Later in life, Woodard became an ordained minister. He was very proud of this accomplishment. He eventually joined Sharon Baptist Church.
Woodard was known for his barber skills. He was popular throughout Philadelphia, but especially in South Philadelphia where his shop was located at 19th and Carpenter streets. Woodard groomed a lot of prominent and elite stars, including Charles Barkley, The Jackson 5, Jessie Jackson and many more athletes and politicians.
Woodard loved to impress with his style of dressing. He loved to dance and sing and ride his motorcycle. He played drums and guitar. His family said he was a great boxer and was not afraid of a good fight. He was a real family man.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Sean and sister, Gloria.
He is survived by: his children, Khalif, Michael Jordan and Amayah Woodard; grandchildren, Khayden and Khairo Woodard; brothers, James, Robert, Timothy Fredrick and Nathanial; sisters, Helena, Theresa and Kathleen; brothers-in-laws, Charles Perrsall and Billie Hughes; sister-in-law, Shauntine Woodard and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Aug. 16 at Slater Funeral Home, 1426-32 Fitzwater St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Northwood Cemetery.