James Bartell Woodbury was born in Marion, South Carolina on December 21, 1944 and departed his earthly life in North Chesterfield, Virginia on December 20, 2021. He was born to the late Jack Woodbury Jr. and Roberta L. Woodberry-Alston.
James Bartell (most knew him as Bartell) was a graduate of Terrell’s Bay High School Centenary, South Carolina. Afterwards, he attended South Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Chemistry. After graduating, Bartell became employed and worked as a chemist at Phillip Morris, USA in Weyers Cave, Virginia located in the Shenandoah Valley. While at Phillip Morris, USA, Bartell completed some chemistry courses at the University of Richmond to enhance his educational career. Bartell was drafted by the US army and served his country. He was honorably discharged in August of 1970.
Bartell was later employed by E. I. Dupont and Company in Richmond, Virginia where he was a chemist. Some of his work related assignments involved troubleshooting techniques designed to solve mechanical problems. He was passionate and dedicated about the work he did, so much so that there were times he would wake up in the middle of the night with a solution to a mechanical problem he was working on. Bartell received recognition at Phillip Morris and E. I. Dupont for financial benefit savings for the companies due to his innovations.
During Bartell’s college career at South Carolina State University, he met Julia Pleasant and later, they got married. Their union until his departure lasted over 45 years and was filled with many blessed days of remembrance.
Bartell joined St. James AME Church in Marion, South Carolina at an early age and faithfully served and attended. After relocating from South Carolina, he attended other denominational churches as well and remained true to his Christian beliefs.
Bartell appreciated classic 1969 cars: especially Mustangs and SS Chevelles and other high performance muscle cars. He appreciated reading books, watching westerns, and researching a variety of ways to keep cars running smoothly. Bartell enjoyed fishing, discussing and visiting historical sites, and listening to Motown hits. He also enjoyed attending sports games with the family and coaching his children in basketball occasionally. He later enjoyed spending time with his grandson.
Bartell was a loving husband, grandfather, brother and a likable and caring person to many. He was preceded in death by his parents: Jack Woodberry, Jr. and Roberta L. Alston, his step-father: Paul Alston, his sister: Gail Woodberry, his brothers: Jack Joseph Woodberry, and SFC Earl Woodberry.
Bartell leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Julia P. Woodbury of North Chesterfield, Virginia, a daughter: Pamela M. Woodbury of Richmond, VA; a son: Nicholas R. Woodbury of Clermont, Florida; a grandson: Valentino A. Battle of Virginia; and a brother: John (Dianne) Woodbury of Marion, SC. Bartell will be remembered by many in-laws; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Tuesday December 28, 2021 at 11am. He will be laid to rest at St. James AME Church Cemetery.
The family of Brother James Bartell Woodbury in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Woodbury family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.