Joe Marvin Woodward, Sr., 75, of Porterville, CA, passed away peacefully in his home\n\nwhile under the care of his loving wife and granddaughters, on Tuesday, March 7, 2023,\n\nafter a yearlong battle with esophagus cancer.\n\nJoe was born September 25, 1947 in Porterville. The youngest son out of ten children to\n\nHenry and Rose Woodward. Joe married his sweetheart, Caroline "Cat" Wilburn, on\n\nFebruary 3, 1968. Together they raised three children and had just celebrated fifty-five\n\nyears of marriage.\n\nJoe started his career at the young age of 14 to help support his parents and younger\n\nsisters. He spent seventeen years at Hillside Packing in Exeter before going to work for\n\nhis wife's family as a janitor and handyman. Joe was skilled in so many ways and stayed\n\nbusy throughout retirement and even through his illness. He was a true inspiration to\n\nhis family and friends when it came to hard work and determination. There is nothing\n\nthat brought Joe greater joy then working in his yard or spending time with his\n\ngrandchildren. He was a friend to everyone he met.\n\nJoe was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Rose Woodward; brothers Charles\n\n"Tom" and Donnie "Jack"; his sisters Loetteda "Mae", Barbara, Hazel, Linda and Judy;\n\nand his three children Sue, Joe Jr., and Sherry.\n\nJoe is survived by his loving family; Wife Caroline, granddaughters Jessica Buchanan\n\n(James), Jimie Jones and Princess Owens; grandsons Kevin Soza (Joseph), Christopher\n\nWoodward and Michael Owens; greatgrandchildren Kelly Rucker and Audrey Martinez;\n\nbrother William "Bill" Woodward; sister Charlotte Montgomery (Tom); beloved sister-\n\nin-law Sharon Adamson and lifelong friends Terrill & Elaine O'Neal.\n\nA Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 25 th at Move of God Ministry 384\n\nLowery Street, Porterville at 2:00pm.\n\nJoe will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We will miss his sweet smile\n\nand the strength he brought to us. The family would like to thank everyone who helped\n\ncare for Joe or took the time to share their condolences and memories.\n\nTo sign Joe Marvin Woodward's online Register book or leave a message of condolence go to www.portervillefuneral.com.\n\nFor additional information, contact Porterville Funeral & Cremation Center at (559) 784-6485.