Opal Benfield Woody, 86, of Hopewell Rd., Morganton, died Saturday, October 22, 2011. Mrs. Woody was born March 7, 1925 in Avery County to the late Joe Coleman Benfield and Fannie Carpenter Benfield. She was a member of Big Meadows Baptist Church in Newland, NC.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Joleen Woody; brother, Bill Benfield; and sisters, Pearl Lowman and Hope Vance.Mrs. Woody is survived by her husband, Joseph Alfred Woody; sons, Joseph ?Joey? L. Woody and wife, Lynda of Morganton and Lawson Woody and wife, Audrey of Kasilof, Alaska; grandchildren, Eric Woody and wife, Shanda of Morganton and Heather Woody of Glen Alpine; step-great grand children, Aaron and Lindsey; and sister, Dorothy Lunsford of Rhodhiss.A funeral service will be held at11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Big Meadows Baptist Church in Newland, with the Rev. Harry Lee Turbyfill officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Memorial contribution may be made to Big Meadows Baptist Church, 1985 Horney Road, Newland, NC 28657-8556.

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