Stephen Woodfin was born and reared in Kilgore, Texas, to a cowboy father and a bookkeeper mother. His father, Robert Woodfin of Winnsboro, served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

His mother, the former Helen Chandler, one of the original members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, kept books at the Toggery for many years. She worked there six days per week and spent all day Sunday in church at the First Baptist Church, Kilgore, Texas. She later worked for Dr. Zapata in Kilgore and at Bealls Department Store. She waged a valiant, 10-year battle against Alzheimer's disease before her death in 2005.

Woodfin's parents were not rich in money, but they gave their children those things that endured: unconditional love, an abiding faith in God, a commitment to treat all people fairly, a strong work ethic.

Woodfin was one of the top five graduates in Kilgore High's class of 1970. He attended Kilgore College (A.A. 1972) and obtained a B.A. in religion from Dallas Baptist College, magna cum laude, in 1974. He continued his education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. While at Southeastern, Woodfin received the Cullen Midler Award in Theology, which is awarded annually to the student who presents the best paper in Systematic Theology.

After working in Dallas for several years, Woodfin moved to Waco, Texas, to attend Baylor Law School. He took his law degree in 1985 and has practiced law continuously since then.

Stephen and Paige Woodfin recently celebrated their twenty-eighth anniversary.

Paige Woodfin is one of the most experienced and capable occupational therapists in east Texas. In the course of her professional career she has worked in hospital settings, for home health agencies and in school districts. For three and half years she directed Unforgettable Tuesdays Day Club, an organization that provides respite care for family members of Alzheimer's patients.

Paige is a long-time member of the Evening Pilot Club of Longview. She is a gifted artist who seldom finds time to paint.

There are two children of the marriage of Stephen and Paige, Evangeline Jean Bradley and Grady Jane Woodfin (photo shown). Evangeline graduated from Sabine in 2006 and from Kilgore College in 2010. She works for Starbucks in Longview. Grady is a student in the Creative Writing for Entertainment program at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

Stephen Woodfin's oldest daughter, Chandler Woodfin, is an accomplished artist who lives in Seattle, Washington.

Stephen and Paige have long been supporters of public education. In 2001, Kilgore College named in their honor the Woodfin Center for Instructional Technology (photo shown), located on the KC campus in Kilgore.

They also have worked many years with those organizations that seek a cure for Alzheimer's. Stephen is the East Texas representative on the board of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

You may contact Stephen Woodfin at sw@stephenwoodfin.net.


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