Joe O. Woodrick, 65, a former executive at IBM who was active in church affairs, died July 5 at Washington Hospital Center of complications from cancer. He lived in Springdale.
Mr. Woodrick joined IBM in his native Alabama in 1964 and settled in the Washington area two years later. He retired from the company in 1999 as program manager for job training and disability assistance programs, a national program for training and placing severely disabled people in data-processing jobs.
He was ordained a deacon in 1968 at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. He taught Sunday school and was a former treasurer and head of the youth and music departments. He coordinated the training of new deacons, and became an elder in 2002. He also chaired the church's expansion committee, which conducted purchases and renovations of church property.
He was board chairman of SHABACH! Ministries Inc., the parent company of the four not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the church that provide such needs as day care and food and clothing to the needy.
Joe Ollie Woodrick was a native of Birmingham and a 1959 physics graduate of Tennessee State University. From 1959 to 1964, he served in the Air Force and was a pilot in the Strategic Air Command.
In the late 1970s, he was a commissioner of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and deputy director of the program staff for Maryland Gov. Blair Lee III. He was chairman of the Bowie State University Foundation from 1979 to 1986.
In the late 1990s, he was the mid-Atlantic regional director of Promise Keepers.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rosie Price Woodrick of Springdale; three children, Sharon Woodrick of Greenbelt, Army Staff Sgt. Angela Shinholster of Seat Pleasant and Randall Woodrick of Washington; three sisters; two brothers; and three grandchildren.