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“Mr. "Big Al" Woodruff and his beautiful wife Sally were always two of my favorite people to chat with and learn family history from at family...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Joanne Victoria Woodruff (Smith) - LA

“Big Al and his automotive knowledge will be missed! ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: William Bleuler - Metaire, LA

“i was so sad to learn of "big"Al's untimely death. we had known each other for many year, since my husband, ramon billeaud, got his first model A....Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: kathryn mouton - metairie, LA

“Always enjoyed speaking to Big Al. He was always very friendly & was a pleasure hearing him speak of days gone by.Many Cruisers,racers & all...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Henry LaFrance - Hammond, LA

“I raced cars with Big Al 50 years ago! We called him "Driftwood". I had not seen Al for 40 years until several months ago at Boogie Scott's wife,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Glenn Cupit - Wilson, LA

“My name is Myron Johnson, you may remember my dad Dr. Johnson. I just want to say that I thought the world of Al. He was always very nice to me when...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Myron L. Johnson - Metairie, LA

“I am sorry to hear about your dad he was good frend ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Buddy&Maria Rickles - LA

8 of 13 | Posted by: KENNY ANGELO - LAPLACE, LA

“I am so sorry , Al and Sally has been long time friends. The last I saw them was at. Rose's house three years ago. I am deeply sorry for his lost. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Mary (Ray) Faught - Slidell, LA

“Over the last quarter-century we shared countless good times with Al and Sally at car club picnics, meetings, road trips, socials and you name it. We...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Hall and Barbara Townsend - LA

“I have known Big Al for about 30 years and talked to him many times at car shows. He was always congenial and will be sorely missed in the local...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Kenny Nunez

“I met Al through Ranny, my older brother who was Al's friend. I became his friend also, and the friendship grew over the years to include his wife...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Ladd Ehlinger - Metairie, LA

“The many times Al came into Jakes's Speed Equipment for parts or just to visit with Jake. We had a great friendship for many years and I would see Al...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Johnny Howard Jr. - Mandeville, LA

Alfred R. “Big AL” Woodruff, age 72, on December 17, 2008, joined his loving wife Sally and their son Allen in peaceful eternal rest. Loving and proud father of Alfred “AJ” Woodruff, Michelle Woodruff-Griggs, son-in-law Patrick L. Griggs. Granddaughter “his babies” Shelby, Sarah and Shayna Griggs. Dad, there will always be a hole in our hearts and our lives without you. He was the son of the late Samuel C. and Florina Cooley Woodruff. Brother of the late Samuel “Tookie” Woodruff and Florina “Puddin” Schroeder. Survived by his younger brother Winfield “Wimpy” Woodruff and his wife Sue. He will also be remembered in the thoughts and prayers of his many other friends and relatives.
Alfred was a long time car enthusiast, race car driver and car collector. Alfred started his career in the automotive repair business working for Knot’s Automotive owned by Knot Farrington, fondly referred as “Boss”, his mentor who guided him into opening his own business, Big Al’s Auto Service and Big Al’s Picture Cars.
He was a member of National Hot Rod Association, National Street Rod Association, New Orleans “A’s” Model A Food Club and enjoyed going to many Antique and Street Rod affiliated car shows and functions.
He had a passion for Mardi Gras and belonged to numerous parade organizations including the Krewe of Zeus, where he reigned as King Zeus XXVII, Krewe of Jason, Krewe of Elks and was a Founding Committee Member of the Metairie Irish Italian Parade.
He enjoyed meeting family and friends at “our spot” on Veterans Blvd. for all parades.
Relatives and Friends are invited to attend the Graveside Services at Greenwood Cemetery on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 1:45 p.m. Refreshments will be furnished to celebrate his life after the service at the family residence. To view and sign the family guest book, please visit

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