Celebrating the life of Robert Davidson "Bob" Woodward
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Bob/Bobby/GrandBob was born to Robert Davidson (Bob D.) Woodward, Jr. and Katherine Perkins Woodward on the family farm in Quincy, FL on May 1, 1933 and died January 27, 2022. His mother, Katherine, died in childbirth and his father married Julia Munroe Woodward shortly thereafter. Julia was truly Bob’s mother, and the mother of his five siblings that followed.
Bob’s entire life revolved around nature, the land, and agriculture. He grew up playing football, hunting and fishing in Gadsden County, and was a local and state officer of FFA. Bob graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Agronomy and a minor in Forestry. After graduation, Bob married Eleanor Gravely Woodward, served in the Army, and returned to Quincy to resume farming the family land with his father. Shortly thereafter, he and his family moved to Ocala, Florida where he worked for Dixie Lime and Stone for ten years. Gadsden County and the farm called again so they moved back to Quincy just as the shade tobacco industry began to move to Central America. Bob then opened his own successful fertilizer business, Woodward Farm Service Center. Upon retirement from the fertilizer business, Bob launched a successful real estate career that continued until his final retirement. Bob was actively involved in multiple civic organizations in both Ocala and Quincy and a longtime member of both Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Quincy, FL and Episcopal Church of the Advent, Tallahassee, FL.
Bob retired, but if you knew Bob, he could not sit still. He threw himself into management of the Woodward Family Farm, and with the help of his siblings, turned it into an award-winning tree farm. Bob was appointed to serve a term on the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission by Gov. Lawton Chiles and managed family property in Dahlonega, GA. He and his second wife, Elaine, traveled extensively throughout the world. They became avid supporters of the arts in north Florida, The University of Florida, anything Gator, and the Red Hills Horse Trials. He and Elaine established the Elaine Tully Woodward FSU Circus Scholarship at FSU and the Robert and Elaine Woodward Heritage Garden at UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Gadsden County.
Bob is survived by his children, Katherine Louise Woodward, Robert Davidson Woodward, IV (Ellen Belknap), Mayo Malone Woodward (Jenny Woodward), Merri Katherine Tully (Helen Levine), Lynn Tully Salmon, and Terri Tully Cruz (Reinier Cruz). He is also survived by his five siblings, Pat Munroe Woodward (Mary Jane Woodward), Mary Margaret McNeill (Larry McNeill), Judy Gregory (Scott Gregory), Elizabeth Cook (Bob Cook), Susan Walker (Otey Walker), ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his extensive Woodward and Perkins family.
Bob is predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Eleanor Woodward Fleming, and his second wife, Elaine Tully Woodward. We always marveled at Dad’s luck. He was loved by two amazing women and was married to each of them for over thirty years. Both of their names began with “El”, both were born in March, and they all got along beautifully. He is also predeceased by his son-in-law Russ Clark and his granddaughter Texanne Salmon.
A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Tallahassee, at 10:00 am Saturday, March 26, 2022. A brief graveside service will follow at Old Philadelphia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Quincy, at noon of the same day.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gadsden Arts Center and Museum https://gadsdenarts.org/Give/Tributes or Big Bend Hospice https://bigbendhospice.charityproud.org/Donate.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL.
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