Elwood Arnold "Woody"  Woolwine, Sr.

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Elwood Arnold "Woody" Woolwine, Sr. Obituary


Memories & Candles

“Just learned of Woody's passing and I offer my sympathies. When I first "knew" Woody I was but a child who played with Woody Jr in our house at 2204...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Charlie Barnette - Bristol, TN

“It must have been close on 15 years since I last saw you Papaw, but it still feels like it was just yesterday. I can't recall the exact words, but I...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Pauli Hughes - Jyväskylä

“Mr. Woolwine will be missed not only by you, his family, but, also, by those of us whom he has befriended and helped in innumerable ways over the...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Frank R. Boatwrigh - Williamsburg, VA

“I met Woody while working at Busch Gardens as an engineer on the train. He made it possible for a very special occasion to be held at Busch Gardens....Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Darlene thompson - Friend

“Most favorite great uncle at the Woolwine reunions! Always looked forward to seeing Uncle "Woody". He will be greatly missed! ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Woolwine Crotts - Forest City, NC

“I was so sorry to hear of Papaw's passing. I met Woody Sr. many years while working for his son. He was always one of the kindest men, never having...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Barr - Toano, VA - friend

“When I was employed with Comfort Keepers, I took care of Woody when Doris went to get her hair done a few times. Doris, you are truly a dear,...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Carol Zoldan - Williamsburg, VA

“When I was employed with Comfort Keepers, I took care of Woody when Doris went to get her hair done a few times. Doris, you are truly a dear,...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Carol Zoldan - Williamsburg, VA

“Dear Woolwine family, I am very sad to learn of your loss. Big Woody was a great Father,and family man. I have many memories from the friendship...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Don and Carol Shumaker - Bristol, VA

“To the Woolwine family, We are thinking of you all during this difficult time. We will be sure to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Many hugs...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Jessica Dumont-Oatman - VA

“My Papaw never had a bad day, even on his last days here. Heaven just got one great man. We miss you dearly, Papaw! You are our sunshine! Love, ...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Emily Smith - Shrewsbury, MA

“Remembering your returning from military service and graduating with our high school class. Also, working together for years at Pet Milk. Woody...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Trula Stophel Harris - Abingdon, VA

“I sure will miss your smile and your sparkly blue eyes, Uncle Woody. You sure knew how to light up a room. Peace. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Rachel Woolwine Davis - Richmond, VA

“Heaven is a better place for having Wood in residence. The flowers will flourish and the butterflies will dance. We thank God for knowing this loving...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: The Hackett Family

“Dear Mama Doris, Aunt Cindy, Woody, and the entire Woolwine Family, I will remember Papaw as one of the greatest grand parents of all time. He...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: John and Ashlie - Owensboro, KY

“Both of my boys had the pleasure of meeting Woody when they were very young. My entire family was welcomed into Woody's home in Williamsburg and...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Dave, Michelle, TC and Larry Graham - AR


Elwood Arnold "Woody" Woolwine, Sr., 87, of Williamsburg, died on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Born in Abindgon, VA on December 15, 1924, to his parents, Grace and Walter Woolwine, he was preceded in death by them and six siblings.

Woody proudly served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and the Korean Conflict with Bombing Squadron VMB433. Upon his discharge, he entered college, graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in agriculture. He then embarked on a thirty-five year career with Pet Milk, retiring as a plant manager. He and his wife then relocated to Williamsburg, VA to be near the light of his life, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golf, gardening, and building projects, as well as a secondary career with Busch Gardens-Williamsburg as an engineer of the steam locomotive. He had many, many friends and never met a stranger he did not embrace.

Woody is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-six years, Doris Woolwine; his son, Woody Woolwine, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Williamsburg; his daughter, Cindy Iracane and her husband, Philip of Midlothian , VA; six grandchildren, Woods Woolwine and his wife, Shannon, of Williamsburg; Amanda Nighbert and her husband, Hunter, of Lexington, KY; Scott Woolwine of Nicholasville, KY, Emily Smith and her husband, Kyle of Shrewsbury, MA; Andrew Iracane and his wife, Sarah, of Richmond, VA; and Amelia Iracane of Asheville, NC; seven great-grandchildren, his brother, Col. Dave Woolwine, USAF (Ret.) and his wife, Barbara of Pensacola, FL; his sister, Sally Stevens of Abingdon, VA; and his brother, Dr. Sam Woolwine and his wife, Carolyn of Richmond, VA; his "adopted" brother, George F. Novey, Jr. and his wife, Adelma of Panama City, Republic of Panama; and many nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at 3:30 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. A reception celebrating Woody's life will follow at Mounts Bay Clubhouse at Kingsmill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World Pediatric Project, 7201 Glen Forest Dr., Suite 304, Richmond, VA 23226 or at www.worldpediatricproject.org, based on Woody's love for all children. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.