Robert E. Woody, 1929-2014

Rev. Bob Woody

Rev. Bob Woody

The Rev. Robert Emery Woody, 85, passed away Dec. 3, 2014, at the Atkins Care Center.

He was born May 16, 1929, in Sheldon, Mo., to Emery A. and Clydia E. Wilson Woody. He graduated from Sheldon High School, Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas and courses of study. He was licensed to preach Dec. 1, 1953, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Garden City, Kan. At the time, he was an elementary school principal and teacher at Pierceville, Kan. In 1955, he became a pastor in Texas and for many years taught school in Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas.

From 1958 until 1970, he was a bi-vocational pastor of Nazarene churches in Kansas and Texas, and a student pastor of the German Congregational Church in Weatherford, OK., while a student at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK. He taught school to help support his family.

In 1970, he made a career change and became a United Methodist minister. He served as pastor of the following United Methodist charges and congregations in the Little Rock and North Arkansas Conferences: Tigert/Morning Star and Gardner/New Salem in Hot Springs; Mineral Springs/Wakefield; Lewisville/Buckner; Carr Memorial UMC Pine Bluff, Hazen/DeValls Bluff; Fairview UMC Camden; Augusta/Tupelo; Nettleton/Mount Carmel Jonesboro; and Griffin Memorial/Schugtown Paragould. He officially retired from the Griffin Memorial/Schugtown Charge in 1994 and was appointed to Atkins UMC in June of 1994, where he served until 2006.

One of the highlights in his life was when the group “People for a Better Atkins” selected him as “Citizen of the Year” in 1999. He was a member of the Mineral Springs Masonic Lodge 522 and a 32nd-degree member of the Scottish Rite in the “Valley of Little Rock, Orient of Arkansas.”

He loved being a pastor, serving our Lord and helping people find a better way of life for them to live. Thank the Lord for his call, His saving and keeping grace that He provides for all who will follow Him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois Rakestraw Woody; his second wife, Iva Neil Reeves Woody; a son, Robert Allen Woody; a brother, Glen H. Woody; and two brothers-in-law, Al Albinson and Jack Rakestraw.

He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Woody Norman Boren and her husband, Doug, of Atkins; three grandsons: Robert Woody Norman and his wife, Malynda, and Michael Paul Norman and his wife, Monica, of Houston, Texas; and Ryan Howard Woody and his wife, Abigail, of Texarkana; six great-grandchildren: Cortney Elizabeth Norman, Jacob Paul Norman, Gracie Ann Norman, Conner Paul Norman, Jackson Woody and Mason Woody; a sister, Mary Sue Potts and her husband, La Don, of Jerico Springs, Mo.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Fred and Carol Rakestraw of Lamar, Mo., J.L. Moss of Hot Springs, Oda Mae Woody of Forsyth, Mo., Nancy “Rakestraw” Weinstein of St. Francis, Kan., Sue and Larry Gowen of Fayetteville, Jo Ellen Albinson of Russellville, Lavada and Elmer Padgett of Russellville, Linda and Don Burnham of Russellville and Mary and John LaFave of Russellville.

The funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lemley Funeral Chapel, with the Revs. Gail Brooks and Naomi Rogers officiating. Pallbearers were his grandsons; honorary pallbearers were his brother and sister ministers of the Arkansas Area of the United Methodist Church.