Roy Brown Woodward (1942 - 2016)

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Dr. Roy Brown Woodward, 73, Owensboro, passed away on Sept. 30, 2016, after a long illness.
Dr. Woodward was born in Owensboro, Ky., on Oct. 16, 1942, to LeRoy Woodward and Mary Sue Brown. He graduated from Owensboro High School and Murray State University, before receiving his Doctorate in Education from Mississippi State University.
For over 42 years, Dr. Woodward worked in public education, and in 2004, he was selected as the Kentucky Administrator of the Year. He had served as Superintendent of the Harrison County School System for 16 years at the time of his retirement. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Superintendent in Corbin, Ky., and a principal at Caldwell County High School and at Madison High School in Richmond. In the Owensboro school system, he worked as a teacher and a guidance counselor.
Dr. Woodward was also active in community affairs, serving twice as President of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Rotary Club, and President of the Optimist Club in Richmond. In his retirement, he was heavily involved in the Rotary Club of Owensboro and was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Known by his friends and grandkids as "Woody," he truly lived a blessed life and left a legacy of service. Dr. Woodward believed that, with positive support and encouragement, everyone can be a leader, and he is remembered for the love and kindness he showed to so many people during his journey in this life.
He is preceded in death by his nephews, Luke and Byron; brother, Wayne; and his parents.
Survivors include: his son, Russ Woodward, and daughter-in-law, Mackenzie Hindman Woodward of Louisville; daughter, Karen Woodward Ide, and son-in-law, Brian Ide of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Norman Woodward, and sister-in-law, Pam Woodward of Owensboro; brother, Terry Woodward of Owensboro; sister-in-law, Mildred Giles, of Owensboro; nieces and nephew, Jeanette, Angie, Ashley, Tara and Seth; beloved grandchildren, Ethan, Lauren, Harper and Colton; and the thousands of students he cared for along the way.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, to please consider making a contribution in Dr. Woodward's honor to the Luke Woodward Endowment for Youth Mission, First Christian Church, P.O. Box 966, Owensboro, KY 42302.
Services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro. Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17 at the funeral home.
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Oct. 13, 2016
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