Dr. Woodrow W. (Sonny) Cushing, 69, of Pace passed away on June 10 at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. He was a 1961 graduate of Pensacola High School. He held BA, MBA, and MAce degrees from the University of West Florida and a PhD in finance from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Cushing worked in the banking industry for 23 years, first as a teller at Central Bank in Lexington, Kentucky and eventually attaining the position of Area President of First Florida Bank in Pensacola, where he worked from 1980 to 1989. He later served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of
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West Florida as a professor of finance before retiring in 2007.
Dr. Cushing was an amateur pilot and was active in numerous civic organizations and charities, including
of Escambia County, the Pensacola Museum of Art, the United Way of
Escambia County, and the Pace and Gulf Breeze Rotary Clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow W. Cushing, Sr. and Vonceil Holt Cushing of
Cantonment. He is survived by Connie Lewis Cushing, his wife of 48 years; two sons, Christopher and
Brian Cushing; two grandchildren, Christian and Caroline Cushing; and a brother, Gary Cushing.
A memorial service will be held from 11 to 12 on Saturday, June 15, at Harper-Morris Memorial
Chapel in Pensacola. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made to the
or the Santa Rosa Kids' House.
Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from June 24 to July 1, 2013