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 War with Bombing Squadron VMB433. Upon his discharge, he entered college, graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in agriculture. He then embarked on a 35-year career with Pet Milk, retiring as a plant manager. He and his wife then relocated to Williamsburg 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 66 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, ; 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.