Edward “Woody” Woodward Jr.

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Our beloved Edward "Woody" Woodward Jr., 76, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016. In 1939, Woody was born in Joliet, Illinois to parents Edward and Jessie Woodward. Growing up in the small town of Manhattan, Illinois Woody attended Lincoln-Way High School where he was a stand-out athlete and football star. He earned All County, All State honors his Junior and Senior Year and was named Outstanding Lineman in the Southwest Suburban Conference. Woody graduated from Lincoln-Way in 1957. After high school he attended Joliet Junior College where he also played football. He would again earn All-Conference honors. In 1958, Woody moved to Bradenton with his parents and younger sister, Audrey. He earned his Associates Degree at Manatee Community College. Despite a back injury that ended his football career, Woody played both basketball and baseball, even earning a batting title. A volunteer at the Boys Club of Manatee County, Woody worked his way to Physical Director, a title he held from 1961-1968. While at the Boys Club, Woody coached countless kids' baseball and football teams. He ultimately left the Boys Club to return to college; The University of South Florida where he earned his BA and Masters Degrees. A man of many talents, Woody successfully held careers in Law Enforcement and also the school system where he was a teacher, Dean and Assistant Principal. In his early career with the Sheriff's office, Woody was a Deputy and then Detective. Of all of his careers, Woody is perhaps best known as "Coach Woody". He was the head football coach at Southeast High School from 1975-1980. After coaching he took a position as Dean at Southeast and then moved years later to King Middle School as Dean. He retired from the school system in 1995. In 1996 Woody returned to the Sheriff's office in the Internal Affairs division as an Investigator. In 1998 he received his degree in Forensic Psychophysiology and would retire as the longest running Polygraphist. During his term he was affectionately known as "Dr. Truth". Woody is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda J Woodward (Jenkins) and his two children: Son, Heath Woodward (Kristi) and Daughter, Heather Monachese (Scott). He leaves behind 7 adoring grandchildren: Shelby, Ansley, Mackenzie, Ethan, and Camden Woodward and Owen and Avery Monachese. He will also be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews as well as his loyal companion, his dog "Macintosh". Woody is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Jessie Woodward and sister, Audrey Miller (Richard). A memorial service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene located at 1616 59th St W, Bradenton, FL 34209 on Saturday, May 7th at 10am. Pastor Herb McMillian will officiate. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County 2515 14th St W Bradenton, or the Southeastern Guide Dogs 4210 77th St E Palmetto, 34221. Condolences made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 1, 2016