Woodrow Rufus Daniel Connors
CONNORS Woodrow Rufus Daniel Connors, 95, a former construction company owner and founder of the Jacksonville Woodworkers Club, died Friday, February 6, 2009. He was born March 4, 1913, the first of seven children to Archibald H. Connors and Eva May Haddock Connors. After graduating from Robert E. Lee Senior High School in 1930, Connors joined his father, Archibald, in the family construction business. He served for six years in the Florida National Guard during the 1930's. During World War Two he served as a construction supervisor at the rapidly expanding Naval Air Station, and built "PT boats" and "crash boats" for the Navy at Huckins Yacht Corporation. In the late Forties, father and son resumed business as Connors Construction Company and for the next 15 years built hundreds of residences in west Jacksonville in the Cedar Hills and Normandy sections of town. After his father's death in 1959, Connors partnered with his brother, Gerald, in the family business before retiring in 1978. A life long member of the Baptist Church, Connors joined the North Jacksonville Baptist Church in 1944 and was ordained a Deacon in 1948. He served in many responsible church offices over the years, from Sunday School teacher and department head to supervising construction of major church buildings and facilities. In late 1989, Connors gathered in his wood shop a small group of friends who loved woodworking to discuss forming a club. Connors was elected its first President and was an active member for over 15 years. In the late 1980's, Connors began building wooden crosses in his wood shop--giving them away to those wishing to display them as symbols of their faith. At the time of his death he had prepared over 20,000 crosses that, thanks to friends and the faithful, had been carried to the far corners of the world. Connors is survived by his wife of 72 years, Miriam Morris Connors and their three children: Captain Tracy D. Connors (Faith) of Gainesville, Florida; John David Connors (Joyce) of Jacksonville; and Eva Christine Connors of Jacksonville. He has four grandchildren-Karen C. Henson (Jeffrey) of Charlotte, NC, Miriam Connors-McCarns (Dean) of Richmond, VA, Clayton M. Connors (Stephanie) of New Orleans, and Jennifer C. Davies (Edward) of Middleburg--and eight great grand children. He is also survived by three sisters: Julia Cathey and Florence Dickie of Jacksonville and Lucille Ritchie of Oakland, CA. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m. at the North Jacksonville Baptist Church, 8531 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Chris Coram officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park. Arrangements under the care and direction of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4747 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published by Florida Times-Union from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2009.
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It has almost a year since my dad passed away. This is the first Christmas and New Year's without him.
Bless you dad, you were a great dad.

Chris Connors
Chris Connors
December 30, 2009
Dear Family,
I was the one who received his last
cross, when we met in the eye doctors office. He was giving out the crosses and when He said that
this one was his last one, I ask for
it. He gave it to me and said God Bless You. I have the cross hanging
in my kitchen, on one of the cabinet
doors and when I look at the cross
I always think of the gentlemen that
gave it to me. When I read the
article in the newspaper about his
crosses, I knew it was Him. I know the Lord had me there that day, just so I could be the receipent of his last cross, that He had to give away.
I will always treasure "The Cross"
I did not know Mr Woodrow, but you could tell that He was A Godley Man.

Thanks Again for My Cross.

May God Bless

L.M. Lee
Lela Lee
February 17, 2009
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the services for Woodrow. However, Tracy, my thoughts and prayers are for you and the rest of your family. Growing up in Northshore, a couple of blocks from the Connors family, I was very familiar with the fine family and attended Norshore Baptist Church with them. As a matter of fact you could say that I grew up with the Connors kids even though there was a slight difference in our ages. On occasion, Woodrow and Miriam would come by our house to take me and my siblings to Sunday School. I was in Woodrow's Sunday School class more than once. In my opinon, there were no families more loving than the Connors. They loved the Lord with all their hearts and really made a difference in my life. May God be with you and richly bless you all.
Ervin A. Lovett, Jr.
February 14, 2009
Mr. Connors knew my sister Kari who works at a pharmacy in Jacksonville. She was wearing a Holy Cross Tshirt and he asked where Holy Cross is. She told him her niece is a cheerleader for Holy Cross in Waterbury, Connecticut. A few days later we had Holy Crosses for all the girls. This weekend we were at a cheerleading competition in Orlando with Kari who brought more crosses for the new girls. They proudly hung them in their windows for all to see. We want to say we are sorry to hear of your loss and we feel the loss of our friend who was kind enough to share his crosses with us. Many of them hang proudly in the girls cars, rooms etc. We truly are touched by his kindness.
His friends from Holy Cross High School especially Kari's niece Tori.
Kim Pinchuk
February 12, 2009
Uncle Woodrow was a wonderful and funny storyteller. His recollections about the old days enlivened reunions of the "Woodstock gang." I will never forget those warm and funny times.

On a personal note, yes, he was a dedicated follower of Christ and gave me some wooden crosses to take back to Oregon. One of them hangs from my rear-view mirror even now, and reminds me of his warning: "If it gets to swinging back and forth, you might be driving too fast!"

We had some enjoyable political discussions too. How surprised he was to find I had voted for Goldwater (guess he remembered me as an ignorant teenager).
Kathryn McCluskey
February 11, 2009
This is In memory of a great man who leaves a magnificent legacy. His good works will live on in the lives of all those he touched, and thus the world is a better place because of him. My loving sympathy to the family in this great loss.
Frances Kinne
February 11, 2009
I was so sorry to read about Mr. Connors passing and I know he will truly be missed. He was a wonderful man and a great Christian. I always enjoyed his enthusiasm at church when we were living in Jacksonville and going to North Jacksonville Baptist. Our friendship goes back a long way when he was Dad's Sunday School teacher and Mom and Miriam were in the same class too. He has now joined my Dad & Mom and what a rejoicing time they are having in Heaven around the throne of God. May we all strive for that day. God bless you all and we will be praying for you during this time of loss.
Pam (Pinion) Butler & Jim Butler
February 10, 2009
To the Connors Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know that there is a hugh reunion in Heaven with family and friends. Much love to everyone.
Jennie & Lynn Breese
February 10, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gladys (Bennett) McCorkel
February 10, 2009
My sympathies to the Conners family. I feel priviledged to have been associated with Woodrew as a member of the Jacksonville Woodworkers Club of which he was the founder. I feel as if I have shared a common interest with a remarkably good man. Forbes D. Grace.
Forbes Grace
February 10, 2009
Guy Wayne Chason
February 9, 2009

February 9, 2009
I have picked up and distributed many crosses made by Woodrow and after he was no longer able, he had others make them for him. Those were distributed as well. I will miss his calls and talking Kings Ferry with him.
Barbara Libby
February 9, 2009
Tracy and family,
May YOU sense the Lord's loving presence today, keeping you close to His heart and assuring you of His tender care and covering You with His Grace.
With Thoughts and Prayers, Lula Turnage Tiencken and husband Bill
Lula Turnage Tiencken
February 8, 2009
I miss you already, Grandad. Thank you for a lifetime of memories and laughter. Give Grandma a kiss for me now that you're together again. Save me game of dominoes!
Love you forever,
(Jeff, Andrew, Katie, and Marie, too)
Karen Henson
February 8, 2009
To the family;
We bought our first home, on the north side, from Woodrow and Mariam when they moved in 1965. The workshop in the garage, the built-in cabinets and the fireplace were among the enjoyable features of the house.
We have met many people who received one of his wood crosses. What a nice legacy.
Dick and Mary Cardell
February 8, 2009
To the Connors Family,

I met Mr. Connors while working at the Beach Boulevard K-Mart Garden Shop. Friendly he was, and always had a smile on his face. What I will always remember him most by is the small wooden cross he gave me one day. That particular day was not one of my better ones and it was as if he knew I needed to be reminded of God's love and he gave me one of his crosses with the red string. I distinctly remember the rest of my day going better and all because of him. I cherish his gift and carry it with me each and every day. To the family, I also mourn your loss but know that your loved one is with God now and looking down on all of us knowing that he will see us all again one day. For sure I'll be bringing his gift with me as I cross into the Gates of Heaven. Will you?
Patsy Jones
February 8, 2009
My dad was a wonderful husband to my mother, Miriam Connors and a great dad to my brothers and me.

He was a master builder, a righteous man and would just do anything for his family or friends.

Dad, you have joined your family now and may you dance with the angels. I love you and trully miss

Your daughter,

Eva Connors
February 8, 2009
Thank you for leaving an entry. The notice did not mention the date of the funeral: Tuesday, February 10, 2009, North Jacksonville Baptist Church.
Tracy Connors
February 8, 2009
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