A TIME BE BORN:
Richard I. Woodie, Jr. was born on November 28, 1957, to Richard I. Woodie, Sr., and Lois Mae Milhouse Woodie.
A TIME TO DIE:
He answered the call to retire from his earthly duties on Saturday, November 27, 2021 one day before his 64th birthday.
PRECEDED TO ETERNAL LIFE:
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard I. Woodie, Sr., and Lois Mae Milhouse Woodie, a
sister, Shawanna Marshall; Niece, Angela Lowe Reaves.
HIGHLIGHTED MOMENTS OF LIFETIME MEMORIES:
During his journey of life, Richard was fondly call “Ricky, Rick and Sabb” by those who knew him or introduced himself to many. He was a friend to those he met and was well connected to the community. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps and became an icon throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. He visited the elderly, the sick and shut-in as well as checking on those he saw along the way. With Rick’s visits he traveled with dinner, lunch, monetary gifts and even ran errands for those in need with or without transportation. Rick never lost his love and passionate touch for reaching out to his community. The love and compassion were reciprocated by many in the community with high regard and honor for his genuine love.
Rick had a lot to learn from those he visited and had a memory beyond reproach. He could tell stories he remembered shared by his father and related to the older sector of people and had the ability to share the wisdom and knowledge with those of his age and younger.
During those visits, he learned how to play checkers, dominoes, chess and cards from his senior group of men he visited often.
EDUCATION, HONORS AND RECOGNITION:
He attended public schools in Manatee County graduating from Manatee High School Class of 1975.
After graduation, he attended Mankato State University in Minnesota on a track and field scholarship where he broke records running the 100 meters hurdles for three years. Honors to Rick for serving our country through the branch of the United States Air Force from 1978 – 1982, where he trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and honorably discharged in 1982.
Rick could not sit idle while waiting to start mortuary science school, he became a tennis coach at the Thirteenth Avenue Youth Center until he travelled to Miami to continue his education.
He continued his father's Legacy and attended Miami Dade Junior College in pursuit of a degree in Mortuary Science. He became Co-Owner of Westside Funeral Home from 1993 until his passing.
Rick received many community awards including the Humanitarian Award from the Palmetto Youth Center
Throughout his youth and adult life, Rick always participated in some form of physical fitness such as distant running, tennis, fishing and over twenty-five years of golfing. Did you know Rick also loved fishing and hunting? Did you know Rick enjoyed teaching youth to golf? Did you know Rick enjoyed motorcycling? Rick was a well-rounded man and will be missed.
A TIME TO WED:
Rick was united in holy matrimony to Lucretia. To this union was one son, Richard I. Woodie, III.
Rick was employed at IMG Sports Academy as a tennis instructor, Manatee Palms as a mental health technician and Westside Funeral Home (lifetime career).
Rick and his family were dedicated members of Church of Christ and are current members of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Bradenton under the leadership of Pastor Rodrick Woodie.
A TIME TO MOURN:
A time unknown to those who love Rick dearly, sad news was sent out that a link in the chain had been broken. He accepted the call from our Heavenly Father of “good and faithful Servant well done.” He will join those who have gone before him to be with the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his memories and many stories his wife, Lucretia; his daughter and son Pearla Woodie, Richard Woodie, III. Other children: Erika (Phil) Clark, Santa Clarita, California; Danielle (Mike) Brutsman, Clearwater, Florida; Benjamin Louiz, Corning, New York; Jacob Louiz, Phoenix, Arizona; Three brothers; Lewis Woodie, Zachary Samuel, George (Bridgette) Woodie; Eight sisters; Carolyn Lowe, Joan (Rudy) Bliss, Bonita (Earnest) Sanders, Faye Fields, Vanzetta Lewis, Icelia (Michael) Fedd, Asia Roux and Nisha Roux.
One uncle: Gregory Milhouse, Five aunts: Janie (Aaron) Davis, Lillian Woodie Sims, Linda (Raymond) Woodie, Anita (Lynn) Johnson, and Carolyn (Tom) Washington. A host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and sorrowing friends. A public Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 11th, 2021 from 3-8PM at Westside Funeral Home 204 7th St. W, Palmetto, FL. Service will be 2PM Sunday December 12, 2021 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL. Condolences may be given at www.westsidefh.com