If Bobby Woodard never poked fun at you, then you never met Bobby Woodard. His legacy will be that he never met a stranger and more than likely the stranger became a friend. He loved many and was loved by many. His family, friends and hard work were his life. They broke the mold when they made Bobby.
Now, his many friends and family will mourn his passing at the age of 68 in his hometown of Clinton. Like his many friends, he also had many accomplishments. After attending Conway High School, he went to work with his dad building roads where he would learn many of the skills that would serve him all his life.
He would try many career paths including building foundations, owning a donut and meat shop, running a landscaping business and eventually running and winning the election for Van Buren County Judge in 1981. During his term in office, he played a major role in helping Clinton bounce back from the devastating flood of 1982. He often helped others whether it was paving a parking lot as a favor or clearing land after a tornado. He believed in people helping people in their community.
Until 2012, he was President and operator of Woodard Oil Field Services, building gas pads for Southwestern Energy.
Bobby R. Woodard was born June 26, 1944, the son of the late Ernest Stanley Woodard Sr. and Jewell Turner Woodard. In addition to his mother Jewell, he is survived by his son Denny R. Woodard, wife Amy and grandson Jackson and granddaughter Emily of Fayetteville, Ark. He leaves behind a daughter, Meredith Post, husband Bryan and two grandsons, Caden and Conner of Greenbriar, Ark.
He was the third oldest of 10 Woodard siblings: Patricia Remke and husband Dick of Little Rock, Stanley Woodard and wife Susan of Conway, Marilyn Childs and Bob of Green Valley, Ariz., Martha Carey of Jonesboro, Ark., Sandra White and husband Ricky of Conway, Phyllis Chancellor and husband James of Conway, Preston Woodard of Conway, Ricky Woodard and wife Paula of Green Valley, Ariz., and Kim Moore and husband Neal of Maumelle.
Pallbearers will be his nephews Ernie Woodard, Todd White, Nick Williams, Chad White, Brad White, Rob Childs and John Woodard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Round Mountain Community Church, PO Box 866, Conway, AR 72033. Visitation was at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at Southside Baptist Church, Damascus, Ark.
Family gatherings will never be the same without Bobby whose quick wit and charm always livened up the party. You will be missed Bobby. See you when we all meet again.
The online guest book can be signed at www.rollerfuenralhomes.com.