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Anthony J. Wooden "Tony"

August 15, 1950April 3, 2021
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Anthony J. Wooden, “Tony,” passed away on April 3, 2021, at home. He was the husband of Sandra F. Wooden. They shared forty-eight years of marriage. Tony was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Edith Carter. Tony trusted in the Lord and lived his life by faith. Tony attended Luther P. Jackson High School in Dendron, Virginia. He attended Norfolk State College, Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1970. In 1972, he joined The Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut as a manager. After fourteen years, he left The Hartford to take several management positions at Kemper Insurance. His latest position was Agency Licensing Manager. He worked a total of thirty-four years at Kemper. His main character trait was “love of family.” He played tennis, loved to travel, and listening to music, especially Diana Ross. He was a gentleman and a “gentle man.” He was dedicated, a problem solver, and never said a bad word about anyone. He usually greeted everyone with a smile and had a wonderful laugh. His calming, steady presence was felt by anyone who encountered him. He was one of God’s angels on Earth. Tony is survived by his wife Sandra Wooden, of Jacksonville, FL, Son Mark Wooden of Orlando, FL, daughter Kristen Colvin (Corey) of Jacksonville, FL, Grandson Linden Colvin of Jacksonville, FL; Sisters Shirley Drew (Andrew Lee) of Surry, VA, Michelle and Sandra Carter of New Jersey. Three Aunts, Doris, Louise, and Roslyn, and one Uncle, Ed. Nephew Trenton Drew (Shannon), Great-Nephew/ Godson Brandon Drew, great-niece Briana Drew, all of Surry, VA. Sister-in-Law Gwendolyn Hockaday (Sandy) and Brother-in-Law Brehon Fulford (Edith) from Virginia. Special daughter and Son-in-Law Penny and David Punnett, and their sons Random and Sam of New York. And a host of Nieces, Nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Edith Carter. To view the livestream of the service, please visit https://youtu.be/_bP_EbvkkYI or https://youtu.be/pZpQoFKIOmI

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Anthony J. Wooden "Tony"

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Adriane Cochran

April 14, 2021

Tony was an absolute joy. My heart is truly broken yet I find comfort in knowing his faith was strong within the Lord. When I first met Tony face to face, he visited the office here in Birmingham. I instantly adored his accent because my uncle had the same exact accent. I let him know this as well. Tony greeted me with a smile and a friendly hello. He was my counterpart (he managed KPI and I manage KA). He was a mentor and a sounding board for me. I truly will miss our weekly talks. This one is hard. The thing I told him each time, don’t you leave me Tony. He would laugh it off and say that he couldn’t make any promises because this will be his year to retire. Then he’d say I’m kidding, they’ll have to force me to retire.

Hazel Wooden Hickman

April 12, 2021

Anthony will be truly missed. His love for family was instilled in all of us from our grandparents, Clarence and Esther Wooden. I love you and will miss you deeply.

Stephanie Williams

April 12, 2021

The loss of a beautiful soul touched me when I heard the news of Tony’s passing. I worked with Tony at Kemper for only a short period of time but he welcomed me with open arms.

He was so caring, smart and was there any time you had a question. (even after hours) I told him he worked too hard and he would just laugh. I will never forget his charismatic personality.

My sincerest condolences to the family.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Williams

Weston Burk

April 12, 2021

Tony was my first boss out of college. At the time, he was managing a very young team, and to say that he taught us all how to be truly professional is an understatement. We all learned so much from him... He had a method of quizzing back at us when we came to him with a question, so that we not only learned what we needed to, but how to arrive at the correct answer.

He always made time for the group to have fun and get to know each other.

My condolences to his family. My family and I will be praying for everyone.

I've attached a photo of the team from back in 2004/2005.

William & Connie Lewis

April 12, 2021

Hi Kristen , Ma Woo & family. We are very saddened by the separation of Pa Woo. Please know that things get better with time. We are certainly keeping you all in our prayers. We will truly miss pa Woo. God bless you all and love you much!!
Pa& Ma Lew

Willene Cook

April 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Tony for almost six years; he was an amazing man! He was dad to me in the office; always offering wisdom, a kind word, guidance and funny stories. He was a joy to know and be in the presence of. He will be sorely missed.

I know no amount of words could bring you comfort; nevertheless, I extend my sincerest prayers and condolences to the family. May the peace of God give you solace and strength during this challenging time.

Queenette Grandison

April 11, 2021

Anthony and I were classmates at L.P.Jackson High School, and.graduates of Norfolk State College (now University). I was sorry to learn of his passing. May God bless you and keep you in His care.

David Dixon

April 11, 2021

Dear Kristen and Mrs. Wooden,

I was shocked to hear of Tony’s passing and am very sorry for your loss. Tony was full of life and so enjoyable to be with. He was thoughtful, intelligent, and had a great, unforgettable laugh. Along with many others, no doubt, I will miss him.

Sincerely,

David Dixon

Lauren Harris

April 9, 2021

To hear the passing of Tony, is such a devastating loss. He was such a kind soul, always willing to help others and the smile that he always wore was contagious and you just had to smile back. I remember when I first met Tony back in 2013- he hired me and still to this day, he was my favorite boss that I ever had. Always encouraged me and never made me feel like I was just an employee.

He will be missed dearly and I pray for his family during these hard times. I will forever remember Tony.

Justin Williams

April 8, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family in your time of bereavement. It was a pleasure to not only work with but encounter someone like Mr. Tony. He will truly be missed. Praying for you all!

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