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Stephen James Taylor Woodward

Passed away on April 2, 2021
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Stephen James Taylor Woodward, a beloved husband, father, son and brother died unexpectedly on April 2, 2021, at the age of 50 in Clearwater, Florida. Stephen is survived by his wife, Kristin Woodward; his sons, Aaron and Elijah Woodward; his parents, Normandy and Thomas Woodward; and his siblings, Joy Taylor, Karyn Smith and Dan Woodward. He is preceded in death by his birth father, James Taylor, and beautiful daughter, Abigail Woodward. Stephen was born in Dunedin, Florida, to Normandy and James Taylor. After the passing of James Taylor, Thomas Woodward married Normandy and adopted Stephen to raise him and his two siblings as his own. They added the youngest sister Karyn later.

Stephen pursued a degree in Political Science at the University of South Florida and then added to his education with certifications in the fields of computer security and software design. On May 17, 2003, he married his true love, Kristin Turner, whom he met at the singles’ ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. Some years later they welcomed into the world their twins, Aaron and Abigail. Shortly thereafter, Kristin and Stephen suffered the loss of Abigail. Several years later, they added another bundle of joy to the family when they brought home Elijah. Kristin and Stephen’s greatest joys have always been their children. Stephen has always had a passion for children, and they love him as well. Stephen was very involved in the foster care system along with his wife, and they were strong supporters and leaders in the area. During the many years of their selfless devotion to the foster care system, Kristin and Stephen were able to foster countless children in need of love, support, and protection.

Stephen was born an avid fisherman and sailor, and outings with his grandfather further fostered a love for fishing. Stephen had a contagious smile and laugh, and he always laughed at his own jokes the most. He was always there to lend a hand or an ear to anyone in need, no questions asked. At an early age Stephen put his trust in Christ as his Savior and never looked back.

Stephen will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege to know him. A memorial service is scheduled for April 10th at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church, located at 110 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to A Door of Hope- Biblical Foster Care: https://adoorofhope.com

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  • Preceded in death by; his birth father, James Taylor and beautiful daughter, Abigail Woodward


    Survived by: his wife; Kristin Woodward
    Sons; Aaron and Elijah Woodward
    Parents; Normandy and Thomas Woodward
    Siblings; Joy Taylor, Karyn Smith and Dan Woodward

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Kimberly Bailey

April 10, 2021

Kimberly Jones Bailey

April 10, 2021

Stephen was my “adopted” cousin (our parents knew each other long before our birth). I remember the shock I felt the day I realized we were not actual cousins but in my heart it didn’t really matter! I have many fond memories of the Woodward’s holiday visits and trips to their home. We were always very excited to see them.

Stephen always had the best sense of humor - we never knew what to expect. He brought light and laughter into any room he entered.

He stayed with us one summer when were about 15. What great memories! He along with my brother, made sure to protect me from any boys they did not like and loved to share all the embarrassing stories to keep them at bay! Looking back I am very grateful! Stephen had such a tender heart for others-going out of his way to help whenever needed.

Flooded with memories as we not only grieve but also celebrate your life today Stephen. We will all miss you greatly until look forward to seeing you on other side! So thankful you trusted Jesus as your Savior -He is our living hope!

Mike Phillips

April 10, 2021

My sincere condolences. I worked with Stephen for many years. Stephen was an excellent software developer and a great team mate. He had a wonderful personality who was always quick with a joke. Everyone at work liked and respected Stephen very much.

Darcy Buckley

April 8, 2021

Stephen Woodward is a very unique man! He is one of the smartest and funniest people I know. He has a huge heart and very passionate about living life. I am speaking in present tense because, we as believers in Jesus Christ, know where Stephen’s spirt resides – Heaven. The Bible says to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die. A time to weep, and a time to laugh, and a time to mourn. Now, is the season to mourn for our friend, father, husband and son. There was a season in which Stephen and I were the best of friends. We played tennis, volleyball, boating, fishing, gun shows, biking, swam with manatees in a cold February, and the last memory – hunkering down together during our last hurricane a couple years ago – and many other activities. Kristin was involved in many of those activities. And, of course, we went out to dinner many times – usually at an Outback Steakhouse where I could use my 50% discount. We ate really well! God has given us an incredible gift in this thing we call life. This gift gives us the ability to say hello. But, with that gift, comes the… inevitable… goodbye! By the grace of Jesus Christ, for us believers, our goodbye’s are but temporary – albeit still painful. As the Bible tells us, this place is not our home as we are mere pilgrims passing through to our permanent home – Heaven! Stephen and Kristin accepted me unconditionally into their significant sphere of influence. I don’t know why I walked away from the best season of my life. Perhaps, it was meant to be for but one season. But, what a wonderful season it was! So, I say, Stephen Woodward, you beat us home to Heaven! We will be there soon! Until then, you are an amazing man! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unconditional love, acceptance and grace you have shown me during our season of being best friends! You (and Kristin) made me a better man on this side of Heaven!!

Kim & David Thorne

April 7, 2021

Love and prayers for the family. We cherish our memories of Stephen.

Otway Denny

April 7, 2021

We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Otway and Bonnie Denny

Dick & Margaret Evans

April 6, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear about Stephen. We are with you in spirit.

Bill Greene

April 6, 2021

Kristine - So sorry to hear about Steve; so sorry for your loss and the boys. We are praying for you!
Bill & Lynda Greene

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