OBITUARY

Bruce Fitzgerald Woodson

May 12, 1919June 12, 2013

WOODSON, Bruce Fitzgerald Sr., passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He was born May 12, 1919 in Richmond, Virginia, to the late J.W. and Grace F. Woodson. He grew up with one brother, the late Jack Woodson. Bruce graduated from John Marshall High School in 1937. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 through 1945, as a pilot and musician. He opened Bruce F. Woodson Jewelers on Main Street in 1957, and remained in business until retirement in 1980. He was an accomplished gemologist and watchmaker. One of the highlights of business was getting to know General Omar Bradley, who was Chairman of the Board of Bulova Watch Company until 1973. Mr. Woodson was a well known Richmond musician, playing clarinet and saxophone until age ninety. He worked with many famous artists at the Mosque (Landmark) and Richmond Coliseum. He hired local musicians to play for Sonny and Cher, Isaac Hayes, Boots Randolph, Glen Campbell, and other musicals and concerts, including Ringling Brothers Circus, Holiday on Ice, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions Show. Bruce loved antique cars and was the last surviving charter member of the Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club, which he helped form in 1952. In that same year, he also co-founded the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Automobile Club. He was also active in the Virginia Motor Sport Club, Rolls-Royce Owners Club, and the American Austin-Bantam Club. Bruce loved life and always gave of himself to encourage others to pursue their passions. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Holmes Woodson; his daughter Barbara Andres (Jerry) and son Bruce F. Woodson, Jr. (Carol), two grandsons Stephen and Brian Woodson and nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Sunday June 16 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Woody Funeral home, Parham Chapel, 1771 North Parham Road. Funeral service will be on Monday June 17 at 11:00 am at River Road Church, Baptist 8000 River Road, where he had been a loyal member for many years. Interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River Road Church, Baptist or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 16, 2013
  • Church Service Monday, June 17, 2013
REMEMBERING

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Ric Simpson

August 13, 2013

Bruce was a special friend, mentor, and fellow Cord owner. I will miss him terribly, but know that he is at peace, waiting for the happy reunions that will surely happen. Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again!

Mrs. R G Whittington

June 17, 2013

Forty two years ago I purchased a monogramed ring from Mr. Woodson. He allowed me to pay $8.00 month to purchase this ring that my husband still wears today. What a gentleman! We share your loss. Rosemary and Gil Whittington, Tappahannock, Va

June 15, 2013

Hello friends. The family apologizes for the following that was accidentally omitted from the obituary. Thank you.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Holmes Woodson; his daughter Barbara Andres (Jerry) and son Bruce F. Woodson, Jr. (Carol), two grandsons Stephen and Brian Woodson and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday June 16 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Woody Funeral home, Parham Chapel, 1771 North Parham Road. Funeral service will be on Monday June 17 at 11:00 am at River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Road, where he had been a loyal member for many years. Interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River Road Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.

Janet Isbell

June 15, 2013

While we are mourning, GOD is rejoicing that HE has a new member to his heavenly orchester. I always loved hearing Mr. Woodson play. I sat with Mrs. Woodson some times when he played. You could see the love that they shared. Loved watching Mrs. Woodson when he would play Moonlight in Vermont. I have so many wonderful memories of them. I am so proud that I could call him Friend. Know that I am praying for you all. GOD bless.

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

June 15, 2013

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.

June 15, 2013

deepest sympathy to the Woodson family. may you cherish your memories. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol & Bill Shamonsky

June 14, 2013

Henry and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Bruce and Virginia through our car club. Bruce was such a delight. We loved the excitement of his stories throughout the years, especially when he would have attended the show at Auburn. He loved the car hobby and supported it immensely. He will be sorely missed." Our humble condolences to all the family"

FROM THE FAMILY