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"Woodie' Woodbury, former golf pro

William H. "Woodie," Woodbury, manager of Gulfshore Sports Store in St. Petersburg for 30 years, who was known locally for participating in service, political and social organizations, died Saturday (June 12, 1993) after a long illness at his residence.

"My father had a love for all sports, especially baseball, and the last outing he made was about three weeks ago when I took him in a wheelchair to see the St. Petersburg Cardinals baseball game at Al Lang Field," said his daughter, Lyn Folsom, of Gulfport. "He was a truly generous man, who was truly loved by all who knew him,"

A native of Rahway, N.J., Mr. Woodbury came here in 1946 from Philadelphia, where he was a golf pro at the Philadelphia Crickett Club from 1928 to 1943. He was 85.

His daughter said that the sports store was located at Ninth Street and Central Avenue from 1946 to 1976 and that he was in charge of outfitting nearly all the local junior and high school teams.

One of the founders of the Gulfport Little League, he also was an organizer for the Majors Little League of St. Petersburg.

"Up until a month ago, my father was a treasurer for the Gulfport Lions Club for 30 years and was chairman and caller of its bingo games. When he opened the games he always said you're a good group, and they applauded every time," she said. He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, the highest award of the Lions Club.

In addition to the bingo games at the Lions Club, Mr. Woodbury was co-chairman and caller for more than 25 years of the Holy Name Bingo group.

He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for more than 25 years at the 11 a.m. Mass.

His political organizations included the Gulfport Planning and Zoning Board for many years and he was a charter member of the Gulfport Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.

An Army veteran of World War II, he was a heavy equipment operator under Patton's Red Ball Express in the Rhineland, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Central Europe. Among his medals were the Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars.

In addition to his daughter, Lynn, he is survived by his wife, Millidean "Melody"; two other daughters, Robin Pearl, Lutz, and Sharon Dickey Maxwell, Longwood; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may be received from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Holy Name church, where a recitation of the Rosary will follow. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial to follow at Royal Palm Cemetery. The family requests that donations be made to the Gulfport Lions Club in his memory.

Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home, Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements.

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