Brian Peter Woodward, Sr. completed the life of a wanderer and friend to all on June 18, 2016. Born in Pinner, Middlesex, England on August 2, 1936, he lived, worked, and travelled extensively in Europe before visiting the United States (against his mother’s wishes). Always interested in the wider world, Brian picked fruit in California and worked barges on the Mississippi River before moving to Memphis. There he met a young woman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Memphis State, Lily Frances Limbaugh. They were married on December 21, 1964 and had their first child, a daughter named Lee, on April 21, 1968.
The couple moved to Huntsville when Lily was asked to be part of the initial Speech and Hearing Center at SHSU and teach on faculty. Brian and Lily rented a little house on Elm Street and had their second child, a son named Brian “Pete”, on September 11, 1970. Brian was teaching at Wyndham School District when he was saved from the Carrasco incident by Golda Rich. He later became a Realtor and owned and ran Gallery of Homes and Property Associates of Huntsville for many years. Brian was instrumental in the group that built and supported the Community Day Care Center on 9th Street, and active with the Grandperson’s (now Senior) Center, the Huntsville Board of Realtors, and the Huntsville Rotary Club. He and partner Bobby Bacon were busy developing land around Walker County for many years.
Brian and Lily enjoyed many years of traveling and sharing the company of relatives and longtime friends, especially from their former bridge groups and real estate. (Upon coming to the United States, Brian’s wish had been to see both the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Though they visited the Grand Canyon more than once, Lily would never let him go to Niagara, in the fanciful belief that he would then return to the sceptered isle.) Brian was saved again in later life by the quick medical intervention of Angela Towler, allowing years for him and Lily to enjoy a grandson born a week after his birthday and named in part for him, Brian Nicholas Woodward.
Lily preceded Brian in death on June 13, 2016. Both will be interred in the Limbaugh family plot in Hattiesburg. The family asks that donations be made to the Huntsville Public Library in lieu of flowers, and thanks the many who have offered their condolences since Lily’s passing. The family’s home will be open for visiting and celebrating Brian and Lily’s lives on June 25, from 3-8 p.m.