Elwood Dove

Elwood J. "Woody" Dove

May 27, 1939 - September 27, 2020
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Elwood Jennings Dove (Woody) passed away Sunday morning, 9/27/2020. He was 81 years old. Woody was born at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC on May 27, 1939, and grew up in Hyattsville, MD. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1957. He started working at Safeway Grocery Store as a produce manager and then moved to the US Postal Service, wherein 2014 he retired after 43 years of service.

Woody married Nancy Dove in 1974. They moved to their home in Davidsonville, MD, with their three daughters. Nancy passed away in December 2010. He then moved to Heritage Harbor in 2014, where he resided until his death.

Woody was an active member at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship and a Trustee for 8+ years. During his twenties & early thirties, he weekly drove the Riverdale Baptist Church Bus transporting children and teenagers to church. Inspired by his father’s passion for azaleas, he ran a local azalea business for 20 years part-time. In addition to his interest in azaleas, he had a love for his dachshund dog Dopey, plus fishing and sports cars, which he was studious about keeping his cars in like-new condition. Woody was a sports enthusiast who was a long-time supporter of the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. Throughout his life, Woody continued to take part in his love for landscaping, azaleas and planting annual flowers.

He is survived by his daughters: Michelle Mandeville& husband Chris, Rachael Marie Arciaga & husband Michael, and Deborah Anne Dove; siblings: Hilda, wife of the late Ira Linwood Dove, Linda Dove Armstrong & husband Tom, Nona Dove Ricker & husband Phil; nephews: Donald S. Bright II, Philip & Jimmy Ricker; and niece: Chrissy Campitelli.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Woody's life on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 6pm until a funeral service begins at 7 pm at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship, 377 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035. Interment will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11 am at Fort Lincoln Cemetery 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland, next to his wife and parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Chesapeake Christian Fellowship or the American Cancer Society.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
    377 W. Central Avenue
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  • Service

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 7:00pm
    Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
    377 W. Central Avenue
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    Pastor Pat Packett
  • Interment

    Fort Lincoln Cemetery
    3401 Bladensburg Rd
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    Interment will take place at Fort Lincoln Cemetery on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11am.


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Anne Kraft

Posted at 12:52pm
Alan and I will always miss Woody and his sweet spirit. He never failed to ask how our daughter Amber was doing and would always remind us how he was praying for our family! He was such a wonderful Christian man who cared, loved and served the Lord. Heaven is so much sweeter with you there Woody. Heartfelt prayers to his family and all who were touched by Woody.
Love to Heaven Woody, Alan and Anne Kraft

Deborah Nesselrodt

Posted at 11:15am
There are so many fond memories of my cousin Elwood, and I will miss him terribly. Elwood loved to visit Bergton, Virginia, and especially during the Bergton Fair. Attached is a photo of Elwood and me at the Bergton Fair several years ago.

Elwood's lighthearted humor and gentle teasing was loved by all. I love you Elwood.

Jean Hinds

Posted at 03:35pm
Woody was a great man! He visited me regularly during my breast cancer treatments. We were both assured that when the time came we both knew where we would be going. We both shared the love for our dogs and would walk and talk around the neighborhood. He was a proud American and loved it with all his heart! We talked of our loved ones and shared funny stories during the past several years. We even took a trip to Cracker Barrel and ate out favorite food! He helped me take the last two loads of my furniture to my present home. Woody was a kind and generous man and I know that he is in his wife's loving arms. I am grateful to have known him and will miss him!

Phil Ricker

Posted at 09:15am
We Love You Elwood, Your Little Sister Nona and Family.
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Rene Cesaro

Posted at 12:30pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. Woody was loved by many and will be missed very much!! My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Much love, prayers and friendship, Rene

Charlene Dine Posted at 12:22am

We will miss you walking around Heritage and your smile at church

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