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.