Obituary – Sam Morrow Woodward

Published 11:22 am Monday, January 6, 2020

Sam Morrow Woodward passed away peacefully, Friday, January 3, 2020, surrounded by family.

A native Oxonian, Sam attended University High School. Upon graduation, Sam

enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Italy, holding a rank of Specialist 3.

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Upon returning, Sam remained in the National Guard as a Sergeant while

attending Ole Miss–earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business.


After a brief period working in Insurance, Sam quickly realized the corporate world

was not for him, moved back to Oxford, and went into business for himself. A

talented artisan and skilled carpenter, Sam loved working with his hands and

being outdoors. Realizing a growing need for student housing, he began

purchasing real estate and constructing his own rental property with limited

assistance—often unaided. Always willing to help someone in need, Sam is described by his friends and family as kind, loyal, charitable, selfless, and fiercely independent. 


Sam is survived by his sister, Janet Woodward Freimark; his sister-in-law, Eleanor

Arthur Woodward; his nephews, William Levi Rogers IV and Joseph Evans

Woodward, III; his nieces, Valorie Woodward Rogers, Katharine Woodward

Taylor, and Allison Woodward Alder, and many other close friends and family.


At his request, no services will be held in his honor. As a tribute to Sam’s

character, all who wish to celebrate Sam’s life are requested to pay it forward by

assisting a friend or stranger in need.