Robert Preston Woodruff, Jr., 70 of Conway, passed away September 11, 2007. Born in Fort Smith, AR on May 14, 1937, he was a son of the late Robert Preston Woodruff, Sr., and Katherine (Hunt) Woodruff. Preston served in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and the Arkansas Army Reserve reaching the rank of Captain. Prior to his military service he worked in the family owned business, Woodruff’s Cleaners and Laundry, in Fayetteville, while attending the University of Arkansas where he attained a degree in Business and Finance. In 1976 Preston was appointed, by then Governor David Pryor, to the Board of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority (ASLA) where he served as Chairman of the Board for twelve years and in 1988 was asked to serve as Executive Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Prior to his service with ASLA he served as Treasurer of Winrock International from 1979 to 1988, which followed his service with the Department of Finance and Administration from 1974 to 1979, as Financial Analyst for the state of Arkansas. Preston also served as Chair of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs Capital Formation Committee for three years. In honor of his commitment to provide higher education for the children of Arkansas, ASLA established the Robert Preston Woodruff, Jr. Scholarship. Following his retirement Preston enjoyed volunteering and serving his community while working with the Faulkner County Master Gardeners. Preston will be remembered as a loving husband, father, stepfather and grandfather, who loved his farm, family and friends, and for his 37 years of service to the state of Arkansas.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Ann (Elly) Ellefson Woodruff and children Robert (Trey) Preston Woodruff III and wife Teresa, Ronald Lynn Woodruff, all of Springdale, AR and Fred Garner Woodruff and wife Jessica of Ocean Springs, MS; Mandy Patrick and husband Darren of Greenbrier, AR; a stepdaughter Laura Hollingsworth and husband Gary of Minden, LA; a stepson Bryan Cabell and wife Teri of Rogers, AR; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother Ronald Woodruff and wife Marsha of Fayetteville; a sister Kay Holt and husband Bobby of Freeport, TX and many loving friends and associates.
A gathering of remembrance will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, with Minister Mike Smith presiding. The family will host a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the P.A.R.K. Foundation (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids) http://www.positivekids.org/ParkHome.html in LittleRock, AR.