Obituary of Stephens Blakely Woodrough, Sr.
Stephens Blakely Woodrough, Sr. “Steve”, 84, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away 25 February 2022 at Oak Manor Hospice Care in Largo, Florida surrounded by friends and family after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. Steve was born on 4 September 1937 in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. He attended and graduated from Covington Latin School in Covington, Kentucky (1955), Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio (B.A. English, 1958) and University of Kentucky (J.D., 1961) and was a Phi Delta Phi member (1959). He is preceded in death by his parents, John Randolph Woodrough and Jane Ashton (Blakely) Woodrough, his sister Laurie Glass, and his wife Margaret Ann (Vollmer)Woodrough. Steve is survived by his sister Susan Purdy, his son Stephens B. Woodrough, Jr. and his daughter Page Woodrough McDermott.
Steve had a great deal of notable accomplishments ranging from arguing and winning numerous banking law cases to serving his community. Steve was an accomplished attorney for the FDIC and later in his own practice, The Banking Law Firm. Not only was he admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1961 and the Georgia bar in 1975, but he was also admitted as an Attorney and Counselor to the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1961), the Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky (1961), the Court of Military Appeals (1962), the Georgia Supreme Court (1975), the Georgia Court of Appeals (1975), the Court of the Northern District of Georgia (1976), the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1976), and the US Supreme Court (1967) which is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a lawyer.
Steve was also very active in his community and enjoyed serving others. On 24 September 2018 he was honored for his service to his hometown community, and he was commissioned by the governor of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel. Steve volunteered countless hours at Daystar Life Center and Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg and was an active member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic church. However, aside from all these accomplishments, his greatest was his family. Steve was the proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren: Mary, Katherine, Stephens III, Cecelia, and Thomas Woodrough, and Shannon, Brigid, Molly, Anna, Daniel, and Kelly McDermott. Steve could often be seen driving around St. Petersburg wearing his white straw cowboy hat in his uniquely designed cars; a 2005 Ford GTX1 and later a 2015 Chevrolet Z06 Corvette.
Steve’s funeral mass will be held at St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace, 515 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday 5 March 2022 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Daystar Life Center, 1055 28th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida, www.daystarlife.com. Visit the family's personalized online guestbook at www.AndersonMcQueen.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephens Woodrough, Sr., please visit Tribute Store