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Robert Singleton WOODSON (M)
b. 4 December 1894, d. circa 1974
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     Robert Singleton WOODSON married Janie James McDILL, daughter of James Thomas McDILL and Mary ROBINSON. The son of Albert Robertson WOODSON and Mary S. SINGLETON, Robert Singleton WOODSON was born on 4 December 1894 in Laddonia, Missouri and died in Oteen, North Carolina, on 17 March 1974.

     Robert Singleton WOODSON registered for the World War 1 draft on 5 Jun 1917, describing himself as being of medium height and build, and having blue eyes and dark hair.1 He enlisted in the US Navy on 29 May 1918, shortly after completing his studies at the Presbyterian College.2,3

     Robert continued his theological studies following the war, acquiring a bachelor of divinity degrees from the Columbia Theological Seminary, an MA degree from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate of theology from the Union Theological Seminary of Richmond. He began his ministry as pastor of the Andalusia (Alabama) First Presbyterian Church in 1922-23. He spent the next 13 years involved in student work at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia (between 1923 and 1927) and at Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi (between 1927 and 1936). He was the pastor of the Tupelo (Mississippi) First Church between 1936-39, and the Hot Springs (Arkansas) First Church between 1939 and 1940.3

     He served during World War 2 as a chaplain in the US Army from 1940 until he was discharged on 9 January 1946.2,3 He had attained the rank of major by the time he received orders to report to Fort Bliss, Texas, in December 1940, and served as Chief of the Chaplain's Section while he was assigned to Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, in August 1944.4,5,6 While in service, he prepared the devotional booklets "Spiritual K Rations" and "Spiritual Service Record," of which more than one-third of a million were distributed among service personnel.3

     After the War, he entered upon the pastorate of his longest tenure as minister of the Yazoo City (Mississippi) First Church beginning in 1946. Although he was called up to active duty again between 4 May 1951 and 17 April 1953, he remained minister of the Yazoo City First Church until 1958, when he departed for Charlotte, North Carolina.2,3 He died at the VA Hospital in Oteen, near Asheville, North Carolina, on 17 March 1974, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 21 March 1974.7

Child of Robert Singleton WOODSON and Janie James McDILL
Marianna WOODSON+ b. 6 Mar 1924, d. 15 Jan 2004


  1. [S40] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  2. [S41] Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
  3. [S42] Presbyterian College Magazine. Volume 14, Number 2, pgs 14-15 (Spring, 1961)
  4. [S43] El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas, 6 December 1940
  5. [S44] The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama, 3 December 1940
  6. [S45] Protestant Services (Order of Worship), leaflet
  7. [S46] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975


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