Farm accident claims life of Bluff Dale resident

SARA VANDEN BERGE sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com

The small town of Bluff Dale is mourning the loss of a life-long resident.

Bobby Greenwood, 84, was working on his property Saturday night when he died in what law enforcement officials are calling a "tragic farm accident."

"It appears Mr. Greenwood was working on his tractor Saturday night and something went wrong," said Jason Upshaw, chief investigator with the Erath County Sheriff's Office.

Greenwood was reportedly found by a family member and friend who called 9-1-1 the next morning.

"We received the call about 7:50 a.m. Sunday," Upshaw said. "When we arrived, the tractor was found resting against a post on the porch and Mr. Greenwood was found a short distance away underneath a shredder."

Laraine Waughtal, pastor of Bluff Dale United Methodist Church where Greenwood was a member, said Greenwood was "beloved by everyone who knew him."

"Bobby was not only a pillar of our church, but of the entire community," Waughtal said Tuesday. "He had a wonderful sense of humor and welcomed everyone who came to Bluff Dale."

Waughtal said Greenwood's family was one of Bluff Dale's original settlers.

"His family has been here for a long, long time," she said.

The Greenwood Saloon in Bluff Dale is reportedly named after him.

Waughtal said Greenwood was one-of-a-kind and his passing will be felt deeply in the community he loved so much.

"He loved his farm and was very passionate about it and the people of Bluff Dale," she said.