The family of Doug Woodham would like to express our deepest gratitude for the numerous phone calls, messages, thoughts and prayers for all of us during this time of sorrow. The family has chosen to celebrate his life in a private manner and we ask for your prayers as we continue the healing process. We would also like to encourage any of the numerous civic organizations, law enforcement organizations and medical foundations that he was involved with to feel free to honor and celebrate his life in whatever manner they choose.
Surrounded by his loved ones, Byron Douglas Woodham passed peacefully into the glory of Heaven on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. He fought a courageous battle against multiple health issues for several years and we celebrate that he is no longer in pain.
Doug was born to Lee Woodham and Inez Scott in Odessa, TX in 1935 and was a 1953 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He was active in boy scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and serving as a leader for several years, attending Philmont Boy Scout Camp and numerous Jamborees several times which led to a lifelong love of camping. He was very proud to serve 4 years in the United States Navy.
Following his service in the Navy, Doug married Beverly Haddix, a classmate from Woodrow Wilson. After living in Florida, Oklahoma and Houston, they settled in Arlington, TX to raise their 3 children. Following their divorce after 13 years of marriage, Doug became employed with Frontier Airlines and began to pursue his passion of travel. He later opened a travel agency with his partner of 45 years, Randy Griffin. They enjoyed many years of traveling around the world with many different friends. Whether by plane, sail boat or cruise ship, he made many wonderful memories before illness prevented further travels.
Doug was an avid Texas Longhorns fan and attended many football games with the Rolling Horns – a group of fellow RV traveling tailgaters. Perhaps his most favorite activity though, was his civic involvement including the neighborhood crime watch, the Crime Watch Executive Board, the Dallas Police Department Citizens Police Academy, the FBI Citizens Police Academy, the DPS Citizens Police Academy and as an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team. He was instrumental in the formation of the Dallas Junior Police Academy. He loved having an impact on young lives and helping to keep his own neighborhood safe. Doug was loved by many and will be missed by his friends and family.
Doug is survived by his long time best friend, Randy Griffin, children: Laurie Newby, and her husband Matt of Royse City; Ricky Woodham and his wife, Deborah of Kaufman; Michele Neikirk and her husband Dan of Plano; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister, Sonja Martin of Brenham; half-brothers, Kendall, Kenneth and Lee and half-sister, Kimberly; and numerous other family members and friends.
The family is grateful for the wonderful care he received at the VA Hospital in Dallas. His life was touched by many special doctors, nurses and other staff members at the VA. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice for the excellent care they provided as well.
In lieu of cards and flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
The Doug Woodham Dallas Junior Police Academy
Dallas Police Department
1400 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, Texas 75215
Attention – Sgt. Cheryl Cornish #6417
Thank you again for your continued support during this time of mourning.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Funeral Home
10116 E Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238