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Woodham, Byron "Doug" D.

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October 23, 1935 - January 17, 2015

Woodham, Byron "Doug" D.

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

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Brandy Ravellette (Woodham)

August 26, 2015 4:08PM

I have searched for the truth of my birth family for many year's. Getting nowhere. I found this by accident. I figured it was only right to tell my *would have been* uncle...that I wish I would've found you sooner. You passed shortly after my birthday. You seemed to live a beautiful life, and a well respected man. I hope to meet you when my time comes. Prayers for the family.

Melissa Cavalier

February 01, 2015 9:29AM

Dear Randy, Michelle & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time of your great loss. Doug will be greatly missed as he was always such a high spirited wonderful person that we all loved so very much. Randy, you and Doug moved into our hearts when you became our beloved neighbors and friends. Love you, Melissa, Dennis and Sheridan Cavalier

Cyril Fowble

January 26, 2015 2:31PM

Randy, Michele & Family,

My deepest sympathies to you on your loss. Doug/your dad was a wonderful man who touched many lives. Remember all of the good times and keep all of the wonderful memories close your heart.


Helen and John Stettler

January 26, 2015 1:34PM

Doug was a wonderful person and and invaluable volunteer for the police and the whole area. He will be greatly missed.

Mitchell Holmes

January 26, 2015 8:15AM

I can't say enough to describe the joy Doug has given to all of our lives. Having been friends since the mid 80's, we shared many laughs and good times. He will be missed beyond words, but I feel better knowing I have yet another angel to look after us all.

Trish and Buck Hawk

January 24, 2015 12:49PM

It was such a pleasure to work with Doug while at Frontier Airlines in Denver; his ready smile and laugh what more could you asked from a friend. We were happy to get together at one of the picnics just a few of us to sit around and talk about the ole days. We are sad to see you go, you will be missed. Our prayers to Randy, and the family.

Mark Truemper

January 24, 2015 10:36AM

RIP Doug.... Sending all my thoughts and prayers to Randy and family. Much love Mark and Elfi Truemper from Houston Texas....

Lee, Hollie, Ella and Jackson

January 21, 2015 8:41PM

Our dearst brother & uncle-may you find rest and peace in the arms of our Savior. You are loved by many and will truly be missed! Although your presence on Earth has past we know you are with us always!

Randy & Family-we are sadden by the loss of such an amazing man. Prayers of comfort during this difficult time. We join in celebrating his life and the joy he brought to us all!

Dave & Denise Snipes

January 21, 2015 5:08PM

We are so sorry about the passing of Doug. We had many fun times with him and will cherish many great memories. Doug is a big part of some of our best UT travel memories. It will not be the same without him.
Please accept our thoughts ,best wishes and prayers at this time of loss.

Kelly Scott

January 21, 2015 11:32AM

Michele & family,

So sorry for your loss.
What a wonderful life your Dad had.
You're all in my prayers at this sad time.
Keep all those wonderful memories close to your heart.
God Bless you all.

Kelly Scott