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“On only a couple occasions (Bear Valley in Denver about five years ago and Grant Street in Decaur Alabama about 10-12 years ago)I had the privilege...Read More »
1 of 57 | Posted by: Jim Mettenbrink - Brookings, SD

“To sister Woodson and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. What a great soldier of the cross brother Woodson was! A scholar, a Christian...Read More »
2 of 57 | Posted by: Jimmy Ferguson - Jonesboro, AR

“Marsha and I were sorry to hear of brother Woodson's passing. Our condolences to the family. He was my teacher when I was a Greek student at FHC...Read More »
3 of 57 | Posted by: Stephen Rook - Lebanon, MO

“Jeanne, Melissa, Bill, and Allison and families, God's blessings and peace to you all. Your family blessed me through my time at Freed-Hardeman. ...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: Steve Puckett - Palm Bay, FL

“Brother Woodson was our preacher in Ocean Springs, MS in the late 60's. He and his family were so important to our church growth and so very loved...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: Judy Fain Rydeen - Ocean Springs, MS

“Please accept my profound smypathy in the death of your beloved father-in-law. May God's grace comfort you in your loss. ”
6 of 57 | Posted by: Les Winningham - Nashville, TN

“To the Woodson Family, There are no proper words to say at this time of sorrow and pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God comfort &...Read More »
7 of 57 | Posted by: Allison Brittle - Nashville, TN

“William was, without doubt, one of my favorite teachers at FHC with a humor that will never be duplicated. I not only respected but loved him dearly...Read More »
8 of 57 | Posted by: Allan & Aileen Fraser - Warren, MI

“Brother Woodson will always be a great influence in my life. I had Brother Woodson for several classes during my time at Freed Hardeman from the fall...Read More »
9 of 57 | Posted by: Paul G. Moore - Greenville, KY

“Dr. Woodson's Bible class on Hebrews was the hardest and most rewarding Bible class I had at FHU. He shared with me and the other students his love...Read More »
10 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Howell Shrum - Roseville, CA

“I only got to hear brother Woodson a few times up at Valley Springs but talked to him also. I have read a lot of his articles and have enjoyed them....Read More »
11 of 57 | Posted by: George Reed - Salinas, CA

“Dr. Woodson shaped my life in many ways and truly taught me how to study the Bible. I was the first student to graduate from Lipscomb's M.A. program....Read More »
12 of 57 | Posted by: Allen Burris - Mitchell, IN

“Dr. Woodson was my first academic mentor--I had more classes with him than any other person in my life. But he was also my pastoral mentor--we...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: John Mark Hicks - Nashville, TN

“To the Family -- Dr. Woodson was a great man, an advocate for truth, a defender of the Word. He will be greatly missed in our brotherhood. Please...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: Joe Trimble - Spring Hill, TN

“Jeanne, Melissa, Bill, and Allison, I send you my love and caring at this difficult time for you, and the news of Dr. Woodson's death stirred many,...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: Monda Alexander - Jackson, TN

“My deepest condolences. I had Bro. Woodson for quite a few classes at F-HC in '74-'75. He was one of my favorite teachers. I am proud to be able...Read More »
16 of 57 | Posted by: Mark Rowe - Hazel Green, AL

“Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the Woodson family in the loss of their beloved relative. We sent our two daughters to Freed-Hardeman because we...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: J. Raymond & Diane Pecoraro - TN

“William Woodson had a profound impact on so many people, we are merely two that benefit from his humble Christian influence. Our deepest sympathy to...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: Mike & Debbie Bumbalough - TN

“I'm sorry I couldn't make it to the visitation or the funeral. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. With Love, Ricky...Read More »
19 of 57 | Posted by: Ricky Glass

“Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. William was an exceptional man in every way. I came to Lipscomb for my graduate degree in 1983 in a...Read More »
20 of 57 | Posted by: Jeff Trotter - Fort Mill, SC

“Jean and family, what a day of rejoycing it is in heaven with such a fine man going home. I am from the Oak Grove Church where Bro. Woodson peacher...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Paula Howard Lamb - South Fulton, TN

“A mighty warrior in Israel has fallen! respected as a meticulous scholar, he was a kind encourager, a studious teacher, and a good friend. Our...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: Roy H. Lanier Jr. - Lakeland, FL

“wasOnly Heaven will wipe away all tears and sorrow and you have that assurance of joining this wonderful man who knew Jesus as his personal Lord and...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Juanita & Robert Beckett - TN

“the church has lost a great man. of all the teachers i had at freed-hardeman he was the best. he helped bring out things i never knew i had in me. i...Read More »
24 of 57 | Posted by: jim morgan - LaVergne, TN

“My sincere sympathy to the Woodson family. Brother Woodson was clearly one of the best teachers I have had, and his work will live on through the...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: Jim Barr - Westerville, OH

“Thinking of you at this time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as your loved one goes home. We know it is hard to give up someone you...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Larry and Carol Waymire - TN

“William Woodson was a prince among men. When he walked into a room, his presence made the whole occasion more dignified and somehow "proper." I...Read More »
27 of 57 | Posted by: Ken and Becky Cargile - Henderson, TN

“Bro. Woodson was one of my favorite people at FHC (way back then...60's!). His Bible classes definitely challenged us and allowed our faith to grow...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: Jane Wilcoxson Maness - TN

“The Lord's church has truly lost one of it's greatest solders. Brother William was one of the principle speakers at each of the Michigan Bible...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: James Litton - Plymouth, MI

“I will always cherish and appreciate the way Bro Woodson taught me to work and function as a minister. Those were special days at Freed-Hardeman. I...Read More »
30 of 57 | Posted by: Lowell Hillis - Chickamauga, GA

“Saddened to hear of William's passing. I was privileged to hear William call me his friend. I got to be with him four weeks ago at the 2010 MI Bible...Read More »
31 of 57 | Posted by: George Beals - Springfield, PA

“bro. Woodson will be greatly missed by both of his families: his physical and spiritual. The Lord's church has been greatly influenced and...Read More »
32 of 57 | Posted by: Wayne Hatcher - Horse Cave, KY

“Bill and Jamie We know God will bless you with His consolation. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers Dolores and...Read More »
33 of 57 | Posted by: Dolores and Will Gresham - TN

“On behalf of all the members, past and present, Barbara and I extend our love and sympathy to your entire family in the loss of a great and good man....Read More »
34 of 57 | Posted by: Edward L Anderson - Carthage, TN

“Doctor Woodson was my Faculty Advisor and taught many of my classes at Freed-Hardeman in the 1970's. He was a tough teacher, but always fair. He...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: Perry Phillips - Monroeville, AL

“One of the mighty has fallen and he will be greatly missed. Thank you Bro Woodson for your instruction, influence, godly wisdom and friendship...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: James and Sherri Draper - KY

“I rejoice with Brother Woodson over his victory, yet grieve with the family over their / our loss. Brother Woodson was my teacher in several Bible...Read More »
37 of 57 | Posted by: Timothy Hall - Johnson City, TN

“Bill and Jamie - may God's peace comfort you during this time. Danny Pressley ”
38 of 57 | Posted by: Danny Pressley - Knoxville, TN

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of brother Woodson. I was at FHC when he was there. I didn't know until now that he was a Lawrenceburg native....Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: Sandra Gaither Pitchford - AR

“Dear Woodson Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time. May the Lord bless you and keep you is our prayer. The Brooks Family...Read More »
40 of 57 | Posted by: Rep. Kevin Brooks - Cleveland, TN

“I first heard Dr. Woodson in 1970 as a boy. He signed my lectureship book. For forty years I have read his materials and books. He was kind and...Read More »
41 of 57 | Posted by: Phil Sanders - Edmond, OK

“William was a special person with whom I shared many conversations regarding biblical matters. He was wise, gracious, and balanced with a wonderful...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: Wayne Jackson - Stockton, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss! Brother Woodson was my first advisor when I came to Freed Hardeman in 1974, and I took at least one Bible class under...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: Sandy Stancliff Puckett - Barlow, KY

“So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
44 of 57 | Posted by: Laura & Tom Benton - Knoxville, TN

“Many of us are heartbroken at the loss of our friend and brother. We extend our sincere sympathy to Jeanne, the children, and grandchildren of this...Read More »
45 of 57 | Posted by: Alan Highers - Henderson, TN

“Although I never had the pleasure to meet Dr. Woodson, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. We will be praying for the entire family as you...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: Tracy Lindow - Germantown, TN

“Growing up in Henderson I have many fond memories of the Woodson family. Brother Woodson was one of my first Bible teachers at Freed-Hardeman. I...Read More »
47 of 57 | Posted by: Harold Jones - Oneida, TN

“"Well done, good and faithful servant! We're certain our Master welcomed you with just those words, Dr. Woodson. Thank you for the lessons you've so...Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Anne & Steve Gibson - TN

“Melissa and I were friends through the ACappella Singers at FHU. Tho' I never had Bro. Woodson as a teacher, I had many friends that did and they...Read More »
49 of 57 | Posted by: Brenda and Dan Crump - Burleson, TX

“So saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man. I have always appreciated and respected your family throughout the years. I was in Bill's...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Tina (Boynton) Hickman - Dunlap, TN

“Melissa, Our prayers are with your family. I loved your dad's teaching. He amazed many of us with his ability to take the Greek New Testament and...Read More »
51 of 57 | Posted by: Doug Couch - White Bluff, TN

“To all the family of Brother Woodson, Gayle & I extend our deepest sympathy. Oh, how we enjoyed sitting at the feet of this humble servant of the...Read More »
52 of 57 | Posted by: Larry & Gayle Benderman - TN

“Dear Melissa and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We are so blessed to have Godly parents but giving...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: Tim and Beth Walker - Tullahoma, TN

“There are no "right words" to say at such a time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May the God of all comfort strengthen and...Read More »
54 of 57 | Posted by: Gary and Rosemary McKnight - TN

“Dr. Woodson was my advisor when at Freed-Hardeman and one of my professors. He was one of the smartest men I knew. I always enjoyed listening to...Read More »
55 of 57 | Posted by: Frank McMeen - Jackson, TN

“I am so sorry that brother Woodson has passed. He was such a wonderful person! I admired him in so many ways. His devotion to the Lord, his unique...Read More »
56 of 57 | Posted by: Stephen P. Waller - Macon, GA

“We are very sorry we could not arrange to be there for the funeral. We hope that the Lord's peace and the Spirit's comfort will be with you in this...Read More »
57 of 57 | Posted by: Kevin and Darla McKamey - Houston, TX


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Beloved husband, father, grandfather and renowned Biblical scholar, professor, and minister Dr. William Edgar Woodson, Sr. of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee was welcomed into the arms of his Lord on September 4, 2010 at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia.
Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Pulaski Street Church of Christ in Lawrenceburg followed by funeral services at 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Tom Holland and Dan Winkler officiating. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.
Born on September 9, 1931 in Jasper, Alabama, he was the son of the late Henry Edgar Woodson and Thelma O’Rear Woodson, who raised their six children in Jasper.
Dr. Woodson held degrees from Freed-Hardeman University, Union University, Harding Graduate School of Religion, and received his Master of Theology and Doctorate of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as the Chairman of the Bible Department at Freed-Hardeman University and was the founding Chairman of the Masters Program of Biblical Studies at David Lipscomb University. He held preaching positions at numerous churches of Christ throughout his career, including the Granny White Church of Christ in Nashville.
Under the initial tutelage of his mentor and close lifetime friend, Gus Nichols of Jasper, Alabama, Dr. Woodson became a highly respected preacher, scholar, international lecturer and writer, dedicating his life to the study of God’s Word, the teaching of the Gospel and to the training of preachers of the Churches of Christ. He wrote five books on various biblical topics and countless articles for numerous church-related publications, including the Spiritual Sword, for which he served as a staff writer. His profound intellect, unwavering faith and rare ability to analyze, comprehend and enlighten others concerning the most complex biblical issues will be sorely missed in the brotherhood of the Churches of Christ throughout the world.
William enjoyed reading, beach vacations with his family, camping, fly fishing, woodworking and carpentry. He was an ardent fan of Alabama Crimson Tide football. Mainly, he enjoyed the meticulous study of the Bible and offering the benefit of his knowledge to the thousands of students who had the opportunity to learn from him.
Dr. Woodson dedicated his life to helping and caring for his family and to serving God. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jeanne Creasy Woodson, originally from Jackson, Tennessee. Also surviving him are their three children – Melissa Woodson Banks of Lawrenceburg, William E. Woodson, Jr. and wife Jamie Roberts Woodson of Knoxville and Allison Woodson McKamey and husband Darrin Brent McKamey of Lawrenceburg. “PaPa” took great interest and pride in his six grandchildren – William Joseph Woodson of Nashville, Elizabeth Grace Woodson of Lebanon, Caitlin Alexandra Woodson of Knoxville, Brent Alexander McKamey of Lawrenceburg, Abigail Jeanne McKamey of Lawrenceburg and Woodson Mclain Banks of Lawrenceburg. He is also survived by his sister Betty Woodson Kimbrell of Birmingham and Don Ray Woodson of Jasper and many other relatives from his Alabama family, including children from his previously deceased sisters Nell, Jean, and Joy.
Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors, Columbia, are assisting the family with arrangements.

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