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Charles Alexander Woodson
Charles Alexander Woodson, 84 of Wingina departed this life on Friday May 13, 2022 at Charlottesville.
Charles was born on Sunday May 16, 1937 at 4:00 p.m. at his grandfather’s home in Wingina and was named after his father who was Coleman and his grandfather who was Alexander.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Virginia Pauline Atkin Woodson and Coleman Woodson. Without a middle name his dad always went by C.W. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Arthur Woodson. Charles attended the Midway Mill School a two room school near Wingina and graduated High School in Nelson County in 1955. Charles became the all around handyman around home and installed the families’ first hot water heater and plumbing in their home of which his parents were so very proud of and would show the kitchen off to everyone that came by and say “Our son did this. Charles was an active member and Trustee of St. Hebron Baptist Church.
While in high school Charles took up carpentry and acquired the ability to do electrical, plumbing, and painting and later after graduation in 1955 he headed to Washington to seek employment and went to work in the Boiler Room at the Woodley Parks Towers where he excelled in all departments and became the Building Engineer and was privileged and honored to be greeted there by President William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton on a special occasion and visit to the Towers. Charles retired from Woodley Parks Towers after sixty years and twenty eight day and after retirement returned to his home in Wingina where he grew up.
Charles leaves to mourn his passing a devoted, honorable, and dedicated Great Nephew; Donnell Woodson whom Charles teased and called City Boy and Rookie. Besides Donnell he is survived by a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins as well as several great-nephews and great-nieces, and friends.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel in Lovington with Rev. Joseph Jones officiating with interment to follow at the St. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery at Wingina. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston, Va (434-263-4097).
We knew Mr. Charles for the 25 years we lived at the Woodley Park Towers. He was very knowledgeable about the workings of the building and we all relied on him to fix everything! I don't think I ever saw him when he didn't have a smile on his face. The one time was when I told him that we were moving to North Carolina where we would have deer in our yard. He told me "Well, Mrs. Patrick, if you want to keep the deer out of your yard, just put out a scarecrow with tin pie plates hanging from the arms and they'll stay away." I said "But, Charles, we want to have deer in our yard." His mouth dropped open and he looked at me like I was crazy! A dear, dear man, who I've always missed seeing him after we moved but I know I will see him again in Heaven.
Judy & Don Patrick Jun 1 2022 10:28 AM
Woodley Park Towers is a community and much of that atmosphere was due to the presence and efforts of Charles Woodson over many, many years.. His memory evoked in these many memorial comments reflect his contribution to our community and our lives. May he Rest In Peace and in our memories.
Edward Marks May 24 2022 3:31 AM
I was very fortunate to have the chance to be touched by the kindness and gentle wisdom of "Mr Charles" during some of the years he worked at Woodley Park Towers. During that time, my daughter Malka lived here, too, as she attended Georgetown Law School. He always worked very hard, but somehow always found the time to ask how we were doing, and then something we said would lead to a story that always highlighted the good in people he had met over the years. It was an inspiration to listen to him and to learn from him. May his memory continue to bless the living, as his life blessed the world.
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff May 17 2022 5:36 PM
My deepest sympathy to all of the family and the many friends of Charles. He told me that at home he is called Alex. I always enjoyed our ritual greeting which went exactly like this: I would say, “Good morning, Mr. Woodson!” And he would respond,“ “You may call me Charles.”
I truly loved this man. I loved his stories. I loved his laugh. I loved the way he shook my hand (regularly.)
This is sad for us but we can all remember, with great joy,” some special time we shared with Charles, and how generous he was. I think of when he made a point to introduce me to Dave Thompson (his mentor), of when we would go across the bridge to eat at the lunch counter at Peoples Drug Store, and when he gave my newborn daughter a gift (pajamas.) I remember the delight of catching him in his office when there was time to chat. I remember how dedicated he was to “The Girlfriend,” and how he cared for her through her illness. My special condolences to Michael, whom Charles mentored and loved like a brother.
The best storyteller I have ever known, his parents and his brother and all the characters of his childhood - I knew these people through Charles’ stories, and I know they are all together again now.
Matt Cauley May 17 2022 1:07 AM
Charles Alexander Woodson was a true gentleman. Always ready, willing and able to help everyone in all circumstances.
He worked at the Woodley Park Towers for just over 60 years.
We all have a special place in our hearts for him. I knew him when we first moved into the Woodley Park Towers 43 years ago!
“Mr” Charles was honored and respected by all!
And loved, he was loved and admired!
When I complimented him on the beautiful color of his skin a few years ago, he told me his auntie has always told him: what a waste of beautiful skin for a boy!
His skin did glow with a reddish aura.
He was exceptional in every way!!!
There is no doubt whatsoever that Charles is in Heaven and being celebrated today for his birthday!
You will be remembered and missed, dear Charles!
Isabel Taylor May 16 2022 3:42 PM
Patience, focused and attention to detail describe how I will remember Charles. I assisted him years ago one cold dark winter even while he was working on momma Ann's well. Privately I wanted to quit. I couldn't believe how patient, focused and attention to detail he was; especially in that cold weather. That experience continues to have positive impact on my life. Thank you Trustee and brother Charles. Rest in peace.
James Allen May 16 2022 3:25 PM
Thanks for his long service to Woodley Park Towers
Alan Weinstein (and Barbara Sirota) Unit 3 May 16 2022 3:19 PM
Well done Charles - thy good and faithful servant!! Your work down here is done…. I shall truly miss listening to you sing.
Sadesta Jacques May 16 2022 4:11 AM