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Mr. Michael "Mike" Woodson, Sr. Obituary


Memories & Candles

“just remember when i was a kid how he and my grandmother helen always seem to be having a great time!!!!! always kind of spoiled me!!!! ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: ronald willis - washington, DC

“I know that Michael will live on in his family and in his many friends, whose lives he changed and made better. I heard his words all through the...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Becky Squires - Alexandria, VA

“We shared many mornings together and a lifetime of learning. An untentional teacher, Michael touched me with his humility, frankness, and acceptance...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Jan Macidull - Alexandria, VA

“Michael's kindness and caring for others lives on. He was a good listener with an open heart who made all feel welcomed and valued. His words and...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Teresa - Alexandria, VA - Friend

“Michael was such a kind person, and helped me and others more than he knew. His honesty, peaceful demeanor, and positive message will remain in our...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Ben Jones - Alexandria, VA

“We were saddened to hear of Michael's passing. His name was mentioned a lot at our reunion dinner last week. He was the sweetest, most gentle man. ...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Margaret Keys Semple - DE

“Michael loved his family, his friends and his sober life. He showed his gratitude with service to others. He was able to get the "message of hope"...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Chris Patton - Alexandria, VA

“My condolences to the family. My prayers are with U. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mae Mae

“Thank God for God and for Michael also. I believed Michael was an angel on earth. And now his angel wings know no bounds. God bless and keep you --...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Susan - Alexandria, VA - Friend

“We will miss you Mike. From: Aunt Babe and Family ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Aunt Babe - Silver Spring , MD

“What a shock to learn of your passing in the paper. I have known you since I was a teen, me from Lincoln Heights (DC) and you from the BIG HOUSE,...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon (Swann) Seignious - MD

“I saw Michael many Saturdays over the past 15 years. He was such a quietly welcoming & thoughtful guy it was always a pleasure to see him. His...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Richard Muth - Alexandria, VA

“I grew up with Mike, along with my brother Butch, Friends Raymond Boose, Carl and Barrington Jones, George McCann and bunch of other kids in North...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Francis Robinson {Bitt} - MD

“I am grateful to have had Michael for a friend. He often said "Thank God for God". Now, I say "Thank God for Michael." I will miss him and he will...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Greg Carter - Alexandria, VA

“You are gone but will never be forgotten. Your dedication of service to others remains unmatched and I will continue to grow as you had grown. ...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: George D - Alexandria, VA


On March 2, 1945 Michael H. Woodson blessed the union of the late Harold and Josephine Woodson at Freeman's hospital in Washington DC. He was the youngest of three (Helen and Ronald). His mother Josephine succumb to pneumonia when Michael was only 4 years old. Soon after his father married Dorothy. Michael then gained a step-sister(Lavern) and a half-sister(Cynthia) soon followed. This made him "glad and proud to have a little sister".
Micheal had dreams of being an entrepreneur at a young age. He began selling newspapers, cutting grass, washing cars...anything to make his own money. Even washing dishes in his grandfather's restaurant. After graduating Fairmount Heights High School, he attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mike found employement ot the Naval Ordinance Station followed by DC Public Schools before inevitably becoming a press operator in the private industry. He adored the creativy and independence this position possessed. Michael handled numerous press from 1976 until about 2007.
Heritage was an important factor in the Woodson family. Being a decendant of Howard D. Woodson, president of the Far Northeast Boundary Civic Association, made a difference in Michael's life. He was eager to learn more about his background and be very family oriented. Through his cousin Byron's findings, Mike was informed that he was also a decendant of the third president Thomas Jefferson.
Mike was an easy going guy. He enjoyed chess and loved jazz music. He won a couple of table tennis tournaments, as a teenager, thanks to his father buying one for him and his brother Ronnie. He loved to cook and always added his "special touch" to any and every meal. Micheal would go out of his way to help a loved one or a friend in need. His heart and hand was always open. He loved his family and friends and he touched the lives with whom he came in contact with. Michael's caring personality and spirit will live on forever.
He was preceded in death by his mother Josephine Willams Woodson, father Harold Merriman Woodson, sister Helen, brother Ronald, and step-mother Dorothy. His cherished memories are left with his son Mike Jr., daughter Debra, companion of many years Sharon, step-daughters Lashaun and Crystal, sister Cynthia, step-sister Lavern, grandchildren Andrew and Aiyana, aunt Frances, nieces Latonia and Crystal, nephew Marco, his very good friend/sponsor Chris, extended relatives, and a host of friends.

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