Friends and Colleagues Remember Former Gadsden Sheriff Fondly

For more than half his life, W. A. Woodham shared that jovial disposition with his co-workers, who later became close friends.

Those who knew Woodham say Gadsden County has lost an icon in the community.

Ed Spooner, a close friend and former undersheriff, says, "He was just a kind of generous. He loved his community. I don't think it matters what your station in life was, he treated everyone the same. He really had a lot of concern for people in the community. He was really good at serving the public."

Friday, the flag at the Sheriff's Office, which is named in his honor, flies at half staff as a tribute to this public servant. Friends say W. A. Woodham's name that is etched on a sign will now forever be etched in their memories.

Jim Devane, a childhood friend, says, "I miss his candor. He had a dry sense of humor. He was always pulling something on us. You never know when he came in what he was going to say to you, and also you look around and there he'd be."

Cecil Morris adds, "Just being around, having him around. That guidance you need from time to time. Sometime you don't want to hear it, but he'd [go] off and that's what I'd miss the most."

But what Woodham brought most to the community is sense of unity.

Morris Young, current sheriff and former employee, says, "He was the type sheriff that was approachable. He did a lot for the black community as well as the white community, so I thought that's why he served so long."

Woodham was 63 years old. Funeral arrangements have been made to honor him. Visitation will be Sunday at the W. A. Woodham Justice Center, which is the Sheriff's Office. Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy.