Col Harry S. Woodson III, USAF, Ret., passed away peacefully on October 10, 2017, at his home in Edisto Beach, SC.

A 1976 graduate of The Citadel he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, and served on Active duty at Shaw AFB, SC as an Intelligence Officer in the 9th Tactical Intelligence Squadron, and earning an MBA from Golden State University. After separation from Active duty he worked for the Michelin Tire Company, Greenville, SC as a first line supervisor. Later he worked for Colonial Life Insurance Company, in their training department, where he became an advocate of Quality Management. A Citizen Airman, Woodson returned to military service as an Intelligence Officer for the 707th Military Airlift Squadron, 315th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC where he was activated for Operation Desert Storm. During the Quality Air Force movement he became the Quality Officer for the 315th. A highlight of this period was when he addressed the entire Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, extolling Steven R, Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He retired as the Support Group Commander, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, in 2010, concluding 34 years of commissioned military service.

Colonel Woodson was born February 16, 1954 in Chester, SC. He is predeceased by his parents of Knoxville, TN, Harry S. Woodson Jr. and Martha Cox Woodson.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Lee Woodson of Edisto Beach, SC. He is also survived by his daughter, Melinda Woodson Hunt (Brian) and grandson Julian Alexander (Xan) of Blythewood, SC. He is also survived by his two stepdaughters, Clover Grooms Wright (Dan) of Summerville, SC and grandchildren Stazia and Austin; Heather Grooms Shirey (Jonathan) of Augusta, GA and grandchildren Christofer, Jennifer, Timothy, Emma and Logan. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Woodson Caldwell (Tac) of Signal Mountain, TN and Benjamin Cox Woodson of Knoxville, TN.

A private gathering to celebrate the life of Colonel Woodson (Woody) will be held in Edisto Beach, SC on November 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association of SC in tribute to him or make a tribute by going to

Arrangements by Parks Funeral Home, 130 W. 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.

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Posted on: 2017-10-16

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