Ernest Franklin Woodson Sr., 83, born March 28, 1928, died Jan. 14, 2012 at Jackson Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Jackson, Mr. Woodson was a graduate of Jackson High School and Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at API in 1950 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Mr. Woodson was a longtime member of the Jackson Civitan Club, Jackson Golf Association where he served as its first president and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. He was selected as "Man of the Year" by the Civitan Club in 1966. His other memberships included the American Legion and Veteran of Foreign Wars.
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. An active member of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson, he was a former Sunday school teacher and former chairman of the Board of Stewards. He served for many years on the board of First United Security Bank.
Mr. Woodson worked several years as a pharmacist and later was a partner at Woodson Furniture Company, serving in that capacity until his retirement.
Devoted to his family, friends, community and country, he leaves behind many loving and faithful friends who were a tremendous source of comfort and support to him and his family during his battle with Inclusion Body Myositis, an inflammatory muscle disease. According to his family, the disease may have finally claimed his body, but it never claimed his spirit and wonderful smile, and it never touched his heart and soul. He lived his life with honor, dignity, patriotism, courage, humor, compassion and enthusiasm. He died the same way he lived with meaning and purpose.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jane Swanson Woodson of Jackson; daughter, Leisa W. Stewart of Spanish Fort; two sons, E. Frank (Marti) Woodson Jr. of Montgomery and Kevin S. (Kristi) Woodson of Jackson; brother, Wendell (Nancy) Woodson of Jackson; two sisters, Geraldine Woodson of Hoover and Mina W. (Bob) Berger of Lexington, Ky.; sister-in-law, Helen S. Robinson of Tuscaloosa; and seven grandchildren, Stacey Stewart, Walker Woodson, Win Woodson, Reid Woodson, Shaw Woodson, Parker Woodson and Mara Woodson.
Mr. Woodson was preceded in death by one daughter, Harriett Elwyn Woodson and mother and father, Elwyn and George Ernest Woodson.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 20, 2 until 3 p.m. at which time a Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson with the Rev. Jim DuFriend officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Elevator Fund at the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 385, Jackson, AL 36545. An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.