Charles G. "Woody" Woodring

WOODRING, Charles G. "Woody", 74 of Tampa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 23, 2014 with family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Pat; daughters Amy Bollinger (Justin); Joy Lynn Hughes and Vikki Friley; grandchildren Emerson Shepherd Bollinger, Richard James and Chelsea Joy Friley; brother-in-law Donald Anderson (Donna Kay). He was born and raised in Marshall, TX. Woody began his military service in the Army as a young enlisted soldier. Highlights of his outstanding military career included: Combat in Vietnam with the historic Army's 4thInfantry Division, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer III, and serving on the Joint Intelligence Staff at US Army Central Command under General Robert Kingston. During this time, he graduated from St. Leo College with a B.A. in Criminology. Chief Woodring was selected by the Army to attend and graduated from the National FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. His final assignment was Chief Counterintelligence Officer, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea. He was proud of the many improvements accomplished while at Camp Casey, since they made such a positive impact on the lives of those under his command. After 20 years of devoted service, he retired from the Army in 1986. His military awards include the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Meritorious Service Medal and four Bronze Stars. Even after retiring from the military, his work was not done. He became a Special Investigator for the State of Florida, then General Manager and Recorder at Egypt Temple. Woody was a member of the Hillsborough Masonic Lodge #25, Valley of Tampa Scottish Rite and Egypt Shriners. As a Shriner he was a member of the Railroad Unit and enjoyed being in the annual Gasparilla parade. Woody was a tremendous man; dedicated, loyal and loving to those who had the privilege of knowing him. He enjoyed dancing, bike rides, home improvement projects and traveling with Pat. Woody enjoyed cooking for his family - known for his famous chili, steaks and mystery ingredients. He had a menagerie of companions including dogs, birds and the many stray cats they adopted. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Mark Smith who was not only Woody's physician, but also a wonderful friend, as well as ARNP Janet Johnson and Dr. Matar. Thank you for giving us the gift of precious time with Woody. Dr. Chandler's group, Drs. Bonilla and Bireddy and the physicians at TGH, we thank you for your tireless efforts. Words cannot express our family's appreciation to the dedicated nurses and staff at Tampa General whose devotion to caring for Woody was unending. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. His family was very fortunate to be a part of this incredible man's life. We will continue to love and miss you every day. A memorial service will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa on Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 am.

Funeral Home

Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Macdill Chapel
605 South MacDill Avenue Tampa, FL 33609
813-876-2421

Published in TBO.com on Feb. 26, 2014