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Donald Scott Woods

March 12. 1934 – February 10, 2021

Donald Scott Woods passed away peacefully at his home on February 10, 2021.

Born March 12, 1934 in Bluefield, West Virginia, Don grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. There, he formed friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime, especially his fellow William Fleming Sports Hall of Famers, Al McClearn, Don Divers and Corbin Bailey.

Don received a football scholarship from Virginia Tech. He transferred to Austin Peay University, where he played football and broke three school records in track. After graduating in 1957, he enlisted in the Navy Flight Program at Pensacola, Florida. For two years, he was the starting end on the famed Pensacola Navy Goshawks football team.

After leaving the Navy, Don attended the University of Tennessee and earned a master’s degree. While coaching track at North Carolina State University, he won a competitive national fellowship to the University of Michigan, where he was awarded his third college degree, magna cum laude.

Don started his long teaching and coaching career in 1961 at Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He later taught at Rocky Mount Academy in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, then at Staunton River and Jefferson Forest High Schools in Bedford County, Virginia. He returned to North Carolina to teach eight more years before retiring in 1996.

Don’s many interests and talents included sports, painting, sports, woodwork, sports, classical music, and sports. He was also well known for his unforgettable way of telling a story, sports, golf (five hole-in-ones) and, finally, sports. He had many friends — and he wanted to list them all here as a final thank you and goodbye, but the newspaper does not have enough space.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Van Wagoner. He leaves behind his son Jack Mann and wife, Lisa; his daughters Holly Woods Layne, Laura Carrington, Leslie Ann Hicks and her husband, Kirk; his grandchildren, Jake Stinnett and Jason, Jessica, Isaac and Sarah Mann; his college roommate Bill “Roomy” Alexander of Georgia; and his Bedford coffee buddies.

The family is most thankful for his caretaker, Tracey Goodman, who provided Don much happiness in his last days.

A memorial honoring his life will be held this spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his favorite charity, The Salvation Army of Roanoke.

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Posted by:
Lea Cutler

Posted on:
March 24, 2021

My condolences to Jack, Holly, Laura and Leslie. We first met your Dad while he was at Needham Broughton HS, then continued a friendship that lasted for many years. He was a talented man and a great coach and friend. It saddens my heart that he is gone but in a better place. May all the family find peace and comfort as well as all the Blessings that our Triune God gives to the grieving. I would so appreciate an address from one of children so that I can speak to him or her. Thank You. You will be on my heart and in my prayers for weeks to come.

Posted by:
Elizabeth Hawkins Turlington

Posted on:
February 18, 2021

I was at Broughton when he was a coach and teacher graduating in 1964. Loved his personality to all making our years at Broughton the best. He touched our lives for the better. His sister in law Sherry was in our class. We know where he is now!!!

Posted by:
Polly Noell Litton

Posted on:
February 17, 2021

Coach Woods taught me 11th grade biology at Broughton High School in Raleigh NC. I remember I enjoyed his class very much. So sorry for his loss! Deepest sympathy to his family. Polly

Posted by:
Nan Hunter Rogers

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Woods. He was my 10th grade Biology teacher at Broughton High in Raleigh, NC. What a great teacher he was. Peace and comfort for the family.

Posted by:
Nan Hunter Rogers

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Woods. He was my 10th grade Biology teacher at Broughton High in Raleigh, NC. What a great teacher he was. Peace and comfort for the family.

Posted by:
Roberta Franklin

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

Laura, Sorry to hear about your father. Please take care! Thinking about you and your family.

Posted by:
Sandy Wheeler

Posted on:
February 13, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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Sandy Wheeler

Posted on:
February 13, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by:
Sandy Wheeler

Posted on:
February 13, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

 

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