Viola E. Woodson, 68

Phone company worker

January 20, 2008

Viola E. Woodson, a retired telecommunications supervisor and instructor who was an active member of Sharon Baptist Church, died Sunday of heart and lung failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 68.

Viola E. Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Winans. She was a 1956 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and Cortez Peters Business School.

For more than 30 years, Mrs. Woodson worked for American Telephone & Telegraph and Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where she provided employee training for clients such as the state of Maryland, Baltimore City Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, The Sun, and other major industries that had installed Bell Systems Communications equipment.

After she retired from AT&T in 1989, Lucent Technologies hired Mrs. Woodson, who traveled nationwide to train users of new telecommunications equipment developed by Bell Laboratories.

Mrs. Woodson was a member of Sharon Baptist for many years, where she was a deaconess and later deacon. She was also a youth adviser, chaired the board of Christian education and taught in the Saturday Church School.

She had been president for 25 years of the Ethel S. Quarles Church Life Circle, co-chaired the church's annual revival for 12 years, and chaired Sharon's Commemorative Journal, which chronicled the history of the church founded in 1900.

Services will be held at 5 p.m. today at her church, 1373 N. Stricker St.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Walter A. Woodson, a retired postal supervisor; a son, Derrick T. Woodson of Gwynn Oak; a brother, Harry S. Brown Jr. of Gwynn Oak; a sister, Ruth Naomi Serrill of Westport; and two grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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