Al "Coach" Woodum

December 21, 1949March 18, 2021
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Al Woodum (Coach) passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 after a long battle against cancer. He was born on December 21, 1949 in Sulphur, Louisiana to the late AJ and Polly Woodum. Al lived in various Texas cities before settling in the North Houston area and marrying his late wife of 42 years, Cheryl Woodum.

He earned a BS degree in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University and spent 38 years of his career teaching and coaching in Conroe ISD. His sports included football, basketball, track and tennis. Al found fulfillment in his career and deeply enjoyed positively influencing the lives of his students. Coach felt blessed to have developed so many friendships and bonds with his colleagues over the course of his career.

In retirement Al enjoyed various activities with his wife, Patricia Woodum. This included volunteering at church to support food drives and assisting for Sunday service by driving golf carts. They were avid travelers and took multiple cruises and international trips. Al and Patricia frequently attended Astros games and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys (America’s team, according to Al).

Al loved his friends and family. He was dedicated to his role of husband, father and friend. He is survived by his wife Patricia; his sister, Sherry; children, Stasie Potts and husband Brian, Melissa Cartwright and Allen Woodum; stepchildren, Kevin Culp and wife Mariel, Keri Smith and husband Matthew and Megan Gros; Grandchildren, Trasie, Scott and William Potts, Lily, Sebastian and Finn Cartwright, Jayce and Jocelyn Culp, Marcus and Hannah Smith.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 5:00pm till 8:00pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00am at Metcalf Funeral Directors with Pastor Derrick Thompson officiating. Interment will be at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery with a reception to follow.

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  • AJ and Polly Woodum, Parents (deceased)
  • Patricia Woodum, Wife
  • Stasie Potts and husband Brian, Daughter
  • Melissa Cartwright, Daughter
  • Allen Woodum, Son
  • Kevin Culp and wife Mariel, Step-son
  • Keri Smith and husband Matthew, Step-daughter
  • Megan Gros, Step-daughter
  • Trasie, Scott and William Potts, Grandchildren
  • Lily, Sebastian and Finn Cartwright, Grandchildren
  • Jayce and Jocelyn Culp, Grandchildren
  • Marcus and Hannah Smith, Grandchildren
  • Sherry Wall, Sister
  • Cheryl Woodum, Late wife (deceased)
  • Numerous other family members and a host of friends are also left to treasure his memory.

  • Glenn Sultemeier
  • Chip Baker
  • Charles Woods
  • David Hardy
  • Jeremy Horan
  • John Cicherski


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


  • Interment

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


Al "Coach" Woodum

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Diane Hivnor

April 6, 2021

What a great friend and colleague! A man of honesty and integrity. I appreciated his mentorship of my three sons. Diane Hivnor and Family

Geoffrey Taylor

April 6, 2021

Both my brother and I and all my friends got to play for Coach at Travis Jr High. He was a fantastic coach, and was pivotal in teaching respect, discipline and getting the most out of everyone.

James Bagwell

March 27, 2021

Coach Woodum was part of my life at Travis JR High. It was Basketball and he assisted for the A-Team. Two of my Kids had him at Peet JR High. Coach only called me and the Kids by our last name. I remember his saying (word) when a play or we as a team didn’t go well, Crap!! He was a good Man and over the years seeing him always stopped to talk a bit. Take care Coach....

Jena Coker

March 27, 2021

So sorry to hear about the loss of Coach Woodum. He was a wonderful man!

Bruce Turkiewicz

March 26, 2021

Spent many early mornings and later afternoon and early evenings working with Al. We enjoyed many Friday and Saturday nights scouting for Conroe H.S. The days were long, but always enjoyable to be with Al. I will, miss being able to ask him, "IF HE COULD STILL BUST A GRAPE"😁😥

Megan Metcalf

March 25, 2021

Coach Woodum was a man we all looked up to for his encouragement in sports and for his positive attitude. His heart was always in the right place as a coach.
Please accept our condolences.
Megan & Will Metcalf

Meagan Curtis

March 25, 2021

I’m very sorry to hear this. Coach Woodum was a great teacher who really cared for his students. After being in his class, I still make sure to keep up with the current events of the week, which he made sure his students knew were important! Rest In Peace, Coach.

Jennifer Carlton

March 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. Al was always positive and cared deeply about the students throughout his career or calling. My family always enjoyed working with him. He will be greatly missed.

Christy Goodney

March 22, 2021

My deepest, most sincere condolences for your family. Coach Woodum was always cracking a joke or telling a story to make people smile and laugh. He had a smile and heart as big as Texas. He helped me out many times with students over the years. Coach was such a kind man. My love and hugs to his family, especially Bubba. Your Daddy was very, very proud of his kids & grandkids and would brag on you and keep me updated on you when I was still working at Peet. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel.

Charlotte Miller

March 21, 2021

I’ve heard the only thing you take to Heaven from this world is the love that you find. That being so, Albert you enter Heaven very wealthy. My sister Jan and I have known you since childhood. You were our cousin’s best friend. That’s when you met my twin sister, Cheryl and nourished a friendship that resulted in a marriage of over 40 years and nine more people for Jan and Jim and me to love…one nephew, two nieces, two great nieces, and four great nephews. You were completely devoted to your family and to the job you always dreamed of, coaching. You often made that long trip from Conroe to pick me up in Clear Lake City at Thanksgiving and Christmas (rain, sleet or hail) and rescued me from hurricanes. You are a pure soul, much loved, much missed, so, so missed. All those years you were truly like a brother to Jan and me. You were always supportive, understanding and kind hearted. You never said a word to hurt. Love was safe with you. You showed your love to your family and you spoke your love too, ending every phone call with “I love you.” And so, until I can tell you again in person, Albert, I love you.


My mom and dad loved going to my brothers football games together.


My dad loved going to see my brother play football. He was so proud of his son.


My dad loved to travel. It made him so happy.


His grandkids loved spending time at the pool with Grandpa.


My dad loved going to the Astros game. He just hated paying the prices for the beers.


We had so much fun seeing Paul McCartney live.


We had so many family get togethers. I will miss the Casa Ole Salsa and talking to my dad all night.


Retirement party!


Our dad was such a kind and loving man. I will miss his hugs.