Dr. John Burleson Woodall

January 2, 1941October 2, 2019

John Burleson Woodall M.D., 78, of Montgomery, AL, passed away on October 2, 2019. He was born in Kerrville, Texas and adopted by Dr. John Burleson Woodall and Hannah Hiese Woodall. He was a graduate of Port Arthur High School, Port Arthur, TX and a 1964 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 1968 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, Texas. Upon graduation he was sworn in as a Captain and reported to Fort Sam Houston Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas and served in the United States Army for twenty three years, retiring as a Colonel. In 1991 he joined Alabama Neonatal Medicine in Montgomery, working until his retirement in 2011.

Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Ella Woodall; son John Mark Woodall of State Road, NC; daughter Lori Ann Skowronski and her husband Michael Skowronski, of Montgomery, AL; grandchildren, David James Voorhees (Roxanne Hill), Timothy John Voorhees (Tayler Lawson), of Montgomery, AL; Megan Nicole Skowronski and David Michael Skowronski, of Florida. Great-grandchildren, Hunter Stewart Payne Dailey, Pierson James Voorhees, Hayes Xavier Voorhees, Kaydence Amelia Voorhees, Lila MacKenzie Voorhees and Nora Jean Voorhees. His siblings, Joan McClelland and her husband Malcolm, of Tyler, Texas; Barbara Bush Behrens, of Winters, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and sibling Alice Jean Goodell.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 5 Bell Road, Montgomery, AL 36117. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or the Good Samaritans Fund at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5 Bell Rd., Montgomery, AL 36117.


  • The Wounded Warrior Project or the Good Samaritans Fund at Grace Presbyterian Church


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Dr. John Burleson Woodall

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Angela Locklar

October 9, 2019

Dr. Woodall was an excellent physician and teacher. I was blessed to work with him as a nurse and nurse practitioner. I will always remember him leaning back in his chair with his arms crossed answering questions from staff and family. You learned quickly that his answer would be very detailed and you would be there for a while. His goal was always to help staff and families understand the disease process snd treatment. 😉 It was a great honor and joy to work with him. Prayers for his family and Mrs. Mary.

Dr Michelle Schutt Cummings

October 8, 2019

I had the honor of working with Dr. Woodall as a new graduate nurse in the NICU at Baptist South. Dr. Woodall was such a caring and brilliant physician. He was always willing to teach and was so encouraging. My prayers are with his family and colleagues during this difficult time. May they find peace in knowing the impact of Dr. Woodall’s life on so many others.

Janice Allen

October 7, 2019

My heart is saddened to hear of Docs passing. He will always have a special place in my heart because he was special in a lot of ways. A gentle soul who loved his family dearly. Will never forget the summer we visited. Love to Ma Doc and Lori and family.
May God Bless you All

Susan Buzbee

October 5, 2019

So many cherished memories of Dr. Woodall from newborn Nursery to NICU. He was a wonderful teacher explaining things in a way that most anyone could understand. Excellent doctor believing every baby had a chance at life and they couldn't be spoiled with enough love. If a baby peed, pooped and gained weight, mom and dad could rest assured their baby was going to do well! Loved Mrs. Mary and his children, always talking about his dive trips with his son and family holidays. May God continue to bless his family with fond memories of him, ease the pain of his passing and help them remember what a wonderful man he was!

Rosa White

October 5, 2019

I worked with Dr. Woodall as an RN in the NICU at Baptist South. He loved strong coffee and he said I made the best. We shared that bond every time we worked together.