OBITUARY

Graham David Woody

June 25, 1986April 5, 2013

Houston in 1989. He graduated from the Engineering Academy at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, in 2003.

After acceptance to Texas A&M University, Graham joined the Corp of Cadets, where he became an N-1 Knight. He graduated with a Degree from the A&M School of Engineering in 2010. Although able to enlist as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation, his moral character told him to start at the bottom and work his way up. After completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012, he was stationed at Ft. Bliss Texas. Graham was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the NCO Professional Development Medal, an Overseas Service Ribbon, and a Combat Infantry Badge.

Graham died way too young, but doing what he loved. He loved his country and was very proud of his April 1, 2013 promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

In a recent facebook posting Graham said, “I realize I have experienced more things and accomplished more things than most ever will be able to accomplish or experience in their entire life….I love all my friends. (I am) a Texas Aggie and Texan till I die and living for something greater than myself in the United States Army.”

This is what Graham was all about. He had numerous friends he loved dearly and in return had so people who loved him deeply in return.

Graham is survived by his mother, Maddi Woody; father, Tony Woody; brothers Erik and Jason; sister, Heather; his “Mema”, Barbara Grisar; grandfather, (like his father) Dan McLaughlin; uncle, David Feldstein; and close friends, (who were his 2nd parents) Mark and Michelle Horowitz.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:30 AM, Friday, April 12, 2013, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation’s in Graham’s name be made to Help Our Military Hero’s “HOMH” @http://www.helpourmilitaryheroes.org/

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, April 12, 2013
REMEMBERING

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Henryk Zaleski

April 24, 2013

Rest in peace Graham

michele wilhite

April 16, 2013

Graham served his country well.We can never thank him or his family enough for his service. Many prayers following you in the days ahead.I came to know of Graham through Maddi as our sons' served together in Afghanistan.Our family mourns with you.

April 13, 2013

My condolences to the family of Graham Woody. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also there will be a end to all causes of death and sorrows.

Sharon Kitchen

April 12, 2013

To an American Hero. My son too is a Veteran all too recently and my heart is heavy for your family. My son was friends with Erick and my daughter had Maddi Woody as a teacher. A beautiful family and wonderful YOUNG MAN AND SOLDIER. God Bless your family, Sharon Kitchen

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

April 12, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign ofrecognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to SGT Graham Woody our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Graham. And to Graham it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during Operations Enduring Freedom while deployed with the U.S. Army. Graham, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Graham's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Terry

April 12, 2013

No words do justice to your loss. Just know that there are many thinking of you as you go through this dark time.

Gould Family

April 12, 2013

There are no words, just tears. We are so proud of all you did in such a short life. May your family be comforted at this time. You will be greatly missed. We love you.

Don Armstrong

April 12, 2013

Graham was a wonderful son that we are all so proud of. Have peace knowing that he died doing what he loved, serving his country in the United States Army.

Tim Bosser

April 12, 2013

Sad to see you go Woody. You were a heck of a character and if I ever knew anyone who was Ready to Fight, it was definitely you. Rest in peace.

John M. Kayes

April 12, 2013

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Your son is an American Hero an it is an honor to attend his service at HNC.