Morgan Duke Woodward

September 27, 1937March 4, 2012

MORGAN DUKE WOODWARD, age 74, of Sugar Land, Texas, joined his Lord and Savior Sunday, March 4, 2012. He was born September 27th, 1937 in Dallas, Texas, to Joseph Bailey Woodward and Edna Louise Cornelius. Duke attended high school at Baylor Prep School in Chattanooga, TN, where he played football and became an All-American player and joined the U.S. Marine Officer Corp. Duke met his loving wife Dorothy, of 51 years, whom he now joins in Heaven. Duke was the consummate father, husband, grandfather, Mason and friend who seemed to always make a difference. He only offered advice when asked and should one request – one must be ready and able to receive Duke’s infinite wisdom. His charity and political work is well known through out the local community and he was a member of First United Methodist Church, Missouri City. Duke was a raised in Holland Lodge #1 in 1951. Since then Duke has been a living of what Masonry embodies. As such, he has served as Worshipful Master of Sugar Land Lodge 1141, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Arabia Temple, Royal Arch Mason Select Master Richmond Chapter #467, Richmond Council 383, Affiliated with Washington Chapter #2 Houston Chapter#1, Ruthen Commandry #2, Puissant Sovereign Red Cross of Constantine San Jacinto Conclave, member Fort Bend Shrine and Scottish Rite Clubs. Duke attended Auburn University and The University of Houston where he graduated with a BBA in 1959. Following college graduation Duke completed LOMA Courses I & II, Real Estate Appraisal and Advanced Real Estate Appraisal, courses I & II of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. Additionally, Duke’s personal & professional past memberships include: Houston Association of Realtors, Texas Real Estate Brokers, Houston Apartment Association, Houston Realty Breakfast Club, The Houston Club, Sugar Creek Country Club, U of H Alumni Assoc. Houston Consistory, Arabia Temple, Sugar Land Lodge #1141, P.M., Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Sugar Creek Home Owners Association, Director and President. Duke started his professional career of 56 years as an officer at South Coast Life Insurance Co. as Vice President. Following this he served as President of Wayne Duddlesten, Inc before becoming an independent consultant and real estate broker. Additionally, Duke was a Director for 22 years with American Bank, TX.

Duke is survived by his son, Morgan Duke Woodward, Jr. and his wife Andrea of Katy, TX; daughter, Ann Lancaster and her husband Jim of Sugar Land, TX; grandchildren, Morgan Duke Woodward, III, Preston Bailey Woodward, Lauren Luce Walters and her husband Chad who are currently expecting their first child, and Emily Morgan Lancaster; sisters, Edna-Jo Davis, and Betty Ann Hagen and her husband Chuck; sister-in-law, Lynn Woodward; and Mr. Cooper his loyal companion.

Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, with Dr. Lynne Settlemyre, officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Preston B. Woodward, Morgan D. Woodward III, Chad Walters, Michael Minix, Darrell Reese, Hugo MonDragon, Steve Hall, and Jim Glanville

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge 1141 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1133, Sugar Land, TX 77478.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Morgan Duke Woodward

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March 9, 2012

Dear Ann and Duke,
We were so saddened to learn about the loss of your Dad. Your parents were so much a part of our lives during the early days in Sugar Creek, and we treasure those memories of good times. Please know that we care and send our love and sympathy.

Always, Carla and Raymond Oshman

March 7, 2012

Ann, Duke, and Family,
I was so sad to hear of Uncle Duke's passing, howeve, I am comforted to know he is with his beloved Dorothy. You will all be in my prayers and I am thankful for all the wonderful childhood memories. I love you all.

Sue Davis Plauche'

March 6, 2012

While I was only blessed with knowing you for a short time, your presence filled the room and brought smiles. I thank the Lord for the short time given me.
G.W. Bud Walters

March 6, 2012

A father was never more loved...and respected. Rest in peace DUKE.

Steven Bowen (fellow Marine)

March 6, 2012

Brethren of the Mystic Order,
Bound together by a tie,
Old, and sacred, and enduring,
Come and see a Craftsman die.

Breathe no formal sigh of sorrow,
O'er the ashes of the dead!
Only plant the priceless symbol,
Freshly blooming at his head.

When death's gavel-blow shall call us
Off from Labor unto Rest;
May each Brother find refreshment
In the mansions of the Blest.