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John Roger Woods, 94, Waldorf

John Roger Woods, 94, of Waldorf died Jan.15, 2013, at Prince George’s General Hospital Center, Cheverly.

Born Oct. 28, 1918, in Woodside, N.Y., he was the son of the late Bernard Woods and the late Catherine Brady Woods.

Mr. Woods was a deputy chief underwriter with the Federal Housing Authority and was a man of great integrity whose lifelong motto was “Honesty is the best policy.” He was also a man of great warmth, humor and wit with a constant twinkle in his eye. He was born during the Spanish flu epidemic and grew up in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. At 19, he became the youngest manager of a Ralston’s Grocery Store, a New York City chain. Soon after, he had the opportunity to come to Washington, D.C., to serve as messenger for Madame Frances Perkins, the first woman Cabinet member, serving Franklin Delano Roosevelt as secretary of labor. It was she who sent Mr. Woods back to New York to serve in the Department of Labor until World War II intervened. He was sent to Europe working in military administration for the Army Air Force. He was later stationed in Germany during the Korean War and was put on alert for the Cuban missile crisis. Upon return from Europe, he transferred to the Federal Housing Authority, now HUD, from which he retired as deputy chief underwriter for the New York Metropolitan Office. After retirement, he held positions at several banks as vice president of mortgages. He married Dorothy “Dot” Farmer while on leave during the same weekend as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral. The jewelry store owner had to be called to open his store so that the young couple could buy their wedding rings. He retired to Daytona Beach, Fla., with Dot, where they lived for 25 years. Most of their time was spent serving South Daytona Christian Church as elder, teacher and committee chairpersons. In 2000, he and Dot came to Maryland to live with their daughter and her family. His highest calling was as a son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Farmer Woods.

He is survived by his sons, John and his wife Betty Woods of Aquebogue, N.Y., and Stephen and his wife Dale Woods of Sarasota, Fla.; daughter, Barbara Woods-Miazza and her husband Clay Miazza of Waldorf; grandchildren, Sean and his wife Amanda Woods, Stacey Woods, Joshua Woods, Todd Woods, Benjamin and his wife Nikki Woods, Luke Woods, Sara Woods, Katelyn Woods, Chad Woods, Jonathan Miazza and Emily Miazza-Esparza and her husband Josh Esparza; and great-grandchildren, Garrett, Cora, Alyssa, Aubrey, Aniya, Jaxon and Zachary.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at South Potomac Church, White Plains. The Rev. Mike Clark will officiate. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Honorary pallbearers will be a U.S. Army honor guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Arrangements are being handled by Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata.