Sheriff J. C. Woodham

Sheriff J. C. Woodham

Geneva County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 1957

J. C. Woodham

Sheriff J.C. Woodham succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier when he stopped two suspects who had stolen narcotics from a local hospital.

The two suspects were arrested in Pensacola, Florida, the day after the shooting. In November 1957 both suspects were convicted of first degree murder. One was sentenced to life in prison and the other was sentenced to death. The death sentence was later commuted to life. Both men died in prison.

Sheriff Woodham was survived by his two teenage children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 5, 1957
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Sheriff Woodham was the father of my dads best friend. I proudly serve with the same Dept Sheriff Woodham headed up. Go in peace, Sheriff Woodham. Tell John we miss him so.

Reserve Deputy Paul Dowling
Geneva County Sheriff’s Office

February 13, 2018

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