Virginia Mitchell Woodall

b. 20 October 1922, d. 8 October 1969

Virginia Mitchell Woodall, 1922-1969
  • Virginia Mitchell Woodall was born on 20 October 1922 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • Gillette Murrell Woodall and Anne Eugenia Langham appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at 2515 Binz Street. Other members of the household included Virginia Mitchell Woodall. Also in the household was one female lodger.
  • The following appeared on 3 February 1938 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Miss Virginia Woodall left Sunday for San Antonio where she will enter Our Lady of the Lake College. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Woodall left Tuesday for their former home in Houston to reside.
  • The following appeared on 21 September 1939 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Woodall had as their week-end guests her sister, Miss Emily Langham and Miss Julia Jackrout, of Houston, and Mrs. Frank Womack of San Antonio. Mrs. Woodall and her guests spent the day with Mrs. P. J. Domingues at her camp hear Hunt Saturday. Miss Virginia Woodall accompanied her aunt to Houston Sunday, where she will enter school on Tuesday.
  • The following appeared on 21 September 1939 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Woodall had as their week-end guests her sister, Miss Emily Langham and Miss Julia Jackrout, of Houston, and Mrs. Frank Womack of San Antonio. Mrs. Woodall and her guests spent the day with Mrs. P. J. Domingues at her camp near Hunt Saturday. Miss Virginia Woodall accompanied her aunt to Houston Sunday, where she will enter school on Tuesday.
  • Jefferson Davis Langham appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at 802 West Alabama. Other members of the household included Virginia Mitchell Woodall, Anne Eugenia Langham and Emily M. Langham. In 1935 Annie and daughter Virginia Woodall were living in Kerrville, and Emily was in Houston. Also in the household was Emily's partner Julia Routt.
  • The following appeared on 25 July 1940 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Lovely Virginia Woodall, almost a young lady, and now that she is out of high school in Houston and is getting ready to enter Sullins' in Virginia this winter. It is difficult to understand what one year can do to a girl, and the tall and willowy young lady, with her red curls arranged in a most becoming fashion, and her soft and gently modulated voice . . . How brief a time it seems since she came here to spend the year at Hunt, wore overalls, and boots, and life held no greater treat for her than to ride her pony from daylight until dark.
  • The following appeared on 7 May 1942 in The Kerrville Times: Friends in Kerrville will be interested in the following announcement of the marriage of Miss Virginia Woodall, a former resident of Kerrville, which appeared in Sunday's Houston Chronicle:
         "Mrs. Annie Gene Woodall announces the marriage of her daughter, Virginia Mitchell, to Aviation Cadet John W. McKewen of Jackson, Miss. The wedding took place Saturday at Pine Bluff, Ark., where the groom is in military training. The bride is the daughter of the late Gillette M. Woodall."
         Mrs. Woodall and daughter and the later Mr. Woodall made their home in Kerrville for several years before returning to Houston to live.
  • The following appeared on 7 May 1942 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Virginia Woodall, who was to have been married to a soldier in Little Rock, got stage fright at the last minute and came back to Houston with her mother, postponing the wedding until after the war.
  • She married Donald Thomas Hughes, son of Thomas J. Hughes and Loretta E. Cache, on 31 July 1943 in California.
  • The following appeared on 12 August 1943 in The Kerrville Times: Of interest to Kerrville friends will be the announcement of Miss Virginia Woodall's marriage to Donald Thomas Hughes of New York City and Hollywood, Calif. The wedding was an event of Saturday, July 31, in Hollywood.
         Mrs. Hughes is the daughter of Mrs. G. M. Woodall of Houston and formerly of Kerrville.
         She is employed at the Geller Work Shop in Hollywood and is at present rehearsing for two pictures, "Death Takes a Holiday," and "Ladies in Retirement." Mrs. Hughes has been offered several small picture contracts.
         Mr. Hughes has been associated with the stage and picture business most of his life. He is now sound man for C. B. S. in Hollywood.
         Mrs. Woodall, mother of the bride, is returning to her home in Houston this week.
  • The following appeared on 12 August 1943 in The Kerville Mountain Sun: Mrs. Gillette M. Woodall of Houston has announced the marriage of her daughter, Miss Virginia, to Donald Thomas Hughes of Hollywood, Cal., the wedding having been an event of August 1 [sic].
         Mrs. Woodall has been spending a great deal of time in California with her daughter, who was connected with the Geller Work Shop, and who is rehearsing parts for "Death Takes a Holiday" and "Ladies in Retirement."
         Mrs. Hughes lived in Kerrville and at Hunt as a child, and later returned to Houston with her mother. She attended school in Virginia, and for the last few years has been attending a school for the stage and screen in Hollywood. Mr. Hughes is from New York, and has long been associated with the screen and stage, and is at present sound man for the Columbia Broadcasting Stations. He expects to purchase a ranch and raise race horses, according to a letter from Mrs. Woodall to Kerville friends.
  • The following appeared on 12 October 1944 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Mr. and Mrs. Don Hughes of Houston have announced the birth of a daughter, Emily Ellen. The young lady is the daughter of Mrs. Gillette M. Woodall, the mother having been Virginia Woodall.
  • She married Ward Romayne Hickok on 6 August 1965 in Harris County, Texas, with Albert L. Lee, JP, officiating.
  • At the time of her death Virginia Mitchell Woodall was living in Shepherd, San Jacinto County, Texas.
  • Virginia Mitchell Woodall died on 8 October 1969 at age 46 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at St. Luke's Hospital.
  • She was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 23 October 1969 in the San Jacinto News-Times: Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Woodall, age 46 were held Friday afternoon October -- 1969 from Steegast-Koph Funeral Home in Houston. Interment was in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston.
         She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Emily Ellen Castleman, one grandson, Wayne Wood Castleman of Houston, one aunt, Miss Emily Langham of Shepherd, one uncle, Mr. Wood Langham of Rice, Texas.
         Pallbearers J. M. Castleman, R. F. Castleman, W. H. --tts, Lee Scarpinato, James ---ch and George Green.
         Mrs. Woodall was well known in Shepherd and Urbana community having visited here through the years. She has many friends in this area.
  • Last Edited: 8 Feb 2015

Family 1: Donald Thomas Hughes b. circa 1912

Family 2: Ward Romayne Hickok b. 25 December 1901, d. 11 January 1973