On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $13,501.39 towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.
The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established six years ago by his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola College’s petroleum technology program. Scholarship funds are raised through an annual raffle and the Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held each year on Toledo Bend in May.
Charlie Woods graduated from Carthage High School in 1972. He attended Panola College before entering a Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University. Following graduation Charlie worked most of his life in the oilfield.
Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock. Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock Bass.
Photo: (L to R) Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford with a check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation.