Del. S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, was among those surprised by Woodrum's death.
"We were at opposite ends a lot of times on issues, but just a great guy. I am saddened to hear the news,'' Jones said.
Few still in today's General Assembly were closer to Woodrum than Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, who also served for a dozen years in the House with him representing a nearby district.
"Devastating. Just devastating,'' Deeds said. "Chip was the best we could offer. He was our institutional memory. He had an honest wit and the fastest analysis -- always cut to the chase.''
"When times were really tense, Chip would always remind us of the better nature of ourselves,'' Deeds said.
Funeral and memorial arrangements were pending Wednesday.