William O. Woodson, 89, a retired chief inspector of the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board who became executive secretary of the National United Licensees Beverage Associations Inc., died of cardiopulmonary arrest July 21 at Providence Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Woodson was born in Danville, Va., and grew up in Pittsburgh. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology and earned a law degree from the old Robert H. Terrell Law School.

He moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s and joined the D.C. government. He went to work for the ABC board in the mid-1940s. He retired in 1970 and became a consultant and the executive secretary of National United Licensees Beverage Associations Inc.

Mr. Woodson was a Mason and a member of Sigma Delta Tau, a national legal fraternity. He was a past president of the Capital View Civic Association and the Capital View Property Owners Association and was a member of Advisory Neighborhood Council 7C.

He also belonged to the D.C. State Democratic Committee, the Hundred Men's Club and the Washington Pigskin Club.

His first wife, Evelyn Brooks Woodson, died in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Z., of Washington; a son from his first marriage, Dr. William B. Woodson of New York City; two stepdaughters, Yolande McCain of East Windsor, N.J., and Cynthia Williams of Langhorne, Pa.; a brother, J. Franklin Woodson of Washington, and four grandchildren.