Albon Y. "Buddy" Woods,III

December 28, 1946September 13, 2013

A.Y. “Buddy” Woods III, 66, of Athens, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013. A native of Athens, GA, Buddy was the son of the late A.Y. Woods, Jr. and Elizabeth Warren Woods. Survivors include a brother, David Warren Woods Sr., his wife, Kim, and children Matthew and Haley Parr, of Athens; a nephew, “Chip” Woods, and his wife, Beth, of Athens, GA.; and a niece, Lori Woods White, her husband, Nick, and children Annie and Claire of Bonaire, GA.

Buddy’s childhood was spent in Athens, where he attended Athens High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Georgia and earned a bachelor's degree in Education in 1969. He enlisted in the Army in 1970. Before deployment, he taught a semester in Waycross, GA. While in the Army, he worked as a Cryptologic Traffic Analyst. He was also chosen as one of the few that worked as an intelligence gatherer for the N.S.A. He was awarded many medals during his service. During this time, he primarily lived in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan and he traveled all throughout Europe. He was also stationed in Colorado Springs and at military bases in Texas. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1978 and returned to Athens, GA. to further pursue his education at the University of Georgia.

Buddy taught middle school math in Social Circle from 1981 until 1983. He became a full time teacher at Clarke Central High School in 1984. Affectionately known by many of his students as “Uncle Buddy”, he loved his career as the graphic arts teacher. His duties and responsibilities included teaching students about photography, computers, desktop publishing, everything, in short, from layout to production to actual printing. By 1990, he had transformed a small building that once housed R.O.T.C. personnel into a state of the art publishing house. In 1991, he assumed responsibility for the school yearbook. For eleven years, until his retirement in 2002, he and his staff produced a yearbook any high school would admire. His students knew Buddy to be a taskmaster and a perfectionist. But they knew, also, that behind his desire to produce a quality product was a large and loving heart.

Buddy will be remembered for the treasure chest of wonderful stories he generously shared with those who knew him best, and he will be sorely missed by his family and a close circle of friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 at the Woods Family Cemetery (950 Danielsville Road; Pine Hollow) with Dr. John Kipp, Parish Associate, officiating.

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Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.


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Dan Dalton

September 25, 2013

I was stationed with Woody in Misawa Japan as well as in Fort Carson Colorado in the Army Security Agency. We shared an apartment off base in Colorado and was one of my life long friends and we kept in touch a couple of times a year. Great guy and with great stories. I can still remember he and I going to Hachinohe and Woody took tons of pictures with his Nikon camera.

Nita Norton

September 19, 2013

David, so sorry to hear about Buddy. I've been trying to get in touch with y'all. I was Nita Woods. If I remember correctly our Woods grandfathers were first cousins. My email address is I'd like to hear from you. Again my condolences.

Stephanie Craven- Ingram

September 18, 2013

Remembering what a wonderful and caring man Mr. Woods was. We all fought to take his photography classes in HS. He was more than a teacher he was a confidant and friend. I will remember you always.
Stephanie Craven Ingram

Harry Cooper

September 18, 2013

Dear Woods family,

I was very sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. I worked with Buddy at Clarke Central from 1990 until his retirement in 2002. I remember him as a gifted teacher and a very nice man. He worked hard in his classes and always produced a great yearbook by the end of the year. Those of us at Clarke Central that worked with Buddy remember him fondly. So sorry to hear of his passing.


Harry W. Cooper
Social Studies Dept.
Clarke Central High School

Brent Willis

September 18, 2013

Please know that Mr. Woods touched so many people's lives in a positive way. We went out of our way to take his class because it was so enjoyable. He was a huge part of Clarke Central and our CCHS Family. It's such a loss and on the weekend of our 25th Reunion, it's sad to lose such a great educator and friend.
Our heartfelt prayers and condolences at this difficult time.

Sherry Carson

September 17, 2013

David and Family,
I'm sorry for the passing of your brother. I wish you and your family comfort in the difficult times to come. I'll be thinking of you all.

Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak

September 17, 2013

Mr. Woods classes were a joy for my children at Clarke Central, especilly for my son Benjamin who worked for the yearbook under Mr. Woods' guidance who took him under his wings and became a dear mentor to Ben. His experience in Europe helped my chidren to adapt and integrate and his kindness in general made a difference for us coming new to Athens. He shared some of his mother's daylilies with me and I will watch over and care for them in his memory

Rev. John H. Roark

September 16, 2013

Years ago when I was associate pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church I got to know Buddy. He'd come by my office and we would chat about our lives and life in general. I think I had a part in his grandparents' funerals. His wonderful mother taught me a lot about daylilies. Once a year in the summer she'd get up early Sunday morning and go out and gather hundreds of lilies for the huge flower urns at the church. Of course they were good only for that one day. Even now I have in my yard a "Betty Woods" day lily, propagated by her (there were many others too). His Aunt Helen and Uncle George Norton I knew well too. I didn't know about his numerous health troubles in recent years, and I'm sorry I wasn't in touch with him. I remember him as a fine person. Now he's gone, much too sonn. You have my sympathy.

George Harwood

September 16, 2013

I thank you for thirty years of friendship, for the fellowship, the counsel, the insightful advice, the stories, the laughter, the holiday meals at our place, and more than words can express. Rest in peace, friend.
George A. Harwood

Susan Fahey

September 16, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Growing up with Chip, I remember Uncle Buddy's humor, intelligence, and enthusiasm for so many things. My condolences to you all.