Nelson Ray Woods

August 31, 1951January 7, 2021

Nelson Ray Woods, 69, of Blythewood, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Lexington Medical Center. Born on August 31, 1951 to the late Ivan Neal and Norma Lee Woods in Baltimore, Maryland, Nelson was educated at Savannah High School and Midlands Technical College.

Enlisting in the United States Army straight out of high school, Nelson served 21 years, including a tour in Vietnam, before retiring in 1991. After retiring from the Army, Nelson became an owner-operator for Schneider National.

Nelson attended both Windsor United Methodist Church and Columbia Korean United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school. In his free time, Nelson enjoyed fishing and spending time in the mountains.

Nelson is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Myong Woods; his sons, Neal Woods of Spartanburg, SC and John Woods (Catherine) of Columbia, SC; two grandchildren, Mitchell Woods and Foster Woods; and siblings Patricia Woods Kim (Tok Chin) of Irmo, SC, Barbara Woods Scott of Columbia, SC, George Woods of Columbia, SC, and Victoria Woods of Elgin, SC.

A private family graveside service, with military honors, will be held at Fort Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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Iris Emmanouhlidhs

January 12, 2021

May your blessed memory be eternal . No more pain. Mom and Dad will be awaiting you at the pearly gates.

Barbara Scott

January 10, 2021

My dear brother you will be missed. May not seen you but thought of you daily. I could always count on birthday wishes from you.
I thank you for your service I can still remember you wanting to go in service and finally convinced mom to sign for you. We were proud and you served with honor.
I am going to miss the jokes you would say about my cooking and everything else.
My most recent conversations was when you talked about your trip to the mother land. The serene peace in your voice. I tried to tell friends about it but couldn’t describe it like you did. You had a rough life with health recently but now you have no more pain and no more suffering. Till we meet again .
Love alwaysYour sister,