OBITUARY

Richard Eugene Woods

February 17, 1930April 28, 2018

Woods, Richard (Dick) Eugene, 88, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 surrounded by his family at Ben Atchley Veterans' Home in Knoxville, TN. Dick was born in 1930 to James E. Woods and Arlettie Perry Woods of Knoxville, TN. He was the last to survive of their seven children. Dick attended Rule High School and then served in the U.S. Army for four years, where he received five bronze stars as part of a medical corps during the Korean War. Later, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired after 30 years serving in a variety of positions. Dick became a member of the Woodlawn Christian Church in 1965. He was also a member of the Masonic Temple, Burlington Lodge for over 50 years. Dick is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wilma Edmonds Woods; his two children, Richard E. Woods, Jr. and Cheryl Woods-Hill; their spouses Janice Kidd and Michael Hill; and his two grandsons, David Woods (and wife Melissa) of Norfolk, VA and Jonathan Woods of Franklin, TN. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including two special nieces who were like sisters, Ella Mae Woods Bise and Wanda Woods Byerly. The family thanks the staff of the D wing of Ben Atchley Veterans' Home for their attentive and compassionate care during the last few months of Dick's life and is grateful for the many encouraging visits of Dean Davis, Woodlawn's Minister for Seniors. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Woodlawn Christian Church, 4339 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920; a service conducted by Dean Davis and Dr. David Eubanks will follow. The entombment will be at 10:00 am on May 3rd at Berry Highland South, 9010 East Simpson Road, Knoxville, TN 37920. Memorial donations may be made to Woodlawn's Nehemiah Fund or the Woods-Kidd Scholarship Fund at Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998. Condolences may be offered at www.berryhighlandsouth.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Woodlawn Nehemiah Fund
  • Woods-Kidd Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard Eugene Woods

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Sharon Winkle

May 2, 2018

I was so sad to hear of Dick's passing, but thankful to know that he is reunited in Heaven with family and friends . All of you are in my prayers for strength, comfort and peace as you go through these difficult days ahead. I have the best memories of trips your family and mine took together, especially the trip to the Christian convention in Florida. With my deepest sympathy , Sharon Bounds Winkle

Clifford Woods Jr

April 30, 2018

Though we have drifted apart in recent years I have many fond memories.. My brother Jerome and I helped him with his paper route in Londale. Jerome and I earned fifty cents a week each.. On Saturday night the three of us would go to the Lee Theater and watch a westerm movie at which we would have popcorn and a coke. On the way back to Grandma and Grandpas we would stop at a diner and have a hamburger with fries and a coke. Then we would sleep at the grandparents. wake up at two thirty AM and deliver the Sunday Sentinel. We spent our weeks earnings on Saturday night but how much can one buy today for fifty cents This one of many woderdul memories about Uncle Richard.

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Biography

Like many of his generation, a strong sense of duty to family, country, and God were the driving forces of Richard Woods’ life. The next to last of seven children, he grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee during the Great Depression and left Rule High School in the 11th grade to serve in a MASH unit during the Korean War. He understood the value of a good education and ensured that his children could complete college with graduate degrees in their chosen fields. Straightforward in the way he approached relationships, his friends knew him to be generous with his time and money and someone they could count on. Whether in the role of son, sibling, husband, father, grandfather, scout, soldier, deacon, church treasurer, Mason, postal worker, golfer, bowler, square dancer, traveling companion, or friend, Richard (a.k.a. Dick, dad, papaw) did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person. As the pictures in this book hopefully show, he lived a full and valued life and was loved by his family and friends.