Thomas "Woody" Moore Woods

May 28, 1942January 7, 2019

Thomas Moore “Woody” Woods, 76, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, died Monday, January 7, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born May 28, 1942, in Asheville, North Carolina, a son of the late James Moore Woods and Metta Jane (Northern) Woods. In addition to his parents, Woody was preceded in death by his beloved nanny who was instrumental in his upbringing, Wilhelmina, who he loved until the day she died. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Riggs who raised him and Peggy Woods; a brother, Billy Knowles, and his brother-in-law, Vern “Capt. Beetle” Waters. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He was of the Baptist faith. Woody retired from Golden Eagle, having worked in beer distributing for many years for names such as Stag, Miller and Budweiser. It would be an understatement to say that Woody loved his family; he would do anything to take care of them. He had many things in life he enjoyed such as racing dirt bikes, boating, especially spending time at Choctaw and on the Arkansas River. In retirement, he settled into his routine of farm-time. He would begin preparing for his trip over to the family farm with his traveling buddy Gizmo.

The farm was a place where his family and many friends would gather every day, and many would frequently stop by to visit and “have a beer.” The “tree” was where many of the family events are held and you would most likely find Woody manning the grill with some of his famous ribs. It didn’t matter if it were below freezing or 110 degrees; the tree was a place for family and friends, and he made time for them most every day.

One thing you may know about him, was the pride he had in his boys. Not many days passed that he wasn’t with one or both of them. And, oh he had to keep up with them, down to the latest IPhone.

Woody is survived by the mother of his sons, and love of his life, Jackie of North Little Rock; his sons, Donny and Ron Woods both of North Little Rock; grandchildren, Tyler Woods, Brittany York, Hayley Woods, and McKenzie Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Madden and Knox York and Gracie Mae Lawrence and a grandson on the way. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Celesta Waters; and a number of nephews, nieces and a multitude of friends who will miss him more than he would ever know.

The family is planning a service at a later date to honor Woody’s life in a more suitable temperature, and if you knew him, he didn’t like the cold and wouldn’t have everybody out ‘til the temperature was warm.

A visitation will be held at 7:00pm until 9:00pm, Friday, January 11, 2019, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth.

The family would like to offer a heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the VA Hospital for all of the love and care they have given Woody, especially Nurse Joanie.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019

Thomas "Woody" Moore Woods

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Ella & Bruce Garrett

February 1, 2019

We were both so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, "Woody". He will be missed very much. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and all the Family. All our love. May your memories be a source of comfort. Psalm 23:1-6

Jim Leonard

January 13, 2019

Sorry to hear of Woddy's passing. I remember all the good times we had. I especially remember
all the deer hunts every fall.

Mike & Sharon Aylett

January 11, 2019

So sorry to hear about your dad. We know how he loved his family. We both came from close loving families & know what it is like to lose a member. Please let us know if we can help in any way. We love you. Mike & Sharon Aylett

Kim Warren Smith

January 10, 2019

So sorry for your loss!

Randy Waters

January 10, 2019

I first met Woody some 50 years ago when I came down from Kansas to visit my brother Beetle and his family. On that occasion and every time I saw him during my visits over the years he made me feel welcome and part of the larger family that is the group that gathers at the Kelly place. For me, he epitomized the friendliness and fun loving attitudes of the people my brother loved, and he was one of the reasons I enjoyed those visits so much. I will miss him and wish all his friends and family the best.

Johnny Spradling

January 9, 2019

Donnie and Family I’m so sorry to hear about Woody! I enjoyed working with him for many years ! We had some really great times!! He was stubborn as a Mule but would do anything to help anybody! We will be praying for the Families! God Bless!!