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Clarence Woods

February 23, 1927 — September 29, 2015

Willis 'Clarence' Woods was born February 23, 1927. He was saved at the age of seventeen and was baptized in a pond in Attala County. Upon graduation of Lobutcher High School he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Long Island in the South Pacific during World War II. He was discharged as an Honorable World War II Veteran in 1946. He married Mavis Helen Jennings in 1948. Clarence and Mavis were members of Doty Springs Baptist Church where Clarence was ordained as a Deacon. In 1955 Clarence and Mavis joined South Louisville Baptist where he continued serving as a Deacon. Upon returning from World War II he pursued his dream of farming with an entrepreneurial spirit which led him into opening Woods Grocery. He and his wife owned, operated, and served the community in this business for decades. Clarence Woods remained steadfast in his beliefs and faith in God all his life. He went on in life to love his heavenly Father, serve his family, his church, and his community. At his home church he served and stepped into every role that was needed and necessary since 1955. These roles include; Deacon, Deacon Emeritus, Church Treasure, Chairman of Building and Grounds, Finance Committee, Sunday School Director, and Training Union Director. Every life journey he took on with faith, love, and patience. Willis Clarence Woods leaves a legacy and highway for his family and all who knew him to follow. Preceded in death by: His loving son too early but never forgotten, Willis Andrew Woods; His parents, Willis Martin Woods and Effie Barfield Woods; His sisters, Ellen, Mavis, Inez, and Bessie; and His brother, Clyde; Survived by: His wife, Mavis; His daughter, Cathy; His daughter in law, Beverly; One brother, Guy; One sister, Dorthy; and Five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren Come Celebrate the Life of Clarence Woods. His family will be welcoming everyone to join them at South Louisville Baptist Church. Doors open at 12 noon for viewing. The Service begins at 2 pm. Burial to follow at Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jason Townsend, Andrew Woods, Michael Potsolic, Travis Naccarato, Chris Moody, and Ron Carter Perkins. Honorary pallbearers are J. L. Pierce, Joe Fleming, Kevin Adcock, Scott Dalton, John Parkes, Lowell Wilson, Jimmy Puckett, Wayne Green, Bubba Cefalu, Ryan Parks, Ryan Gilmer, Chris Blackwell, Brian Sims, and Jay McClendon. Memorials may be made to South Louisville Baptist Church.
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