SHELBY-Mr. John William "How Sweet It Is" Woods Sr., 82, of 2308 Mason Street, Shelby, went to his heavenly home on Monday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Wendover Hospice in Shelby with his wife at his side.
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He was born on April 19, 1930, in Cherokee County, S.C., to the late George and Mattie Dawkins Woods. John retired from Fiber Industries after 32 years of service and was also retired from Blacks Service Station after 50 years of service.
John was a member of First Baptist Church in Earl and served on the deacon board, choir, senior ministry, usher board, pastoral care ministry and was an assistant Sunday school superintendent.
John, affectionately known as "How Sweet It Is", never met a stranger. He had a love for all children and always had candy to share. John wore many hats and because of his love for Christ and all whom he met, he enjoyed wearing them all.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Viola N. Woods; a daughter, Mary Woods; a granddaughter, Peggy Crank; four brothers; and a sister.
Left to cherish loving memories are his wife, Dorothy Hopper-Woods of the home; two sons, John Woods Jr. (Regina), and Spurgeon Woods; a daughter, Mattie W. Mathis, all of Shelby; a step-son, Paul A. Littlejohn II of Shelby; a step-daughter, Katie Littlejohn of Greensboro; a grandson that was raised in his home as a son, Camden Lenair (Sherry) of Shelby; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Jefferies and Sarah McCleve, both of Lincolnton, and Wilma Smith (Frankie) of Shelby; and many other family members and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Earl
Officiated By: Minister Randy Thurman; the Rev. Simon McClain will deliver the eulogy
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net
231 North. Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 4, 2013