William Joseph "Bill" Woods
1935 - 2020
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Coach William 'Bill' Joseph Woods, age 85 of Ocala, FL passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020. He was born January 10, 1935 in Lawrenceville, Illinois to Earl and Wilda Lafferty Woods.
Coach graduated from Southern Illinois University on a basketball scholarship. He was a teacher and basketball coach for 38 plus years, winning over 400 games. Retiring from Hawthorne High School in 1999. He lead the Hawthorne Hornets Basketball Team to a state Championship in 1987. He truly loved his time at Hawthorne High School and his players. He was a lifetime member of the Methodist church.
Coach is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jean Pepple Woods; daughter, Tonya Cornelius and her husband George; 3 grandchildren, Steven, Sarah and Aaron; 2 great grandchildren, Zoey and Alec.
Preceded in death by son, Jeffery Woods.
Private graveside services will be held. A Celebration of Coaches life will be held at a later date at Hawthorne High School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Hawthorne High School Athletic Association or the American Heart Association. Please visit his memorial page at

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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 20 to May 21, 2020.
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11 entries
May 22, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Louyse Hardy
May 22, 2020
I had the honor of working with him at Hawthorne HS. He was akways smiling. Such a good role model for his students and the players were all like family to him. I was there for the 1987 state championship. Such an awesome accomplishment for him and the team. Peace and comfort fir his wife and family..
Lynn (Bedford Beckham) Davis
May 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rita Collins
May 22, 2020
Coach Woods thanks for all that you did for us! Always believing in us when we didnt believe in ourselves. For teaching us how to become adults and have self respect.
Wayne Jaco
May 21, 2020
Coach, what an amazing man. I was never his student, but because my sister was. That meant nothing though- we had a great relationship. I could stop by his classroom for a talk, to eat lunch, or just hide away. He was an asset in my life. I have always felt Blessed to have known him.
Love you, Coach! Prayers for Mrs. Jean and family.
Jordanne (Padgett) Jones
May 21, 2020
Rest in Heavenly peace, Coach. It was an honor to know you. Praying for peace and comfort for Tonya and the rest of your family.
Kimberly Shaw
May 21, 2020
Coach Woods was one of my favs! I had him for biology, but cheered for him and his boys on the courts all through school. Wonderful person inside and out. Prayers to the entire Woods family. Such a weird and hard time to lose a loved one, but you are not alone. We celebrate him and his legacy with you!
Joy Hicks (c/o 92)
May 21, 2020
I enjoyed seeing coach & his wife attend the basketball games sitting courtside!!Watching them both cheering the team on game after game inspired me in so many ways❤ My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time❤ RIP Coach Woods❤
Shantavia Patterson
May 21, 2020
Coach Woods left a lasting impression on me during my high school years. He was a great teacher and a kind man. This world will not be the same without him in it. Rest In Peace, Coach Woods.
May 20, 2020
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Association
May 20, 2020
Coach Woods was an amazing, kind and understanding teacher whom i enjoyed learning from. H touched so many lives. As a graduate of 1991 I am humbled to have seen him touch so many lives. He will be greatly missed!!!! GO HORNETS!!!
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