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Joe Horace Woods

07-17-1956 to 12-21-2023

In Loving Memory of Joe Horace Woods.


Joe Horace Woods, a Christian Man of God, and a proud "Roll-Tide" country boy, was born on July 17, 1956, in Opelika, AL, the firstborn son of Fannie Pearl Woods - among many siblings. Raised by his devoted aunt and uncle, Louis and Fannie Mae Menefee, Joe's early years laid the foundation for a life marked by resilience, love, and unwavering faith.


After graduating from JW Darden High School, in 1970, Joe embarked on a journey of service to his country by joining the US Army. As an administration officer stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, he displayed dedication and commitment throughout the bulk of his military term. In 1978, Joe embraced a new chapter in life, marrying Francene Hester Woods and relocating to Knoxville, TN. His professional journey included years at TVA before deciding to work a career as a US Postal Service employee. As a postman, Joe became synonymous with consistency, delivering mail with such precision that the community could set their watches by him.


Retirement brought forth a new phase of community engagement for Joe. He served as a steward at First AME Zion Church, contributed to the neighborhood committee, embraced the bonds of brotherhood as a lodge member, and became Park City's cherished neighbor. In the face of personal challenges, Joe exemplified strength and grace. His beloved wife, Francene, passed away during the winter blackouts of 2020, on December 26th. Joe continued to navigate life with resilience until the Crimson Sun of his own journey set on December 21, 2023.


Joe Horace Woods is survived by his loving legacy, including three sons, Cedric D. Payne (Chree), Phillip J. Woods (Shannett), and Joseph "Black Atticus" Woods. He is preceded in death by sibling Jonathan Colquitt, and remembered by surviving siblings Earl (Carla) Colquitt, Rick (Carmen) Colquitt, Danny (Nancy) Colquitt, Dennis Colquitt, Sharron (John) Glass, Michael (Nicole) Colquitt, along with cousin David Dale Sr., daughter-in-law, granddaughter Michaela Woods, grandsons Cedric D. Payne II, surviving aunt, Betty Reed, and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.


Let us celebrate the life of Joe Horace Woods, a man whose consistency, faith, and dedication left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Visitation will be Jan. 2nd 5-6 at First A.M.E. Zion Church, with services following immediately afterwards at 6 PM


Arrangements by JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY


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