Thursday, December 22, 2005

CECIL EUGENE WOODS of Forum, Ark., took the hand of Jesus at eight a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, and left this world for a much deserved rest. He will be strolling with those that have preceded him in death, his parents Loss and Eula M. Willhite Woods, three sisters, Lottie Woods, Helen DuVall, and Betty Harp, one son, Parker Eugene "Sonny" Woods, and two granddaughters, Angela and Sherry Woods.

Born at Rockhouse on Feb. 17, 1920, Cecil was one of nine children. The Woods family then moved to the Clear Creek area around Clifty where, as a young man, born in that time, he helped out on the family farm. There he made a good milk hand for his father.

Cecil was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and ride horses. Many nights were spent coon hunting. And, in later years he would share those loves with his children and grandchildren.

He was a man of many trades. Working as a dairy farmer, and a dozer operator he cleared many acres of land in and around Madison and Carroll counties. In his forties he went to work for the Huntsville Water Department. Cecil was known for being able to witch a well throughout Madison County. He was a hard working man that never backed away from his duties, no matter what the task.

Cecil was a generous man with a green thumb; who would raise the most beautiful flowers and plants. His garden was always big enough to feed the entire community, and he made sure that everyone who came by shared in the harvest. As his children will attest, he was a firm, but caring father, who made them responsible, hard working adults. Cecil was an honest, moral man, and expected nothing less from his family.

In his last days, the staff of Washington Regional commented many times about the life he must have led, by the love they could see from the host of family and friends that crowded his room on a daily basis.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Madell Walden Woods, who resides in the home they shared for their 35 years of marriage, two brothers, Troy Woods of Rudd, Ark. and Dale Woods of Berryville, Ark.; three sisters, JoAnn Sanders and Georgie Hathorn of Springdale, Ark., and Jean Vanhook of Forum, Ark.; three sons, Carroll "Bub" (and Jan) Woods of Goodman, Mo., Greg (and Kim) Woods of Clifty, Ark., Tim (and Donna) Evans of Forum, Ark.; three daughters, Tammie Lynn Woods of Goodman, Mo., Karen (and Gerald) Kelley of Eureka Springs, Ark., Carlene (and Jeremy) Ramsey of Huntsville, Ark.; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Woods of Alabam, Ark., 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Cecil's life can be summed up in a comment by a friend of the family, "Cecil always knew where he was going and where he had been! You never needed to guess what he was thinking, he would tell you even if you didn't really want that much honesty."

Cecil was the link that held our families together and we will all be stronger for knowing him. He will be truly missed.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with Rev. Butch Bolinger and Rev. Larry Carpenter officiating. Interment was in the Marshall Cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville. Pallbearers were: Bub Houston, Harlin Houston, Lyndal Houston, Jerry Dale Woods and Jim Harp. Honorary pallbearers were: Joey Mann, Wayne Patterson, Gary Bentley, Doyle Vanhook and Roger Harp. (paid obit)