Mount Vernon - J. Eugene Woods formerly of Danville passed away peacefully April 13, 2021 following a long illness. Born August 22, 1936, he was the son of John and Burdetta (Body) Woods.
Eugene was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and faithful friend that will be missed by many. He worked in the Accounting and Purchasing Departments at Cooper Bessemer and later retired from Rolls Royce after 30+ years of service. He also served on the Danville School Board of Education for 19 years and was a former member of the Danville Lions Club.
Eugene was very active in his church and community throughout his lifetime. He served as Elder and Deacon at the Danville Church of Christ and Grove Church of Christ. Most recently was a member of the Central Christian Church. He enjoyed singing in choir participating in many Danville Community Choir and Knox County Community Choir events. He also enjoyed calling on the sick and serving home communion to shut-ins. His hobbies included carpentry, woodworking, gardening, but was most famous for crafting wooden toys. He particularly liked to participate in craft shows where he could display his talents, but more often he loved to watch kids entice their parents to purchase.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Ruth Ann (Brown)Woods whom he married February 2, 1957 and died February 8, 2018 and brother Wendall Woods. Surviving are his Children Yvonne (Larry) Clutter of Gambier; Greg (Tanya) Woods of Mt. Vernon & RaeJean (Arron) Clark of Centerburg; Grandchildren Rodney (Krista) Clutter, Kelly (Jon) Rush, Timothy (Ashley) Clutter, Daniel (Ciera) Woods, Nick (Kristin) Woods, Brennan (Christina) Woods; Olivia & Zoeley Clark; as well as 18 great grandchildren. Eugene is also survived by his sister Doris (Dexter) Swendal, brother Darwin (Diana) Woods, several nephews, a niece as well as a very special friend Sue Lybarger of Mt. Vernon.
The family expresses their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Ohio Eastern Star Home (Lily Neighborhood) for their supreme attention to his care and to whom he sang, entertained and teased these last few years as well as Knox Community Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit where his last days were spent in comfort and peace thanks to the awesome nursing staff who served him with honor and dignity.
Visitation will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 18, and one hour prior to the service at the Central Christian Church, 17833 Gambier Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050.
A celebration of Eugene’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday April 19 at the church with Ken Springer & Andy Beatty officiating. A private family burial will follow at Workman Cemetery in Danville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Eugene’s name to Central Christian Church and the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Ave. Mount Vernon, 43050. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Condolences can be shared with the family atfischerfuneralhome.com.