“To everything there is a season,
And a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
And a time to pluck up that which is planted.”
–Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
When Amos Woods, Sr. and Elizabeth Farrish Woods welcomed their second son Kenneth Wendell Woods into the world on May 11, 1949, little did they know that God had given him one simple order: “Saddle Up.”
And that’s exactly what he did.
Kenneth became a member of Allen’s Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. He was educated in the Caswell County School system, graduating from Caswell County High School in 1967. He then attended North Carolina A&T State University and obtained his degree in 1971. He worked for a number of years at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), before moving into his last position at Brame Specialty Company.
When he wasn’t working, Kenneth could be found outdoors, either gardening, riding his horses, driving his tractor, or simply sitting on the deck. He loved sharing vegetables from his garden with co-workers, neighbors, family and friends. He also loved cooking, especially trying out new recipes and making them “hot & spicy”. Lastly, he loved anything that involved the Old West and the cowboy tradition. A cowboy hat, boots, and a belt buckle were staples of his wardrobe.
Kenneth rode into the sunset on November 16, 2014, leaving in deep sorrow: his loving wife, Janice Kimber Woods; his daughter, Meghan Elizabeth Woods; brothers, Amos Woods, Jr. (Maelene) of Charlotte, NC; Claude Woods of Cedar Grove, NC; and James Leroy Poteat of Greensboro, NC; nephews Kelsey Mebane (Regina); Philip Woods; Frederick Woods, Sr. (Jessica); Ivan Woods; Shaun J. Woods (LaTonya); niece: Bridgett Poteat; one uncle, five aunts, great-nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and family friends.
He is now reunited in a glorious reunion with sister-in-law Patricia G. Woods and brothers-in-law: Hurley Kimber, Jr. and Roger Lee Kimber.
Ride on, Cowboy.
His final ride will commence at 1:30 pm Thursday, November 20, 2014 from the sanctuary of Allen’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church 5630 Ridgeville Road, Leasburg, North Carolina. The family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00 pm until the 1:30 pm hour. His final resting place will be in the cemetery of Allen’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.