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Doctor James D. Woods, 77, of Albany, Georgia departed this life Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. under the porte-cochere at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 901 S. Westover Blvd., Albany, Georgia. Interment will follow Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia. Meadows funeral home in charge of arrangements.

James D. Woods, M.D., was born on March 30, 1943 in Norfolk, VA.  He was raised in Washington, NC also known as “Little Washington,” where he he was afforded a rich country heritage.  He was a 1961 graduate of Jones High School. He pursued his undergraduate study at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he earned his BS in biology in 1965.  He was also commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in l965 after which he earned his M.D. degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 1969. 

Dr. Woods was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was president of the Nu Chapter from 1964 to 1965.  Dr. Woods completed his medical internship at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL and was transferred to Naval Hospital Oakland, CA to complete his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN).  In l973 he reported to Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA where he was served as a staff OB-GYN physician and as Assistant Chief of the Department of OB-GYN. After his release from active duty in 1976, following a break in service, he reaffiliated with the Naval Reserve at Naval Reserve Center Columbus, GA in l984. While assigned to NR Naval Hospital Jacksonville DET 308, he was promoted to Captain in June 1992.

Dr. Woods was board certified in OB-GYN and was in private practice with Willie Adams, Jr., M.D., FACOG for over 32 years in the office of Adams and Woods, MD, PC.  In addition to his private practice, He was employed at the Dougherty County Health Department for 35+ years, and was employed by Albany Area Primary Health Care at Mirian Worthy Women’s Health Care in 2009 for 4+ years.

In addition to all of his accomplishments, he was an outstanding leader in his community. He became an ordained minister which was under leadership of Larry Cornett, New Covenant Church, and Albany, Georgia on February 28, 1993.  He has been involved with numerous professional organizations and charities in the Albany, Georgia area.  Out of all his accomplishments, he was proud and dedicated to The Wednesday Night Bible Study Class which was rooted in the Greater Cutliff Grove Baptist Church in the fall of 1980. During this time, the class expanded to include other outreach ministries. Being fully aware of the great commission of God for believers to share the Gospel with the unsaved, Dr. Woods led the Bible Study Class into a Film Ministry during the summer of 1982.   Because of Dr. Woods desired to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, he felt led to reach out to the less fortunate. In 1983, this gesture evolved into the first Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet, which was held at New Covenant Church.  The less fortunate consisted of the elderly, the handicapped and the underserved of the city of Albany and surrounding Cities. This Banquet lasted for over 20+ years with Dr. Woods and his wife as the organizers and leaders along with the bible class.  He also was the founder of Martin Luther King Outreach Mission in l993 which lasted for 10 years.  He was a four-time recipient of the MLK Award, two individual, one with Adams & Woods, MD, PC and with MLK Outreach Mission. Dr. Woods was also employed with Albany Area Primary Health Care at Mirian Worthy Women’s Health Center for a few years. He also worked at the Dougherty County Health department for numerous years.  He also served on the Board at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia. He was one of the founders of Albany Bank and Trust where he served on the board for 10+ years.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Albany, GA where he taught a bible study class on Tuesday night.

Dr. Woods was married to the love of his life for 53 years to the former Ella Veree Pitts of Birmingham, AL. They have three sons: Daemon, James and Nathan; two Daughter-in-laws Tajuannia and Angela along with six grandchildren, Jason, Rebecca, Jalisa, David, twin girls (Hope and Faith); three great-grandchildren, Montrail Gibson, Bryson and Brooklyn Woods.

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  • Sunday, October 4, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
    Rest in peace Dr Woods. A fine man and friend. Prayers for family.
    ~ Ted Deiter   Athens
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
    Rest in peace Dr Woods. A fine man and friend. Prayers for family.
    ~ Ted Deiter   Athens
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
    Condolences to the family of the late Great Dr. James Woods. My heart goes out to the family in the loss of such a great man. This is truly a loss for the city of Albany and surrounding communities. He delivered my Children and Grandchildren. Dr. Woods was a friend to all whether he knew you for 1 min or 30 years his hand was always held out to help anyone in need. His compassion for people was unmeasurable. I have witnessed his love, for mankind and his generosity to serve those less fortunate or just to lend a helping hand. He feed the hungry, house the homeless, gave a lending hand and anyway possible. Compassion for others, like the heart of Christ. Countless memories of his relentless desire to serve God and others. He baptized me, he helped me restore my walk with the Lord. Servant of God well done, enter into your rest. Your work is done, and your victory is won. Until that great day when the trumpet shall sound and we shall all meet again, may your sleep be peaceful until then. With Deepest sympathy……….. Harold and Mattie Woodson and family
    ~ Harold and Mattie Woodson   Albany, GA
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
    A man of many hats has gone but never will be forgotten. My friend, dad and an all around person. He delivered both of my children.
    ~ Josephine Hobbs   Albany, GA
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    With heartfelt sympathy and prayers of comfort to the Mrs. Ella and family. We love the legacy of Dr. Woods and the way he touch our lives. Lela B. Roberts-Green and Blanche Griffin
    ~ Lela B. Roberts   ALBANY, GA
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ella and the Woods family on learning of Dr. Woods passing. God allowed our paths to cross many years ago while working at Phoebe Putney Hospital. Dr Woods and Ella were such loving and giving people,and he always had time for you no matter how busy he was. I will always remember the Wednesday night Bible studies and the Pre-Thanksgiving banquets that we were a part of for over 20 years. God knew he would be a solider of His army from birth, just as he knew Jeremiah would be. Jeremiah:1 and 5. God love and blessings. Willie and Connie Shannon
    ~ Willie Shannon   Dawson, GA
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    God saw you getting tired and cure was not to be so He put i His arms around you And whispered Come to Me With tearful eyes We Watched you And saw you pass away Although We Loved you dearly We could not make you stay A golden heart stopped beating Hard hands at rest God broke our heart to us He only takes the best
    ~ Roy and Ruby Wiley   Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    A life well lived, Dr Woods exemplified true professionalism in the medical field. So sorry for your loss, Mrs Woods & family. Sending prayers & sincere condolences. RIH Dr Woods. > Terry
    ~ Terry Winston B   Jonesboro, GA
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    The P.S. Jones High School class of 1961 would like to honor the memories of Dr. James D. Woods for setting and example of excellence for his classmates. Betty Jo Blount
    ~ Betty Jo Blount
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    Our condolences to the Woods family. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time.
    ~ Ava White & family   Portsmouth, VA
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    Dr. Wood was a doctor who prayed for and with his patients. While there are many that do, he was the first one I encountered who did. That is the thing that I will always remember about him. I still have a copy of the beautiful poem that was displayed on his wall. He was a good and godly man who has gone on to receive his reward. My condolences to his family.
    ~ Charlotte King Eady
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sending our love.
    ~ Charemon (Scott) Grant   Peachtree City, GA
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    Since my condolences to the Dr Woods family
    ~ Annie Eady   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
    RIP my good fraternity brother! It was wonderful to know you and recognize the joy you and Ella have bestowed on us. Great father, husband, military officer, minister and physician!
    ~ David Williams   New Orleans, La
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
    Rest in Peace - from your Your Alpha Brother
    ~ John Douglass   Rockville, MD
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
    Heaven is Blessed by this beautiful soul. I've learned so much form my doctor, my friend, my bible study teacher and always an amazingly generous and caring man. You've and indelible mark in so many lives. Ashleigh and I send our condolences to the family. You will be deeply missed, Dr. Woods.
    ~ LaVerne Mckimmie   Atlanta, GA
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
    Dr. Woods would sometimes say feast on the Word. Being a good and faithful servant. He received his words from Heaven. WELL DONE. Time is a gift from God.To the family. God's Grace is sufficient. God Bless
    ~ Calvin Hunter   Albany, GA
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
    We are praying for the family!!We are sorry we will not be able to attend the services.Uncle Jimmy was a great man!!We will truely miss him!!
    ~ MR&MRS WESLEY R WOODS   B'HAM, AL
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
    I give thanks to our Lord God for the life of Dr. Woods on earth. He was an Ambassador for Jesus Christ as well as an outstanding (OB-GYN) doctor. I am sending my love and my prayers to the family. Ps. 48:14.
    ~ Dorothy Ann Turman   Oceanside, CA
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.BLESSINGS AND STRENGTH FOR THE DAYS AHEAD.
    ~ MARY A MCIVER-RUDOLPH   LA GRANGE, NC
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    Dr. Woods was a wonderful person and caring soul. Being a pillar in the community and the church, he will be greatly missed. Not too many places will you find a praying doctor. He didn't mind letting his patients know, he was the doctor, but God was the Healer. Rest well. You earned your wings!!!
    ~ Dr. Ethelene Kimber   Albany, Georgia
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    We love you and miss you very. Coach Hampton and Charlene Smith.
    ~ Charlene Smith   Albany, GA
  • Sunday, October 11, 2020
    So sad to hear of passing of such a great man of God and my former physician. Prayers submitted for the family..my God keep you in his care. Lovingly
    ~ Susie Peterson   Riverdale, GA
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    To the Family, the Lord Declares and Promises: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself. Imagine a place where they’ll be no more trouble. A place where pain and heartaches will cease. Imagine a place where there will be no more sorrow - That’s the way Heaven will be. Imagine a place where there will be no more darkness. A place where the sun is gonna shine in the night. Imagine a land where there will be no more trials - That’s the way Heaven will be. With Love and Our Deepest Sympathy: Rev. Deborah Stephens & Family
    ~ Rev. Deborah Stephens   Marietta, GA
  • Friday, October 16, 2020
    RIP classmate 1961
    ~ Marion Harper   Baltimore, MD
  • Friday, October 16, 2020
    Dr. Woods was a pillar of the community. It was a great honor and privilege to have known Dr. Woods. I am praying for his bereaved family. His legacy will continue in his wife, children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, He will truly be missed here on Earth.
    ~ Arrie B Newberry Jr   LEESBURG, GA