James Harry Woods


James Harry Woods, 70, of 1512 Saranac Drive, Transfer, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019.
Mr. Woods was born on Oct. 3, 1948, in Sharon, to David and Marjorie (Schiestle) Woods. He spent his childhood on his parents' dairy farm (Shadow Lawn Dairy) with his seven siblings. James was a 1967 alumnus of Reynolds High School and the Reynolds Wrestling Program.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in general science in 1972 from Edinboro University, where he continued his wrestling career and served as the team captain. He was also a proud member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.
After college, he was a wrestling coach and a general science and agriculture teacher at the Wattsburg Area School District. In 1977 he continued his education at Penn State University, earning a degree in agriculture and horticulture. Later, he taught horticulture at Frew Mill School in Lawrence County.
He married the former Karen Louise McEntire on June 18, 1977. In 1978 he decided to give up his teaching career to return home and manage the family farm that he was so proud of. He wanted to be sure the farm remained in the family. Mr. Woods had a passion for growing sweet corn and loved sharing it with neighbors, friends and family. He took pride in passing the gift of "farm life" to his four children, who will be forever grateful. He was a selfless man who would give the shirt off his back and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Karen and their four children: Jennifer Findlay and her husband Chad of Cranberry; Douglas Woods of Greenville; Catherine Coast and her husband Dan of Sewickley; Michael Woods and his fiancée Katie Kesich of Slippery Rock; nine grandchildren, Seth, Kendell, Cole, Clark, Hunter, Elise, Hayden, Christian and Violet; his father, David James Woods of Transfer; two brothers, John Woods and his wife Sissie of Petal, Miss.; Paul Woods of Sewickley; and five sisters, Kathy Miller of Greenville, S.C.; Beth Lawyer and her husband Dan of Warrenton, Va.; Ruth Latimer and her husband Eric of Montreal, Canada; Dr. Mary Brown and her husband Ken of Bridgeville; and Nancy Rex and her husband Jeff of McMurray.
James was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie (Schiestle) Woods, and a brother-in-law, Skip Miller.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Transfer Volunteer Fire Department, Box 105, Transfer, 16154.

James Harry, 70, of Transfer.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (3-15-19) and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (3-16-19) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Rev. V. David Foradori, Pastor of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Greenville, officiating.
Inurnment: Private, in St. Michael Cemetery.
Visitors are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.loutzenhiserfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 12, 2019
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Charley Carl and Nadine (Breland) Patterson
Mar 25, 2019
Our prayers and condolences to the family.
Chuck Sasala
Mar 17, 2019
In the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Jim was my “little brother.” I couldn’t have been more proud. My heart goes out to his family, for knowing this incredible man, I know he is greatly loved and will be sorrowfully missed. May he now be in a place of light, joy and peace where there is no pain, sorrow or mourning. ETERNAL MEMORY!!! Blessed Repose little brother, my heart is broken but you have given me a wealth of happy memories.
Irene Reesman
Mar 17, 2019
Karen and family so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May god bless you
Bob Dunkerley
Mar 17, 2019
My sincere condolences to you and your father in law, Dave, and your family for your loss.
Sending Love and Prayers! ❤️🙏
Rick Auvil
Mar 16, 2019
We were in the same car that was in an accident near the Edinboro Holiday Inn. I remember how calm and collected he was as we helped the owner of the other car push his vehicle off the road. Jim was a kind-hearted guy and a respected fraternity brother. He will be missed by many. Blessings and grace to his family and friends.
Sue Leffler Willaman
Mar 15, 2019
Dear Karen and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Jim Grasinger
Mar 15, 2019
No words can express my feeling. So I will just hold on to my memories. So many great times so much fun. We were all blessed to have live with Jim and shared his life. I will truly miss him..
sue stewart-palmisano
Mar 14, 2019
Dear Karen and family, Please know how very sorry I am for your loss. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers!
Carol Scholl
Mar 14, 2019
A memory that came to me when I heard of Jim's passing was the way he helped Erik get his heifer ready for the 4H show. He was always eager to help the Woods kids from everywhere to have FUN!!!
My prayer is for God to bless you all with fond memories to fill the emptiness you're feeling.
Donna and Gene Sarazen
Mar 14, 2019
Karen and family, We are so very sorry and send our condolences to all of you.
Ann Erdner
Mar 13, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Chris Kate Zerbe
Mar 13, 2019
Keeping the whole family in our prayers. RIP Mr Woods.
Kim and Ron Amodeo
Mar 13, 2019
Mike and family. We were so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. You are in our thought and prayers at this difficult time.
Kim and Ron
Sandy Patterson
Mar 13, 2019
I was sorry to hear of your Loss,Karen. My sympathy to you and your family! May you feel God's arms of comfort and love .
Bab’s Brace Williams
Mar 13, 2019
Karen an family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m keeping you all in my thoughts an prayers.
God Bless🙏
PJ Zarecky
Mar 13, 2019
Many great memories of a great man! He will be dearly missed!
Marilyn and Richard Brown
Mar 13, 2019
Karen and family
Rich and I are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Bill & Alice Ferguson
Mar 13, 2019
Karen and family,
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are
with you and your family.