James Harry Woods
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James Harry Woods
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.
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