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William "Bill" J. Woods

(October 18th, 1926 - December 26th, 2015)

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William (Bill) Jefferson Woods, 89, of Ozark Missouri, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 26, 2015, after being surrounded by his family at Christmas. Bill was born in Ozark, Missouri on October 18, 1926 to Oscar and Ruth Woods.  He married Virginia Mae Gonce on June 19, 1948; they were married 67 years.  Bill served in World War II with the United States Army.  His early life included being a dairy farmer and carpenter; building several homes over the years. He retired from Springfield Public School District after 18 years of employment. Bill was laid back, kind, gentle and modeled to his family how to be an obedient follower of Christ and a devoted family man.  He was an ordained deacon and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Ozark.  He enjoyed spending time fishing, sightseeing, traveling, and attending various activities with his beloved family. Bill was dedicated to and instrumental in the raising of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was the best example of a dad, grandfather and great grandfather you will ever find, they just don’t make them like Bill anymore. He is survived by his wife Virginia; their three children: Dennis Woods and wife Brenda, Brenda Bilyeu and husband Richard, Susie Hampton and husband Brad; his grandchildren: Jeremy Woods, Angie Murfin and husband Randy, Jennifer Housley and husband Wayne, Julie Huffman and husband Mark, Janie Johnson and husband Mike, Zachary Hampton and fiancé Nicole Dowdy, Bethany Hampton and fiancé Heath Neil, and Seth Hampton; step grandchildren: Shawn Koder, Jason Cook and his wife Jill; his great grandchildren; his brother Dr. Taylor Woods and wife Barbara; brother in law Gene Tennis;  two sister in laws: Bessie Meier and husband Carl, Sheryl Foster and husband Bob; his nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Ball and her husband Everett, Bessie Tennis; sister in law Dora Woods, and brother and sister in law Marie and Orville Magers. Memorial contributions can be sent to the building fund at First Baptist Church of Ozark or Integrity Hospice. Funeral services for Bill will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 29, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Ozark, burial with full military honors will follow in Hopedale Cemetery.  The service will be officiated by Pastor Jim Jeffries.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Monday December 28, 2015, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com .

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