Gale Mays Woods

Born on February 6, 1939

Departed on January 14, 2013 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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WOODS, Gale M., age 73 of Hendersonville, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, January 14, 2013. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his son, Michael in 2010, (cancer); parents, Denton and Orlean Woods and his close friends, Carl Bailey, Lloyd Jones, Jerry Smith and Ken Donnell. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 49 years, Pamela; daughter, Cindy (Stacey) Thurman; daughter-in-law, Tami Woods; grandchildren, Malarie, Charlie and Sam Woods, Ali and Tanner Thurman; sister, Fayla Briley; brother-in-law, Jerry (Donia) Aker; nephews and niece, Don and Cary Briley and Jeremy and Susan Aker; his beloved animals, LillyBelle, Keegan, Seal and Emma. Gale graduated from Madison High School in 1957 and attended Vanderbilt University in 1961 where he received his BS in Electrical Engineering. He served in the Army National Guard. He worked for a year at Florida Power and Light before working at Dupont Company in Old Hickory where he retired with 38 years of service. He served faithfully on the board of directors at Old Hickory Credit Union for many years. He was an avid golfer and cherished time spent with friends. Gale was a member of Goodlettsville Church of Christ and former member of Madison Church of Christ. A special thanks to TN Oncology at Centennial, Dr. Howard Burris, Jan Hronek and Dedi McComb. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers, Madison H.S. Class of '56 and '57, Bonnett Dawson and the employees and Bd. of Directors of Old Hickory Credit Union, David Duke, Don Johnson, Terry and Donna Todd, Ron Calhoun, Dennis and Connie Street, Bob Wojcik, Burke Smith, Larry and Anita Dibrell, Jimmy Stamps, Jerry Mires, Kelli, Mike, Shane and Saylor Breece, Janis and Bob Denson, Robert Whitehead, Delores Smith, Ginny and Dan Woods, Charlene and Wendell Elrod, Lori and Bill Eubank, Tommy and Jeanne Osborne, Judy and Lanny Simpson, Earl Satterfield, Micki and Frank Pendleton, Bill Simmons, Ron Chapman, Bobby Hurt, Don Deering, Dr. Edward Edgin, Ann and Bob McElhiney, Bill and Linda Wilkerson, Al and Verna Frey. Gale cherished the Lord, his family and friends and we will always carry his memory in our hearts. Family will receive friends 4-8pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Cole and Garrett, Goodlettsville. Service will be at 11am Wednesday at Goodlettsville Church of Christ with visitation 1hr. prior to the service. Bro. Charles Baugh and Bro. Lee Hickerson and Bro. Cody Boston to officiate. Singing will be led by Robert Whitehead with lifetime memories shared by Donald Deering. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or Goodlettsville Church of Christ Mexico Mission Fund, 411 S. Main St., Goodlettsville, TN 37070-0215. Interment, Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. COLE & GARRETT FUNERAL HOME, (615)859-5231.

10 Comments to Gale Mays Woods

  1. Marshall & Candy Culpepper
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    So honored and blessed to have known such a kind and wonderful person. With our sincere sympathy.6w2eX

  2. Charles and Sue Isham
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  3. James and Judy Drake
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    We were saddened to read of Gale’s illness and passing yesterday. Please accept our heartfelt codolences. Our thoughts are with you.

  4. Mac & Sherry Breece
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Pam, we are so sorry for your loss. Wanted to come up today, but weather would not permit it. You are in our thoughts.

  5. Bill & Martha Hickerson
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    We have only known Gale for a few years, but quickly grew to love and appreciate him and his wonderful family. Although beset by many serious health problems and losses of loved ones, their faith and their obvious love for others stayed very strong. Gale always seemed so very happy to be at church services, even if he was in pain. He is greatly missed.

  6. John Zelle
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I have many fond memories of working with Gale. He was truly one of the good guys. As was said at a funeral many years ago about one of our co-workers, “They don’t make many of them like him anymore” to which someone replied “they never did”.

  7. Jay Jones
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Gale’s passing. He was a good man, and I loved him. I’m so glad our families were so close, as some of my happiest childhood memories are of the “Jones, Woods, and Bailey” swim parties and get-togethers. Such good times, such great love. The days seemed to go on forever, and I can still hear Gale, Lloyd, and Carl laughing. I miss those days, and I miss them.

    Gale tutored me in Algebra when I was 13. I was struggling with it, and as a favor to my dad, he took the time to work with me once a week until I got it. I’ll never forget that. He was always there for Mike and Cindy, but he made time for others, as well.

    I was so moved to see the names of my dad, Carl, and Jerry in the obituary. They were all such great friends. When my dad died (and before I got the news), I dreamed about Carl. He was standing on a beach by the ocean, smiling, and my dad and he both waved to me as they ran down the beach. I bet Gale is running with them now. And I know it’s a sunny day, they are laughing, and the day goes on forever.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Jay Jones
    The Jones Family

  8. Rodney Toothman
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Thinking of you during this time of sorrow.

  9. Joe Wheeler
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Thinking of the Woods family in this time of great sorrow. May my heartfelt thoughts comfort you.

  10. Hope Welch
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Cindy, I love you and I my heart is with you. I will keep you in my prayers in my prayers. I know your sweet memories will comfort you.

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