Ernest L. Woods, 71


Pastor Ernest L. Woods, 71, of Oneida, passed away January 16, 2013, at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Born  in Scott County, May 6, 1941, he was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. M.L. and Arizona (Reeves) Woods; father- and mother-in-law, Alonzo and Elsie Owens Laxton; brothers: Onis, Andy, and Amos Woods; sisters: Daytona Turner and husband, L.B.,  and Carman Morris and husband, Gilbert; and brothers- and sister-in-law: Earl Carson, and Otis and Leon Laxton, Betty Woods, and Veda Posey.

He served as pastor of Little Charity Ministries for 38 years; worked for Arvin Industries and for a company in Mississppi in the early 1960’s; and owned and operated Woods’ Boot & Shoe Repair in Oneida since 1966.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Laxton Woods of Oneida; daughter, Tammy Hill and husband, Jim, of Oneida; son, Daniel Woods and wife, Angie, of Oneida; granddaughters, Gabby Hill, Tasha Woods, and Milly Hill; brothers: Enis Woods of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Marcus Woods and wife, Barbara of Oak Ridge; sisters: Alice Watson, and Agness McClellan and husband, Pat, all of Ten Mile, Tenn.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Milford (Ducky) Laxton and wife, Gerri, Vivian Dean Carson, Tinah Ruthenberg and husband, Don, Inez Troxel and husband, Jack, and Retha Laxton, all of Oneida, Lothery J. Laxton and wife, Marie, of Smithville,  Virgie Mahrie of Milford, Ohio, Nancy Woods of Harriman, Crickett Woods of Morristown, and Joann Woods of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, his flock at Little Charity Ministries, and his devoted customers of Woods Shoe Repair.

Funeral service was conducted January 20, at Little Charity Ministries. Interment followed at Little Charity Ministries Cemetery.

Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown, had charge of arrangements.

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  1. Pastor Woods will be deeply missed, as our out of town pastor, when we are able to be in town, Little Charity Church will not be the same. Pastor Woods smile, his hugs, and his I love you, can never be replaced. I know that he is in a better place, I know that he is spending time with my mother, and it makes the missing of him easier. Love you, Pastor Woods we will all see you soon.