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Thelma Woods

March 12, 1941 — January 28, 2020

Remembering Thelma Woods

Thelma Jean Woods was born on March 12th, 1941, in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Rufus Woods Sr. and the Late Mrytle Coggins-Woods.

Thelma gave her life to Jesus Christ at a young age while attending Olive Branch Baptist Church. She was very adamant about her work for the Lord and taught her family (Children) and others the value of Prayer, studying the word, and serving among many other things (values). She kept the faith never wavering. She served as the church secretary for many years and was in the choir and mission. She served her church until her health prevented her from doing so.

She graduated from Washington High School, she graduated from "Oil Belt Vocational School with an Accounting Degree, she worked for Sims Mortuary for many years as a Secretary.

She was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law, she gave unselfishly of herself; not only to her family but to friends. She was caring and helped her neighbors within her neighborhood and community when there was a need and when there wasn't.

Preceding her in death, her Father, Rufus Woods Sr., Mother Mrytle Coggins-Woods, and her sister, Marie Meeks Gill.

Left to cherish her memories her daughters: Angelia, (Patrick) Watley of Memphis, TN, La Tanya (Marlon) Evans of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Son: Marquis (La Twanda) Evans of El Dorado AR, brothers: Rufus Woods Jr. of El Dorado AR,  J.T.(Betty) Woods of El Dorado AR, Sisters: Dorothy Moore Davis and Betty J. Woods of San Diego CA, Grandchildren, La Kenya Watley-Brown, Elijah Watley, Miriam Evans, Nya Evans, Jonathan Evans, Chloe Evans, Tyrell Dunn, great-grandchildren, Serenity Brown, Faith Brown and Kristopher Brown Jr.

Public visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., at Sims Mortuary. Celebration of Life Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at New Olive Branch Baptist Church. Internment at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Sims Mortuary. Sign the guestbook

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Celebration of Life

Friday, February 7, 2020

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