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Bishop James Harold Woods

Born: Sat., Jul. 27, 1935
Died: Wed., Mar. 17, 2021


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 21, 2021
Location: Cherokee Holiness Methodist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Mar. 21, 2021
Location: Cherokee Holiness Methodist Church

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Reverend James Harold Woods, 85, of Pembroke, was called home by our Lord and Savior on March 17, 2021. Born July 27, 1935 in Robeson County, he was the son of Curtis and Mary Brewer Woods. He was married to Rosa Dial Woods for 54 years. As a servant of God and his community, he was a teacher, a minister, and advocate for his tribe. James graduated from Pembroke State University in 1960 and was one of the first Native Americans to attend graduate school at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1963. He served as the head of the Science Department at Magnolia High School for three years and also as a School/Home Coordinator. It will be while working at Magnolia that he would meet his wife, Rosa. In 1963 he became a part-time minster at Cherokee Chapel Holiness Methodist Church, becoming full-time in 1969 until 1974. He continued his ministry at New Bethel Church (1974-77), Hopewell Holiness Methodist Church (1977-85), and then returned to New Bethel Church (1985- 2001). He served as Bishop for the Lumber River Holiness Methodist Conference for several years, first from 1982-85 and again from 1988-1996. Rev. Woods served his community in many ways, including his ministry with the Prisoners’ Friend Society and as Chairman and Board Member of the Lumbee Regional Development Association. He also served as a board member for the Robeson County Church and Community Center. He also played a role in the multi-racial coalition to break double voting for the Robeson County School Board. Rev. Woods was predeceased by parents Curtis and Mary Woods; brothers, Joseph Wynn, Dorlester Wynn Jr. and Steve Locklear; sisters, Mary Sue Locklear, Curtisy Lou McGirt, and Elizabeth Wynn. He is survived by his wife, Rosa Woods; children, Jean Kolbeck, Joan Goedel, and J. Cedric Woods; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Murphy Woods, Noah Woods, Sam Wynn, Hardy Wynn and sisters, Effie Locklear, Tammy Wynn, Mildred Maynor, Evelyn Morgan, Alice Hunt, Rebecca Oxendine and Margaret Hiraldo. There will be a public viewing at Cherokee Chapel Holiness Methodist Church on Sunday, March 21st from 1 to 2 pm, Due to Covid-19 concerns, the funeral service will be a private family service from 2 to 3 pm, followed by the committal at Cherokee Chapel Cemetery. Funeral services will be on speakers for those who choose to listen in the parking lot.

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Christopher Lynn Locklear
   Posted Thu March 18, 2021
My condolences to the family. Uncle James Harold was a Man of God and now he is home with his Saviour. God Bless!

Christopher Locklear
   Posted Thu March 18, 2021

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Christopher Locklear.

Uncle James Harold you have done great work for the Lord on the Earth. You will be missed. Your Nephew, Christopher Lynn Locklear

Kathryn Ransom
   Posted Fri March 19, 2021

Palm Plant was sent by Kathryn and Barbara Ransom .

Mrs. Woods, Jean, Joan and Cedric. Preacher James Harold was a wonderful man and Preacher. He and Uncle Julian are now in heaven together praising God our Father along with all our relatives who have gone before. May you all have comfort in this thought. Kathy and Barbara Ransom

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Bishop James Harold Woods during this most difficult time. I pray that Gods caring and comforting presence will be bestowed upon you and may his presence help ease the pain of your loss.

Belinda Hunt
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Pastor Woods was truly a man of God, my Grandmother Beulah Sanderson adored
Pastor Woods and Ms. Rosa. He married my husband and I in 1992 at New Bethel Holiness Methodist Church. Pastor James H. Woods touched a lot of people here on earth, and I know God said when he entered those Pearly Gates he said he was pleased with the work he did here on earth.

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