For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb”
When God thought of kindness and laughter in this world, He thought of the need for Michael L. Woods. To Jimmy and Carol Woods, he gifted Michael on October 16, 1966, in Chicago, Illinois. It was there that Michael spent his childhood, confessed Christ at an early age, and served in the youth department at First Baptist Church, before relocating to Marion, AL. On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Michael returned home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at his residence.
Michael, known as “Big-Mike” to many of his close friends and acquaintances, was a very free-spirited, kind, self-less, and caring individual that knew how to get a laugh out of you. If you needed anything and he had it to give, it was yours. He had a passion for culinary, which he fulfilled as a chef at Southland Nursing Home and master on the grill in the front yard. He had a zeal for life that later placed him on the highways throughout the country as a truck-driver for US Express, J.B. Hunt, Osborn, Celadon, Honda, and Suits. He never met a stranger and took many new drivers under his wing to train, who often expressed their gratitude for his role in their life and journey. He loved to travel and wanted to see everything and everywhere there was to see. If you said “go” he said, “when are we going?”. His motivations allowed him to have many big goals and dreams ahead, but God saw his accomplishments here on this earth in a greater magnitude of completion and said that his work here is done. For God’s plan and timing is perfect without flaws, as He is the All-Knowing, the Beginning, and the End. One day in His courts is far greater than a thousand days spent elsewhere.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” John 14:3
Michael’s vibrant personality leaves much to remember by his loved ones. His greatest treasure was his love for his family. He is preceded in death by his son, Michael Spicer, and his grandparents,Henry E. Penn, Jr. and Fidelia Penn. His memories will forever be cherished by his loving wife Linda Woods (Marion, Alabama); daughter, Tomeka Spicer (San Francisco, California), grand-daughter NyKesha Hogan (Marion, Alabama), parents, Jimmy and Carol Woods (Marion, Alabama); one brother, Jimmy E. Woods, Jr. (Carbondale, Illinois), and one sister, Sheena Bradley Marsh (La grange, Illinois). Michael’s memories will also be cherished by his sisters in law, brothers in law and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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