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G. W. (Dub) Woods

Obituary for G. W. (Dub) Woods

Huntsville High, SHSU alum, ancestor of early Walker County settlers

Services will be conducted for G.W. Woods, 65, at Northside Baptist Church, 1207 FM 980, Huntsville, Friday Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., the Rev. Reagan Cooksey officiating. Burial will be at McAdams Cemtery, 1251 FM 1696 Road W., Huntsville, following the service. Visitation will be Feb. 14 (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 Normal Park Drive, Huntsville.

G.W. (Dub) died after from pneumonia Sunday, Feb. 10.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1954 in Houston, Texas to Sherrel Odis “S.O.” Woods, Sr. and Lillian Wynell Colley Woods. The family lived in Houston during his early childhood until settling in Bedias, Walker County, Texas. The Woods’ are one of the early pioneer families of Walker County with their ancestral Guerrant home being donated to Sam Houston State University and Museum.

G.W. graduated from Huntsville High School in 1972 where he served as a Captain of the Hornet football team and participated in Future Farmers of America. He attended Sam Houston State University and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice. G.W. married the love of his life, Cristina Browning, in the gazebo at Elkins Lake on April 4, 1981. G.W. and Cristina were blessed with three children, Zachary, Carly, and Ethan. He spent his career working in Field Services for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, retiring after 27 years.

G.W. was an avid hunter, gardener, and enjoyed coaching his sons throughout their little league baseball days and supported his daughter in various sporting activities. He was a staunch supporter of his alma mater and attended many SHSU football and baseball games. His happy place was at the Guerrant farm where he hunted, fished, gardened, and hosted parties with his friends. G.W.’s love for animals was evident from the way he doted on his fur family, which consisted of three dogs: Shiner, Gypsy, and Buster; four ponies: Sassy, Nemo, Piper, and Pearl; and one donkey: Cinnabon.

G.W. will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 40 years, Cristina, and his children, Zachary Wayne Woods (Melissa Shook Woods), Carly Michelle Woods, and Ethan Browning Woods (Kelsey Lauren McFarlin). G.W. will also be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren, Matthew Wayne Shook, Kiley Rayne Woods, and Autumn Grace Woods; by his brother, S.O. “Woody” Woods (Julie Adams Woods); mother-in-law, Helen Haines Browning; brother-in-law, Robert Andrew Browning; nieces, Allison Wynelle Woods Marsh (Trent Kreg Marsh) and Shelley Woods Blair (Bradley Wayne Blair); great niece, Allie Grace Blair; and great nephews, Mason Dillard Marsh and Connor Mathew Blair; along with numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles as well as friends.

G.W. was preceded in death by his father, S.O. Woods, Sr., and his mother, Lillian Wynell Colley Woods, as well as his father-in-law, Garth Ronald Browning.

Memorial donations in memory of G.W. Woods in lieu of flowers can be made to the following charitable organizations: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (diabetesresearch.org, Donate), American Kidney Fund (kidneyfund.org, Give Now), American Heart Association (Heart.org, Make A Memorial Donation), or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org, Donate). G.W.’s family encourages those that are able, to consider becoming a blood and/or organ donor to save lives.

Condolences may be made @ www.shmfh.com.




About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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