William Willis Woods

Sunrise: November 15, 1941

Sunset: March 21, 2024

William Willis Woods, better known as Woody, or Billy, was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia on November 15, 1941, to parents Samuel Moxley Woods and Carrie Elizabeth Williams. Billy attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he entered the United States Navy in 1959 and retired in 1982. He met the love of his life Barbara Anderson, and they were married in 1970. 

Billy delighted in golf, culinary pursuits, and treasured gatherings with family and friends, where his clever humor brightened every occasion. He remained abreast of global events by tuning into CNN, ensuring he was informed and engaged with the world beyond his immediate surroundings.

As a hero to all, he embodied courage and selflessness, always putting the needs of others before his own. Whether it was rescuing someone in danger or simply lending a listening ear, he was there without hesitation. His bravery was not just in grand gestures but in the everyday moments when he stood up for what was right and stood by those in need.

But his greatest gift was his ability to impart wisdom and life lessons effortlessly. He did not preach or lecture; instead, he led by example, showing through his actions the values of empathy, integrity, and resilience. People sought his guidance, knowing his words carried weight born of experience and sincerity.

Mr. Woods was a beacon of kindness, his heart overflowing with compassion for everyone he encountered. His actions spoke volumes, touching lives in ways both big and small. With a humble demeanor, he did not seek recognition or praise; his satisfaction came from the joy of helping others.

Billy is predeceased by his parent Samuel Moxley Woods and Carrie Elizabeth Williams and his only brother Donald L. Woods. He leaves to cherish his fond memories, his loving and devoted wife, of nearly fifty-four years, Barbara Janet, nieces Sonja Shepherd (Lewis) of Lithia, FL, Melanee Holder (Bobbie) of Thonotosassa, FL, Teresa Martin of Portsmouth, VA, Tina Martin of Portsmouth, VA, Mallory Evans of Portsmouth, VA and Morgan Evans of Woodbridge VA. Special cousins Richard and Michael Keats of Hagerstown, MD., and a host of cousins, great nieces, great nephews, relatives, and friends.

In a world often filled with chaos and uncertainty, Mr. Woods was a steady presence, a guiding light for those navigating life’s challenges. His legacy lives on not just in the lives he touched directly but in the ripple effect of kindness and wisdom, he spread throughout the world. He truly will be missed.

Viewing Monday, April 1, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, April 2, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Teresa Martin says

    Uncle Woody, your absence leaves a void that words can’t fill. You were not just an uncle, you were a father, and a guiding light, a source of strength, and a pillar of love in my life. Your wisdom, kindness, and unwavering support shaped me into the person I am today. Though you may no longer be here with us, your memory lives on in the countless lives you touched. I will forever cherish the moments we shared and hold onto the lessons you taught me. Your love will continue to guide me through life’s journey, and I find solace in knowing that you’re watching over me from above. Rest in peace, Uncle Woody You will always be deeply loved and profoundly missed.
    Love your Niece, Teresa

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    Sheila R Plummer says

    I did not know Woody, but feel I known him from his friend Cynthia Burrell. Through her eyes I feel he is a friend. Rest Mr. Woods..

    Sheila Plummer

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    Erika Ruffin says

    You were a great example of a great man. You will truly be missed!

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    Shirley Woods says

    Dear family words are insuffient in times like these.it is my honor and privilege to remember brother- in – law Billy’s ready humor, quick wit, pleasant ways, and care and concern for others. may U rest in the peace of the LORD.

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    Richard Keats says

    Donald, Billy, Corky, Michael, & me[Dicky] gave our grandmother a heck of a time as kids. The time has come to say solong. I will miss you cuz love you Dicky

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    Denise Gallop says

    The Norfolk Department of Human Services extends our sincere sympathy during the passing of Mr. Woods. Through the eyes of his devoted neice and our colleague, Mallory Evans, many of our employees developed a fondness for “Uncle Woody” and “Aunt Barbara.” Please know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Denise Gallop
    Norfolk Department of Human Services

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    Berry M Jones III says

    Thank Mr. Woody for being the best father figure in my life and my great talking buddy. My family was truly blessed to have you and Barbara as our neighbors. I will miss you immensely, I know you and my mother are having good times with the others who have passed on. Love you my friend and so long until we meet again!

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    Pearl & Stanley Thomas Jr says

    To dear Barbara our neighbor, we wish to extend our heart felt sympathy to you at this time. Although we know that you will miss your husband of so many years, just know that our heavenly Father is a comforter, He knows all about it and He will take care of you. We are right next door and are willing to be of help as/if needed just let us know. Be encouraged and know that brighter days are coming.

    Pearl & Stanley Thomas Jr

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