The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 17, 2022, at United Holiness Church, 901 Aaron Snipes Sr. Drive, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Road, Buena Vista, Georgia. Masks are required.
The family requests no visitors at this time, and they would like to say thank you for respecting their privacy.
Graveside services, including burials, are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
Gloria Aldridge Woods was born on February 3, 1954, to the late Joe and Mary Lois Aldridge in Buena Vista, Georgia. She was one of 10 siblings and she always valued the memories of growing up in a big family, how their parents worked hard to provide for them and how she appreciated the peace and quiet of “country-living”. It was during this time Gloria found her passion for cooking, caretaking for her younger siblings, sewing and gardening in which she continued to be involved in throughout her life. In 1973, she married the love of her life, the late James E. Woods Sr. and to this union three children were born. She was an exceptional wife and mother that cared deeply and devoted her life to raising her children to have a servant heart for family, friends and any one they met along the way.
Gloria accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1977 and was a faithful member of United Holiness Church, Inc. in Americus, Georgia for over 40 years. Her faith was always centermost and she sincerely loved her work for the ministry which was evident in everything she did.
Gloria was employed by Manhattan Shirt Company and Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare for a combined 45 years where she was known for being a quiet but strong person who would give you a sense of calm and peace when talking with her because you could feel her love of Jesus in her eyes and words.
Those left to cherish her memories include her children James E. Woods Jr. (Keisha), Leesburg, Georgia; Jennifer O. Woods, Macon, Georgia; and Jessika S. Woods, Americus, Georgia; her beloved grandsons: Second Lieutenant Treshawn D. Woods, Fort Lee, Virginia; Jerrod T. Woods, Kennesaw, Georgia; and grandpuppy: Ruby Bella Woods; her siblings: Janice (Benjamin) Walker, Columbus, Georgia; Brenda Minter, Hartford, Connecticut; Joanna (Donald) McCrary, Stockbridge, Georgia; Terrell Aldridge, Columbus, Georgia; Vivian Booker, Columbia, South Carolina; Willie Mae (Derek) Lane, Seattle, Washington; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, lifelong friends and her devoted caregivers Carol Hart Hollis and Tamia Smith. She was preceded in death by her siblings Larry, Roland, and Frankie Aldridge.