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Claudell Woods

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June 13, 1957    Sept. 26, 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016
St. Matthew Baptist Church

St. Matthew Baptist Church
McNeil, AR

Rev. Henry Warren

Friday, September 30, 2016 between the hours of 11:am until 5:pm
Family hours will be held during the time of 5:30pm until 6:30pm
at Marks Funeral Home in Magnolia, AR


Claudell Woods was born June 13, 1957 to the late Claude and Mattie Woods. He is a graduate of the former McNeil High School and attended the county’s hometown university, Southern Arkansas University, majoring in Mathematics and Political Science.  

Mr. Woods graduated from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville, AR in 1982 and began the practicing of law at the East Arkansas Legal Services in West Memphis, AR. He later transitioned to the Arkansas National Guard as a judge advocate in the legal division (JAG). He retired from the National Guard after 26 years with the rank of Colonel. He went on to be the Chair of the Political Science, Geography and History Department at his alma mater, Southern Arkansas University, while working at his private practice part-time.

Claudell married the former Paula Washington, of West Memphis, Arkansas, on June 9, 1984. The union brought forth two sons: C. Mason and Cameron. 

Claudell departed this life on Monday, September 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Claudell is survived by his wife of thirty-two (32) years, Paula, his two sons C. Mason (Chassity) of Little Rock, Arkansas and Cameron, of Carbondale, Illinois; his grandchildren, Charidey and Caydence, both of Little Rock, Arkansas; one brother, Norman (Jean) Woods, of Pomona, California; three sisters, Ida Mae (Lee) Meadows, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Ethel Jackson, of McNeil, Arkansas, and Claudine (Eddie) Johnson, of Stephens, Arkansas; four aunts; two uncles; one mother-in-law; three brothers-in-law; one special niece, Tamieka Forte; two adopted grandchildren, Madison and Nicholas; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.