Calling Hours:
Friday, March 15, 2019, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:00-11:00am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Funeral Service:
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:00am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. V. David Foradori, officiating
Pastor of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church

Inurnment will be private in St. Michael Cemetery

James Harry Woods of 1512 Saranac Drive, Transfer, PA, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at the age of 70.  Mr. Woods was born October 3, 1948 in Sharon, PA to David and Marjorie (Schiestle) Woods.  He spent his childhood on his parents' dairy farm (Shadow Lawn Dairy) with his seven siblings.  James was a 1967 alumna of Reynolds High School and the Reynolds Wrestling Program.

He earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in General Science in 1972 from Edinboro University where he continued his wrestling career and served as the team captain.  He was also a proud member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.  After college, he was a wrestling coach and a general science and agriculture teacher at the Wattsburg Area School District.  In 1977, he continued his education at Penn State University earning a Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture.  Later, he taught Horticulture at Frew Mill School in Lawrence County.

He married the former Karen Louise McEntire on June 18, 1977.   In 1978 he decided to give up his teaching career to return home and manage the family farm that he was so proud of.  He wanted to be sure the farm remained in the family.  Mr. Woods had a passion for growing sweet corn and loved sharing it with neighbors, friends, and family.  He took pride in passing the gift of "Farm Life" to his four children, who will be forever grateful.  He was a selfless man who would give the shirt off of his back and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Karen and their four children: Jennifer Findlay, and her husband Chad of Cranberry, PA; Douglas Woods of Greenville, PA; Catherine Coast and her husband Dan of Sewickley, PA; Michael Woods and his fiance Katie Kesich of Slippery Rock, PA; nine grandchildren, Seth, Kendell, Cole, Clark, Hunter, Elise, Hayden, Christian, and Violet.  He is also survived by his father David James Woods of Transfer, PA; two brothers, John Woods and his wife Sissie of Petal, MS; Paul Woods of Sewickley, PA; five sisters, Kathy Miller of Greenville, SC, Beth Lawyer and her husband Dan of Warrenton, VA; Ruth Latimer and her husband Eric of Montreal, Canada; Dr. Mary Brown and her husband Ken of Bridgeville, PA; Nancy Rex and her husband Jeff of McMurray, PA.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie (Schiestle) Woods and a brother-in-law, Skip Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Transfer Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 105, Transfer, PA 16154.



  1. Kim McMillen Kim McMillen
    March 13, 2019    

    Praying for you at this very difficult time.

  2. Bill & Alice Ferguson Bill & Alice Ferguson
    March 13, 2019    

    Karen and family, so sorry for your loss.

    Bill & Alice Ferguson

  3. Jason & Kristen Berish Jason & Kristen Berish
    March 13, 2019    

    We are so sorry to hear about James passing. Our hearts go out to your family and friends.

  4. Ada Thompson Ansell & Marsha Thompson Ansell Ada Thompson Ansell & Marsha Thompson Ansell
    March 13, 2019    

    Karen and whole family, We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We remember you all when we were at Reynolds. Hugs and prayers from us.

  5. David Karp David Karp
    March 13, 2019    

    I am so sorry to read about Jim’s passing. He was a great fraternity brother at Edinboro and we always had a lot of fun. I was grateful he bought his wedding ring at my father’s store in Tarentum and I had a great time at his wedding. I always enjoyed seeing him at the Sig Tau Summer reunions in July and I will miss his company.

  6. Donna Heckman Haggerty Donna Heckman Haggerty
    March 14, 2019    

    I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

  7. Sharon and Pete Chandler Sharon and Pete Chandler
    March 14, 2019    

    Dear Woods Family,

    Was looking up information about Pete’s Mom and saw this and cannNOT believe I am reading this. Our hearts go out to ALL the family. Many prayers are with you at this time.


    Pete and Sharon Chandler

  8. Dale & Kim Hills Dale & Kim Hills
    March 14, 2019    

    Dear Karen and Family,
    Dale and I are so saddened with Jim’s passing! We will always remember his laughter and his great ability to make others laugh with him! You’re in our prayers!! God Bless!

  9. Barb Hawk Barb Hawk
    March 14, 2019    

    I was so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May God’s love comfort and sustain you at this difficult time. Peace to all of Jim’s family.

  10. Jerry and Janet Harpst Jerry and Janet Harpst
    March 14, 2019    

    Karen and the rest of the Woods families: We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May God comfort you and give you peace during this sad time and strength for the days ahead.

  11. Cathy and Bill Cusick, Kellie, Brian and Laura Doucet Cathy and Bill Cusick, Kellie, Brian and Laura Doucet
    March 14, 2019    

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Peter Hawk Peter Hawk
    March 15, 2019    

    So sorry to hear this news. Jim “Woodsy” was a true legend at Edinboro as member of the the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and the wrestling team. Great guy, fun and “Strong as a Bull” is a term I was raised with that definitely applies here. Good to see him at the 2018 summer reunion. We will definitely raise a toast in his honor and lasting memory at the reunion this summer. Prayers to his family during this time of sorrow, he will be missed by the many people that knew him.

  13. Becky (Weisgarber) Fry Becky (Weisgarber) Fry
    March 16, 2019    

    Karen and the Woods family: My deepest sympathy to you. No words can help at this difficult time, but my prayer is that God will give you all peace and comfort May He give you strength in the upcoming weeks as this will be a difficult time also.

  14. Maddox B. Stokes Maddox B. Stokes
    March 16, 2019    

    Dear Karen and family:
    Please accept my sincere condolence on Jim’s passing. I was unaware of his being ill and hope that you and your family are at peace knowing that he is at peace. All the best,
    Max Stokes

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