Terry Lee Woods

July 5, 1948 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 72)


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Terry Lee Woods 72, of Bahama, NC passed from this life into eternal life on March 24, 2021, at his home. Terry was born in Rocky Mount, NC on July 5,1948,  to Eldon and Alice Thorpe Woods. Terry was predeceased in death by his mother, Alice Thorpe Woods, father, Eldon Woods, and two brothers, Edward Earl Thorpe and James Ralph Woods.

Terry was educated in the Durham Public Schools, attending East End Elementary School, Julian S Carr Junior High School and Durham High School (Durham School of the Arts). While attending Carr Junior High and Durham High School, Terry excelled in sports, football, track and wrestling. His passion was "football." He was a star football player, while enduring "racial slurs" from members of the opposing football team. His teammates always had his "back." He was considered the "most exciting runner" at Durham High School in many years and "Lettered" in football the last two years at DHS.
After graduating from Durham High School, Terry attended Croft Business School and worked with the Environment Protection Agency. While working at the Environment Protection Agency, he was asked by his supervisor to go to Saudi Arabia to work. His job responsibility in Saudi Arabia was to create blueprints to build another city. He worked in Saudi Arabia for three years. Upon returning to the states, Terry worked as a printer for UNC Memorial Hospital, where he eventually became the manager. He retired from UNC Memorial Hospital as manager in 2013. 

In 1974, Terry married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Diane McCrae. To this union, two daughters were born, Courtney Theresa Woods Cooper (Jeremy) and Avis Nicole Woods. Terry adored his two daughters, Courtney and Avis. He would do anything for them. He spent a lot of time with them. During their early elementary school years, he would read to them every night. He loved playing with them. We would sometimes take them to Toys R Us and they would choose a board game and we would come home and play the game with them. Terry was the "cook" in the family. He could cook anything. While Courtney and Avis were toddlers, we started a tradition of having Christmas Eve Dinner, inviting family and friends. This tradition continued until 2019. Terry would do all the cooking. Friends and family looked forward to this every year. Whenever there was any type of celebration for the girls, Terry would do all the cooking/grilling. Terry also enjoyed being outdoors, no matter what type of weather it was. He loved having a beautiful yard. He would plant pansies in the fall and begonias in the spring, prune the rose bushes and kept the grass cut. He would sometimes cut the grass when it did not need to be cut. When the grandchildren came along, he really did spoil them. Whatever they wanted to eat he would cook it for them. Terry taught Kennedy and Chandler how to cook fried eggs and snickerdoodle cookies.  He taught them how to ride their electric scooters that Santa bought them one Christmas. He would take them to the school parking lot where they learned to ride them and he would always give them money to go to their favorite store, "Five and Below." Terry would collect all of his change (quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies) for them. The "munchkins" as they were called, would count the money, keep them in a certain container, keep a record of it and this would be their spending change when they came to visit grandma and grandpa. Courtney ran track while attending Carrington Middle School and Northern High School. He would work with her on perfecting her running skills and attending all of her track meets, taking members of the track team sliced oranges. Terry loved having cookouts and putting that grill to work. When Avis decided to attend Savannah College of Art and Design to obtain a Master's Degree she told her dad she wanted to have a "house warming celebration." He knew what she meant by this, and he immediately said she did not have to worry about the food. We all knew he would do all the cooking. Terry also enjoyed helping others. He kept in touch with friends from  "way back in the day."

Terry leaves to cherish his loving memories, his wife of 47 years, Claudia M. Woods, two devoted daughters, Courtney (Jeremy) of Hope Mills, NC, and Avis of Marietta, Georgia; four loving and rambunctious granddaughters, Kennedy, Chandler, Essynce and Skylar; Mother-in-law, Iva D. McCrae of Durham, NC; brother, Robert Woods ( Arnetta) of Durham, NC; sister, Janet Dianne Williams (Thomas) of Universal City, Texas; sister-in-law, Marianne Woods of Jesup, Georgia,: sister-in-laws Jacquelyn M. Jenkins (Johnny) of Matthews, NC, Parepa M. Williams, of Lewisville, NC, Deborah G. McCrae of Wake Forest, NC, Tonya G. McCrae of Durham, NC and Tammy McCrae-Coley of Greensboro, NC, Constance H. Lowe (long time family friend who was like a sister), along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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Memorial Service
April 10, 2021

1:00 PM
White Rock Baptist Church
3400 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

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