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Pastor Lee Woods

veteranApr 13th, 1931 - Apr 24th, 2022

Celebration of Life: 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Assembly of God Church in Flora

Visitation: 2-3 p.m. on Saturday at the church with military funeral honors presented at 2 p.m. 


     Pastor Lee Woods, age 91, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday night, April 24, 2022, at his home.

     He was born April 13, 1931, in Newton, the son of Jesse Lee and Gladys (Stoops) Woods.  He was united in marriage to Frances I. Laswell on November 19, 1954, in Las Vegas, Nevada and together they have shared 67 wedding anniversaries.

     Lee served in the Navy for a year before transferring to the Air Force where he worked as a jet aircraft mechanic.  He served as Pastor at the Flora Assembly of God Church for 36 years but had been involved with the church since 1964.  God always came first with Lee, and he loved spreading the word.  He loved people and especially enjoyed time spent with his family, friends, and church family.  Lee always said, “if you want JOY in your life, put JESUS first, then OTHERS, and lastly YOURSELF.”  He  was a great example of a Godly man, and he will be remembered as a loving Pastor, husband, and father.  He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and traveling, especially out West.

     He is survived by his wife: Frances Woods of Flora; son: David Woods of Flora; daughter: Paula Fatheree of Flora; grandchildren: Zachary (Vanessa) Fatheree of Xenia and Isaiah Fatheree of Flora; great-grandchildren: Maddie, Landen, Rayna, Avrie, Lilly, and Zaylee; great-great-grandchild: Willow; grand-dog: Marley; and a brother: Paul Woods of Charleston.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Bob Woods; and a sister: Bea Fields-Clark.

     A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Assembly of God Church in Flora.  Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. at the church with military funeral honors presented at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Flora Assembly of God Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:   


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Pam Williams

April 26th

So sorry to hear Praying for the family.

Danny and Brenda Bradham

April 26th

So sorry to hear this. Always had a smile, great man of God.

Shelly Allen

April 26th

What do you say? Except what fun we know you are having walking the streets of gold. A wonderful Man of God, a teacher, a preacher always fulfilling his call upon his life sharing Jesus Christ and making sure you weren't planning for hell to be your eternal home. A man with wisdom and knowledge and knowing the bible like the back of his hand who could teach on Revelations with a new understanding each time. And how could we forget his favorite...Galations 5: 22-23 "The Fruit of the Spirit". Pastor, you were more than just our Pastor, you were our father, our grandfather, our family. You will sure be missed but wouldn't wish you back. Miss Fran, Paula, David, Zach, Vanessa and family, and Isaiah we love you and thinking of you. Shelly Allen Kaylee Allen and Patrick Dailey

Mike and Sharon Gray

April 26th

So sorry to hear of Pastor Lee's passing. He was a wonderful man. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Loretta Payne

April 26th

Sorry for your loss. He was a good man and a long time family friend. He will be missed.

April 26th

Sorry to hear the news, Knew Lee for 58 years. Good man.

Jay& Karen Sessions

April 26th

A very good man.He was our neighbor for years.prayers for the family.

Josh n Ashley Persinger

April 26th

Your guidance through the years and our marriage were so appreciated. Your love for the Lord shined so bright and the power to preach his words were always touching. You will be so dearly missed and we won't forget the times you were there for us. Especially when you married us as such a young couple you knew we were for each other! With love God speed Pastor Lee ๐Ÿ™

Lucy Burgess

April 26th

I am so sorry to hear about Rev. Woods. I have always enjoyed his Sunday Morning radio ministry. My sincere sympathy to the family, with love and prayers.

Tim Bowen

April 27th

He might be gone but he will never be forgotten. He was a very nice Pastor as well as a nice person. I am so sorry for your loss but he is rejoicing right now with the Angels in heaven.

Cindy Huff

April 26th

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lee was a wonderful Pastor, husband, and dad. Bless you, all in this time of sorrow. Cindy Huff (Nita's Sister).

April 26th

Pastor Lee Woods planned a seed in my life many years ago, that eventually encouraged me to turn my life around! I preached for him this April. Great service. He was a true Christian Warrior. Love you Cousin Jack Stoops

Berdella R. McGrew

April 26th

So very sorry. He was such a sweet man of God. I'm sure he is already enjoying his eternal life in Heaven. Prayers for Paula and her family.

Rosa Cain

April 27th

Fran, David, and Paula, My Love and Prayers are with you!

Jim & Rita Flummer

April 27th

Condolences to his family and friends.

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

April 27th

We are so very sorry for your loss. ๐Ÿ™

Brenda Miller

April 27th

So sorry for your earthly loss but, Heaven has gained a gem! Paula, I have heard you the past couple of weeks on Sunday morning and know how proud he must be of you. He was truly a God serving man and brought his word to many. Prayers of comfort and peace.

Kim welty

April 27th

Rip pastor Lee you are now happy and healthy.

Mark and Debra Carpenter Phillips

April 27th

So sorry to hear about your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with Frannie, Paula and all the family, church family and friends. Pastor Lee was not only a great man of God, a great Pastor,a man of wisdom a great teacher and leader and a great personal family friend,he always had a smile on his face and was so funny to be around he was quite a joy...I personally will miss all his words through Him from God that he would Pray with my family and I everytime he would see us,I always appreciated and loved him dearly..He will be greatly missed by not only Mark and I, the Carpenter family but so many others. It has been an honor to have been part of his family and a great friend...God has blessed you to be in the Lords house what a celebration that is! Hugs and Prayers for all family and friends....

Rhesa E

April 27th

Dear Paula & family,please accept my sympathy & empathy for your loss of your Dad. Love, hugs & Prayers

Jack Stoops

April 27th

One of the kindest person I have ever know! I preach for my cousin the first of April of this year! had a great service that will always be ingrained in my memory RIP my cousin

Scott Sullens

April 27th

To Dave and The Family I am so truly sorry to hear about the passing of Lee. He was a great man and Great human being he is now at home with The Lord and will be looking over you til the day you guys arre all reunited for eternity.

Bill & Brenda Austin

April 27th

Pastor Lee You were truly a God-fearing man who taught us from the word of God... You are loved and blessed by us all, your congregation... Who dearly loves and appreciate you! And will greatly miss you until we meet again in Heaven above. Love Bill and Brenda Austin โค

Tasha Austin Evans

April 27th

Praying for comfort for the family. May God be with you. Fly high Pastor Woods. Until we meet again ๐Ÿ’œ

Preston Bonham

April 27th

Sending love & care to the family, & thank you Pastor Lee for all the teachings and words of wisdom you have gave over the many years of knowing you. I'll miss you, & will remember you always.

Terry Igert

April 30th

So very sorry for your loss!!!

Pete and Alma Ybarra

April 29th

Sorry for your loss. The Lord had prepared a place for Pastor Woods. He is looking down on you from heaven. It will be a glorious day we you all meet him in Gods house. May His spirit guide you throughout these trying times. God bless you๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป. Pete and Alma

Gary Grogan

April 29th

Deepest sympathy and prayers. I have always loved and respected Pastor Lee. I met him when I was DYD (formerly called DCAP) of the Illinois District Assemblies of Godโ€”praying for the family. Blessings, Gary & Bonnie Grogan

Dave Welty

April 30th

So sorry to hear of Leeโ€™s passing! I met Lee shortly after I got out of the Army. He was a good man and a very good friend. He will be greatly missed! Prayers to family!

Gloria, Leon, & Brock Allen

April 28th

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was a very kind person who was a family friend as long as I can remember. Prayers for your family.

Steve and Cindy Valbert

April 28th

So very sorry, Paula and family. You all are in our prayers.

May 2nd

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time We will really miss pastor Lee after all these years being our pastor and his smile We will also miss talking to him about ๐ŸŸ fishing and hunting ๐Ÿ„ mushrooms that he really liked to do we always talked about all of us going fishing at Sam's Dale lake but never got to

George Crumbacher

May 3rd

One of the greatest and sweetest Man of God I knew. I attended Flora Assembly of God from 1976 to 1981 and our Pastor was Rick Stratton and Brother Lee Woods was Deacon. Pastor Lee Woods was a great and wonderful influence in my life. Francis, Paula, David and all the family I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

Meryl woods jr

May 5th

So sorry for your loss,my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

White Beverly

May 7th

I remember Pastor Lee Woods. I also remember that he would be there whenever he was needed without any hesitation. Pastor Lee Woods was a great impact in my Walk with God. My prayers and condolences to the Woods family.

ivan painter

May 8th

i worked at amf where lee and his brother serviced the canteen food and sanwich machine's he was the honest man i ever met, also he once had his daughter with him she might have been 10 years old he was a good dad and a christian and i considered him a friend.

Barbara Sullens Branche

May 17th

I am sorry for your loss Paula, David and Fran. I don't have to tell you what a great man of God Lee was. He was compassionate toward the lost and led a good example for others to follow. I remember growing up when Brother Lee would fill in and preach on Sunday nights. I recall his rolling skating story of how to put God above all things, it stuck with me to this day! My parents Don and Shirley Sullens send their condolences as well.



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