Starved Himself to Death
To the Galveston News.
An unusual occurrence recently happened in this community. Uncle David Woods (colored) fell victim to death by fasting. For more than four years he has been saying that he was led by the Holy Ghost. He has prophesied many things which proved failures. Many efforts were made to discourage him in his course, but with no avail. He was told by the Holy Ghost to begin fasting on the 20th of November. On said date promptly he proceeded to obey the Holy Ghost. Ten days passed without food or water. After that time, with much agony, he wept for water, but could not be entreated to drink, saying he could not disobey the Holy Ghost. He ordered wine and lay on his bed and administered the Lord's supper, naming some of his guests Mary and Martha. Such ones as he believed vile sinners he did not want in the house. He then began eating very weak food, and ate three days and commenced fasting again, and continued until death on the 20th inst. The deceased was 82 years of age, brought from Alabama while a boy to Texas by his master, David Rhodes. He was emancipated in Colorado county, on Colorado river. From there he located on the farm of Judge J. W. Jones. On said place he accumulated wealth and bought a home containing 400 acres near the old slave farm. He was in good health, going about telling neighbors of the time when he would begin fasting. On other matters he talked with as good sense as he ever did. On the day before he began fasting he gave his adopted daughter, Mrs. India Champ, his money and personal property, saying that he did not need them any more. The deceased was a law-abiding citizen, a good neighbor, and was loved by white and black. [Place of interment unknown]
R, D. DERVIN
Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1909
YOUNG NEGRO KILLED WITH STAB WOUND IN FIGHT SUNDAY
JOE SMITH IN JAIL CHARGED WITH MURDERING DENNIE WOODS OVER GIRL
At AN EXAMINING TRIAL HELD Tuesday, Joe Smith 16 or 17 year old Negro boy was relanded (sic) to jail on a charge of having killed Dennie Woods, another Negro boy of about the same age, with a knife wound in the heart, during a fight the boys were having over who was to accompany a young girl home from church Sunday night. The trial was held before Justice Thrower, who also held the inquest over the body of Woods, rendering a verdict that he came to his death by stab wound inflicted with a knife in the hands of Joe Smith. [Interment in Gay Hill Cemetery]
Church was just out and a number of colored people were going to the river to cross the ferry to their homes on the other side when the boys got into an argument as to who was to accompany a girl home. According to testimony introduced at the examining trial, the balance of the crowd passed on when the boys came to blows and they were first discovered by an older man who had remained behind to close the church after the services. When he discovered the boys fighting, he called to other boys in the crowd to separate them. This was done and those who had caught Woods led him away from the scene of the fight about twenty feet when he began to let down. This was the first intimation they had that he was injured. They ran to the nearest telephone and called Dr. W. G. Youens, but the boy was dead before he arrived. The doctor then called the officers and a search was started for Woods[sic], who had disappeared during the excitement. He was caught by Sheriff Wegenhoft and his deputies on the Glidden hill between Columbus and Glidden about two hours later, in company with his brother who lives in Glidden.
Smith's bail was fixed at $500 by Justice Thrower, but up to a late hour Wednesday it had not been made and the boy was still in jail.
Colorado Citizen, September 29, 1922
Ire Stean Axel Woods, 55, of Altair, passed away Nov. 16.
She was born Aug. 9, 1951 to Marshall Harris and Doris Axel.
She graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1969. She then attended Houston Business School and earned a degree in business. Later she attended Wharton County Junior College and received a degree as a medication aid nurse. She worked in this field for over 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, James Charvis.
She is survived by her daughter, Afton Woods of Austin; sons and daughter-in-law, Garland and Barbara Axel of Katy, Seneca Woods and Brandon Woods of Columbus; her sister, Billie Ruth "sista" Axel of Columbus; brother, Joe Williams of Houston; grandchildren, Danielle Renee, Page Marie, Cherish Axel, Avant, Xavier and Heaven Woods; nephews, Reginald Williams and wife Chrissy and Michael Williams of Houston; and niece, Colette Williams of Austin.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus. [Interment in Williams Paradise Cemetery]
Colorado County Citizen, November 22, 2006
QUINTON EARL WOODS
December 10, 1962- January 24, 2007
Services for Quinton Earl Woods, 44, of Eagle Lake were held Feb. 3 at Columbus First Church of Nazarene in Columbus with the Rev. Michael Thompson officiating.
Burial followed at the Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews.
Woods died Jan. 24 at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1962, in Columbus, the son of Richard and Julie Mae Ward Woods.
Woods was a carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father; three sisters, Laura Rowe of Eagle Lake, and Barbarn Williams and Emma Wright, both of Columbus; and brother, Allen Woods of Tennessee Colony.
Pallbearers were James Moore, Sean Lopez, Jimmy Carter, Lee Black, Ervin Williams and Larry Woods.
Honorary pallbearers were Woodrow Anderson, Jody Rowe, EmLoyd Mosby Jr., Marcus Woods and Thomas Wright.
Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home Inc., La Grange, director.
Banner Press, February 15, 2007
Death and Santa Claus Go Hand In Hand
Santa Claus rode hand in hand with death at Columbus shortly before midnight Christmas Eve, as a two months' old negro child of Frienchie Woods was fatally burned in a fire which destroyed his uncle's home.
The child's mother had gone to the railroad station to meet some relatives who were coming in on the train to spend Christmas with them. She left the negro tot asleep.
An uncle of the dead child fled from the burning building , which is located outside the city limits of Columbus, with four other children.
The fire is believed to have originated from coals falling from a heating stove or from sparks falling on the roof. The entire house was in flames when the fire was detected. [Place of interment unknown]
Frienchie Woods for some time has been working at the Harbert Garage. &endash; Eagle Lake Headlight
Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1930