Born to Charles Lewis and Annie Newell in Marshall, MO, December 16, 1941, the third from the youngest of nine children. Woody attended first grade at Lamine School then moved to Malta Bend Bottoms where his brothers rode him back and forth on a bike to school. They then moved to the state of California where his family worked in fruit and cotton. Woody once told the story of being 10 or 11 years old and had been picking cotton in his bib overalls. When he dragged his bag of cotton up to be weighed, the guy then picked Woody up and hung him on the scale by his gallaces and the cotton he picked weighed more than he did.
The family then moved back to Missouri where Woody and his brother Eddie "shined shoes" for extra money for the family and then he had a paper route. He finished 10th grade at West Junior High School on the West Side of Kansas City, Missouri, and they lived at 1805 Jefferson in a huge apartment building where his father was Manager. He met many people who have remained friends to him down to this present day. He worked then at Merchants Delivery, walking from school to work, then home, giving most of his earnings to his father to benefit the family.
The family then moved to Nelson, MO, where Woody went to work at the Shoe Factory in Marshall, MO, they paid piece work and he was pretty fast at it. He earned the money for his first car there, a 51 Chevy. Moving back to the Nelson and Marshall, MO, area was his heart's desire and he always referred to that location as "DOWN HOME," where he took many friends to Down Home through the years for fishing, hunting, frog gigging, mushroom hunting, etc. Down Home was originally at his Mom's and Dad's house, who remained living around the Nelson and Marshall, MO, area until his Mom passed and on until his Dad passed away in 1988, it was then that the locacation of Down Home was transferred to his brother, Bill who still lives in the area and has opened his home and heart to many of Woody's friends..
After this he spent a brief time in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where he had his first plane ride. Then he came back to Kansas City, MO to work roofing with his older brother Jim. While going over one August 4th evening to see his best friend, Sonny Hart (they had known each other sice they were 12 years old and went to boy scouts together), he met Terry Dorris, whom he said he loved on sight.
Woody and Terry Newell remained married 44 years, have 5 children: Rick, Monique, Christopher, Tommy and Jeff. Woody and Terry met on August 4 on her mother's birthday, he passed on August 5, 2007, creating 45 years of memories togther to the day and the next day was his departure day from earth on to Heaven. We believed he prayed through with Bro, Lawson at his side and had special prayer for some unforgiveness he still had on board.
His final words to all family and friends were Bye-Bye see you in Heaven.
Woody is survived by his wife, Terry, his five children, Rick, Monique. Tommy, Christopher and Jeff of Kansas City, MO, 13 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren, one Sister, Shirley Dunn of Concordia, MO, two brothers, Johnny Newell of Portland, OR, and Bill Newell of Gilliam, MO. Services will be held at Advantage Funeral, 6606 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64125 on August 11, 2007 from 1-3pm and Graveside Services will be held on August 15, 2007, at 2 p.m., Pennisula Cemetary, Blackwater, MO.
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