Rev. Willie K. WoodsTrinity AME pastorThe Rev. Willie K...

November 21, 1993

Rev. Willie K. Woods

Trinity AME pastor

The Rev. Willie K. Woods, pastor for 20 years of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, died Monday of cancer at Mercy Medical Center.

He was 72 and lived on Mount Royal Terrace.

Dr. Woods had been president for 10 years of the African Methodist Episcopal Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore and Vicinity. had held both offices longer than anyone else.

He was ordained 35 years ago, and his first assignment was as an associate pastor at Ebenezer AME Church in Baltimore. He was pastor of several other churches -- Knoxville AME in %J Hagerstown, Star of Bethlehem AME in Mount Winans and a circuit of two AME churches in Randallstown, Union Bethel and Campfield -- before he went to Trinity.

He came to the Baltimore area as a young man and worked for 30 years as a shipfitter for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. until his retirement in 1982.

Born in Dunbar, S.C., he was educated in public schools there. He was valedictorian of his class at Lincoln High School in Clio, S.C.

He earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees at Morgan State University and a doctorate at the National Seminary in Philadelphia.

Services were held Friday at Trinity AME Church, with another service set for 1:30 p.m. today at Asbury AME Church in Dunbar.

Dr. Woods is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Marie Woodberry; three sons, Harold, James and Gene Woods; and three daughters, Patricia Woods-Brooks, Yvonne Woods-McNeill and Joanne Woods-Davis, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Pleasant Mae Bethea of New York and Evester Mae Hodges of Dunbar; a brother, Lawrence D. Woods of Fayetteville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

William A. Smith

Printer, volunteer

William A. Smith, a former printer whose post-retirement volunteerism evolved into a second career, died Nov. 14 at his home at the Westminster House Senior Citizen Apartments on Charles Street. He was 62.

Retiring in 1982 after six years of government printing work at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Mr. Smith became a full-time volunteer, devoting his energies to Mercy Medical Center, Nuclear Free America, Progressive Action Center, the Maryland Food Committee, Pets on Wheels Jobs With Peace, the Boy Scouts, the March of Dimes, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Bon Secours Hospital, Melchor Nursing Home and the Baltimore City Foster Care Review Board.

"It was just amazing. He was a rotating volunteer for all these organizations," said his son, David J. Smith of Parkville.

For two years Mr. Smith rose every day at 5 a.m. to deliver morning newspapers at Mercy Medical Center, his son recalled. He also visited Melchor Nursing Home with Pets on Wheels and would deliver candy and cookies there during the holidays.

He also was active in politics, working on campaigns for now City Council Mary Pat Clarke, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis and now President Bill Clinton.

From the late 1950s until the early 1960s, Mr. Smith worked for American Bank Stationery Inc. He then joined the English American Tailoring Co. in Westminster, where he directed the printing department. In 1976 he went to work at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

He also owned DaveSue Press, a home-based printing outfit named for his children. He operated the business part-time from the late 1960s to the late 1970s from his Parkville home, making business cards, letterheads and raffle tickets.

Mr. Smith enjoyed writing short stories and was an avid letter writer. In 1989 he became involved with two pen pal organizations, International Pen Friends and Prison Pen Friends. He forged friendships with people from Australia and England, and had several pen pals throughout the United States. His letters to prisoners were "full of inspiration and encouragement. It was part of my father's nature to help everybody," said his son.

Born and raised in Hampden, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, graduating in 1947. He later attended a trade school for printing.

He donated his body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland for medical research.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Double Rock Park in Parkville.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Suzane M. Smith of Parkville; a sister, Rose Beall of Baltimore; and a brother, Joseph E. Smith Jr. of Baltimore.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 2114 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

William L. Enos Jr.

Purchasing agent

William L. Enos Jr., a former dining car steward for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and a retired purchasing agent, died Nov. 11 of a heart attack at Saint Agnes Hospital. He was 76.

In 1971, Mr. Enos left Westinghouse Corp., where he had been a purchasing agent for 10 years, and joined the purchasing department at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He retired in 1981.

Before joining Westinghouse, he had worked for the B&O for 12 years.

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