Mary Gale Smalling Woods, 99, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County and lived most of her life in Elizabethton. She was a daughter of the late David Robert and Linda Jane (Carver) Smalling.
Mrs. Woods was a graduate of Happy Valley High School and East Tennessee State University. She taught in the Carter County School System for almost 30 years and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons. In addition to teaching at Range, Central and Valley Forge Elementary Schools, she worked for the Office of Price Administration during World War II.
Mrs. Woods was a longtime member of First Christian Church of Elizabethton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, in 1983; two brothers, Woodrow Smalling and Lloyd Smalling; and three sisters, Bertha Little, Alma Knebel and Edna Range.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Woods Aycock and husband Frank, Boone, N.C.; a son, Bob Woods and wife Susan, Michigantown, Ind.; a granddaughter, Karen Alonso and husband Perg, Flagstaff, Ariz.; three grandsons, Allen Aycock and wife Katie, Fayetteville, N.C., Wes Aycock, Greensboro, N.C., and Mike Woods, Brunswick, Ga.; and a great-grandson, Brady Alonso, Flagstaff, Ariz. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family wishes to express special appreciation to Jim and Pat Dolgner, who have been loving friends and neighbors for a number of years.
The funeral service for Mrs. Woods will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Dr. Don Marshall, Mr. Brent Nidiffer and Mr. Bob Woods, ministers, officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackie Brumit Memorial Fund, c/o First Christian Church, 513 Hattie Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Woods family. Office (423) 543-5544.