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John Richard Woods, 83
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McMinnville resident and Warren County native John Richard Woods, 83, born May 11, 1938 died Monday, Sept. 13, at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital in McMinnville.

Richard was a retired dairy farmer at Elmwood Farms for over 60 years, a lifelong member and former elder at Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and former President of Warren County Farmers Mutual Insurance company. He was the son of the late T.R. and Martha Woods. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings Catherine Louise Johnson, Robert Allen Woods, and Evelyn Marie Woods. He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Linda Sue Woods, children Johnathan (Kim) Woods of Viola, Amelia (Amy) Woods and Jennifer Woods of McMinnville, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

He loved being a farmer and never shied away from hard work. His interests included anything Chevrolet or John Deere related, gardening, Titans football, and being outdoors in a field or driving through the countryside. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was a wiz at math and enjoyed searching for the best apple, peach, or tomato. Richard was a gentle giant with a tender heart and loving soul. He was so very loved and cherished.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Woods family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 317 Liberty Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110. Interment will follow at Liberty Cemetery. At the family’s request, facemasks will be required.

There will be no visitation at McMinnville Funeral Home as family and friends will meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local Meals on Wheels program or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Online condolences can be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 15, 2021