Obituary for Rodney Darrell Woods

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Rodney Darrell Woods

May 15, 1959 - May 15, 2021


Rodney Darrell Woods, the son of Robert Woods and Charlene Brown was born May 15, 1959 in Danville, IL. Rodney attended Danville Public Schools where he graduated from Danville High School.

Rodney was naturally gifted when it came to sports. He was an all-star on the basketball court and football field. His size, speed, and skill earned him a football scholarship to play defense for the Wichita State Shockers. His tenacity and hard-hitting ability when whooping up on offensive lineman and stopping running backs in their tracks earned him the nickname “Killer” by his teammates. In 1979 Rodney earned 1st Team All Missouri Valley Conference. Rodney had a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys until he suffered a career ending injury. But Rodney stayed active and he fueled himself with food. Rodney ate…A LOT. He also had an insane sweet tooth. He loved candy bars and he LOVED cereal. He wouldn’t hesitate to fill a mixing bowl to the brim with Frosted Flakes as a mid-night snack.

After football Rodney went on to work for Cargill, but later became a locksmith and started his own business calling it ABC Lock and Key.

His mothers, Charlene and Barbara and sisters, Roberta and Rhonda preceded him in death.

On May 15, 2021 Rodney passed, leaving this world with cherished moments and fond memories. He is survived by his Father, Robert Woods; Siblings, Robert “Bobby” (Reagina) and Debra Woods; Sons, Thomas “Tomy” (Tyishia) Woods and Tylon Woods; Granddaughters, Taylor Woods and Tamia Woods

Tony Drayton posted on June 21, 2021

Rodney came from extreme circumstances and handled himself well. Watching him care so much for his family back home made me truly appreciate my Mother more for all her efforts in raising me after the death of my father. Through Rodney I saw unbelievable strength and determination molded into a young man that looked like an action figure! He was a great athlete and an excellent teammate, easy to talk to and fun to be around. I'm proud to have known him and honored to have been a Shocker with him. May God be good to his Soul


Tony Drayton posted on June 21, 2021

Rodney came from extreme circumstances and handled himself well. Watching him care so much for his family back home made me truly appreciate my Mother more for all her efforts in raising me after the death of my father. Through Rodney I saw unbelievable strength and determination molded into a young man that looked like an action figure! He was a great athlete and an excellent teammate, easy to talk to and fun to be around. I'm proud to have known him and honored to have been a Shocker with him. May God be good to his Soul


Sherman Taylor posted on June 18, 2021

My condolences to his entire family. He was a great kid big broad shoulders smile and big hands. He was a menace on the field but a gentle giant. When he came in as a freshman he came over to my apartment after football practice and held my first born daughter in one hand at two weeks old.I can hear his deep voice now. Listen can you hear it?Love you bro..


Sherman Taylor posted on June 18, 2021

My condolences to his entire family. He was a great kid big broad shoulders smile and big hands. He was a menace on the field but a gentle giant. When he came in as a freshman he came over to my apartment after football practice and held my first born daughter in one hand at two weeks old.I can hear his deep voice now. Listen can you hear it?Love you bro..


Alvin Jackson posted on June 18, 2021

Rodney was the First Teammate I became real good friends with My Freshman Yr at WSU. A Beast on the Field but A Gentle Gaint off. His Warm Heart and Friendly Smile will Most Definitely Be Missed. WuShock My Brother


Alvin Jackson posted on June 18, 2021

Rodney was the First Teammate I became real good friends with My Freshman Yr at WSU. A Beast on the Field but A Gentle Gaint off. His Warm Heart and Friendly Smile will Most Definitely Be Missed. WuShock My Brother


 


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