John Baynard Woods, Sr.

November 24, 2021

INDIAN LAND – John Baynard Woods, Sr. died early Wednesday morning, November 24, 2021 at his home in Indian Land, SC.  Born in Sumter, SC, he was the son of the late Hernando Jennings and Gertrude (Bailey) Woods.

John grew up in Manning, SC and graduated from Manning High School and attended the University of South Carolina.  He was an avid and long-suffering Gamecock fan.  John proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard.  He spent many years working in the insurance industry in claims and premium audit and served as an officer and on the boards of numerous insurance associations where he was honored for his work and dedication.  John made many lifelong friends whose support he enjoyed over the many years.  He was an active Christian.

John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Martha Woods; two sons, Baynard Woods and his wife, Nicole King of Baltimore, MD and Christopher Woods and his wife, Robin of Marvin, NC; two grandchildren, Taylor Woods and CJ Woods also of Marvin, NC.  Also surviving are five brothers, Bill Woods and his wife, Raynell, Richard Woods and his wife, Susan, Gus Woods and his wife, Alice, James Woods and his wife, Cathy and Irvin Woods and his wife, Nancy; five nephews, Jay Woods, Bailey Woods, Michael Woods, Jennings Woods, and Eric Mooney and three nieces, Trisha Woods, Lizzie Woods, and Sarah Woods.

A memorial service for family and friends will be celebrated 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive in Marvin, NC.  The service will be livestreamed at for those unable to attend in person.  A second gathering in Edisto, SC will be announced in the spring of 2022 for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of John to The ALS Association South Carolina Chapter, 130 Gardeners Circle, PMB 622, Johns Island, SC 29455 or to

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Don Phillips

    Martha: My heartfelt condolences. John played a pivotal part in my career for which I will always be indebted. He was a gentleman of the highest order. One of my fondest memories is the wonderful hosts you and John were when my son Evan and I flew up for the Gamecocks - Gators game. God bless John, you and your family.

  • Gaye Watson

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. John was special & loved by everyone that knew him. We are very sorry for your loss & sending prayers for comfort. .

    Gaye, Lottie & Brad

  • Gaye Besly

    Martha, I was shocked this morning when I opened The State Paper and learned that John had died. So many memories from the Industrial Commission kept running through my mind today. In later years when I was court reporting and John would be in the building for a hearing, and he would stick his head in our door to smile...he had such a great smile...and say hello. He will be greatly missed. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Terry King

    We are so sorry to hear about John! I think about you guys often, when I walk into our sanctuary, and look at the carpet, it makes me think about you and John! May the Lord give you and your family such peace and comfort during this time! We send our love and prayers to you all!
    Ps Terry and Ps Debbie King

  • Larry and Alice Odom

    John and I were room mates in the Coast Guard in Portsmouth Virginia. We became best friends very quickly in 1966. Those years were filled with many memories that were never forgotten. For 57 years when we would talk or see each other it was like we had seen each other the day before. John was a true Southern Gentleman, a die hard Gamecock fan, and a devout Conservative. The world is better having had John Woods!

  • pleasant c Overby

    John was a great loyal friend and responsible for beginning my career at Seibels Bruce Group. He will be missed.