History of the Restoration Movement

George Earle Woods


Biographical Sketch On The Life of George E. Woods

G. E. Woods was born at Holladay, Tennessee January 10, 1913, a son of Mr. & Mrs. George E. Woods. He married Frances Sue Bibb August 17, 1935. To their union was born one daughter, Myra Sue. He attended Freed-Hardeman College, and David Lipscomb College. He attended George Peabody College For Teachers, receiving the B. A. Degree.

He was baptized by J. W. Grant on August 24, 1926 and never missed Lord's Day worship from then until the end of his life. He began preaching at Holladay, Tennessee in December 1931. He preached for churches in Nashville, Tennessee. His preaching carried him into twenty states, including Alaska, and in Canada. Some of the churches he served included the Dickson, Tennessee church from 1940-1944. He also preached for the Poplar Street church in Florence, Alabama from 1946 to 1947. He worked with the Shelby Avenue church in Nashville, Tennessee from 1952 to 1957; the Buena Vista church in Nashville from 1958 to 1960; the Lindsley Avenue church in Nashville from 1961 to 1965; and the Pennsylvania church from 1966 to 1968. He engaged extensively in radio preaching and in a few debates. He labored long with the Nashville School of Preaching as a member of the faculty and Board of Directors. He also author of two books of sermons: Sermons In Outline in 1949; and Sermon Notes Of G.E. Woods in 1954.

He held a Real Estate license for a number of years. He also held an Amateur extra class radio operator license, call number WA4UWL. He shared his enjoyment of Ham radio with his older brother and long time preacher Guy N. Woods. Though not as known as Guy, George made his own impact on the church in Nashville and the brotherhood at large.

George E. Woods died on July 2, 2002 and was buried in the cemetery at Woodlawn in Nashville, Tennessee.

-Information Taken From Gospel Preachers Of Today Volumes 1-4

Two Humble, Deserving Servants

John Henry Jowett said, "Don't let us think we have to be "stars" in order to shine. It was by the ministry of a candle that the woman recovered her lost piece of silver." Jesus Christ said, "Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:12.)

The apostle James wrote. "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

Two humble servants of God that I have known over 50 years are George Earle Woods and his wife Frances. They have not thought they had to be "stars" in the work of the Lord, but have demonstrated their satisfaction with being servants of the Lord in their lives of faithfulness to him. For quite some time I have wanted to give Earl and Frances some "flowers" while they can see and smell them.

Several months ago, my Margie and I went to see Frances in her home in Nashville, TN, and then we went to see Earle in the health care center in Nashville where he lives.


Brother Woods is also known as G.E. Woods. He was born January 10, 1913 at Holladay in Benton County, Tennessee to George Emmett Woods and Eula Estelle Stokes Woods. He started preaching on the third Sunday of December 1931 and preached for 65 years. He served as pulpit minister for Churches of Christ in Borger, Texas; Spur, Texas; Paducah, Kentucky; Florence, Alabama; Winchester, Milan, and Dickson (Walnut Street), all in Tennessee. He also preached for congregations in Nashville, Tennessee, including: Trinity Lane; Lindsley Avenue; Grandview Heights; Shelby Avenue; Joywood; Pennsylvania Avenue; and Buena Vista. For the last 16 years of his preaching career, Earle preached for the Lillimay Church of Christ near Ashland City, Tennessee.

George Earle also preached in several series of gospel meetings each year. These were in many states, including Alaska, and also in Canada. He preached on many daily radio programs. He was a disputant in several debates with Baptist and Adventist ministries. Over 50 years ago I heard him and L.H. Brown a well known Baptist minister in a debate in a church building in West Tennessee, and I cannot remember where it was. However, I do remember brother Woods did wonderfully well. G.E. taught seven years in Nashville School of Preaching, where I was also a teacher. He taught and encouraged many young men who have done much good in preaching the gospel.

Earle is the author of two books of Sermons: (1) Sermons In Outline; and (2) Sermon Notes Of G.E. Woods. Brother Woods attended Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and he was graduated from David Lipscomb College (now University). He was graduated from George Peabody College with a B.S. degree.


George Earle Woods and Frances Sue Bibb were married on August 17, 1935. They have a daughter, Myra who is married to Charles Thomas Robinson and they live in Nashville.

Earle and Frances have been married for nearly 67 years. They have not only served well together in the work of the Lord in the spreading of the gospel and the work of the church, they have also for 67 years demonstrated the meaning of holy matrimony. May their tribe increase. Frances has known and demonstrated what God's word teaches on being a helpmeet in marriage. She has also been a good preach demonstrates the role of women in marriage and in the work of the church.

The everlasting good accomplished by Earle and Frances in God's kingdom cannot be calculated except by their Father who has sustained them by his power, mercy, and love!

-Vol. 30, No. 11 World Evangelist, June, 2002, pages 1,3

Buried At Woodlawn Memorial Park In Nashville, Tennessee
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GPS Coordinates
36°06'54.0"N 86°45'36.1"W
or D.d. 36.115000,-86.760017
Plot Location
Chapel Garden Estates "E" Lot 11 #1

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