Eugene M. “Gene” Woods, 66, of Arma, formerly of Weir, died, with family and friends surrounding him, at 11 a.m., Friday, August 28, 2009 at his home from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Gene was born September 17, 1942 in Baxter Springs, to James Walter and Mildred M. (Pierce) Woods. He attended area schools later getting his GED.

Gene married Terri, they later divorced. He then married Shirley Johnson. She preceded him in death. He later married Alice J. Hatfield, on September 18, 1998 in Miami, Okla. She survives in Arma.

Gene lived in Nashville, Tenn. for ten years, before returning to Weir.

Gene was a professional musician playing the guitar for many years. He belonged to the band Gene and the Night Lighters, playing locally at the Down Home County Theatre in Cherokee, for two years. He cut a record with Jack Green. He played with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Connie Conrad and the Bellhops in 1950’s. He played with the great Roy Acuff and Jimmie Dickens. He played for the Salvation Army during Christmas time at Wal-Mart stores.

In between playing the guitar Gene worked for the Kansas City Southern Railroad as a brakeman. He also worked for Ron’s IGA supermarket in Pittsburg.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sister Gladys Jo Jones and grandson Jason Woods.

Additional survivors include his daughters Kayla Woods of Arma, and Gina Busby and husband Monty of Girard; son Jeff Woods and wife Patricia of Pittsburg; step-daughters Diane Michael and husband Tim of Arma, and Tammy Jett and husband Joey of Orange Park, Fla.; special friend and care giver Grover Stowe of Arma; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Jay Woods and wife Maria of Michigan, Jack Woods and wife Freda of Delaware, Harold “Butch Woods and wife Rita of Pittsburg, and Steven Woods and wife Kim of Pittsburg; sisters Maybelle Nelson of Fla., Wanda Hensley of Pittsburg, Arnola Phillips of La Cygne, Margaret Woods of Pittsburg, Brenda Monahon and husband Ron of Pittsburg and Becky Rantz and husband Riley of Pittsburg; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 3, at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg with Chaplain Wayne Mason officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Crocker Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the memorial service on Thursday. E-mail condolences may be left at our website www.bathnaylor.com. The family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to help defray final expenses. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 66762.