Virgil Jess “Bubby” Woods, son of Otis and Sue (Skaggs) Woods, was born on December 1, 1972 in Houston, Missouri, and departed this life on December 12, 2011 in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri, following a tragic accident.
Bubby grew up in and around Mtn. Grove and attended Mtn. Grove Schools. He worked in construction and disaster relief for Kelly Disaster Relief Services for several years and was currently employed by Anthony Kelly of Dynamite Fireworks in Seymour, Missouri.
He worked as a volunteer firefighter for Mtn. Grove and would put his life on the line for anyone in need.
Virgil was united in marriage to Tasha Flanagan on December 13, 2008 in Cabool, Missouri.
Bubby’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his two granddaughters and also knowing that one was due in May of next year. He greatly enjoyed being outdoors, especially when fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Woods; his paternal grandparents, Russell and Leattis Woods; his maternal grandparents, Virgil and Martha Skaggs; and a niece, Samantha Behm.
Bubby is survived by his loving wife, Tasha Woods of their home in Mtn. Grove; one son, Christopher Birt of Mtn. Grove; three daughters, Melanie Woods, NaTasha Woods and Autumn Woods, all of Mtn. Grove; two granddaughters, Jade Birt and Isabella Woods; his mother and stepfather, Sue and James Anderson of Mtn. Grove; three sisters, Cindy Behm and husband Ernie of Marian, Arkansas, Lana Nelson and husband Willie of Mtn. Grove, and Susanne Woods of Mtn. Grove; extended siblings Rose Allen of the State of Arkansas, Jessie Allen of Norwood, Missouri, and Libby Woods and Rhonda Ice, both of Mtn. Grove; a very dear friend whom he considered his brother, Donald Emery of Mtn. Grove; four very special cousins, Michael Hutsell, Destiney Hutsell, Amber Kelly, and Jeffery Ice, all of Mtn. Grove; a niece whom he thought of as a sister, Rebecca Soares of Guam; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends who loved Bubby and will miss him very much.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Greg Thompson officiating. Song selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Fireman’s Prayer,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” “Daddy’s Hands” and “If Heaven Was Not So Far Away.” Pallbearers were Willie Nelson, Randy Woods, Michael Hutsell, John Ice, Eric Skaggs, Ernie Behm, Mark Bushong, Jeremy Emery, Bobby Kennedy, Danny Smart, Josh Virtue and David Todd. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Emery, Jessie Allen, Ron Wallace, Sam Parsons, and Steven Causey. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.