Wesley Dean Woods, 40, was born and raised in Metter, Georgia where he lived his whole life. He loved his hometown family and friends more than anything. He was a graduate of Southeastern Technical College in Swainsboro with three Associates degrees; Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry, and Electrical & Industrial Technology. He also was a licensed real estate agent in Georgia. He was known as one of the greatest tennis players to ever graduate from Metter High School and he still holds the MHS record for most career singles wins (56). He won four sub-region titles and the only region title in school history. He was a three times Final Four State Georgia Tennis player and named to the All-Coastal Empire Team by Savannah Morning News 5 times.
His love for tennis carried over to his son Skyler and led to one of his proudest achievementscoaching his son Skyler and the Metter Middle School boys and girls tennis teams. He coached for three years, bringing home the school’s first ever Boys Region championship title. He was currently the coach for Metter High School’s Boys and Girls Tennis Teams with high hopes of bringing home another region win for the school’s history this year.
Wesley was one of those people who could do anything and be a pro in no time. He was a perfectionist in all aspects of life.
He worked for his dad’s family owned logging company for thirteen years, Woods Logging, Inc, where he was known as one of the best cut down men in the area. After numerous back injuries forced him away from logging, he ventured out and started his own business following his passion. He started buying, repairing, and selling atv’s of any kind. His company, Wesley’s Pre-Owned Powersports LLC, was operated for 7 years before illness slowed him down. Everyone always said “he could sell ice to an Eskimo”. His business prowess earned him the nickname, Wesley “The ATV Man”.
Most people knew him for being very helpful, compassionate, giving, and always willing to help anyone in need; an all-around good guy. Wesley was honest and trusted, helping him find success in all aspects of life. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved staying busy and being outside. He was a very keen fisherman and hunter as well. Most people said he should have been a fishing captain and he had plans to do this one day. His one son, Skyler Bryce Woods, was his best friend. Wesley taught more to Sklyer in 16 years than most people learn in a lifetime. Everyone always said what a special bond they had, and Wesley taught him everything he knew.
Wesley’s inner and outer strength touched many lives because he never gave up and always had a positive attitude and trusted in God to heal him. His battle with cancer has ended but his legacy and eternal life goes on forever in his new heavenly home with his precious Lord and Savior. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around you and whispered, ‘Come to me.’ A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.”
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Kitchens Woods, 38 years old, whom he adored his entire life and loved to the end; his only child, son and best friend, Skyler Bryce Woods, 16 years old tenth grader at Metter High School; his two fur babies, Chinese Pugs, Miley and Rosey Woods; his dad and step-mother, Randy and Cindy Woods of Metter; his mother- in-law and caretaker, Shelma Burkhalter Kitchens of Glennville; father-in-law, Jewitt Kitchens and Debbie Puckett of Augusta; brothers, Randall Woods of Statesboro, Zachary (Crystal) Dalgard of Statesboro, Adam Dalgard of South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Jewitt Kitchens Jr. of Augusta; sister-in-law, Jillian Kitchens of Augusta; several nieces and nephews; many friends and extended family.
Pallbearers will be Devin Allingham, Samuel Brown, Kenny Coleman Jr., Shane Coleman, William Daniels, Jewitt Kitchens Jr., Dylan Kilpatrick, and Jason Rigdon.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Metter High School Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Teams; and Metter High School Class of 2000.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anchor Worship Center.
Graveside funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.