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Official Obituary of

Osborne Woods

April 15, 1938 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Osborne Woods Obituary

Osborne Woods, known affectionately as Osborne to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2024, in Columbus, Georgia. He was a beacon of light and warmth to all who knew him throughout his 85 years of a well-lived life.

Born on April 15, 1938, to Jessie and Stella Woods, Osborne grew up in the warm embrace of Douglas, Georgia, where he cultivated a life rich in experiences and relationships. He was predeceased by his parents his brothers, Lavone and Gene Woods, and his grandchild Kyle Hardy.

 Osborne's journey led him to the love of his life, Carolyn Griffis Woods, whom he married on January 29, 1960. Married for 64 years together, they built a family founded on love, respect, and joy. Osborne was a devoted father to his daughters, Terri (married to Ronnie) Beck, Theresa (married to Omar) Rana, and Traci (married to Todd) Quintard. His legacy continued to flourish through his adored grandchildren, Christoper Breault, Trey Quintard, Turner Quintard, Brad (married to Cathryn) Kinney, Chance Hardy, Chad Hardy, Lauren (married to Steven) Roop, Jessie (Frank Allen) Hardy, Sara Rana, Brian (married to Melanie) Beck, and Corey (married to Ali) Beck, and his fourteen great-grandchildren, who will carry forward his spirit and teachings.

Osborne's early years were marked by service to his country, as he honorably served in the Army.  His dedication to duty and country was a testament to his character and laid a foundation for the values he would continue to uphold throughout his life.

Osborne's professional life was marked by his service as a dedicated fireman at the Ft. Benning Fire Department, from which he retired after many years of courageous and selfless work. He was not only respected for his professionalism but also loved for his camaraderie and unwavering support for his fellow firemen.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Osborne was the undisputed grill master at family celebrations. His culinary skills were a central feature of countless gatherings, filling them with the aroma of his famous barbecues. His love for the outdoors was evident in his enthusiasm for fishing and camping, activities that brought him closer to nature and provided cherished memories with his family and friends. Osborne also found solace and joy in lawn and gardening, creating a haven of beauty around his home that reflected the creativity and care he put into every aspect of his life.

Osborne's life was a testament to the power of creativity, a trait that he embodied in everything he did. Whether it was finding a novel solution to a problem at the fire station or devising a new recipe for the grill, Osborne approached life with an inventive spirit that inspired all who were fortunate to know him.

As we bid farewell to Osborne Woods, we celebrate a life marked by devotion to family, service to community, and a passion for life's simple pleasures. His memory will continue to be a guiding light for his family, a reminder of the love and laughter that he shared so generously. Osborne's presence will be deeply missed, but the impact of his life's work and the joy he brought to so many will endure forever.

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March 27, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory
3874 Gentian Blvd
Columbus, GA 31907

Celebration of Life
March 27, 2024

2:00 PM
McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory
3874 Gentian Blvd
Columbus, GA 31907

March 27, 2024

3:00 PM
Parkhill Cemetery
4161 Macon Rd
Columbus, GA


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