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Mrs. Jannie Lee Price-Woods of 687 Yarborough Road in Chester, South Carolina passed August 31, 2020 in York County, South Carolina. Because of COVID-19 the family will not receive friends at the home. The Price-Woods family is so thankful and grateful for your calls, text messages and prayers.
Jannie Lee Price-Woods is the eldest of six siblings born to the late Tracy Price, Sr. and Rosa Lee Garner Price Mills on April 29, 1948 in the Halsellville Community of Chester County S.C. in the home of her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Carrie ’Momma Carrie’ Davis Garner in an old plantation house located on Calhoun Highway in the Western part of the county on the McAfee Plantation.
Her parents were sharecroppers and she took an active part in the various jobs (cotton picking, vegetable gardening, milking cows, raising chickens etc. and other duties associated with the survival and upkeep of the family). The family moved from time to time yet was always very close to the family church St Paul Baptist Halsellville.
Joining St Paul at the age of ten, at the age of 14 she was appointed /elected Church Secretary under the leadership of Mrs. Mattie Price Clark and served in that capacity faithfully for 50 plus years, except for a short period of time in the mid 1970’s until relinquishing the duties in 2016. During this time, many improvements, acquisitions, and modifications to improve the church were implemented. Her dedication to the Church Aid Auxiliary yield sufficient reward in obtaining the church shelter and varies church enhancements. Dedicated to the functions of the church, serving wherever called and mindful that she must serve “in the present age’, Jannie gave it her best.
Jannie attended first and second grades at the Carter Colored School next door to St Paul Church where they walked to that had two rooms grades one through third and another four through seven.
The Southside Elementary School opened in 1956, this being the first time when school buses in her area picked up the students. Maneuvering from grades third through sixth was indeed challenging. Recalling on many occasions taking a hard greasy biscuit with a slice of fatback was the only lunch to be had. Sometimes if she was lucky enough to milk enough cows for her uncles, they would give her fifteen cents which she used to buy a hot lunch or two cartons of milk at three cents each. Through it all, God kept us together.
Seventh and eighth grades were at the old Finley School and she graduated with honors from eighth grade in 1962. Her daddy was one proud man that his daughter came out top of the class no matter the circumstances!
Possessing a studious and excellent personal drive for being the best, she challenged the academia society by graduating third in a class of 131 from the Finley High School of 1966, in spite of the fact that she rarely attended school more than two days a week, the remainder of time was working on the farm and the duties of caring for her siblings..
Jannie returned to school after her children were born earning degrees of Accounting, Office Management and Business Administration from York TEC College in Rock Hill SC.
A hard worker, she held positions of: 1955(age 7), until June1966 , field hand in JH Chappell’ cotton fields, textiles from 1966 to 1978 at Lockhart Mills and Springs Mills; 1978 – 1984 office clerk at Canal Wood; 1984 – 2006 Administrative assistant with Boise Cascade, Weyerhaeuser, Willamette and Chester Wood Products; 2006-2017 bookkeeper for Fairfield County School District Maintenance Department.
Community involvements: Secretary/Treasurer for the Old Zion St. Paul Halsellville Cemetery Association, Secretary/Treasurer of the Brooklyn Center (Old Brooklyn Colored School), President for 20 plus years of the Finley High School Class of 1966 and most recently spearheaded formation of a program for CANCER PATIENTS at local Chester YMCA, through LIVESTRONG, a national help agency for those suffering with this devastating disease.
Jannie’s life and memories will be forever cherished by her family whom she dedicated all God gave her to make them be mindful of His goodness and grace. She is survived by four children, Bobbie ‘Bob’ Woods (Pam) of Charlotte, NC, Martin Fritzgerald Woods (Carla) of Chester, SC, Nicole Woods Culp (Howard) of York, SC and Janet Lenore Woods of Fort Mill, SC. Seven grandchildren, Solomon Maurice Gore of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Jasmine and Alexis Woods of Charlotte, NC, Sharik and Malik Woods of Chester, Chandler Culp of York, SC and Elishah Isaiah Hill of Chester. Three great grandchildren, Alaina Murphy, Blackstock, SC, King Maurice Gore, Union SC and Malou Woods, Chester, SC. Her five siblings who knew no matter ‘how the cut come’ she was always there for them through thick and thin to the end. Tracy Price, Jr. (Margaret Ann), Maggie Price Worthy Wilson, Cleveland ‘CL’ Price (Glenda) all of Chester, SC., Nathaniel ‘Judge’ Price of Gastonia, NC and Rosa Ann Price Wansley (Anthony) of Buford, GA. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Gwen (Kenneth) Woods Davis, Ruby Marsha Woods and Shirley Woods Drummings, brothers-in-law Rev McKinley Woods, Woodrow Woods, and Lester Woods, aunts Leearmy Garner Price and Leola Garner Feaster of Chester. Special recognitions are given to my neighbors who are true friends and family, Michelle and Cecil Yarborough, and Kevin and Tracy Grant and their families. Much love to my 3 Guys Crew, of Union, SC, we LIVE , LOVE , and LEARN DEEP! Kamijay Henry, Isaiah Henry and King Maurice Gore who will remember grandma Jannie and our outings and taught them to always honor God first, and to recite their first bible verses: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. “Psalm 23:1 Old Testament “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ”John 14:1 New Testament.
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