John Woods, III | obituary

May 31, 1935
November 17, 2021

John Wesley Woods, III, 86 years old, died on Wednesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Venice, Florida, after a brief illness. His beloved wife Margaret, for 61 years, and close friends were by his side.
John’s warmth, good mood and friendliness will be forever remembered by his family and many friends. He was always helpful to those who knew him, both large and small, and an organizer par excellence. John loved his friends and family, and they loved him. A nature lover, avid golfer and fisherman, he enjoyed both the warm waters of the Gulf Coast and the cold rivers of Montana, where he and his family enjoyed hiking and touring for many years. During his days in Montana, he enjoyed nothing more than a morning cup of coffee and conversation at the Rock Shop in Fish Tail.
A passionate University of Kentucky basketball fan, John avidly followed the Wildcats over the years.
He served honorably in the United States Navy and retired from the US Naval Reserve after twenty years with the rank of Commander. Little of his friends did not know that he also had a commercial pilot license for many years.
John was born on May 31, 1935 in Ashland, Kentucky, to John W. Woods Jr. and Mary Lee Keffer Woods, both of whom have since passed away. He was educated in the Ashland public schools and graduated from Ashland Senior High School. He attended Center College of Kentucky and received his BA in Business Administration in 1957, working at the University of Kentucky Kentucky School of Banking, Rutgers University’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the University of Oklahoma National Commercial Lending School. He was married to Margaret Best of Ulmer, South Carolina on November 5, 1960. John and Margaret had two children, Robert Lowery Woods and Angela “Angie” Frymire.
John’s career was in banking and he was well respected in the finance and banking worlds. He began his career as a cashier and rose to the position of President and CEO of the former Third National Bank of Ashland, Kentucky. Under John’s leadership, the old train depot in Ashland was retained as the bank’s current location. During his career he found time teaching various courses for the Tri-State Chapter of the American Institute of Banking from 1956 to 1974, which he enjoyed very much. He retired in 1997 in Louisville, Kentucky, as executive vice president and chief trust officer of National City Bank, Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Community service has been an integral part of John’s life and in the past he has served on numerous boards of directors in Kentucky and Florida including GTE-South, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the Ashland Public Library, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Economic Development Commission, the Kentucky Comprehensive Health Planning Council, King’s Daughter’s Medical Center, Gertrude Ramey Children’s Home, and many others. He was a member of Mission Valley Country Club, where he and Margaret spent many happy hours with friends eating and playing golf. John is fondly remembered that he brought the Kentucky Derby to Venice.
John was a former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Kentucky, and a current member of the Venice Presbyterian Church.
John leaves his loving wife Margaret, son Robert Lowery Woods of Louisville, Kentucky, grandchildren Marlowe Frymire Eaves (Cory), Margaret Frymire Kelly (Stewart), and John Wesley Frymire all of Louisville. He is also survived by his great-grandson, Nolan Woods Eaves, and son-in-law, John Marlowe Frymire of Louisville. He was preceded by his parents, daughter Angela “Angie” Woods Frymire and sister Margaret Elizabeth “Betsy” Woods Carter in death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, Florida, 34285. Plans for a memorial service in Ashland, Kentucky will be announced at a later date.
Commemorative donations can be made to a charity of your choice, the Venice Presbyterian Church at the above address or the First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Kentucky, 41101.
Expressions of condolences can be made online at

Published on November 21, 2021

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