The Allen community is mourning the loss of a long-time city commissioner this week.
Clyde Woods, 77, who has served on the Allen City Commission for decades, died following an extended illness on Monday at ARH Our Lady of the Way in Martin.
The Allen City Commission canceled its meeting that evening, and officials talked about ways in which the city can honor Woods.
Commissioner Elmer “Fudd” Parsons called Woods a “dear friend.”
Woods was first elected as an Allen City commissioner in 2008. County Clerk Chris Waugh said he believes that Woods” pretty much led the ticket” in just about every Allen City Commission election since then.
Waugh described Woods as a “very successful businessman” who had a “good sense of humor.” Waugh, who grew up in Allen, said he’s known Woods just about his entire life.
“He’ll be greatly missed,” Waugh said. “He will be greatly missed, there’s no doubt about that.”
In addition to his work as Allen City Commissioner, Woods was employed by the county as the golf course supervisor at Beaver Valley Golf Course, the former Paul Hunt Thompson Golf Course.
Floyd County Judge-Executive Robbie Williams offered a plaque of appreciation to Woods’ family in May after he retired from that position, recognizing him for his “outstanding leadership and service” to the golf course and the county.
“Clyde’s always been a great employee for the fiscal court, always been helpful and gone out of his way, above and beyond for years up at the golf course,” Williams said. “He’s going to be sorely missed in the community and I think we’ve lost one of the good ones.”
He also has known Woods for decades.
“Clyde had a great personality. Clyde was one of these fellows who, when he walked in a room, everybody knew he was there ... Everybody liked Clyde. Everybody liked him. He’s going to be missed, that’s for sure,” Williams said.
He said the county will likely dedicate a plaque to honor Woods at the golf course later this year.
“He was an asset to the community. He will definitely be missed by the folks in his community and his family,” Williams said.
Woods is survived by his daughter, former Allen City Commissioner Jessica Crumpler of Allen, his son, former Allen Police Chief Clyde Woods II of Paintsville; brothers Prestonsburg Police Chief Larry Woods of Prestonsburg and Glenn Woods of Allen, his sisters Allen Mayor Sharon Woods and Lavaughna Woods of Indiana, as well as three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home.
Entombment will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel. Visitation will be available after 6 p.m. on Wednesday and all day on Thursday at the funeral home.