William Edwin “Bill” Woods, 66, of Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away on Saturday,
December 21, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness. Bill was born on August 2, 1953 in Camden, MO, to Leslie Lyon Woods and Barbara Lily (Ferguson) Woods.
He attended elementary school in Camden, MO, and then attended high school in Richmond, MO. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1971. Bill had lived most of his adult life in Warrensburg, MO, where he had owned and operated his own record recording studio, and a record label and publishing company named Shadow Records. Bill had an intense love for music and was a spirited song writer. He was talented in playing most string instruments, and could play them well. Bill was known in the Kansas City area as “Billy Beale”, the Blues Preservationist.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Barbara Woods.
He is survived by one son, Cody C. (Patricia) Woods of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Don R. Woods and Robert “Bobby” Woods (Judy), all of Richmond, MO; a sister, Kathy A. McKown of Excelsior Springs, MO; and his six grandchildren, Natalia, Bella, Sylas, Lilly, Scarlett, and Arthur.
A Visitation and Rememberance of Bill will be held Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO.