Helen Ernestine Strickland Woods

  • Born: March 17, 1936
  • Died: October 16, 2021
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Ernestine Woods, wife of 66 years to Elwyn Woods, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, October 16th, 2021. Her Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 19,2021 in Grace United Methodist Church, 1601 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard at 12:00 pm. Interment will follow in the Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited back to the fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church after the graveside service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

She was born in Ridgeland, SC on March 17, 1936, to the late Bessie Lee and Marion McKay Strickland. She was preceded in death by her five sisters; Emily, Gladys, Genevieve, Patricia, Kay, and an infant daughter.

Ernestine loved her family. After her sisters died, she was like a mother to her nieces and nephews. She was a great cook, loved all babies and listening to Elvis Presley.

She leaves to treasure her memory a son Paul Woods (Lisa) of Summerville, a daughter Susanne King (Charles) of Ravenel. Beloved grandchildren include Katie Woods, Abbie Woods, and John Woods, all of Summerville; Andrew (Chandler) King, Matthew King of Ravenel. Her great-grandchildren were precious to her and include Morgan Jones and Lincoln Goree. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews and a special cousin and best friend, Charlene Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or Grace United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank Intrepid Hospice, Charleston, SC for the wonderful care they gave to her.


Condolence & Memory Journal


We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Ernie and will miss her.

Posted by Glenn Gustafson - Ehrhardt, SC - Family   October 18, 2021

Elwyn and family, my heart breaks for all of you. Ernie was a long time friend. We started Tillman Grammar School together and graduated Ridgeland Hight together, lots of visiting in homes and fun times together. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time.

Posted by Rose Raber - Beaufort, SC - Friend   October 18, 2021

Your mother was such a beautiful soul. I am so happy to have known her. I wish I could be there with you Susanne but know I am there in thought and I'm my heart.

Posted by Sylvia Pappas - Elkhart, IN - Friend   October 17, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Ernie was a special woman. I loved her so much. She will always be in my heart and memories. I am praying for comfort for all of the family.

Posted by Kendra & Glenn Gustafson - Ehrhardt, SC - Family   October 17, 2021

I love you, sweet Mama. I'm going to miss you so much. Driving to school will never be the same without our phone conversations. You were always my biggest supporter and my most loyal fan. Rejoice in Heaven with Jesus now.

Posted by Susanne King - Ravenel, SC - Daughter   October 17, 2021

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