Henry Benito Woods succumbed to an illness and died on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the age of 68. Henry was born January 20, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Benjamin and Yolande Ann (Robertson) Woods. Henry grew up in South LA, and attended grade school at Holy Cross Elementary. Henry attended Mount Carmel High School, an all-boys college preparatory academy in Los Angeles, which ultimately closed its doors in 1976. He graduated in 1960. He also studied Graphic Design at East Los Angeles College. Henry joined the Army National Guard and served until March of 1970 when he was honorably discharged. Henry worked at Rhee's shoe store in Huntington Park and worked as a graphic artist for RCA Victor. Henry dabbled in studio photography, painting, pencil drawings and sculpture. But Henry spent the majority of his working life as a commercial artist. Preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Yolande and his daughter Jennifer, Henry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet, and their daughters Nathalie, Yolande, Melissa and Jessica, and their grandsons Kamal and Hector.

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  1. Henry was a fine and strong man. I was glad I got to see him several months ago after so many years. I remember singing with him in The New Sounds of Hawthorne. You and he will be remembered in my prayers.

  2. There just isn’t enough room in this tiny box to tell all the wonderful memories we have of Henry. The Woods family is OUR family. They are in our prayers and hearts always. Love, Dona, Glenn, Chris, and Andrew

  3. My condolences to the family. He was a fine man with a great voice (but that was NOT as big as his heart). Michele

  4. I sang with Henry and Janet when we were all members of the New Sounds of Hawthorne. He was a great singer and wonderful artist. I remember a caricature drawing he did of the entire group. I would love to see that again. He was a very loving family man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed!

  5. A wonderful person with a kind and loving heart, I remember with deep fondness our days with Henry and Janet as members of New Sounds of Hawthorne. We had many fun rehearsals and performances, and Henry’s caricature of our choir is to be treasured forever. God bless you, Janet, along with all of your family and friends who loved Henry.

  6. Henry was a member of our social club, the Satires. A group of 12 teenage boys and girls who set out to do good things in the community. while managing to have a good time. The club gave us something positive to focus on and to keep us out of trouble. It also helped us to forge life long friedships which endure to this day. Henry, you will be sorely missed.

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