John C. Woods was born in Austell, Georgia, and attended Lemon Street High School before transferring to South Cobb High School as part of the integration of schools in Cobb County. Woods joined the Air National Guard after graduation. He served on the Austell Police Department for a short time before joining the Atlanta Police Department in 1973. After retiring from the force in 1997, he obtained a Theological degree in 1999 and became the pastor at New Hope United Methodist Church. In 2005 the church moved from Atlanta to Mableton.
Interview with Pastor John C. Woods and Interview with Marjorie Beavers-Woods transcript, 2009-10-13 and 2009-11-04, Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights series, 2009-2010, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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