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Family Celebration of Life

Abundant Life Church
Tuesday August 11th, 2020
10:30am

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Morgan Woode

Morgan Woode, 67, of Grand Island, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island. A Family Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Abundant Life Church in Grand Island. Pastor Christopher Granlee will officiate. The service will be livestreamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. All CDC guidelines will be followed regarding social distancing and face masks are required. Memorials are suggested to the family. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Morgan was born on Oct. 6, 1952, in Akim Oda, Ghana in West Africa, the son of James Benjamin and Asi (Takyiwah) Woode. He received his education at a Catholic school, grew to manhood and learned to play the drums ‘til the cows came home. Growing up in Ghana, music was a huge part of his life. He became a professional musician, playing at concerts, festivals, nightclubs and theaters. He later was invited to come to Nebraska to form a band called Ashanti. The group played for school assemblies, educational programs, and in festivals and nightclubs in Grand Island, Norfolk, Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City. He was united in marriage to Trisha Bolling on July 22, 1999, in Hastings. Over the years he worked at Central Catholic School and later for Grand Island Public Schools, at West Lawn Elementary. He formed his own music group “Fanti Way”, which included his son, Keeran on the drums and his daughter, Sophie would dance. He also taught many young people to play the drums. He received the Outstanding Performer Award from Moonshell Arts & Humanities Council in 2007 and was very proud of becoming an American Citizen on August 31st, 2017. Morgan was a kind and gentle soul who felt music was a universal language that talks to the spirit and makes you feel good about life. He will be dearly missed by students, teachers and coworkers in the school system and his many musician friends and fans. He is survived by his wife, Trisha Woode of Grand Island; son, Keeran Woode of Grand Island; daughter, Sophie Woode of Grand Island; sons, Bismark and Emmanuel Woode, both of Ghana; brother, Ben Woode of Ghana; as well as, other extended family in Ghana. He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son, Gideon Woode.

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Dear Woode Family, sending you love and prayers from your friends at the Council on Alcoholism and Addictions in Grand Island! Our many visits to West Lawn Elementary School always involved a big smile and happy visit with Morgan; he was so proud of his family. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers!! Connie Holmes and CNCAA staff.

Connie Holmes Aug 11 2020 8:55 AM

I was Sophie's home visitor a long time ago. I will ALWAYS remember how proud Morgan was of his family. He just lit up when Sophie would read or Keeran would play the drums. He loved you all so much. Later my husband worked as a custodian and got to know Morgan as well. Please know we are both thinking of you during this sad time. Take comfort in the memories. Fernando and Pat Reyes

Pat Reyes Aug 10 2020 11:24 AM

We volunteered often at GICC when Morgan worked there. He was one of the kindest, most genuine people I've ever met. My wife and I are saddened by the world's loss of his positive focus, his musical talent, and his genuine love of people. He was truly one of the best of the best. Steven & Carolyn Spencer

Steven Spencer Aug 9 2020 12:54 PM

Trish, so very sorry to learn of your loss. Dont know if you remember me but I was a friend of Saundra Day so Im sure she will be in heaven to greet Morgan. Sending all my love and prayers to you and your children. Janet Mcalevy

Janet McAlevy Aug 8 2020 10:20 PM

Morgan was my friend and neighbor on Grand Island Ave. An infectious smile. A friend a friend would like to have. Ethan and I shed many years a had many smiles thinking of him last night. Our prayer are with you and your family. Our condolences. Nic.

Nicholas Liegl Aug 7 2020 10:33 AM

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