Bennie Woods










November 22, 2014

Bennie Woods, 83, of Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence went home to the Lord on November 22, 2014.  Although a long time RI resident, he was born in Darlington, SC to the late Jim Woods and Hattie (Sowell) Woods on March 28, 1931. He was the husband of Ruedine (Sanders) Woods.  His career began in music and in his early years he was the manager and a member of the group The Five Dukes who recorded the singles ” I Crossed My Fingers” and Wheel Baby Wheel in 1954.  Bennie a high energy entertainer in the likes of James Brown went solo and fronted the group Bennie Woods and Townies. In 1960 they released the singles which still can be heard on YouTube today.  From there he became a concert promoter and brought many musical acts to the RI area to perform at the Celebrity Club. He also went into the nightclub business and owned various clubs such as “Mrs. B’s Joyland”, ” The Martinique”,” Latin Quarters” and ” El Tico Lounge”.  He retired from the entertainment business and became the owner of the Magic City Moving & Home Improvement Company.  He loved a good hat, watching westerns especially starring John Wayne, Wheel of Fortune, Gunsmoke and enjoyed eating at his two favorite restaurants, Gregg’s an OV’s in Providence.  He was also featured in the 2007 American Cancer Society Calender. Besides his wife to cherish his memory are sons: Gerard Sweat, Michael & Vincent Woods, Timothy DeBritto, Jon Richardson, Lorenzo and Herlin Perry and daughters Bernita, Tabetha and Storm Woods, Marie Benford, Jacqueline Bailey, Tanya Johnson, Angelique Henderson and the late Chandra Rodrigues- Capasso.  Honorary daughter, Andreza Skipworth and stepdaughters, Shambray Sanders and Sharnese Williams. Sisters: Thelma Woods, Flossine Roberts, Mary-Lee Williams and Janie Hall, 36 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. His funeral service and visitation will be held on Saturday at 8:30 AM in Kings Cathedral, 1860 Westminster Street, Providence with a service to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in North Burial Ground, Providence.


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