James Thomas (JT) Woods, 80


ASHEVILLE — James Thomas (JT) Woods, age 80, died on Oct. 4, 2021. He died peacefully at his home in Asheville after a well-lived life.

At his request no service will be held at this time.

JT was born to parents Wildon and Charlotte (Jaggers) Woods in Franklin, Indiana, on Feb. 7, 1941. From the beginning, he was not one to let the grass grow beneath his feet. At age 11 he struck out on his own, finding the Stephenson family farm for work and residence so that he could continue school at Kirklin, Indiana. He had a brief stint at Purdue University before he was lured by the film industry in Hollywood, a passion that held him for more than 40 years. He and the crews he ran, were charged with the painting and aging of the sets. His work gave life to the Production Designers’ plans. From studio lots to locations around the world, he gathered extraordinary experiences in the making of such films as “Fantastic Voyage,” “The Deer Hunter,” and “Blade Runner.” He

excelled in converting image into object.

In 2001, James “retired” to his farm in Lillington. Along with wife, Joanne, he boarded horses, carved 10 miles of horse trails through his woods, built barns and pavillions, camping facilities, and restored an 80-year-old farmhouse.

2010 saw him retire again to the mountains of Asheville, that he fell in love with during the making of “The Last of the Mohicans.”

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Joanne Davis-Woods; his three daughters, Theresa Merlino, Diana Lynn Lane and Trinity Woods-Gerten; and three siblings, sisters Sandra Drain and Nancy Hall, and brother Terry Woods.

Condolences may be sent to 38 Hillcreek Drive, Asheville, NC 28804. Many thanks to the exceptional staff of Care Partners Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Community Theatre (www.ashevilletheatre.org/getinvovled/donate-now).

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

— From “C-Beam speech,” “Blade Runner”


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