Thursday, May 11, 2006

Earl Woods Laid to Rest in Manhattan

From the Manhattan Mercury...

Sunset Cemetery has become the final resting place for Earl Woods, the father of famed golfer Tiger Woods.

The elder Woods, who died last week at age 74 following a lengthy battle with cancer, was laid to rest between his father and mother during private committal services Saturday.

Family acquaintances indicated that Tiger Woods attended the service here, although it was not clear what other family members were present.

Apparently in the interests of privacy, the services were not announced ahead of time. The burial of Mr. Woods' ashes was announced today on Tiger Woods' website,
A memorial service was held Friday at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif. Tiger and his mother Kutilda were joined by about 200 invited guests for that event. Prior to that service, a small number of invited guests took part in a formal memorial service, also in Anaheim.

Earl Woods' connections to the Manhattan area were extensive. A native of the city, he was the youngest and only male of four children. His father Miles died in 1943 and his mother Maude in 1947, orphaning the boy at 15. Raised by his eldest sister, he was a star catcher at Kansas State University in the early 1950s, good enough to win a contract offer from the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. He turned down that offer to join the Army, where as a special forces soldier he was stationed at Fort Riley.

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