The Port Arthur News
FAYETTEVILLE, NC —
Pantsy Peterson’s last days were spent surrounded by her loving family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was best known for: cooking and serving others. Pantsy left us early Saturday morning, January 11th with her two daughters Alisha and Shondra, and her sister Shelia “Sherrie” by her side. Fifty-seven years young, Pantsy battled cancer for the last two-and-a-half years of her life and finally Father God called her home to be with Him.
Born January 29, 1956, in Lafayette Louisiana to the late Yolanda Woods and Whitney Woods, Pantsy was the spark in their lives, a smiling baby, a helpful and attentive teenager and an honor roll student who was adored by her teachers. Receiving a degree while in the military, she was mostly proud of her Texas education. She hailed from the Port Arthur Texas Independent School District and graduated from Lincoln High School where she was on the Pep Squad and was proud to be a Lincoln Bumblebee.
Pantsy joined the US Army and entered basic training in 1974 where she traveled extensively to places like Alaska, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Hawaii which does not complete the list but are her most treasured assignments.
As an Army Nurse she found joy in taking care of the needs of others. Her list of medals are too many to list at this time but she took particular pride in Kuwait Liberation Medal and her Southwest Asia Service Medal. After retiring from the Army in August 1994, she continued her nursing career at Robinson Health Clinic, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where staff and patients adored her and she adored them. Pantsy retired from the federal government and left Robinson Health Clinic in January 2013.
Pantsy was a proud usher, serving Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC well and with a smile that could light up a room. She knew and had a solid relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and believed in the promises of God until the end. Though she lost her battle with cancer, she is victorious in living a life pleasing to God.
Pantsy loved to shop and go places that brought excitement to her life. She had a sense of humor that you would have to think a second before you caught it. She had so many facial expressions that you would never know what any one look meant. Pantsy was transparent, but also had a silent grace with an unspoken strength. What most of her friends loved about her is that if you ever told her a secret - it automatically went into her mental vault, never to be shared. In her early school years she ran track, who knew, huh? She played volleyball and often tells a story of being bit by an elephant. Pantsy brought joy to all who knew her.
As most of you know, Pam could cook Emiril, Rachel Ray and all the others under the table and enjoyed the fact that others loved her cooking. If you were passing through NC, she would tell you to stop by and she would have a meal waiting for you. She cooked and baked for any and everyone!
Pam loved the smile on the faces of those who ate her food! She was mama’s ‘right-hand girl’ and wherever she traveled, mama traveled. She supported her sister Shelia (Sherrie) in everything that she did. She was the biggest cheerleader for her brothers and no matter what, if she was in the country, she made sure she had time for them. Her daughters were the spice of her life and she invested time, energy, love and patience.
Pam loved her daughters and showed them what love meant each and every day. She was an advisor, an advocate, a counselor, a teacher, a protector and much more to them and all who knew her. But those grandchildren were the light of her life. She was ecstatic about being a ‘NaNa’ and treated her grandchildren as if they were gold. Loving and respecting her dad was vital to her character.
After 40 years, in June 2013 she danced with her dad and it was a beautiful thing to watch. She supported her nieces and nephews in any way that she could from advice to sharing joyous occasions. Pantsy was something special! She encouraged and supported many of you and if you just think back to good times or bad you will find Pantsy right there with you to make you smile.
Left to cherish her memory and to expound on her legacy of love, selflessness, and commitment to family and others are her daughters, Alisha Peterson (Justin) and Shondra Sims (John) both of Fayetteville, NC; her father Whitney Woods, Sr.; her eldest brother Whitney “Chip” Woods, Jr. (Sabrina); her youngest brother Reverend Michael R. Woods (Ann) all of Port Arthur, TX; her sister, Shelia “Sherrie” Hinds (Roberto) of Maryland; her grandchildren, whom she adores, Deavion, De’Andre, Elijah, Journi, Justice, Jaicee, and Jamiah all of Fayetteville, NC; her aunt Geraldine McZeal of Houston, TX; her uncle Ervin McZeal of Lafayette, LA; her adoring nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins whom she adored from Maryland, Washington State, Louisiana and Texas.
Pantsy, lovingly known as “Pam” will be missed tremendously. That beautiful smile and ability to make others feel loved has certainly been a banner that not many can say they wear but Pam wore it proudly every day of her life.
She was funeralized at Mount Olive Baptist Missionary under the officiating stand of Pastor Carl Brinkley, Jr., and was eulogized by her youngest brother, Reverend Michael Woods with respect and dignity telling stories about who she really was and how she brought joy to her family.
Pantsy was laid to rest on Friday, January 17, 2014 in the presences of more than 100 relatives and friends at Sandhills Veteran Ceremony, Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she was honored with a 21-gun salute and all military dressings due to her for her service to our country.