Thornel Earl Gralen Woods-Hardy, An electronic technology engineer and longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 1, 2021.
Earl is survived by his children Verce Rachelle Kemp, LaMeagon Renee Chambers, and Katreeka LaDawn Hardy; grandchildren, Alstin and Alexia Kemp, Dylan and Isabella Chambers, Javion and Jasmine Nelson, and Gavin Rhodes; and one great-granddaughter Korra Kemp; brothers Webber Hardy, Scotty Nelson, Victor Hardy, Chris Hardy, Lincoln Hardy, and Lorenzo Woods, Lorrine Woods McNary; a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Lee Hardy and brother Stephen Antuaine Nelson.
Earl was born Sept. 17, 1953, to Mary Lee Nelson and Tommie Ray Woods in Paducah. He earned his electronics degree at the institute of Electronic Technology in Paducah and went on to use what he learned in many different fields of work requiring his experience in the area of electronics.
Earl was Baptized at First Missionary Baptist Church in Metropolis.
After retiring from Lafarge Inc. in Metropolis in 2005 he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he made numerous friends and done volunteer work at Joy Junction Homeless Shelter and remanded there till his death.
Earl was a devoted father and skilled chess player where he won numerous tournament championships. He loved listening to jazz, collecting unique clocks and fast cars. Loved driving his Corvette through the mountains of New Mexico. He was also a problem solver and took on difficult and unwanted projects. He will deeply be missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Earl’s arrangements have been made for Feb. 27, 2021, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 413 West 7th Street Metropolis Illinois. Service beginning at 1 p.m. and Viewing at noon.