What Freddy Fagan is to Clinton High School is what 54-year-old Edward Woods has been for decades to Campbell County High School, namely each squad’s biggest fan on and off the field.
The Campbell County community is mourning Woods’ loss today after he was found unresponsive in his home Wednesday night and was pronounced dead, apparently from natural causes.
Woods had cerebral palsy, ALS and epilepsy, and was mostly paralyzed on the left side of his body, but was a constant presence at Cougar sporting events, no matter the team or the season.
Woods has been a fixture at Campbell County High School sporting events for years and, in fact, the road around the sports complex at the high school was renamed last fall in his honor.
As someone who has covered high school sports in this area for almost 20 years and made dozens of trips throughout those years to Campbell County, I can safely say that Cougar sporting events will never be the same. His love of the team was always evident and heartfelt, but his warm smile and gregarious personality made even visiting media types like those of us in the WYSH Sports Crew feel welcome.
We join with the rest of the East Tennessee high school athletic community in sending our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Edward Woods.