Maceo Woods death & obituary: Pastor and singer who had composed many gospel songs and recorded popular album has died Saturday, 11th January, at the age of 87.
Woods was the founder of Christian Tabernacle. He sang and served as choirmaster, all the while preaching. He also composed gospel standards, recorded popular albums, hosted radio and TV programs and helped organize Chicago’s Gospel Music Festival and another event he founded, Gospel Supreme, which has been around for nearly 60 years.
Pastor Woods, who’d been in failing health, died Saturday at 87 at his South Side home, according to Pastor Mack Mason of Greater Prayer Garden Church, 5801 S. State.
His breakthrough came in the mid-1950s with his recording of “Amazing Grace” on Vee-Jay Records, where he became a house organist.