SWGHS student dies in car crash, funeral service to be held tomorrow


Photo taken from GoFundMe

Southwest Varisty basketball player and junior Dez Woods (16) was known for his love of basketball, his infectious smile and his great hair. He passed away in a car accident Oct. 1, and a funeral service will be held for him Sat., Oct. 7.

Last Sunday, Oct. 1, Southwest junior Dezmond Woods (16) died in a car accident that happened while north-bound on I-85 around exit 94 in Lexington. Woods was in the passenger seat while his friend, a Southwest alumni, Brandon Lamberth drove the car.

The car went off the road to the right, only to swing around back to the left and crash into trees. Woods was declared dead at the scene; Lamberth, a student at Guilford College, received serious injuries but is expected to recover. According to the accident report, there were no drugs or alcohol involved in the crash, and both passengers were wearing their seat belts.

Woods attended Northwest as a freshman and played on the Varsity boys’ basketball team in 2015-16.

“He was very outgoing,” Northwest basketball coach Lee Reavis said. “I saw him every day, whether it was basketball, or [him coming] by to say hello in the morning.”

As a starter on the Southwest High School Basketball team, the Southwest community mourns his loss. A vigil was held for him Tuesday evening at the school.  Woods played an integral part in the team winning last year’s 4-A State Championship. The school plans to retire his jersey, number 2.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7,  at 11 a.m. at Life Community Church, 4900 W. Wendover Ave., Jamestown, NC 27282 for classmates, coaches and family to mourn the loss of the Varsity basketball player.

A GoFundMe has also been started for the family to help cover funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/dez-woods-memorial.