NEW ORLEANS-Joan Duckworth Woods, 58, the third generation of her family to be involved in New Orleans-based Duckworth- Woods Tire Service Inc., died May 6 in the city'sSouthern Baptist Hospital. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only about two weeks before her death. Mrs. Duckworth Woods was co-owner of the retail/commercial tire dealership founded by family members in 1931. She helped oversee the company's five locations in Louisiana and four in Mississippi. She was active in the dealer associations of both those states, and was a 30-year member of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
She leaves her husband, Emmett, the company's co-owner and CEO; son, Robert, vice president and general manager of operations; and two granddaughters.