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Community celebrates, mourns Upstate theatre director

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Current and former students rehearse for a tribute to Dwight Woods. (Jan. 29, 2013/FOX Carolina) Current and former students rehearse for a tribute to Dwight Woods. (Jan. 29, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Dwight Woods many how to sing, dance and most importantly to be the best.

On Tuesday, the group Woods, 64, called his children got together to honor and celebrate his life by rehearsing a tribute they will perform at his funeral on Wednesday.

Current and former members of the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre for Youth in Greenville will pay tribute to him. He was the director of the theater for 25 years.

Woods recently became ill and died last week.

His students said he taught them more about life than performing.

"Most people see the end product, they see the production and they say wow. But, all of the preparation to getting there, I was amazed," said Sammy Dotson.

"Of course we're sad, but it's also a celebration of his life," said Nyroba Leamon. "Dwight had such an impact on hundreds and hundreds of young people and adults."

Woods was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 2011, which is the highest honor given to a civilian by the South Carolina governor.

"He instilled a desire for excellence, the desire to do it and do it right," said Stephenie Robinson. "I think that continues in our lives today. That you will always want to be the best you can be."

Woods' funeral will be held at First Baptist Church in Greenville at 1 p.m.

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