Walter M. "Dow" Wood Jr.
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SALISBURY— Walter M. "Dow" Wood Jr., 85, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Born in Newton County, Missouri, he was the oldest son of the late Walter M. Wood Sr. and Frankie M. Wood. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jack Wood and Joe Wood.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Wood; son, Lemuel J. Wood & wife, Debbie of Glen Burnie, Md.; daughter, Mary E. Conner & husband, Harold of Salisbury; son, Preston M. Wood of Hopkins, S.C.; son, Walter M. Wood III & wife, Teresa of Eden; son, Walter Michael Wood & wife Stacey of Richland Hills, Texas; daughter, Cynthia Lirrette & husband Wayne of Sulphur, LA; and son, Robert Wood & wife Pattie of Shreveport, La. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Jameson & husband, Jack and many nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the USAF for 14 years during which he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corp, who he toured the country with in the 50's. After the military he worked as a Rough neck in the oilfields, maintenance super in a natural gas plant, a boiler maker, an ironworker and a millwright in LA, KS, MS and the Maryland/Delaware area.
While working in Salisbury, at the Perdue plant for Kansas City Millwright, he met his wife and decided to stay. He married his wife on Aug. 25, 1964, and was told that while he could live here he could not be considered from the Eastern Shore for at least 40 years. He was proud to be able to say he was from the Eastern Shore in 2004.
While still an ironworker, he was called to be Pastor of First Baptist Church of Fruitland, where he has lovingly led his congregation for the last 28 years. He guided them to begin many outreach ministries, as he believed that our job as Christians is to help our community. With this in mind he helped to begin the Fruitland Ministerial Alliance. Working with the Pastors of the other churches in Fruitland they formed the Alliance in order to help each other help the community. He also helped to start the Eastern Baptist Associations Disaster Relief Unit in partnership with the Red Cross. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2pm at The First Baptist Church of Fruitland on 630 Clyde Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fruitland's Food Pantry Ministry, P.O. Box 27, Fruitland, MD 21826.
Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 27, 2013