KNOXVILLE — Wayne Breckinridge (Bracky) Wood, age 79, of Knoxville, Tenn., entered the Church triumphant early Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014.
Born April 26, 1934, in Fincastle, Va., Wayne, a U.S. Air Force veteran, enjoyed a full life including: being a proud member of the 1949 Southeastern Ohio Champion Middleport Ohio High School football team; playing for the great Ara Parsighian at Miami University, Ohio; earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University; entering the Air Force, who sent him to MIT to study meteorology, on to Germany forecasting the weather for Allied Forces during the Cold War era; Honorably Discharged, worked at Pratt & Whitney Aerospace Company in Florida and Connecticut where he participated in designing jet engines and sending seventeen surveyors to the moon in preparation for the moon landing; on to Knoxville, Tenn., and employment in Oak Ridge that had him traveling to military bases all over the world to upgrade their computer systems.
Wayne retired in 1995 to his life passion of fishing and the outdoors especially in the Outer Banks, NC, along with his hobby of building furniture, studying genealogy (he is 11 percent Cherokee), hiking, travelling and spending time with family. He was a member of the Masonic Cherokee Lodge and the Shriners. In 2005, Wayne suffered a massive stroke. The Lord kept watch and with the help of his wife, sons and family, he lived an additional 8 yrs.
Wayne is preceded in death by parents, Charles and Georgia Wood and infant son, Charlie.
He is survived by the love of his life of 57 years, Ilza (Illy) Wood; sons, Bill and wife Michelle, Armand and wife Christi; grandchildren, Cory Richards and wife Rachel, Camille and husband Dave Stevens (Houston, TX.), Donna Wood (Seattle, WA.), Natalie Wood and Christopher Wood; great-grandchild Rebecca; sister, JoAnn Beahm and husband Walt Beahm; many nephews and nieces.
The family thanks the faithful visitors and friends Roy Biberdorf, Norm and Doris Featherston, and the pastoral care of Messiah Lutheran Church, caregiver Barbara (Bobbie Lee) Harrell and a special thanks to the third floor wonderful nurses, CNAs, housekeeping ladies and doctors at Shannondale Healthcare in Knoxville who so lovingly made his stay there of two years a homelike experience. We also thank the nurses and CNA (especially Dylain Francisco) at Park West Hospital second and fourth floor with their outstanding sympathy and care.
A Festival of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, 37919. The festival will be officiated by the Reverend Pauline Farrington-Pezzino and the Reverend Eric Murray. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church Eldercare Fund, 6900 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. Interment will follow later in the year at Riverview Cemetery in Middleport, Ohio. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865) 6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.