Mr. Henry Shepard "Woody" Wood Jr., beloved husband of Arleta Cox Wood, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church on Guiness Drive in Winterville.
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Mr. Wood was born in Harvard, Mass. on Dec. 11, 1922. He graduated from Bromfield Academy, attended trade school, was in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific in WWII. He graduated from East Carolina Teachers College with a Bachelor of Arts and was conferred a Master of Arts from East Carolina College. He taught English and Math for four years at Greenville High School and then worked for Cox Armature Works as a salesman for 30 years. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Arleta Cox of Greenville. It was love at first sight and their marriage has been a wonderful journey of love.
"Woody" taught adult Sunday school at Meadowbrook Presbyterian Church for 35 years, was a Boy Scout Leader, an Elder in the church and a charter member of Peace Presbyterian Church. He was recognized by the New Hope Presbytery as an Outstanding Older Adult for his long term commitment to the church. He was a member of The Society of Mayflower Descendants where he served as Captain. He was active in the Pitt County Historical Society and, as an avid genealogist, he worked for years on his genealogy as well as his wife's. He was a gifted author and wrote four books that are published as well as volumes of poems, some that are published and some that are written for and cherished by his family and friends. He loved his garden and shared the flowers and vegetables with his many friends and, of course, his family. He loved fishing and camping with his family and especially building camp fires, much to the delight of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved traveling with his wife. They traveled to all 50 states (some more than once), Canada many times, England, the Netherlands, Scotland and Ireland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Samson Wood and Henry Shepard Wood Sr.; and brothers, George, Bertram, Rupert, Donald and Roger.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arleta Cox Wood; children, Sheila Wood Marshall Hancock and husband, Don, of Atlanta, George Henry Wood and wife, Lynda Toler Riggs Wood, of Kill Devil Hills; as well as grandchildren, Angela Marshall, Cliff Marshall, Barry Hancock and wife, Eden, Myles Wood, Jason Riggs and Tiffany Riggs Phillips. He also has great-grandchildren, Jackson and Joanna Hancock, Ashley Boswell and husband, Kasey, Wade and Lindsey Drawdy; as well as three great-great-grandchildren, Haley, AbbyGail and Swint Boswell.
He will be remembered as a wonderful, kind and gentle husband, father and grandfather. His strength, light, laughter and joy will be missed by the myriad of friends that he made in his life and most certainly by his loving family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peace Presbyterian Church, 301 Guiness Dr., Winterville, NC 28590 will be appreciated.
Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory of Greenville.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville, NC 27858
Published in The Daily Reflector on May 2, 2013