William Lee Wood
William Lee “Bill” Wood (Papa), 88, passed away peacefully in Asheville, NC, on December 16, 2021. Born July 7, 1933 in Caswell County, he was the son of the late William Arthur Wood and Octola Harrelson Wood Poteat. Also preceding him in death was his wife and best friend of 55 years, Catherine Hicks Wood, son, Gary Lynn Wood, daughter, Cynthia W. Flood, son William Jonathan Wood, daughter-in-law, Crystal B. Wood, sister-in-law, Muriel Hicks Briggs, step-father, Wilson Poteat, and great grand son Charles Garrett Snead.
Bill grew up on the family farm working in the tobacco fields and helping in the operation of his father’s business, Caswell Farm Supply in Yanceyville. He married his high school sweetheart, Cathy, and began his military career in the Navy in 1952. He served on active duty for 4 years and in the naval reserve for 2 years. While attending Danville Technical Institute, he joined the Virginia National Guard in Danville. He was employed as a wheeled-vehicle mechanic at the organizational Maintenance Shop in Danville in 1963. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant first class and Organizational Maintenance Shop foreman in 1978. During his military career, Sgt. Wood received many awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 3 Bronze Oak Clusters, the Virginia Service Medal with 5 Gold Dogwood Blossoms and the Virginia Commendation Medal. Upon retirement, in 1989 with a total of 37 years of military service, he and his family moved to Florida where they resided at Panama City Beach and later in Gainesville. His final years were spent in the loving care of his devoted granddaughter, Christy and her family in Asheville, NC.
During his retirement years in Florida, he continued his avid interest in restoring classic cars and was known for his restoration of a red 1984 Mercedes Coupe that he drove in the annual Gainesville Christmas parade where he transported local celebrities. After he and two of his ship mates had dinner with Marilyn Monroe in New York City, while waiting to ship out for his Naval assignment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his wife began a collection of Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia for him which became quite large that he loved to share with everyone. His love of NASCAR continued throughout his life. He was a loyal Young and the Restless fan which he shared with MamaCathy (late wife). This led to him meeting Young and the Restless star Judith Chapman (Gloria) at a local Play in Gainesville he attended. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids and great grand kids.
He is survived by his son, Donald T. Wood of Mebane, NC, his sister, Brenda W. Hodges (Billy) of Yanceyville, NC, stepsister, Sandra P. Trainor of Malvern, AR, sister-in-law Jenny H. Kimbro of Durham, NC, son-in-law Jim Palmer of Chipley, FL, granddaughters, Christina W. Giordano (Matthew) of Asheville, NC, Meredith W. Klindtworth (Ryan) of Charleston, SC, Cheryl W. Snead (Mitchell) of Wetumpka, AL, Patience Altman (Brad) of Mebane, NC, Brandy Ward (Jonathan) of Wilmington, NC, and great- grandchildren, Chase William Giordano, Mallory Catherine Giordano, Thomas Altman, Wymon Ward, Chloe Lynn Snead, and long time best friend AJ Jackson (Gert) of Gainesville, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock,North Carolina.