Edward Charles Wood, 88, of Murphy passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in a Murphy care facility. He was born June 12, 1925, in Pine Hill, AL, but spent most of his childhood in Jackson, MS. His family later moved to Collegedale, TN, before he and his wife moved to Murphy in 1955. He served as a medic in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre under General George MacArthur. Charles was a salesman with Commonwealth Lumber Corporation, eventually becoming owner and operator of Wood Lumber Company until his retirement in the early 1990s. He was a member of the Murphy Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he maintained the grounds of the church and cemetery voluntarily for many years. Charles was instrumental in the construction of the Murphy Adventist Christian School.
He was the son of the late James and Lola Bob Armstrong Wood. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert H. Wood, Harold L. Wood, and James Wood Jr.; and a grandson, Luke Parker.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Becky Sue Wood; two daughters, Vicki W. Parker and husband, Wallace, of Murphy and Brenda Sue Townsend and husband, Danny, of Bellbrook, OH; a son, Edward Charles “Chip” Wood Jr. and wife, Nikki, of Cary, NC; a sister, Lois Marie Rogers of Ooltewah, TN; four grandchildren: Joshua Townsend, Rebecca Freeland, Jessica Hughes, Katie Dockery, and two-great-grandchildren: Chance and Parker Hughes. Charles loved his family very much. He credited his good life to his good wife.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, October 25, 2013, in Memory Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites and Pastor Mitch Hazekamp officiating. Pallbearers were Gage Hughes, Willie Dockery, Wallace Parker, Danny Townsend, Ron Wood, and Todd McColpin.
The family received friends from 6-8 Thursday evening, October 24, at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.
The family requests memorials be made in memory of Edward Charles Wood to the Murphy Adventist Christian School, 1584 Old Ranger Road, Murphy, NC 28906.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, in charge of all arrangements.