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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.


#19 Bob and Lois Lenz 2013-10-30 16:03
Becky, Vicki, Chip. We are so sorry to hear of Charles' passing. He was a great man, a pleasure to know.
#18 Tami Hazekamp Joiner 2013-10-28 13:01
Mrs. Wood and Family,
I was deeply saddened when my mom called to tell me of Mr. Woods passing. I have many treasured memories that include being at the Wood's house to watch the race, share a meal, visit. etc. Mr. Wood was larger than life to me. His hugs were always filled with love and joy. I am so thankful that one day the sorrow will be replaced by the joy of being reunited in Heaven. My heart and prayers are with each of you at this time. Love, Tami
#17 Diane Buckner 2013-10-26 16:51
I send you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad.
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Diane M. Buckner
#16 Kevin Dick 2013-10-25 14:53
Chip and Family:

I wish the richest blessings that God can bestow upon all of you for peace and strength at a difficult time such as this. Please cherish the memories and do not be afraid to feel. God Bless You,

Kevin Dick
#15 Jennifer Woody Cable 2013-10-25 13:39
I was so sad to hear about Charles' death. I have the fondest memories of his Saturday afternoon visits and our family afternoons at the lake as I was growing up. Charles made the best homemade ice cream (of course with Becky's help). He will truly be missed. Y'all are in my thoughs and prayers.
#14 Julie Carpenter 2013-10-25 12:54
Chip and Nikki,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. It is never easy to give up the presence of our parents, but the most comfort that anyone can have is the peace of salvation and the memories that are left behind. It seems that your dad will enjoy the streets of gold and the reward for his Christian Stewardship here on earth. It is that comfort and our strong faith that our parents instilled in us that makes times like this more bearable. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family in this time of grief.
Julie Carpenter
#13 Robert Woody Jr 2013-10-25 11:47
To Mrs. Wood, Brenda, Vicky and Chip,
The world has lost a fine human being. I fondly remember Sundays at the lake and many games of horseshoes! I’m sure Dad heard Charles was coming, had a pitcher of ice tea waiting and the pitch raked and ready. I’m grateful he was a part of my life and knowingly or not set an example I’m still aspiring to emulate.
#12 Martha Tunstall 2013-10-25 10:43
I am so very sorry to learn of your father's death. You & Nikki, and your family, are very much in my thoughts & prayers. From reading his obituary, it certainly sounds like he used his time on earth wisely.
Take care,
#11 Saul E. McCloyen 2013-10-25 10:04
Chip, you know I have the utmost respect for my veterans!! Your father and others like him, made my journey of 20 plus years in the Air Force much easier because of their numerous and selfless sacrifices! I am truly sorry for your loss. Wow, what a heroe this gentman was...WWII Vet, Served under General McArthur, and the really important stat--married for 66 years! Again, wow! I will continue to keep your entire family in my prayers....God bless!!!! Saul
#10 Gina Whisnant 2013-10-24 16:00

I was sad to hear of your father passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Gina Whisnant
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