James M. Wood
April 8, 1925 ~ October 2, 2017
Resided in: Arden, NC
Arden - James M. Wood, 92, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017. Mr. Wood was born in Lockhart, SC and moved to Buncombe County as a young boy, the son of the late John C. and Essie W. Wood. Mr. Wood was the husband of the late Bessie K. Wood who passed away just weeks ago on August 21, 2017. He also was preceded in death by a grandson, Brett Wood Ogletree. James was a long time member and deacon of Long Shoals Baptist Church in Arden. Mr. Wood served in the Army in World War II as a Corporal in the 23rd Infantry, Company 1. He was the recipient of two purple hearts, the Bronze Star, and the French Legion of Honor Award where he fought in 4 of the 6 major battles in France. He was the former maintenance supervisor at The Housing Authority of Asheville. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Anne Gorman (Jim) and Sylvia Ogletree (Gregg); three grandchildren, Travis Bramlett, Megan Von Holt (Chris) and Bridgett Shepherd (David) and four great grandchildren, Layla Von Holt, Blake Von Holt, Hudson Shepherd and Colby Shepherd. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Enka with Reverend Roger Rearden officiating and military honors. Darren Nicholson will honor him in song. Pallbearers will be Jim Gorman, Tom Frye, John Laughter, Gregg Ogletree, Chris Von Holt and Travis Bramlett.