James M. Wood

james wood
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.

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  1. Mary Anne. I am so sorry & my heart is breaking for you to loose both of your parents in such a short time. However, they ARE together. I’m sure he died of a broken heart. Please know you and your family will be in my prayers for the difficult days ahead. Just know he is a much better place & is with your Mother.
    HE is with you Mary Anne & has you in the palm of HIS hand.

    With deepest sympathy.

    Betty Ponder

  2. Mary Anne and Sylvia, our family and I are so sad for you and your families in the loss of both Bessie and Jim, but I feel sure that God feels that they should be together. Our children loved for Bessie to babysit them back in the late ’60’s and ’70’s! She continued to remember their names and stories/situations of those times and shared them with us through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as I am sure that you feel an enormous void in your lives. Please know that both of them made an enormous, positive impact on the entire Bryant family’?.Thanks for sharing them with us’?.

  3. MaryAnne, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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