Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather William Jerry Wood of Lexington passed away at his home on Sunday.
Many were made aware of his passing from a post shared on social media by his daughter, President and Chief Executive Operating Officer of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Lou Wood Kennedy.
According to his obituary, Mr. Wood was born in Commerce, GA, and lived in Lexington for more than a half-century, where he devoted over four decades in leadership and management to Eastman Chemical Company.
With the exception of his family, Mr. Wood did not take more pride in anything than his work. He left an indelible mark on the company and its employees, many of whom continue to pass down the lessons they learned working with Mr. Wood. He taught a Machine, Tool, Technology class to local technical college students for more than 15 years.
The Midlands Technical College Life Skills Center is named in honor of Mr. Wood. Since opening in 2014, the center has helped Midlands Tech students prepare for life after school by honing essential skills needed to start a career.
He embraced life in the Midlands of South Carolina when he relocated his family here in 1965, as he continued to grow in management at Eastman. Mr. Wood was active in community endeavors, such as service organizations like the Lions Club, hobby-focused clubs, the Antique Car Club of America South Carolina Chapter, and in the Baptist church. His daughter, beaming with pride, called Mr. Wood the greatest man she has ever known, and he loved watching the role she plays in making her own mark today on the community he chose as their family home.
Mr. Wood met his wife, Nancy Thomas Wood, as a teenager. They dated as students at East Tennessee State University. His father married the couple. Mr. and Mrs. Wood celebrated 61 years of marriage last year.
Surviving Mr. Wood are his daughter, Lou Wood Kennedy of Lexington (Bill); granddaughter, Xanna Bailey of Lexington (Travis) and great-grandson, Lincoln Bailey. Mr. Wood is also survived by Paul Wood (Mildred), Sarah Benson, Daniel Wood (Cara), Rebecca (Chuck), and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family wants to say a special thank you to Amya Bryant for the love and care she provided over the last five months.
Funeral services are 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5 – 6:30 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Woodridge Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Midlands Technical College Foundation at (803) 732-5222 or Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202.