The eldest son of James Henry Wood, Sr. and Laverne Nobles Wood passed on April 11, 2009 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
James, Jr., known as Bud to his family, and Jim to his friends was born on May 18, 1921 in Hamlin, Texas, and was raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas, graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1938.
After graduation, he worked as a cabinet maker, and then joined North American Aviation Company. He volunteered for the Navy in 1943, and flew Corsair fighter planes in the Pacific theater of World War II, and briefly in the Korean War.
After WW II, he enrolled at East Texas State University (now Texas A & M at Commerce), and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering 27 months later.
In 1950, he married Mary Jo Adams, moved to Irving, and joined Chance Vought at the Grand Prairie plant (later LTV, and now Lockheed Martin) designing and managing aircraft construction on sub-assemblies for various commercial aircraft, including the 747, and raised three sons in Irving.
He retired in 1980, outfitted a conversion van, and toured the U.S. with Mary Jo, going as far as Alaska.
They purchased a lot and built their retirement home, returning to Sulphur Springs in 1984, and did volunteer work on the Kids Kingdom and the Historical Museum.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, sons Joe, Dan, David and wife Sharisa, grandchildren Ben, Michelle, Joseph and Ethan, sister-in-law Anne Wood of Tucson, AZ, brother-in-law Tom Beall of Georgetown, TX, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives around the country.
He was preceded in death by brother Bill Wood of Tucson, and sisters Nita Wilson and Kay Beall of Dallas.
Services will be at the Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs, burial will be in Sulphur Springs Cemetery.
Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers for the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org.), please specify “for research”. Arrangments are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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