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Walter Edward Wood, Jr.

August 20, 1933 - April 28, 2019

Walter Edward Wood, Jr., 85, of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Advent Health. A native of Spartanburg, SC, Walter was a Henderson County resident his entire life. He was a son of the late Odessa Davis Burgess and Peck Burgess, Edward and Clara Wood. Walter was the husband of the late Georgia Marie Wood who died in 2008, and he was also preceded in death by his sons, Eddie Wood and Gary Wood; and a brother, Harry Wood.
Walter was of the Baptist faith. The many things he did during his lifetime included driving big trucks, drag racing his ’57 Chevy and winning many trophies. He installed glass in buildings at Pardee Hospital, houses, colleges, ( App. State, Western, and Clemson), and businesses etc. While doing this, he worked part-time at Schroder’s Honda assembling new bikes. During this time he did dirt-track motocross, which he won a lot. In endurance racing he won over many who were much younger than him. There are great memories of going to Charlotte for a Big Honda Expo in the 1970s.
Walter retired from Steelcase Office Furniture. While working at Steelcase, he worked at Mountain Home Nursery six days a week. Even as a child, Walter worked hard all of his life.. He loved NASCAR and knew all of the cars, drivers, and owners. He also loved antique tractors and trains. Walter’s love for his family was the most important thing for him.
Survivors include his children, Lisa Wood, Leonard Wood, Teresa Meyers, Nick Griffin, Chris Griffin, and Linda Baker; sisters, Peggy Lyda and Lorene Stepp; brothers, Joe and Kenneth Burgess; grandchildren, Rebecca Hawkins, (who Walter helped raise), Presley Williams, April Harwood, Timothy and Christopher Meyers, Christopher Griffin, Jason Baker, and Bethany Carlson; great-grandchildren, Jade and Gabriel Griffin, Cheyenne Harwood; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019 in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Major Brian Gilliam will officiate. A private entombment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm prior to the service in the chapel.
Flowers are appreciated. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel

538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792



Service Information

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel

538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792



Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Location:

Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum


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