James Rawles Wood

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GUM SPRING -- James "Jim" Rawles Wood, 80, died at home in the presence of loved ones on Feb. 11, 2017.

Known as a hard worker, he always had time to tell a story. His favorite topics included his childhood -- he once constructed a Ferris wheel for his eight siblings at their Manakin-Sabot homeplace -- his years in the U.S. Navy and his decades as a long-distance truck driver for companies including McLean, Allied Chemical and Conoco.

His faith in God was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he never lost an opportunity to witness for the Lord. He read the Bible every day, and was active at both South Anna Baptist and Dogwood Baptist in Louisa County.

He was a member of the American Legion for the last 23 years, and served as chaplain for District 13 as well as Louisa Post 116 and Goochland Post 215.

His blue eyes would light up as he told of his adventures below deck as a boiler tender on U.S. Navy destroyer escorts. In his later years, he attended reunions as far away as Charleston, S.C. for the vessels on which he served between 1955 and 1960.

He and the love of his life, Mary Lou Lilly Wood, would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 1.

When he moved his family to Louisa County in 1971, he undertook the reconstruction of a circa-1900 home that still features his handiwork. From the pine paneling he sawed from a forest giant to the screened back porch where everyone gathered for family picnics, he transformed a falling-down house into a beloved home fondly known as "the Rustling W."

During the 16 months he battled pancreatic cancer, he made it clear he wanted to die at home. It is a comfort to his family and a tribute to his wife's devotion that he was able to do so.

He will be greatly missed by his four children and their partners, Carol Farmer (Don) of Fredericksburg; Sherry (Jeff) Wood of Rye, N.H.; Mark (Becky) Wood of Cuckoo; and Paul (Mary) Wood of Apple Grove. His grandchildren include Brandon and Shane Farmer, Sarah Osorio, and Matthew, Eliza, John, James and Kristy Wood. Five of his siblings survive: Charles Wood of Chesterfield, Eva Childress of Manakin-Sabot, Marie Curran of Mechanicsville, Gina Peatross of Glen Allen and Warren Wood of Mechanicsville. He was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Margaret McLean Wood, and siblings Alice, Ray and Bobby. He also had many loving nieces and nephews.Friends will be received on Wednesday 2/15/17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lacy Funeral Home.

The funeral service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at South Anna Baptist Church, 9071 Cross County Road, Mineral.