Death of Roy E. Wood

Roy E. Wood
Roy E. Wood

On behalf of the officers and members of the Lt Col Elihu Hutton Camp 569, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Roy E. Wood who died on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 and was a member of our camp.

The following is his obituary from The Inter-Mountain newspaper of Elkins, West Virginia:

Roy E. Wood, a resident of Valley Head and more recently of Huttonsville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at his home.

He was born at Mingo, on Nov. 30, 1945, to the late William Herbert and Mary Woodsie Sharp Wood.

He attended the schools of Randolph County and graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in 1963. He enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of high school in 1963.

In the summer of 1964, on July 18, he married Sharon Lynn Thompson, who preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 2013.

He is survived by his daughter Anita Cay and her husband, Pete Tacy, II. He is also survived by two brothers, R.W. Wood and his wife Cay of Elkins and D. Joseph Wood of Ruckersville, Virginia, and one sister, Betty L. Ware and her husband Ralph of Nokesville, Virginia, and a brother-in-law, Mike Thompson and his wife Darlene, and several nephews and nieces. He is also survived by very special friends, Sherry and Lynn Ware, and a very special little girl, Lynnlee Ware (his best little buddy), and his best furry friend, his cat “Puss.”

After being discharged from the Marine Corps in 1967, he returned home to West Virginia. He worked for United Airlines in Charleston until he started driving trucks in a business with his brother. He then moved back to Huttonsville, where he drove truck for Burns Motor Freight in Marlinton, and then for Carl E. Smith Pipeline out of Sandyville for 17 years. He then drove for Myles Lumber Co. in Elkins for 20 years until he retired from driving tractor trailers. He loved driving a truck, hunting and spending time on the farm at Ware’s Ridge in Valley Head where he lived until his health made it necessary to move down off the mountain. Roy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1963 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina. He was a member of the 338 Platoon comprised entirely of West Virginians and formed by the USMC in honor of the state’s centennial. He was stationed with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during the Vietnam Era and was deployed to the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas with the Marine Amphibious Group. He also saw duty in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam and Okinawa, Japan. He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in June 1967. A member of the former Marine Corps League Tygart Valley Detachment, Roy was a life member of the Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Det. 956 Marine Corps League of Elkins where he served as Judge Advocate and Paymaster. On the MCL Department of West Virginia level, he served as the Sergeant-at-Arms. A life member of the MCL’s fun-and-honor society, the Military Order of the Devil Dogs, Roy was the junior vice pound keeper and dog robber for the MODD Mountain Hounds Pound 358, the police dog for the West Virginia Pack and the deputy mad dog for the National Kennel level. He was also the recipient of the West Virginia Pack Dog of the Year and the Pound Dog of the Year. Roy was the recipient of several prestigious MCL awards including the Detachment Marine of the Year and Department of West Virginia Marine of the Year and received the MCL Distinguished Citizen Award on the gold, silver and bronze levels and the Distinguished Service Award on the local, state and national levels. For 15 years, he was active in Det. 956’s Toys for Tots campaigns in which he assisted in collecting, sorting and distributing toys to 2,000 underprivileged children yearly in Randolph and surrounding counties. He also assisted in fundraisers conducted by the detachment to purchase shoes for children in the Randolph County Head Start Pre-School Program. He received the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award for his exemplary service and long-term contributions for military and civic activities which included working with Christmas food basket distributions, fundraisers for youth-oriented sports activities, volunteering with the Randolph County Fair where he assisted with the county rodeos and serving as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Mingo Cemetery since 1982. A member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and its Honor Guard, Roy served in flag details at funerals for veterans. He was a member of the Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton Camp 569 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Mingo Historical Society and was a former member of the Eagles and Jaycees.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Sam Felton officiating. Interment will follow at the Mingo Cemetery in Mingo, where full military honors will be accorded by members of the Leland D. Crawford Detachment Marine Corps League, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 852, Elkins, WV 26241 or the Mingo Cemetery, in care of Anita Tacy, 478 Haddens Mill Run, Huttonsville, WV 26273, in memory of Roy. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Roy E. Wood. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.