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William “Bill” L. Wood
Date of Birth : April 2, 1948
Date of Death : June 10, 2019

William “Bill” Lee Wood, 71, of Charleston, WV passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV with his family at his bedside.

Bill was born in Charleston on April 2, 1948 to the late William Andrew and Martha Greathouse Wood and lived his adult life in Charleston’s East End. As a child he lived in Belle, Clarksburg, Berkeley Springs, Charleston, WV and Canton, OH.

He retired with 44years of service from the WV Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, Planning and Research Division, Preliminary Engineering Section as a Highway Engineer Supervisor. He was a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E., M.A.S.C.E.) and a retired Licensed Professional Surveyor.  He was a Lifetime Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Bill was a graduate of Charleston High School, West Virginia Institute of Technology and received his Master of Science from Marshall University. He was a proud member of the marching and concert bands of CHS and MU.

Additionally, he was a semi-professional landscape photographer; he exhibited in many juried art and crafts shows in WV, such as the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair for more than thirty years. He was a requested exhibitor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and the WV Vandalia Gathering.  Several of his works hung in the halls of WV Tech Engineering Building for many years, the Dupont Credit Union, WV Juried Exhibit at the Cultural Center and the Commercial Banking & Trust in Parkersburg, WV. His photos were published in the WV Symphony calendar and several times in the Wonderful West Virginia magazine. Bill was juried into the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts of WV. Bill along with his wife, Dianna volunteered as photographers for the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta for years and the inaugurations of two WV Governors.

The Kanawha Valley Corvette Club was a special group of members Bill enjoyed. He served the organization as governor of the club and volunteered for 42 years. He held membership in the National Council of Corvette Clubs for 41 years.

Bill and Dianna attended the Charleston Parkinson’s Support Group meetings and the Parkinson’s Symposiums for two years and encourages others with the disease to seek a support group. The support group’s knowledge, friendship and encouragement are invaluable. “The answer for the cure is in all of us.” https://www.gratitudebymr.com/product-page/the-michael-j-fox-foundation

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his infant brother, Robert; mother-in-law, Nell Smith; aunt, Alyce Greathouse Ferrell; uncle, Ron H. Ferrell; cousin, Sandra M. Ferrell; beloved friend, Barbara Thaxton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Dianna L. Wood; cherished daughter, Jennifer E-L Wood of Charleston; sister, Martha Jenean Jones (William R.) of Charleston; father-in-law, Richard J. Smith of Ripley; brother-in-law, Tim Smith  of Ripley; sister-in-law, Darlene Mitchell (Mike) of Virginia; nieces and nephews, Jessica Munoz (Nick), Erin Webb (Matt), Mark Jones (Lauren), Ashley Nichols (Sean Gallagher) and Kyle Smith (Rhaynin Simons) and six great nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday July 27, 2019 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Reception will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers – please send donations in memory of Bill to:  The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, 111 West 33rd Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10120 or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Condolences

Jeffrey And Joanna Lanham , Posted on 15 Jun 2019
Saint Albans, West Virginia
Dianna and Jennifer. Sorry to hear of Bills passing. I always enjoyed a day at the office with Bill when we worked together in Planning Division and considered him a great friend even when we no longer worked together. May the Lord comfort you in this difficult, sad and confusing time. Jeff
Janet Lemon , Posted on 16 Jun 2019
Frametown , West Virginia
I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Bill’s death. He was one of my favorites to work with in Planning Division. He had a wealth of knowledge and was a lot of fun. I remember the book he had of old TV shows that we looked up Sergeant Preston one day. I\'ll always remember him because I bought one of his Mail Pouch Barn photos at the Cedar Lakes craft fair several years ago and it hangs on my wall all the time. Prayers to his wife, daughter and other family. He surely will be missed.
Tom Hankins , Posted on 17 Jun 2019
Hurricane, West Virginia
Bill\'s ability, knowledge, and personality made him an asset in every class and provided fun moments when we would connect at Cedar Lakes or other places. I am sorry for his passing but very thankful for his being even a small part of my life. You all must have many, many wonderful memories of Bill as a husband, father, and grandfather, and I know they will comfort you through the years to come. I will be in Chicago with family on July 27. Otherwise I would attend the memorial service. Peace and love, Tom Hankins
Michael Tolbert , Posted on 18 Jun 2019
Cross Lanes, West Virginia
I attended Charleston High School with Bill Wood.Also, lived on the east end when attending high school. Very sorry to hear the news. Michael Tolbert
Steve Folk and Annette Lucas , Posted on 18 Jun 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dianna and Jennifer. I was shocked to hear of Bill’s passing. I knew he was facing challenges but never expected him to go like this. Bill was one of the first people I met on my Day 1, July 5, 1972. We shared an office for some time and developed a close comraderie which led us to some interesting times over the years. Bill was truly a special guy and, even though I sort of lost touch when I moved to Vegas, I will surely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Steve
Mike and Elizabeth Lilly , Posted on 20 Jun 2019
Hurricane, West Virginia
We were so saddened to hear about Bill\'s passing. He was a great boss and co-worker over the years but more importantly a great person and friend. Many prayers to his beautiful wife Dianna and their daughter Jennifer for peace and comfort, I am so sorry for your loss.
Ben Hark , Posted on 25 Jul 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
I knew Bill from when I started at the Department of Highways in 1972 & worked with him on many projects, what a nice person. I remember seeing his 1969 green Corvette at the original owners residence on Kanawha Ave before he purchased the vehicle. I also enjoyed talking to him at the Kanawha Valley Corvette Club shows & at Doo Wop meetings.