James Lawrence Wood

January 31, 1948March 15, 2021

James Lawrence “Larry” Wood, age 73, of Hickory, passed away at Carolina Caring in Newton, on March 15, 2021.

Born January 31, 1948 in Fulton County, GA, he was the son of the late Charles Aaron Wood and Sara McClam Wood. A member of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, he retired as a minister.

Survivors include his wife Paula Kay Hanson Wood of Hickory; sons, Nathan Wood of GA, Tim Wood and wife Salem of Hickory and Josh Wood and wife Leah of Hickory; brothers, Chris Wood of NM and Jerry Wood of TX; sister, Pam Wood of NY; and seven granddaughters.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Jason Barber presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201.

Condolences may be sent to the Wood family at

The Wood family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.


  • A Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021


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Jane & Steve Akers

March 31, 2021

Pastor Larry was one of our favorite men of God. We loved his passion for sharing the gospel and for loving people. He always had a great smile and hearty handshake whenever I (Steve) greeted him. Jane loved working with him every week as he shared messages from God. We looked forward to the opportunities when he would come to visit us at Cornerstone. And we love Paula and pray for her comfort during this difficult time. Heaven gained a wonderful brother. See you again, Pastor Larry, in the sweet by and by.

Shelley Cauley

March 16, 2021

Dear Paula & family,
Jimmy and I were so very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. Larry was the nicest man and most Godly example to so many, we were and still are privileged to call him our friend. We will always remember his great sense of humor (Big Bird) and sincere love for others. Just being around him would cheer you up if you were down and comfort you if you were sad. He truly had a special gift of sharing Christ love with everyone he came in contact with. He loved you and his family so much, he was so proud of all of you. Every single day we worked together he would tell me some accomplishment or little story about you or the boys. Then as your family grew you could hear in his voice him beaming with joy talking about all the beautiful grand daughters God was blessing you all with!

I learned so much from his example of how to have compassion for the lost and a true yearning to grow Gods kingdom.
There is no doubt that he heard the words, “well done, my good and faithful servant” the instant he stepped in Jesus’ presence. We know that we will meet again one day in heaven, but we sure will miss him until that day comes. I know that I will miss my “happy birthday” call every year.

You all are in our prayers, we love you and are here if we can do anything at all for you. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

In Christian Love,
Shelley & Jimmy Cauley

Susan Schofield

March 16, 2021

I only met Mr. Wood once, on the occasion of Josh and Leah’s wedding. I remember a very kind and welcoming man with a great sense of humor. Praying for his family.

Suzie gregory

March 16, 2021

I am so thankful for the time pastor Larry shared with us at Cornerstone in Cleveland. He was a tremendous blessing and a gifted speaker. He will be missed but thankfully he is in the arms of Jesus. He fought the good fight here and can rest now.

Terri Baker

March 15, 2021

I will sharish the time we got to spend with Larry as our interim pastor at Cornerstone. I learned to love him and Paula will miss him very much. I will be sending prayers for your family