Billy Jay Wood

June 10, 1947March 12, 2019

Billy Jay Wood, 71, of New Bern, went to be with the Lord and his Forever Home on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Billy was an awesome husband, father, and Grandaddy.

He was preceded in death by, his parents, Chris and Georgia Wood; grandmother, "Mama Lyssa"; brother, Chris Wood; and a grandson, Johnny Ruthkowski Jr.

Billy is survived by his wife of almost 37 years, Nancy Wood; eight children, Billie Jo Copeland (Kerwin), Rhonda Griffin (Wayne), Sonja Wood (Lisa), John Wood, Billy Jay Wood II, Sharon Morrison, Genia Morrison (Freddie), and Kim Adams (Ray); one sister, Shelby Jean Miller; three brothers, Rudolph Wood (Jeannie), Howard Wood (Jamie), and Ray Wood; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A Celebration of Billy's Life will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Asbury UMC in Cove City. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Billy's name may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 15, 2019

Billy Jay Wood

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Angela Caldwell

March 14, 2019

He was such a wonderful Uncle who had so much love to share..I will always remember his wonderful smile! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing..bless his wife Nancy..she was always there for him! Bless his beautiful family and thank the lord for letting us have him in our life' lord he is in your hands now..may his light shine forever!

Mericia Boyles

March 14, 2019

God loved him and so did we. We are thankful we knew him and spent all the time we did with him. Loved to see him smile and laugh. Best way to remember someone for there kindness. God bless this family we love them and they need you. Billy well always be in are hearts. Larry, Mericia Boyles - Margaret Holt

Sarah Morrison

March 13, 2019

I will forever miss you granddaddy. You will forever be in my heart. I love you so much.

Melissa Wood

March 13, 2019

I remember when I was little Uncle Billy looked a lot like my Daddy. Once I was yanking on his pants thinking he was my Daddy. He looked down at me and laughed. That's what I remember most about him, he was always smiling or laughing.