James G. "Digger" Wood
July 9, 1944 – October 25, 2019
James G. Wood, age 75 of Bogata, died at his home on Friday, October 25, 2019. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Bogata Special Events and Community Center with Frankie Norwood speaking and music provided by the Norwood Families. Pallbearers will be Laney Crow, Jackie Gray, Donnie Strain, Johnny Hudson, Russell Rozell, K.W. Williams; Ricky Roberts, Leslie F. Taylor, and Donnie Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Holland, Dr. Devabrata Ganguly Dr. E.E. Brooks, Bill Buckman and Kenneth Jeffery. Private Interment will follow at Bogata Cemetery. Mr. Wood will lie in state for two hours prior to the service in Bogata and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Choyce and Lucy Childers Wood gave birth to twin boys, James G. and Jerry A. Wood in the Old Clarksville Hospital. Both of the twins decided to go into the funeral business. James was employed by Louie Lindeman at the Clarksville Funeral Home while he was in High School. After graduating Dekalb High School, James attended the Gupton-Jones Funeral College in Dallas. While attending Mortuary College, James met Dee Green at First Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1972, with the help of his mentor, Louie Lindeman, James, Dee and their Children: Timothy James, Juliann, and Denise moved to Bogata. For 47 years, James and his family serviced Bogata-Deport, and the surrounding communities in his lifelong love of funeral service. Living in Bogata, James was extremely active in the community. While serving on the PTO, he was instrumental in getting the Elementary and Junior High School air conditioning. He also was one of the organizers of the Frontier Days in Bogata. He was active as a Training Union Director at First Baptist Church in Bogata, sang in a quartet at Johntown Missionary Baptist Church, served on the Talco-Bogata CISD School Board, worked hard to get the Egg Plant to Bogata, and his last big project was organizing the effort to install large fans in the Bogata Community and Event Center. Some of the biggest honors in his life were conducting the funeral services for Dan Blocker in Dekalb, and for Senator Ed Howard in the State Capital. He had a strong love for the people in this area and thoroughly loved his job. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dee; son, Timothy James, daughters Juliann and Denise. His son-in-law, Bret Davenport; his sister and her children: Gladys June and Cheryl, Charles and Craig; adopted son and wife Dr. Devabrata and Ragini Ganguly. His parents, Choyce and Lucy, his brother and sister, Jerry A. and Judy Kay all preceded him in death. The family would like to thank the communities of the Bogata and Deport area for 47 years of love and support and Platinum Hospice for their dedicated care. James had a favorite quote that he said often: “Don’t worry about the mules---just load the wagons. Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219. Phone 214-559-5000.
- Laney Crow
- Jackie Gray
- Donnie Strain
- Johnny Hudson
- Russell Rozell
- K.W. Williams
- Ricky Roberts
- Leslie F. Taylor
- Donnie Smith
- Ben Holland, Honorary Bearer
- Dr. Devabrata Ganguly, Honorary Bearer
- Dr. E.E. Brooks, Honorary Bearer
- Bill Buckman, Honorary Bearer
- Kenneth Jeffery, Honorary Bearer
- Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Private Family Interment Sunday, October 27, 2019
James G. "Digger" Wood
Kay King German
November 2, 2019
James will be missed in the Bogata, Deport, and surrounding area. Every time I saw him, he told me stories about my dad, Travis King, which I never tired of hearing. He did his job well and comforted many families during their saddest moments. Thank you members of his family for sharing him with us. I send my deepest sympathy to you.
Susi.Pauletta Mayes Smith Young
October 29, 2019
RIP James. You were there for so many of my family. The last one my Mother, Wilma Mayes Ledford. The funeral home was still in transition, I was so glad you were there. God bless you for being such a good friend to Mother and I will always remember the kind words you had for her. She had so much respect for you and considered you a good friend. All those years she worked at the nursing home she called you at lots of late hours. My heart goes out to your family. What a good and decent man. Susi Mayes Young
October 27, 2019
Dear Wood Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about James. He, and his Family have always been there for so many people who have lost their loved ones. Such a good, and kind man who will be greatly missed.
John, and Sheila Howison
Dalen and Michelle Hobbs
October 26, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Wood family. James, a wonderful man full of love and always caring for others, leaves behind a wonderful legacy. He will be greatly missed! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
October 26, 2019
So sorry for the loss of James. You were a big part of the Bogata community and the Tucker family. The Wood family took care of my brother, sister-in-law, aunts, uncles, Mom and Dad's funerals. You were always so special to all of us. We will miss your caring for our family, in life and in death. Thank you!
October 26, 2019
Big Love and deepest condolences to my adopted white family...
...it seems like it's 2003 all over again . That's the year you took care of my family James, and we've never forgotten it. That year, you helped us with the passing of Krystal, and seven months later at Thanksgiving, it was all over again with Dad. The respect that your family had (s) for mine is unparalleled--i say this because out of all the people your kids address, even you and Dee, were on a first name basis but not my folks---theyve always been Mr. & Mrs. Jasso, and that speaks volumes about the character you instilled into your children. Like my biological father, I didn't get to say farewell to you because I respected the family's wishes to be left in peace. So farewell, for now, my friend...
In return, I know you would echo the same word in a different context. Your goodbye would be to fare well....not necessarily a goodbye but to be well, do good and treat others with respect. You would probably never say that in that context but those that knew you, knew your heart and we can attest that you'd say that and so much more, without speaking a single word.. your 'family' knows you had a heart bigger than Texas and after you scraped that façade of the James Wood you presented to the world, your special friends got to know the real you and I'm glad I got to be part of the chosen few...
On behalf of your adopted brown Jasso family, thank you and farewell....
October 25, 2019
Our love and sympathy to each of you. James was a good friend to our family. He will be very missed.
Jo Gordon and family
Laura Vaughan McCoin
October 25, 2019
I've known the Wood family all my life. I love you all so much. I have cried at Wood family funerals, and laughed out loud at funerals (a lot of laughing). They have been part of the fabric of Bogata nearly my whole life. When my father died, James drove daddy in the shiny white hearse all the way down to the woods on dirt roads, just because we asked. I can't even begin to tell you how much that meant to my family. He spent his lifetime going above and beyond for the entire community. He will be sorely missed.