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Henry Clay Wood

September 21, 1919 ~ April 10, 2018 (age 98)

Henry Clay Wood, of Mooresburg, entered eternal rest, reuniting with his family and his Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. At 98 ½  years of age, he was the oldest Wood in recorded family history. He was born in Campbell County to Dave John Wood and Mary Catherine Heatherly. They lived in a three room house with no electricity, no insulation, and only a fireplace for heating and cooking. He loved the outdoors as a hunter, fisherman, and explorer. His stories about the night of the panther, the yellow fox, the purloined 24 pound blue catfish, getting a free watermelon, brother Elmer running his airplane into the cornfield, or his wild ride with a drunk Doc Willoughby in a Model A will be long remembered. When TVA evicted them to build Norris Lake, his family moved to a much smaller farm on Cherokee Lake. Henry became a farmer, with construction jobs adding to his farm income, but he always had time to go fishing or grouse/rabbit hunting. He was a deacon at Gills Chapel Baptist Church, a faithful servant to his Savior and his church. In 1975, Henry married the love of his life Mary Loretta Simpson. After retirement, they moved to Mooresburg and became faithful members of the Adriel Baptist Church. His Church family and neighbors were a great help to Henry and Mary, and they showed remarkable love and generosity. Henry leaves his wife Mary and many nieces and nephews behind. The family will receive friends from 12-2 pm Saturday, April 14th at Westside Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 pm Saturday with Rev. Tim Collins officiating. Interment will follow in Courtney Cemetery. Henry requested no flowers be killed on his behalf. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

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