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James Leon Wood

June 30, 1967 ~ January 25, 2018 (age 50)
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Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Mr. James Leon Wood, age 50, of Winchester, TN. Mr. Wood was a native of Delano, California and a proud veteran of the United States Army. Due to the love he had for his country, he enlisted in the National Guard out of Bakersfield, California when he was 40. He served 2 tours of duty with the United States Army.

In 2010, Specialist Wood of the Bravo Troop, 1-172nd Cavalry Squadron was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Mr. Wood also received National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star and the Nato Medal. Mr. Wood served proudly in Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was a home builder by trade but cherished his military career. Those who knew him, will remember him for the love he had for his country, his family, his friends and for his “BIG” fishing stories. He was an easy going, fun loving gentle soul who enjoyed playing the bass guitar but could out- fish anyone.  He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.  Those who had the honor of meeting and knowing him, will remember the impact he had on their lives.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving parents; Bertha Allen of New Mexico, Jay and Mary Podgorski of California, brother; Kenny Wood, nieces, nephews, fishing buddies, extended family and a host of friends.

It is with heavy hearts and much sadness that family and friends will say their final goodbyes at a graveside service, with full military honors on Friday February 16, 2018 at 2 pm. at Watson-North Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Mr. James L. Wood, may his memories live forever.

Watson-North Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. 

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