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Donald Ray “Woody” Wood, 71, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Donald Ray Wood
        Donald Ray Wood

He was born  July 2, 1945, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Earl Kenneth Wood and the late Bette Mae Nellis Wood.

Donald served his country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Coast Guard until his retirement in 1989.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Lydia “Tina” Wood; his children, Donna Elizabeth Wood and Christopher Lewis Wood, and his wife, Monica; his grandchildren, Parker and Abby Wood; his father, Earl Wood; his sister, Anne Clements (Bud); his niece, Jessica Clements, and his nephew, Will Clements.

He was predeceased by his mother, Bette Mae Nellis Wood.

The family will gather with friends to celebrate Donald’s life from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, N.C.