William "Bill" Thurston Wood, IIMay 13, 1963 ~ September 9, 2017 (age 54)
WILLIAM THURSTON WOOD, II
LOUISBURG – William Thurston “Bill” Wood, II went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
He was the only son of the late William Thurston “W.T.” Wood and Mary Sykes Wood of Pilot, NC.
Bill attended Bunn High School until the ninth grade, before moving to Kernersville, NC where he graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1981. He later attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Before becoming disabled due to serious back problems, Bill was employed in the banking and insurance businesses. He also did landscaping and long-distance trucking.
After the death of his mother, Mary Wood, Bill went to live with his uncle, Jimmie Sykes near Spring Hope.
In 2013, Bill came to Louisburg to live with his close friend and former seventh grade teacher, Joseph A. Pearce, Jr. where he resided until his death last Saturday morning.
Bill is survived by hisaunts, Susie Sykes Ledford and her husband Don Ledford of Raleigh, Shirley Sykes Jackson and her husband Louis Jackson of Wake Forest, Shirley Gupton Sykes of Norfolk, VA., and Barbara Sykes of Spring Hope; uncles, Jimmie Ray Sykes of Nashville, David Boyd “DB” Sykes and his wife Barbara of Seaford, Virginia, and Wilton Sykes of Spring Hope and numerous cousins. He is also survived by his close friend, former teacher, and caregiver, Joseph A. Pearce, Jr. of Louisburg, and his two dogs whom he loved dearly, Nicholas and Mickey. Bill was preceded in death, in addition to his parents by a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in the Louisburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 402 North Main Street at the corner of North Main Street and Noble Street in Louisburg from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Officiating will be the Reverend Dr. Mike Safley, pastor, and the Reverend Anita James-Carnes, associate pastor.
Following the services, burial will follow in the White Level Baptist Church Cemetery .
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.