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James Gordon Wood, Jr.

April 12, 1943 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

James Wood, Jr. Obituary

Col. (Ret) James G. Wood, Jr.
Jim passed peacefully on February 27, 2024 surrounded by family after battling a lengthy illness for many years. Born on April 12, 1943, in Sanford, NC to James G. Wood, Sr and Nell Kelly, Jim led a life marked by dedication and service to his country, love for his family, and fellowship with his church family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Sue Ann Sanders Wood of Warner Robins, GA. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Lynn, and the family they cherished: James G. Wood III (Ashley), Robert S. Wood (Lindsay), David S. Wood (Melissa), Timothy M. Youngerman (Amanda), Scott A. Youngerman (Kathryn), Stephen P Youngerman (Morgan). Grandchildren: Julia Wood, Emmy Wood, Colin Wood, Evan Wood, Kincade Youngerman, Draike Youngerman, Shaina Youngerman, Dylan Youngerman, Wyatt Youngerman, and Evelyn Youngerman. Also surviving is his beloved sister, Judith Patton (Ron).
Jim was a native of Sanford, No. Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University in 1965 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He was assigned to B-52s at Robins AFB, Georgia and between 1969 and 1973, Jim flew 194 combat missions in Southeast Asia, logging over 1,400 hours of combat hours with a total of over 4,600 career flying hours.
In 1977, he earned a Master of Science in Educational Systems Management, completion of National Security Management, and in 1985 he completed Air War College. He served as Chief, Nuclear Options Planning for SAC until 1983 when he was assigned to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nuclear Plans Analysis directorate at the Pentagon. In 1986, Jim was assigned to the Air Staff, Directorate of Operations as Deputy Chief, Readiness Programs and Initiatives Group. In May 1991, he assumed his last assignment at Offutt Air Force Base in the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff.
Jim was awarded numerous medals in the course of his career, to include the Distinguished Flying Cross, "(The second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the U. S. Air Force behind only the Medal of Honor. It is awarded for the extraordinary heroism while engaging in action against an enemy of the United States. Charles A. Lindbergh was its first recipient)"  Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
After his retirement, Jim assumed the role as the officer in charge of the AFJROTC program at Socastee High School where he worked with hundreds of Cadets helping to shape leadership skills. 
Jim participated in the Air Force Association while at Socastee H.S and later volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Mobile Meals of the Grand Strand and Neighbor to Neighbor. Jim's participation with the Myrtle Beach Lions Club earned him the honor of the Melvin Jones Fellow award.
A Memorial Service is planned at First United Methodist Church (901 N Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2024 with visitation to follow the service. The service will be live-streamed on Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church (PO Box 1367, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578).

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Church Memorial
March 4, 2024

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church (Myrtle Beach)


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