James Wood

James Paul Wood

May 3, 1968 - July 17, 2020
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Master Sergeant James Paul Wood of Eclectic, AL died unexpectedly on the morning of Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 52.

James was born to Billy and Marion Wood of Holtville, AL and has been a resident of Eclectic for more than 27 years. James, a 1986 graduate of Holtville High School, enlisted into the Alabama Army National Guard in 1987 before serving his country for more than 32 years and was still serving on active duty at the time of his death. James had served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Eclectic and Good Hope Baptist Church. James led an exemplary life of service to his community and his nation, leaving behind many that consider him to be a mentor and a friend.

James is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Alana, their boys, Andrew (Rachel Scott), Jacob (Hannah), David (Rachael), and Noah, his granddaughter, Oaklyn Mae, his parents, Billy and Marion Wood, his siblings, Larry (Sherri), Robbin Chambliss (Kenny), Vickie Connell (Glen), Wanda Street (Danny), Billy Wayne (Shine), Paula Holley (Keith), and Jonathon (Angie Owens), Alana’s parent’s, Robert and Martha Wynn, her siblings, Julie Mullins (Larry), and Byron, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. James is also survived by his long-time friend and fellow Desert Storm veteran, David Sides. He was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Rose, and his grandparents.

A funeral service will be held at Good Hope Baptist Church in Eclectic, AL on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm, with Reverend Jason Tew presiding. There will be a visitation period beginning at noon. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Pine View Memorial Gardens in Wetumpka, AL, Linville Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory directing. Soldiers of the Alabama National Guard will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Brown, Glen Connell, David Sides, Jeremy Wood, Jonathon Wood, and Byron Wynn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that monetary donations be directed to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation or a Veteran Support Organization of your choice.

Online condolences at

Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory
Eclectic, Alabama

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    July 24, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    July 24, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Good Hope Baptist Church
    1766 S. Fleahop Rd
    ECLECTIC, AL 36024
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    July 24, 2020 | 2:00pm
    July 24, 2020 2:00pm
    Good Hope Baptist Church
    1766 S. Fleahop Rd
    ECLECTIC, AL 36024
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jason Tew
  • Interment

    Pine View Memorial Gardens
    2325 Holtville Rd
    WETUMPKA, AL 36092
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Posted at 02:33pm
MSG Wood helped me by assisting me in getting an LOD and subsequent neck surgery from a combat injury. He went well beyond what was required of him and was always professional, thorough, and cordial. We maintained a very cordial relationship since that time. He will be GREATLY missed by me.


Lauren Gray

Posted at 12:43pm
Sending out thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. -Lauren Gray Photography

SPC Kaysie Ondrusek

Posted at 12:38pm
I knew MSG Wood for a short amount of time. He was one of the first people I met at work. He welcomed me immediately. If I had questions, he answered them or did his best to. He became a mentor as well as friend. He was never without a smile and kind word. I hope we all live up to his great standards. He spoke of his family often and never without a laugh and a smile. I pray for you, MSG Wood. I pray for your beautiful family. Merry meet, merry part. Merry meet again. ❤️

Patricia Richards

Posted at 11:34am
I served with MSG James Wood in the Personnel Service Branch for years and enjoyed working with him. Rest in peace, James!! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!! God Bless, Ret MSG Patricia Richards!!

Dee Boatner

Posted at 10:06am
James was such a kind person, and will be forever missed. Praying for the family.

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