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Lipscomb athletic department is mourning the loss of Jim Wood
Jim Wood
Jim Wood

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mr. Jim Wood, 83, passed away Feb. 22.

He was inducted into the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Meritorious Service category. He was also the organizer of the monthly Jim Wood Group lunch meetings which were held each month in  the Hall of Fame Room at Allen Arena.

Mr. Wood  attended Lipscomb from 1947-1951.  While at Lipscomb he was an outstanding member of the Lipscomb golf team, lettering in both 1948-49 and 1949-50.  In 1948-49, Jim helped lead the Bisons to a top finish in the Volunteer State Athletic Conference.  During the 1949-50 season he played at the No.1  position for the Bisons and served as Captain for the Lipscomb golf team.

He also worked with the Bison basketball team in both 1948-49 and 1949-50.

Over the years Mr. Wood served Lipscomb in a variety of ways.

In 1977, he helped organize a group of Lipscomb supporters as they formed "The Bison Club".  He dedicated his time serving as the club's first President in 1978-79.

After leadvng Lipscomb, he became an extremely successful businessman.  In 1974,  he started his own sales agency for Welborn Cabinet Company leading the company in sales for 15 years.  In 2000, he was named the nation's Independent Sales Representative of the Year by the Kitchen and Bath Industry for the United States.

He was a faithful and active member and a deacon at Granny White Church of Christ. He was a member of the Green Hills Sertoma Club. He was also active in Little League baseball.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 at Granny White Church of Christ with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church as well as from 3:30 until 5:30 and 6:30 until 8: p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home.

Burial will follow the service in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Grandsons will serve as Active Pallbearers. Elders and Deacons of Granny White Church of Christ, as well as members of the Luncheon Club, former Sertoma and Jerry Reed baseball players are invited to serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Granny White Church of Christ; the David Lipscomb Athletic Scholarship Fund; or a charity of choice.

Mr. Wood is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Welch Wood; sons, James Cooper Wood Jr. (Diane), Andrew Welch Wood (Marla), Robert Elliott Wood (Karen) and William Burton Wood; nine grandchildren, Sarah Overstreet, Brandon, Bennett, Whitney, Joshua, Elliott, Burton, Elizabeth and Caleb Wood; three great grandchildren, Madeline, Kayla and Callum; brother, William Wade Wood of Charlotte, N.C..