James Morton Wood, III “J”, 74 – The Inside Diary


James Morton Wood, III “J”, 74, beloved husband, father and grandfather left this life on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 and was delivered into the loving arms of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Born August 22, 1947 in Lexington, Kentucky, he was the son of the late J. Morton Wood, Jr. and the late Loretta Sharp Wood. A farmer and cattle rancher, J was a founding member of the Lexington Farmer’s Market in the 1970s. He was an agricultural research specialist at the University of Kentucky throughout his career, and through his work he has traveled throughout Kentucky and made many friends along the way. J’s faith was paramount in his life, beginning with his baptism at Cane Run Baptist Church and continuing throughout his life, he took his “church” with him wherever he went. He was a lay chaplain for Dover Manor Nursing Home for almost 20 years; he enjoyed his time there and brought much joy and comfort to the residents. J never met a stranger and was selfless in his love for others. He preferred to take care of the “smallest of them”. J will always be loved and cherished by his adoring family, especially his life partner and wife, Sallie Tabb Wood, Stanford, KY, children, Emily Wood, DVM, Medina, OH, John Mason (Jennifer Lynn) Wood, Georgetown, KY, James Beckham (Heidi Lawson) Wood, Lexington, KY, Sarah Grace Wood (Todd) Hendricks, Crystal Lake, IL, and grandchildren, Lilly Ena Wilson, Jack Rowan Wilson, Jasmine Dalton Wood, Wyatt Levi Wood, Kinsey Mae Wood and Tucker Kase Wood. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home. Private burial followed at Lexington Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America, PO Box 758589, Topeka, KS 66675-8589 or Shriners Children’s Lexington, Philanthropy Dept., 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508. www.TuckerYocumWilson.com


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