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Minnie Wood

Minnie Ruth Wood (Brown)

Tuesday, April 25th, 1950 - Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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Pastor Minnie Ruth Brown Wood, 68, was born in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 25, 1950, and was the daughter of the late John and Velva Henrietta Frost Brown. She peacefully entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at her home in Statesville, surrounded by the love of her family.
She was a graduate of Morningside High School Class of 1969 and at one time was employed by Uniglass as a Supervisor and also RHA as Direct Support. She was a faithful and loving wife and mother who answered the call and served faithfully as a Pastor, Mother of the Church, Counselor, Sunday School Teacher and dedicated member of Whole Truth Ministries in Statesville which celebrated sixty three years of Ministerial Anniversary on last October.
She was united in marriage to Bishop Ralph D. Wood, Sr., who survives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two step-children, Lewis Wood and Barbara Stevenson; two grandchildren, Christopher Oglesby and Aubrey Heaggans; her grandparents, Emma Hall Trusedale and Marvin Frost; a sister, Ilene Cuffy and a special aunt, Velva Green.
She enjoyed her family and the fellowship of the body of Christ, working faithfully to encourage, uplift and equip those she ministered to. She was a dedicated wife and mother and leaves behind her husband, Bishop Ralph D. Wood, Sr. of the home; seven children, Samuel (Melissa) White, III of Statesville, Tewanda (Robert) Rodriguez of Statesville, Ericka Shanell (Benjamin Glover) White of Hickory, Bradley (Tandra) White of Statesville, Eric White of Winston-Salem, Ezekiel (Crystal) Wood of Statesville and John Wood of the home; six step-children, Ralph Wood, Jr. of Statesville, Jeffrey (Ann) Wood of Salisbury, Annie Marie Wood of Statesville, Priscilla (Anthony) Henderson and Tandra Wood, both of Salisbury and Shannon (Melvin) Simpson of Statesville; one brother, Roy Green of Statesville; four sisters, Kathy Redmon of Patterson, NJ., Joyce McCall, Margaret Campbell and Dorothy Heaggans, all of Statesville; two brothers-in-law, Mason Wood and Nathan (Sandy) Wood, both of Statesville; one sister-in-law, Beverly Wood of Rochester, NY; a goddaughter, Ruby Stevenson of Statesville; a host of nephews and nieces including Charles Williams, Randolph Williams and Vera Ann Williams, all of Harrisburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Candace (Jeremiah) Heaggans, Simona (Dalante Clyburn) Rodriguez, Samantha (Anthony Reid) Rodriguez, Myia Rodriguez, Kyndal Wood, Kayla White, Seth Wood, Bryson Benfield, Kalin White, Richard Carson, Shakaria Carson, Shari Wood, Danielle Wood, Nastajia Williams, Joshua Wood, Jeffifer Wood, Teresa Wood, Shanika Imes, Jashin Whisonanat, Kendric (Ebony) Boller, Lamont Summers, Tykilius Whisonanat, Demario Whisonanat, Davanna Wood, Antione Wood, Dontae Wood, Tomea Jones, Whitney Stevenson, Darnell Stevenson, Colton Wood, Chishera Wood, Crystal Wood and DiChris Wood; special friends and caregivers, Cymeka Mauney, Gloria “Jean” Stevenson, Dean Tucker, Marilyn Ballard, Pastor Sharon Jackson and Sharon Alexander; and a host of great grandchildren including Jamiah Heaggans, Jeremiah Heaggans, Jr., Makiah Heaggans, Steven O’Neal Allison and Ajhia Reid, cousins, neighbors, the entire household of faith, other relatives and friends.
Servant of God, well done! Rest from thy loved employ!
The battle fought, the victory won, Enter thy Master's joy.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., at Christ Cathedral Of Deliverance. Pastor Surtonia Burton will officiate and Brother John Wood will eulogize. Pastor Wood will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, until taken to the church to lie in state at 12:00 noon. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Burial will follow at Freedom Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Christ Cathedral Of Deliverance
    612 S. Race St
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 2:00pm
    Christ Cathedral Of Deliverance
    612 S. Race St
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    Pastor Surtonia Burton
    Brother John Wood
  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
    Freedom Presbyterian Church
    Highway 21 North
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Posted at 04:14pm
Dear Family, During this time of sorrow, may you find comfort in God's promise that he is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18. May happy memories of Minnie Wood be with you always.

Posted at 10:40am
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Wood's family and friends. May God be with you and comfort you during this difficult time. God Bless! Karen Dietrich

Larry D Gregory

Posted at 01:40pm
Ralph and family. So sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Darlene Cowan

Posted at 01:37pm
Please accept our sincere condolences during this time of grief. Mrs. Minnie was a very special lady to my family. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out” (John 5:28,29). We can also take comfort in God’s personal promise to “wipe out every tear” and soon, even “death will be no more” (Revelation 21:4) Pastor Ivan Cowan and family New Life Missionary Baptist Church

RHA Health Services-Staff and Friends

Posted at 09:22am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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